1 Samuel 8:5 Wanting What The World Has

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They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:5 

One thing common among most people is that they want what someone else has. If no one else really has an object, very few people will want that object. The thing will be questioned as to whether it is really good or not, worth it or not.

If no one has, no wants it because there ‘must’ be something wrong with it. If every one has it, then it must be worth it or it must be a needed thing to have.

Businesses play off of this mindset of people. They make advertisements that show that everyone has the product and that everyone else needs it to really live life to the fullest.

As Samuel was getting older, the people of Israel asked him for a king. They wanted to have a leader, just like all the other nations around them, to lead and guide them in how to live life and be a great nation.

Although the idea of changing leadership is not common for people or nations, there are other things that people want just because those around them have it. Groups of people are stating that others need to follow the examples of other nations or groups in allowing certain things to happen. Many of these things are against God.

Churches and believers are being pressured to be loving and kind in allowing people to live in open sin and yet still be a believer. This goes against God’s standards. Believers are called to be separate and holy, not like the world around them.

Following God will be different than what they world follows. This is for the individual, groups or even nations.

You must ask yourself why do you want some thing or to do some thing. Is it just because everyone else is doing it or has it? Or is it because God wants you to have it or do it?

Your life should be focused on serving and pleasing God and not be trying to fit in with the world. You are different, set apart to be holy unto God.

What you have is greater than anything the world can offer. What the world offers is death. God gives life and abundant life for all eternity.

What do you really want?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will find all your desires in God; that you will desire to serve and love God with your whole life; and that you will follow all the ways of God. 

Judges 21:25 Doing As You Want

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In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

For several hundred years, after the Israelites had taken over the land of Canaan, they had different men who would lead the nation. While a judge would lead the people, they would follow God. As soon as the person died, they would walk away from God.

Once they walked away from God, He would allow them to be overrun by another nation. While being overrun, they would cry out to God for help and God would send another leader. This occurred over and over.

After the last judge had died, the people had no leader, nor any king. At this time, every person did whatever he wanted, when he wanted and how he wanted. It was a time of chaos.

The hearts of people have not changed since that time with the Israelites. People still want to do what they want, when they want and how they want. They strive to find ways around the laws to be able to do their own thing. Often many will just break the law to what they want to do.

Many in the church have also fallen into the same pattern as the Israelites. They want to do whatever they want to do with no regard to God and His commands. It is common to see open sin accepted and even promoted inside a church. People do not care about what God wants or desires. Some do this out of ignorance of God’s commands, while many do it ignoring God’s commands.

It is during this time of actions, that people do not have a king. The king of every believer is supposed to be Jesus, however, they are not really following Him. They are following this world and themselves. Every person needs a leader to guide them correctly. God gave Jesus, who gave His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His people.

Although in the world’s eyes you may have the right to do whatever you want to do, however you belong to God. You are to do what He desires you to do.

Allow yourself to be led by the King of kings and Lord of lords. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in the ways of God, not your own ways.

Do not be guilty of doing your own thing as the Israelites were. Let God guide you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will not live as the world does; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

Jude 19 Natural Verses Spirit

 

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These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. Jude 19

One of the best ways to conquer an enemy is to divide the enemy. This is to cause the enemy to fight among themselves in two different battle fronts. When a group is divided among itself, it is no longer at its strongest point. They are weakened and can be easily taken over.

The world knows this concept and knows how to employ it. Jude had just stated that there would be scoffers among the believers in the church. Now he states that it is these very people who will divide the church.

People who are like this follow their own personal, natural instincts. They will talk about how they feel, rather than what God has said. They go off of personal experience, rather than being led by God’s Holy Spirit.

The classic example of this type of division is a church splitting over what color the new carpet should be. Yet, the division is much greater and more dangerous than that in many churches.

There are some in the church who will attempt to throw doubt on God’s word. Or they will throw out parts of God’s word, saying that was for then and this is for now. Living in open sin has been accepted in some churches, because it is a humane acceptable way to live, it is a personal right of the person, rather than what God desires.

Acting like this is done by natural instincts, being led by self and this world’s ways of thinking. It is not allowing God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide a person or church.

Believers must be aware of people like this. They must always keep their focus on God, His word and be led by His Holy Spirit. This will prevent division from occurring and stop the enemy.

Examine your life and see how you are making your choices in life. Are you letting natural, sinful man instincts to guide your thinking and actions? Or are you allowing God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you think, say and do?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray and be divided by those of this world. The enemy wants to divide, conquer and destroy.

