Micah 2:6 Refusing To Listen

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“Do not prophecy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophecy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 

No one likes to hear bad news, when it is about themselves. They only want to hear good news, positive things.

People who go to the doctor and receive some bad news about their health, often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. Or the ignore the news, not believing it is the truth. They do not want to believe that the bad news is the truth.

Micah was bringing bad news to the people of Israel. Their prophets were telling him to stop prophesying that way. They did not believe it would happen as they were being told.

God has not changed over the years since Micah’s time. He still is against sin and sinful practices. He still warns people to turn away from sin or else there will be disaster and punishment.

All over America and most other nations, sin is promoted as good. Anyone who speaks out against sinful practices is listed as a hater or as one who wants to take away someone else’s freedom to do and live as he desires. As this is done believers are told to keep quiet and keep their belief to themselves.

Every believer is placed upon this earth to be a witness of who Jesus is. One of the things Jesus is, is holy and pure. The believer is also supposed to be like Jesus and tell others to be like Him–holy and pure.  This requires a turning away from sin.

Those who choose not to turn away from sin will eventually face a final judgement. Punishment or correction for living in sin may occur in this life. God does this to warn people of what is to come, giving them a chance to repent.

When God is speaking to you about some warning of judgement to come, do not ignore it. Take it to heart and change as He is calling you to change. Do not allow your heart to be hardened like the world and ignore the prophesies.

If you choose to purposely live in sin, then disgrace will overtake you and you will be destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to turn from sin and follow God. Do not live for evil, but live for God and His holiness and righteousness. Listen to the prophets for God wants to give you good, not punishment.

I pray today you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will listen to what God says through His prophets; that you will not give God a reason to bring on disaster; and that you will speak the words of God to this world. 

Hosea 13:2 Increasing Sin

Buddhist idols

Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. Hosea 13:2 

The world does not have a solid standard to live by. They do not know what it really means to love another person. It is acceptable for a person to live in any way that he desires as long as it does not directly, immediately hurt another person in any way.

The only reason the world can live in this way, is because they do not follow God and do not know the standard God has laid down for them to live. In the process of living this way, they are living in sin against God and often even against each other.

God was upset with Ephraim because they had chosen to sin more and more. They continually made more idols from their silver to worship, rather than worship God.

While it is expected for the world to live in sin, the church is expected to turn more and more away from all sin. The only thing the church, or believers, should worship is God alone.

Yet, this does not happen for many believers in the church. It is common for believers to be right alongside of the world following and worship man-made idols. They fashion their own idols to worship and idolize. There are some who are guilty of worshipping the same things as the world does, worshipping positions, titles, money, material things, people, and even things inside the church.

Some churches have allowed their people to sin and idolize things to the point that it is difficult to tell them apart from the world. Some ‘believers’ have allowed sin in their life and are not even trying to change.

Every believer needs to strive to live like Jesus, without sin. With the Holy Spirit one should turn away from sin rather than to embrace it more and more.

Examine your life and see where you are in your walk with God. Are you guilty of worshipping idols? Are you guilty of sinning more and more on purpose?

Turn to God and allow His Holy Spirit to guide you. Be willing to turn away from all sin and live as Jesus did. Do not allow the sinful, idolatrous ways of this world to creep into your life and pull you away from God.

Worship and serve the Lord your God and Him alone. Live for God, not this world or yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal idols in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all idols in your life; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you away from all sin.

Hosea 8:14 Forgetting The Maker

Walled city

Israel has forgotten their Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses. Hosea 8:14 

No one likes to be forgotten or ignored. If someone accomplished or did something great, he wants it to be remembered and acknowledged. It is even worse if the credit for the accomplishment is given to someone else.

It can be painful when the accomplishment is forgotten. Lawsuits are drawn up against others when the credit is stolen. People want to be recognized for what they did.

God is complaining about how He had made Israel and Judah, yet they no longer remember Him. They are focused on building things for themselves. His plan is to punish them and destroy their cities.

During a sudden time of crisis people will often remember God and cry out to Him for help. But when the time of crisis is over and things are going well and successful people suddenly forget God.

