1 Samuel 14:36 Ask God First

Saul said, “Let us go down and pursue the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn and let us not leave one of them alive.” “Do whatever seems best to you,” they replied. But the priest said, “Let us inquire of God here.” 1 Samuel 14:36

Everyday people must make various choices on what to do or not to do. Most often people look at their past experiences and knowledge or those of other people to determine what they should do. Going off of what they know, most will make a quick decision on their own.

The Saul had made a decision to plunder the Philistines. His army was willing to follow him. However, the priest said that they should ask God first.

It is easy for people to believe that they know what is always the best choice to make. All that seen is the here and now in the moment and what appears to be the easiest or most profitable path to take.

While it may appear to be the best path, that is not always the case. People can only see the immediate and guess at the future results of a choice.

Believers will often be just like Saul and the world and make their own choice based completely off of their own knowledge.

Instead of being like the world, believers should first seek God’s direction and wisdom. God is more than willing to give His wisdom in any and every situation, if one is willing to seek it and adhere to it.

Unlike mankind, God sees the bigger picture and the results of every decision that could possibly be made in any situation. His decision will be made off of what is best for the individual, others and His eternal kingdom, so the believer should ask Him first for directions.

Throughout your life you will be faced with many decisions that need to be made. Be careful to not jump to some hasty decision based upon the ways of the world.

Stop and take whatever time is necessary to seek God’s choice of what choice needs to be made. Think about what God’s word may say about the decision and make a choice based off of His word. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right choice first.

Doing this will allow you to walk the path God has for you and have His favor upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God first in every decision to be made; that you will follow God’s directions for your life; and that you will see God’s wisdom in all that He guides you to do.

Judges 21:25 Doing As You Want

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

Everybody loves freedom. They love to be able to do and say what they want, when they want and how they want with no one to tell them that they cannot do something.

Although people know leadership and rules are needed, many will fight against leadership and rules. No one wants to be tied down to someone else’s commands. Any time that there is no one to lead or correctly guide them, people will begin to do as they see fit, throwing out most rules.

Israel had a time in which they had no king, so the people chose to do as they saw fit.

Nations that do not have a king will always have someone to lead them in some form of government. The manner in which that leader leads them will often dictate how the people will choose to live their lives.

In nations that treasures freedom, people will often put leaders in position that will not really lead but will allow freedom to reign. People are allowed to do nearly anything and everything that they want, throwing out all former rules in the belief of full freedom. The result of this is that there is chaos and death.

Many believers and churches have chosen the ways of the world, claiming freedom under grace, rather than following God’s ways.

God is a God of rules and order that bring about life, abundant and eternal life, not just a temporary pleasure. Although God’s rules may appear to be restrictive, they are there to guide one to true living.

Regardless of what national leader a believer has, God must be his king and ruler of his life. He must be willing to live as God desires, not as he sees fit.

You may live in a nation that pushes freedom or one that is more restrictive and controlling. Either one should not make a difference in how you live your life.

Make the choice to allow God to be the King and Ruler in your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to dictate every action, word and thought in your life. Living in this way will bring you life that will extend into eternity. It will remove chaos and bring about order.

Honor God with your whole life, serving Him with everything in you, not just serving self.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you make Jesus the King of your life; that you will obey the commands of God; and that you will only do what God directs you to do.

Judges 17:6 Results Of No Leadership

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 17:6

People often desire complete, unrestricted freedom to do whatever they desire with no negative consequences. In order to gain this type of freedom, they will need to have a leadership that will not guide them or hold them accountable for their actions, or have no leadership at all.

It is rare for a group of people to have no leadership, but it is common for the leadership to allow freedom for chaos. People need to be led to keep chaos from occurring.

The former king had died and now Israel had no king. As a result, everyone did as they saw fit.

Without leadership, people will do whatever they desire, which will often lead to confusion and chaos. Selfishness and greed will rise up in the hearts of people leading them into sin and sinful activities. Instead of looking out for the good of others, all that is sought is building up self, even at the expense of others.