God has come to give life. Accept His Holy Spirit and live the life He has for you.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes to division occurring; that you will not allow self to get in the way of God’s leading; and that there will be unity with God in your life and church.

Romans 8:14 Who Leads You?

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For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

People are being led all the time, whether they want to be led or not. Bosses lead their workers in what needs to be done to get the job done. Teachers lead students in what needs to be learned and how to learn it. Various people in authority lead a group of people in being a group or a community.

There are many who put themselves in a position of being led by others. They follow the example of other people and live like they do. People change their clothing or hair because of some celebrity they are following. Others will do the same following a friend or other peers around them. It is common for a person to do something he normally would not do, because he is being led by friends.

The majority of people are also led by their own personal feelings. They do what they feel is best for their own lives.

While being led by these different methods may not always be a bad thing, they are never the best way to be led. Each of these ways are being led by a person, who has faults and does not always know the best choice to make. They only see a small part of the big picture of life.

One who wants to be led perfectly, must be led by God’s Holy Spirit. God will always make the perfect choice for one’s life.

The challenge with being led by God is that it does not always appear to make sense and it takes time to listen to God to hear what He wants done. Yet, it is those who are led by God, that are the children of God. They are living in God’s perfect will and desire.

As a believer, your life should be one that is characterized by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Before any decision or action is made, check with God. He knows what is best for your life. Allow Him to guide your every choice of action.

As you do this, you are living completely for God in His perfect will. You will be a child of God. This will allow you to do God’s will and keep away from sin.

Are you a child of God? Are you being led by God?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will hear God’s Spirit guiding you; that you will be a true child of God; and that God will use you to do His work on this earth.

Acts 7:51 Just Like The Ancestors

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“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” Acts 7:51

Stephen had been falsely accused of blasphemy and the people were ready to stone him. He stood up and spoke how God has been working in mankind since the beginning of time. He also pointed out how men have rejected God over and over, again and again throughout history. Now he tells them they are just as bad as their ancestors in resisting God’s Holy Spirit.

God is a God who speaks all the time. When Jesus left the earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide His people in the ways and truths of God. In order for a person to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit, he must be open and listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

The Holy Spirit will remind believers of what God’s word says. In this reminder will be times to remind the person to turn away from sin. This reminder will come in the feeling that the person knows that to do some action is wrong and that it should not be done. He will also remind people to seek forgiveness for anything done that was wrong.

He will also remind people what God says about loving others. This love is not just a surface love, but a deep true love that loves even when wronged.

God’s Holy Spirit will also guide a person in what God wants the person to do. This could be in being a witness or walking a certain way.

As history has proven and Stephen had stated, many resist what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing. People want to live their lives their own way and reject what God is saying to them. Yet, they want to call themselves a Christian believer.

When you reject what God’s Holy Spirit is saying to you, then you are rejecting God and Jesus. You are saying that you know better than what God does.

The more you reject the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life, the further you slip away from God. Your heart becomes cold and your ears are stopped up from hearing God.

Do not allow yourself to become like this. Do not resist the guidance of the Holy Spirit as many have done in the past. Be led by God’s Holy Spirit.

I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will not reject the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit; that you will live your life sold-out to God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change you daily.

Jeremiah 30:22 God’s People

“So you will be my people, and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 30:22

As the people of Judah were being sent into exile in Babylon for punishment, many were thinking that God no longer wanted them. The punishment was going to be very severe and God would seemed to have abandoned them altogether. God did not abandon them completely. He stated that after a time He would restore them. He also told them, while this was occurring, that they would be His people and He would be their God.

Going through life can bring some very troubling times. It may often appear as though God has abandoned a person for life, because of the trials that one is going through. Because of choices that were made, there may be times that God will discipline a person to get him back on track. Other times, it will just be the consequences that God allows because of some poor decisions to walk away from Him.

You may have made one of those bad decisions in your life and you may be going through some discipline right now. It can be painful and feel as though God has left you. The devil and this world will try to tell you God has left you. Your mind may be telling you that God has abandoned you and wants nothing to do with you. It is not true. Never forget that God said He would never leave you, nor forsake you.

Even though you may not be an Israelite, you have become one of God’s children when you accepted Jesus and the work He had done for you. God is always right there to be your God and He wants you to be a part of His family, His people. You were grafted into the vine.

God wants to be your God. He wants you to be one of His people. He has great plans for you, if you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to be God. When you allow God to be the master of your life, He will guide every step you take. Everything that occurs will be for your benefit. God will not do anything that will be there to harm you or destroy you.

Are you trusting God to be your God?

Do you know that you are one of God’s people?

I pray today that you will know God as your God; that you will know that you are one of His people; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.