Proverbs 5:23 No Discipline Equals Death

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For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Proverbs 5:23 

Discipline is the ability to make oneself do the right thing or to choose to not do something wrong, regardless of how hard that decision is. Athletes discipline themselves to work out and practice long and hard in their skill to improve and become better. They push the hardships of the hard work aside to improve.

Many in the world do a great job at disciplining themselves to do a sport, but often will not choose to discipline themselves in other areas of life that are not good.

There is no discipline used to hold oneself from living in sinful ways. Choices to commit and live in adultery, homosexuality, or some other deviant lifestyle are common. Each of these and many more ways are ways that lead to death. Sinful lifestyles are accepted as normal and promoted.

Solomon realizes that lack of discipline will bring about death. People are led down wrong paths by their own folly.

The believer must choose to live for God and according to His ways and commands. It takes focus and discipline to live for God.

Yet, there are many in the church who have chosen to put discipline aside and follow the ways of the world. Men lust after other women or men who are not their wives. Women lust after men and women who are not their husbands.

Sin is embraced and accepted as the world accepts it.

True discipline will choose to not walk down sinful paths. This is not down out of legalistic beliefs, but out of love for God for what He has done for each person. Jesus died to remove sin and the death sentence of sin upon a person.

Walking in sin puts that death sentence back into place. It is foolishness to choose to die.

Each day you will have choices to make. You can either look into and follow sinful ways, or you may turn away from all sin and follow God’s holy and righteous ways of living.

God wants you to have an abundant life. Living in sin may be abundant for a short season, but in the end it will bring about death.

Discipline yourself, train yourself to stay focused upon God and His ways. Train yourself to choose to obey God’s commands and not live in sin.

Embrace the life God has for you, not the death the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will guide you into His ways of living; that God will give you strength to walk in His ways; that you will keep your eyes focused upon God; and  that you will have discipline to obey God. 

Psalm 90:12 Number Your Days

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Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 

As a person is waiting for something exciting and fun to happen that is planned, he will often count the days until it is supposed to happen. The days will appear to drag by slowly, never seeming to get there. Children are known for this waiting for a birthday, Christmas or school getting out for the summer.

When a person is young, he feels as if he has lots of time to do whatever he wants. He has his whole life ahead of him. It is almost as if he feels he will live forever. Many in the world will think this way, and then also live this way.

They will choose to live in sinful ways, not knowing or thinking that there is coming a day when it will be over and there will be a day of reckoning.

Moses asked God to help him number his days. He wanted to do this in order to gain a heart of wisdom.

Knowing and understanding that a person has only a limited number of days on this earth can bring some wisdom. It will cause the person to think about what his actions are and how important they really are or are not.

Some will waste their days playing games, while others will be productive.

Believers will also need to number their days. They only have a short time on this earth. This has a two-fold meaning. One that he has a short time to be a witness and tell as many people as possible who Jesus is.

The other is that when going through troubles and hardships, he can know it is only temporary. It is only for short time before it will all be over.

Both ways gives a person wisdom in how to really live his life for God.

Regardless of what your age is, you can still number your days. You may be young with a longer life ahead of you, or you may be older nearing the end.

Each day you live on this earth, you have an opportunity to be His witness. You also have the opportunity to make the right choice in how you live for and serve God with your life. You also know that the struggles will come to an end soon.

Ask God to help you number your days, so that you may live your life in the right way for Him.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how short your life is; that God will show you what you need to do each day for Him; that you will choose to live for God daily; and that you will know the hope you have in Jesus. 

Job 21:33 The Grass Looks Greener

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The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them. Job 21:33 

Watching other people always makes it appear as if they have things better. Looking  at the lives from the outside it appears if absolutely everything is going great for the other person and that there is no troubles or problems in life.

Poor people often watch the rich drive around in fancy cars and live in big mansions and think that the person has it made. Some of those who are ‘making it’ do not live a good life or stand for bad things, yet, seem to have everything easy for them.

Job’s friends had been pointing out how there is only disaster and turmoil for the wicked. Now Job points out how the wicked do not appear to have any problems. Everything that they do is great, though it is against God. The wicked appear to thrive with everyone following them and God does not do anything to them.

Believers who are walking through a difficult trial in life often think as Job did. They cannot understand how they are suffering as they faithfully serve God, yet, those who reject God and are against Him are prospering.

Every believer must remember that Jesus promised that there would be trouble and suffering in this world and that the world would reject and hate them. These are the very things that occurred to Jesus, who was perfect and did not wrong.

One must not look on the outside of the lives of the wicked and think that they have it made. On the outside it may look beautiful and the grass looks greener, but on the inside they are full of turmoil and eventual punishment.

As a believer, you can take a look at your life and see where you really are. The closer you are walking with God, the more the world will hate you and the more struggles you may go through. It is only when you get close to God that the world will try to take you down.

