Job 8:6 False Prosperity

If you were pure and upright, surely now He would awake you, and prosper your rightful dwelling place. Job 8:6

Being prosperous is something that most people dream of and aim for. While all will aim for it, many, in their own minds, will never really make it there. In order to be considered prosperous, most believe that they must own a large home, have several cars and a very large income with no bills. And all of this must be at least as much as their neighbor has or more, regardless of how much that is.

Bildad tells Job that if he were really pure and upright God would make him prosperous right away.

Belief that prosperity makes one better. It is all about having more physical things, rather than having good character. Having more tends to be seen as having greater favor.

Inside the church this false belief has crept in and taken over the mindset of many believers. Along with seeking bigger, better and more things, many also believe that if one is faithful to God, He will automatically give them all of those things. Although God can bless a believer with many physical things in this life, He does not always do that. God only gives a believer what is best for him.

Physical prosperity is seen as a sign of one’s holiness bringing on God’s great favor, and those not prosperous are seen as failing in their walk with God.

Many believers have been blessed with great prosperity only to forget about God and their original mission to serve God. They begin to serve the things rather than God.

One must believe in and follow God, trusting God with all that God provides, whether little or great. God may or may not provide a lot of physical things, but either way He provides true life and true prosperity.

You may or may not have a lot of things in this life. One thing that you can have and is free is forgiveness of sins and an abundant life that will last for eternity.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the false belief that following God will automatically make you physically rich. That is a choice God makes based on what is best for you personally. The things of this world will pass away, but the life Jesus provides will last for eternity and nothing is better for you than that.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the riches of God’s grace in your life; that you will see how prosperous you are with the eternal life God is giving you; that you will seek God above all things; and that you will seek to be like Jesus, rather than like the world.

Nehemiah 4:1 The World Will Mock

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. Nehemiah 4:1

Whenever someone does something that others do not like they are often mocked and ridiculed. People will do whatever it takes to try and discourage and stop others that they do not agree with or like. The process of mocking will often include telling lies and false rumors, making fun of the other or anything else possible to discredit the person and get them to fail.

As the Israelites were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, Sanballat was angry and began to mock them for what they were doing.

Believers are to build up walls of morality, holiness and righteous living in the towns, cities and nations in which they live. They are to be set apart, separate from the wicked and sinful ways of the world, clothing themselves with Christ’s righteousness and putting up barriers to keep themselves from participating in sinful activities.

Immediately upon building these walls of protection on their lives, the world will begin to mock believers. Sometimes this is directed at a specific individual, while other times it is to believers as a whole. Watch many television shows, movies, and read books and magazines to see how the world will mock true Christians.

Upon being mocked, many believers will back down and stop building the walls. Some will give in and begin to let the world into their lives, sinning on purpose against God and His standards of living.

Instead of giving in, believers need to group together to hold each other up and keep on building those walls together, allowing God to spread His hand of protection over them. A choice to obey and follow God rather than the world must be made.

God has shown you how to live your life in Christ Jesus through His word. You are to live a life that is holy and separate from the world.

The more you choose to stand for God and build His wall, the more the world will choose to mock you and try to destroy you. The world does not want to lose you to God and will do whatever they can to make you stop and return to sin. Don’t give in, but lean on God, His word and the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you strength to build a holy and righteous life in Christ Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you strength when the world mocks you; that you will turn to God for strength as the world attacks; and that you will be able to build walls of holiness in your life and the lives of those around you.

2 Chronicles 30:6b Return To God

People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 2 Chronicles 30:6b

Foundations are often laid that make a person, a family, a people or even a nation great. Sometimes later in life those foundations are forgotten or ignored. When this occurs, disaster usually follows. Whatever was made great often begins to fail and not be great. Although they may not become physical captives, they are often captive to failure and downfall.

After restoring the temple, Hezekiah sent out a letter to all the people of Israel to return to God.

Throughout America, and most likely all other nations, there are many people who were brought up in a Christian home believing in Jesus that later walked away from that belief. They had a foundation laid as a child to believe in Jesus but allowed the ways of the world to overcome them and lead them away from God.

