2 Samuel 24:10 A Troubled Conscience

David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 2 Samuel 24:10

As people do things every day, there are times that their conscience rises up with a feeling of whether what they are doing is right or wrong. Most people know when they are doing something wrong but ignore their conscience and rejecting doing what is right. Others will realize what they did was wrong and strive to change.

David had made a count of all his fighting men, something God said not to do. Immediately after the counting David was conscience stricken and repented before God for having sinned against Him.

Believers who have a heart that is seeking after God will know immediately when they have made a bad choice and sinned against Him. This is a sign from the Holy Spirit revealing when something is wrong and drawing them back to God.

If their action is to immediately repent, it keeps their heart soft and open to God and open to obeying God more and more. Sadly, many believers will ignore the feeling of conviction and continue in the sin, justifying it or just ignoring that it was a sin.

The more a believer does this type of action, the further from God he moves. It can get to a point where he no longer feels any conviction and lives in open sin. His heart becomes calloused against hearing the Holy Spirit’s conviction against sin.

True believers will have a heart open to God’s conviction and repent immediately. This is not to earn salvation, but because of what Jesus did for them. They strive to live the holy life God called them to live.

As a human being, you will have times that you will sin against God. Do not allow your heart to be so hardened that you do not recognize when you sin.

Know that every sin you commit breaks the heart of God and reminds Jesus of the stripes He took for you. Jesus is ready to forgive you.

Take time immediately to repent of any sin and seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to flee the temptation to sin the next time it comes around.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit speak into your life; that you will know when you sin against God; that you will repent of any sins against God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to live a holy life for God.

Deuteronomy 18:13 Be Blameless

You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 18:13

People who build things that are of extreme high quality always strive for perfection in their craft. The goal is to have no flaws in what they do, regardless of what is being done. Products made in this manner will be of high value and bring in a lot of money.

If there is any flaw in the product, it will often be tossed out and remade. Studies will be made as to why the flaw appeared and how to prevent it from occurring again. Perfection is sought out.

Moses told the people not to take on the practices of the nations they are going in to possess because they are to be blameless before God.

Comparing oneself up against God, one will find that he is flawed and sinful no matter how good of a person he is. Many in the church know this and accept that is the way they are and do not strive to change it in any way. Their thinking is that this is just who they are and nothing can be done about it.

While this is true that they are flawed and sinful, God sent Jesus to remove that sin and change their hearts and minds. The blood of Jesus removed all sin from the life of those who believe on Him. However, it does not just stop there.

Every believer must also strive to be blameless before God. Being forgiven of sins and then purposefully going back into sin is not following God.

In one’s own power and abilities he will not be able to be completely blameless before God. Leaning on God and His Holy Spirit for wisdom, direction and strength, one can become blameless before God in Christ Jesus.

You are living in a world that is full of sin and promotes sin in every area of life. As a believer you are to be different, set apart as holy and blameless before God. Flee all sin and refuse to partake in sin.

Jesus has removed the sin, now it is your job to not go back to that sin and pick it up again. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in living in the ways of God so that you may be blameless and without sin before God.

Be blameless before the Lord your God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and give you strength to be blameless before God; and that you will live according to God’s holy standards.

Numbers 33:55 Drive Them Out

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. Numbers 33:55

When a person begins to plant a garden in a new location, he must first remove all of the weeds that are currently in its place. If the weeds are not removed before the planting, the weeds will grow up and overtake the plants, causing a lot of problems and limited growth. The weeds will fight for control.

God told the Israelites that when they go into the promised land, they must drive out the inhabitants of the land, but if they do not, then those left will cause problems for them.

Although most people will not be physically moving when they become believers, every one of them will be moving in a spiritual sense. Their move is one from a sinful state of living, into one of living for God in holiness and righteousness.

The life of one not serving God is filled with sin–sinful thoughts, actions, beliefs and friends. At the moment of becoming a believer, one must be willing to get rid of the old ways, otherwise like the inhabitants of the land for the Israelites, those ways will become thorns and barbs in the life of the believer.

Old sinful things will draw a person back away from God. They will pull a person into sinful ways, causing a backsliding.

Only with complete removal will a person be able to move forward with God without a thorn in the side holding him back. Holding onto God and His word and being filled and led by the Holy Spirit will give the believer strength to overcome the enemy and sin in his life.

As a believer, you are on a journey in a new land. There are inhabitants in your life that you must be willing to drive out.

These inhabitants are the old sinful ways or habits, sinful connections, sinful beliefs and anything else that pulls you away from God. Allow God, with His Holy Spirit, to give you strength to drive out the past and dead to give you a new life in the new land you are now living in.

Anything that you do not drive out will become a thorn in your side and cause many problems in following God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal anything in your life that is holding you back from serving Him with your whole life; that God will give you strength to cast out old sinful ways; and that you will live the abundant life Jesus has brought you in to.

Numbers 26:64 Will You Be Counted As God’s Child?

Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. Numbers 26:64

America does a census counting of all the people once every ten years. This is done for various reasons, though primarily for taxing purposes and to see how many people live in America and where they live.

Only those who live in America and are still living are counted in the census regardless of how young or old they are. Those outside the country are not counted at all, with the exception of some who are temporarily living outside the nation.

God had Moses take a census of the Israelites. None of those who were counted in the Desert of Sinai were counted for they were dead.

While nations take censuses on a regular basis, God will also be taking a census one day. God is counting the number of His children that will be able to enter His kingdom in heaven some day.

Just as with nations the number of people go up and down with each census, the number of people in God’s kingdom goes up and down. Every time a person repents of his sin and chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, the number goes up. At the same time, there are people who are deceived by the world and the devil and choose to walk away from God. This is when the number goes down.

Any believer who chooses to grumble and complain against God and decides to go the way of the world, refusing to obey God is leaving His kingdom. Salvation is guaranteed only when a believer continues to believe, obey God and repent when he fails to obey God.

Every believer must live in a way so that they will be counted when Jesus returns.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, you became a citizen in God’s country. God began to count you as His child.

Do not hold this lightly or give it up to go back to the world, leaving God’s kingdom. Walking in sin and refusing to repent will cause Jesus to say He does not know you when He returns. You will not be counted as His child.

Ask yourself today if you will be counted as a member of God’s kingdom when Jesus returns.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will be able to count you as His child; and that Jesus will be able to say He knows you when He returns.

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Title: It’s Time To Be Bold
Author: Michael W. Smith
Publisher: Word Publishing
Date: 1997
Pages: 166

It’s Time To Be Bold (book review)

Michael W. Smith is a very accomplished Christian singer/song writer that has been singing for many years with many of his own songs. Many of his songs are well known by most believers and some have even crossed over to secular charts and popularity. He writes this short book giving a short view of what he believes in. Each chapter deals with a different area of life that is important.

He tells short stories of experiences he has had throughout his musical career. With each story he ties in verses from the Bible and from some of his songs. Overall, he shows what it means to be a believer and what it means to be bold and why it is important.

At the end of each short chapter, he challenges the reader in how to apply what he is talking about. His primary motivation is to point people to Jesus and to live for God by being His witness in this world. He discusses how to find your place in this world and going through tough times. Some of the topics he covers are never being alone, following directions, a listening Father, running into battle and more.

Michael uses many of his own troubles to show as an example of how even he has troubles. You can hear his heart of compassion for people and his desire that they know Jesus.

This is a very short and easy book to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to grow in their faith and belief.