In the first few weeks after 9/11 churches were being filled and people were calling out to God. After a few months, people quickly forgot about God and went about building up their lives again. They built their palaces of careers, homes, businesses, and material things. Churches, again, saw a drop in attendance. God was being forgotten.

There are also many in the church who have forgotten God in their services. They are focused on building some ministry or making a better building to worship in, rather than focusing upon God and what He desires.

The focus of every believer should be first upon God and what He wants. As soon as a believer takes things into his own hands, he often begins to forget about God and judgement will come from God.

Think about where your focus is in life. Ask yourself what it is that you are trying to accomplish. You may be focused on the things of this world, building a better career, a larger retirement fund, a bigger house, or more. These are all temporary and show that you are forgetting about God.

Turn your eyes to God. Seek what it is that God desires for you to have and to do. Focus your attention on becoming more like Jesus and build His kingdom greater. When you do that all these things will be added unto you in due time. Do not allow yourself to forget about God in the process of living life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your first focus in life; that you will work to build His kingdom each day; and that you will not forget God in living life. 

Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive Anyone?

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“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

When a person has had something done wrong to him, most people do not want to forgive. They see that the wrong has given them the right to get vengeance and strike back.

Courts and judges are asked all the time to forgive a person. Yet, they are willing to ask the question of why. They want to know why they should forgive the criminal because he had done something wrong. Most often, they do not forgive and punishment is given.

God asks the people why He should forgive them. The people of Israel had rejected Him and gave themselves to foreign, false gods even while He was providing for them.

It is bad enough when a person does not know to not do something, but it is worse for him when he knows not to do something, but still does it. In cases where the person has been taught better, judges are more lenient on the judgments.

There have been many believers who have purposefully chosen to reject God’s way of living and follow false gods. Gods of money, position, and things. Even while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus, they give themselves over to sinful ways.

God does not have to forgive a person, but His love demands it when the person repents. Despite all that man has done against God, He is still willing to forgive immediately when a person repents.

The only reason God is willing to forgive is because of His immense great love He has for all people. Immediately upon repentance, God is ready to forgive and build the person back up again.

As you are going through your life, do not give God any reason to not forgive you. Know and understand His great love for you and live for Him with all of your being.

When God points out sin in your life, quickly repent of it and turn away from that sin. No longer allow sin to master you, but be mastered by God.

As you repent and turn away from sin and towards God, He will forgive you. God will restore you and build you up, rather than tear you down and destroy you.

Are you giving God a reason to not forgive you?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will not reject God in any area of  your life. 

Isaiah 55:7 Let There Be A Change

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Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7 

Changing personal ways is something most people do not ever want to do. It is something that is difficult and can often be somewhat painful.

Most people like the way they are and don’t see a reason to change. This can even be true when the change is for the better in the long wrong. Humans want the benefit immediately, not after a long time and lots of work. They want the benefits now without the hard work.

Through Isaiah, God calls those who are wicked to change their ways and thoughts and turn to Him. God is willing to have mercy upon them and free them from all guilt.

There are people every where who claim to follow Jesus, yet their lifestyle and thoughts do not show it. In fact, many will just claim that is who they are and they cannot nor will change. They stay living in a sinful way or keep on with the sinful thoughts in their hearts.

Churches are filled with people claiming to be believers, but are not willing to change. God has set a standard of living that is above the ways and thoughts of mankind. It is a holy and righteous standard of living.

One cannot earn his salvation by living a righteous life and turning away from sin, because that price was paid for by Jesus. However, turning from sin and changing the thoughts is a love response for what Jesus has done. It is showing that one is truly grateful for the salvation that Jesus has provided. It shows a change to a new creation in Christ Jesus.

As a believer, you have been forgiven and saved by Jesus. Your sins have been removed. Now it is time to change your ways and not go back to those sins or sinful thoughts. He will pardon you from your sinful ways when you turn from them.

Allow God to change you into the new image of Jesus. Be willing to forsake and turn away from old sinful habits and thoughts. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out. Do not stay the same in the old sinful ways.

God is ready to have mercy upon you and freely pardon you. Let Him do so.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to be your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life as an image of Jesus; and that you will not abuse the mercy of God.