Unlike most nations, America was founded upon Christian principles and a belief in God. Yet so many have chosen to walk away from that foundation that those who are true believers in Jesus are no longer the majority in the nation.

No matter where one is at in life, if one is not following God, he needs to return to that foundation and begin to serve God again or for the first time. This has nothing to do with whether a person grew up in a believing home or not, but with his own individual choices.

When one chooses to turn to God, God will then draw near to that person. He will restore what was lost, the joy of salvation and His presence and favor.

You must be willing to ask yourself where you are with God. You may or may not have had the privilege of being brought up in a home where you believed God, but you have the opportunity to choose to believe in God yourself and to serve and worship Him.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the ways of the world and stay away or reject Jesus and live in sin. Return to God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Make Him the only God in your life so that He may make His dwelling place in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live your life to serve and worship God; that God will pull you out of the sinful ways of the world; that you will make Jesus the foundation of all that you say and do; that you will never turn away from God; and that you will lead others to Jesus.

1 Chronicles 22:1 A Place For God To Stay

Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” 1 Chronicles 22:1

Having a place to stay is important for every person. Most people have to search for a good place to live and then rent it. Some will get the opportunity to purchase the place, while a few will have the opportunity to build a new place.

To build a new place takes a lot of planning and decision making. One has to decide where to build it and how to have it built.

David wanted to have a temple built for God to dwell in and have the burnt offerings offered in. He chose the house of God to be built.

The world is always seeking a place to live, but very rarely is seeking a place for other people to live, unless it is for a profit. The dwelling places of people are always temporary and come with a lot of challenges.

One thing the world does not seek is where God can dwell and a place where offerings can be offered up to Him.

While it is important for believers to have a place to physically live, it is more important to make a place for God to live. Every believer is to be the temple of God and a living sacrifice. Their lives are to be a place where God can live and they offer their whole lives up to be a sacrifice unto God for what Jesus has done for them.

Jesus provided forgiveness and cleansing from sin for every believer, giving them the opportunity to be the temple of God. Now the believer can live the holy life Jesus provided and make his life a place for God to dwell in for the whole world to see.

Although you may go to some church, the place where God really dwells is inside you, if you are a believer in Jesus. Live your life for God in such a way that God is pleased to make your heart a place to dwell. Offer your whole life up to God as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Do not allow your life to be filled with the world and sin that will evict God from your life. Be the purified and holy temple of God that Jesus died on the cross for you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy temple of God to dwell in; that you will live a holy life that Jesus has provided for you; that your life will be a sacrifice of love to God; and that the world will see that God dwells in you.

2 Kings 20:1 Are You Ready To Die?

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 2 Kings 20:1

For most people they do not want to think about the concept of death. Thinking about death brings about fear for many because they do not know what to expect. Very few people are ready to die and would be very terrified if they knew exactly when they would be dying. They live only in the moment.

King Hezekiah had become ill and was near death. Isaiah told him that God said he would die, so he must get his house put in order.

All over the world there are people who have sickness that are leading to death. They have received the report from the doctor that they are going to die and there is nothing more than can be done to stop it.

At the moment they receive this information, many will begin to get their things in order to be ready to die. Focus is often placed upon getting a will put in place and saying final goodbyes to family and friends. Some will turn to God during this time and strive to get right with God.

Doing all of this works for those that have advance notice of death. However, there are also many people who leave in the morning and die that day due to a sudden accident or health problem. They have no notice and no extra time to prepare for death.

Believers must be ready at all times for death. Life must be lived believing in the work of Jesus and repenting of all sin, striving to live a life of holiness in the righteousness of Jesus.

You may have some sickness that is revealing you may die soon, or you may not. Either way there is coming a day in which you will die.

Instead of going through life as though you may never die, live for God. Keep your house in order that you are ready to die and be with God for eternity.

Jesus has provided the way to have eternal life, but you must accept it and live in it. Do not allow your house to be messy and unprepared for death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be ready to die and meet with God; that you will live life following God’s ways; that God will strengthen you to turn from sin and live for Him; and that you will face death with a joy of getting to be with God for eternity.