Believers are to be led by God. He is to be their king, their ultimate ruler or king and commander of everything that they say, do or think. Since God is eternal and has created everything, He knows what is best for each and every person. He knows how to perfectly lead in a way that if full of order and true life.

The world rejects God’s leadership, because they do not want to be held accountable and desire to please self at any expense. Upon rejection of God, all leadership is doomed to fall apart and lead to chaos. All chaos leads to is death–eternal death, which is the desire and goal of Satan.

Every person needs Jesus, a King who will lead them in the ways of God.

You must be willing to ask yourself who is king in your life. Do not allow yourself to be the king of your own life. It will only lead to death.

Put God on the throne of your life and allow Him to lead you into His ways that lead into eternal life. Rejecting God will only bring about no true leadership which will lead to death.

Are you doing only as you see fit? Or are you doing things the way God is ready and willing to lead you in? Who is your king?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to rule over your life; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of this world; and that you will only do what God leads you to do.

Joshua 1:7 How To Be Successful

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Joshua 1:7

Thousands of books and websites can be found on how to be successful. They will cover nearly anything and everything in life that a person may desire to be successful in from tying knots to building a million-dollar business.

People are always searching for ways to be successful. Often it is with the least amount of work or complicated steps.

God told Joshua to be strong, very courageous, obey the law Moses gave and not to turn away to be successful.

God has always wanted His people to be successful. He started in the Garden of Eden with giving Adam and Eve everything they could possibly need or want and only one rule to follow to be successful. Instead of following God’s ways to be successful, man has chosen to do it his own way.

In order for one to be successful in God’s eyes, he must be willing to go against the ways of the world. This will take strength and courage. The world will threaten to kill and destroy anyone who goes against them and their ways of living.

The Holy Spirit is with the believer, giving him all the power and authority of God–the Creator of the universe, which in turn will give the believer strength and courage to defeat the ways of the world.

Throughout the Bible, God has given rules on how to live for Him, starting with the law of Moses and going through to Revelation. All of His commands fall under two spots–love God and love others. If one obeys these commands, he will be successful in all that he does and wherever he goes.

You may be searching for ways to be successful in life. Do not seek the ways of the world, but seek what God wants you to do.

God is able and willing to show you how to be successful, but it takes you to be strong and courageous in stepping out in faith on the path God has for you.

You must be willing to obey everything God directs you to do, not turning to the right or left, to find true success that will last for eternity, not just a few years.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all the commands of God for you; that you will be strong and courageous in obeying God and resisting the ways of the world; and that you will see the success God has for you.

Deuteronomy 20:1 Going Into Battle

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1

Wars are occurring on a regular basis all around the world. While some are wars with actual guns and bombs, many are wars of emotions, intellect, standards or other such things against self, others or organizations.

Often one side can appear very large and overwhelming to the other. Choices of to battle or not are often made based on the size of both groups.

Moses told the Israelites that when they go to war against an enemy that is larger than they are, they are not to be afraid because God, who brought them out of Egypt, is with them.

Outside of fighting in the military most people will never have to face and enemy with physical guns and bombs going against them. However, everyone who is a believer will still have enemies to face.

These enemies will be friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or other people they meet, along with society as a whole and spiritual forces working against them. The world is against the believer and will often do whatever it takes to try and take him down.

Looking at the enemies of God in the world, they appear to have better weapons and are greater in number. Some believers will back down from the battle out of fear of the over looming enemy, forgetting the battles God has already won for them.

Instead of fearing the enemy, one needs to remember the battles God has already won in his life, especially the battle over sin and death and go forward into battle. The enemy may inflict injury, but he cannot destroy the soul as God can. God is greater than the enemy.

As a believer, you will have many enemies rise up against you. The world is out to stop you and will do what it can to bring about that accomplishment.

Regardless of how large and powerful the enemy may appear to be, God is greater. Jesus has already defeated sin and death and will be able to defeat your enemy.

Do not allow yourself to fear the enemy but put your trust in God to help you win the battle. He brought you this far to not let you be destroyed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the battles God has won in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all fear of the enemy; and that you will see God win the battles against the enemies of your soul.