Ezekiel 34:31 Belonging To God

Sheep and shepherd

You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 34:31 

Very few people like to be owned and controlled by someone else. They like their freedom. People like to be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want.

While everyone loves absolute freedom, everyone is also partially under control of someone else. Most people have a job and are controlled in what they can and cannot do while at work by their employer. Every nation has rules that govern what things can and cannot be done. So no one is truly one hundred percent free all the time.

God tells the people of Israel that they are His sheep and that He is their God. This is despite the fact that they have fallen away from Him. He will draw them back.

Every person is free in themselves, but at the same time, every person has to answer to God. The one who has chosen to follow Christ has chosen to give up his own personal rights and obey God completely. He is now a sheep of God’s pasture.

The sheep does not get to choose what he does or where he goes. The shepherd guides the sheep into what is best for the sheep. Left on its own, the sheep will get itself hurt and in trouble.

In the same way, the believer, left on his own will fail and be destroyed. Following God’s commands and word will bring life. The believer must allow God to be his shepherd, His Lord and God, the one who controls everything.

As one allows God complete control of his life, he will have everything that is needed at the time it is needed. Just as a shepherd provides all that is needed, God will also provide all that is needed.

You have a choice as you walk on this earth as to who will be your leader and guide. You can try to lead yourself, in your limited knowledge and wisdom and sight. Or you can allow someone else to lead you.

In allowing others to lead, you also have a choice. You can allow those with the same limited knowledge and wisdom to lead you, those in this world. Or you can allow God to lead you.

Allow God, in His infinite wisdom and love, to be your God and to lead you to a full life that will extend into eternity. Let God be your God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to lead your whole life; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that God, alone, will be your God. 

1 Samuel 8:5 Wanting What The World Has

Railroad path

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

Traffic lights

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

 

Sun in the trees

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?

Leading A person

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.