Do not look at the wicked and be jealous for what they appear to have going for them. Yes, they are prospering now, but when it comes to the end, every wicked person, who has rejected Jesus, will be punished for eternity. They will lose in the end.

Hold on to the promise you have in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in serving God; that God will remove the desire for what the world offers; and that you will serve God with all of your heart and life. 

1 Kings 15:3 Not Fully Devoted

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He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not full devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. 1 Kings 15:3 

Being devoted to someone or something is to show a very high level of love for and loyalty to that someone or something. Some people are very highly devoted to some things, while not fully devoted to other things.

There are people who are so devoted to a football team, or some other sport, that they will never miss watching a game, will purchase as much as they can of their stuff and talk about them all the time. Spending money to see the team play is easy for them to do. Putting aside work, family and God is a common thing to do, in order to watch the game.

Others are devoted to their jobs, or some other hobby, or something else. Whatever they are devoted to, they put it ahead of everything else.

While many people are devoted to something, there are also a lot of things that people are not devoted to. They do their work, but are not fully devoted to it, because they will cut corners and cheat the system.

Abijah had become king of Judah and followed all the sins of his father. His heart was not fully devoted to God. He knew of God and claimed to follow God, but would not do all that God had said to do.

Not being fully devoted to God is a common problem for many believers. They love God on Sundays or when they need God’s help, but the rest of the time they live for themselves. Some may not live in horrible sinful ways, but they are still not following God. They are not sold out on obeying God in every area of their lives.

As a believer you have committed your life to God. This means you need to be fully devoted to God and His ways. Everything you do should be focused on God and His kingdom.

Do not allow yourself to turn towards sin and this world. Keep your focus on God. As your heart is fully devoted to God, you will not turn towards sin or this world. You will flee sinful acts and the evil ways of this world.

What is your heart devoted to today? Is it the temporary things of this world or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your whole heart and life will be devoted to God; that you will be faithful to God; and that you will live to serve God and build His kingdom. 

Genesis 47:9 Few And Difficult Years

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And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” Genesis 47:9

At times, living life can seem to be a long time. This becomes especially true when one is going through difficult times. The more difficult the time, the longer the time. Time will feel as though it has slowed down or even stopped altogether.

When things are going good, time seems to speed up and go super fast. It appears as if there is not enough time to do all the fun things that a person wants to do or has started to do. Yet, in reality, time is the same for every person and is neither faster nor slower at any time during one’s life.

These feelings are no different for believers. They have the same challenge of feeling how fast or slow time seems to go.

Many believers think that the Old or New Testament saints always had it easy and things went great for them all the time. Jacob had told Pharaoh that his years had been few and difficult. It had not been an easy road for him. Paul went through struggle after struggle as he lived on this earth. Jesus was persecuted and finally killed in less than 40 years.

Jesus promised hard times would come in a person’s life, but He also promised that He would be with the person through it all. Jacob did not complain about his struggles, but just made it a statement that he had them.

Regardless of whether a person lives to be one hundred and forty or only until he is forty, his life is short. It is short compared to all eternity. The question is what a person will do with those few and difficult years.

You may be going through difficult times, that seems to last forever. It is not lasting forever, it is only a short time in light of all eternity.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and live for God during the difficult times. Trust that He knows what He is allowing in your life. Do what you can for God, while you have life on this earth. It is only a short time, a vapor and it will be over and eternity will begin.

What are you doing with your short, few and difficult years on this earth for God?

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God at all times; that you will dedicate your life to God; and that God will help you see how short life really is.

Revelation 21:7 The Greatest Inheritance

 

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Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:7

Parents always want to be able to leave a good inheritance for the children, and even sometimes for their grandchildren. They invest a lot of money in a fund in order to have it for their children. Homes and land will be purchased and paid off to be able to pass it on. Businesses will be built up to be handed over to their child in the future.

Some children will know about the inheritance that they will receive prior to getting it. They will look forward to it, though they do not desire to lose their parents in the process. To get the inheritance, the parent must pass away.

Another type of inheritance that many will receive has nothing to do with material things. They are the inheritance of a great upbringing, correct morals, a good name, great training, and more. These are things that people realize after they have grown up and look back on life.

There is another inheritance that believers can look forward to. However, the only way to receive it is for the believer to be victorious. To be victorious, he must turn away from all sin and follow after God. He must be willing to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love all other people also. He must be willing to do what God tells him to do each and every time.

This inheritance is eternal life, no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, no more sin, no more hunger. All of these things are much better than any human parent can ever provide. The things human parents can provide for an inheritance are usually physical and only last a short time. The inheritance God provides is eternal.

Jesus has provided the way for you to receive this great inheritance. He died on the cross and arose again to take away your sins and provide you with eternal life.

If you have accepted what Jesus has done for you and you follow Him, you have become a child of God. As a child of God you will inherit all that He has. Be victorious and you will receive eternal life with no pain, suffering, hunger or thirst. You will be His child for all eternity–the great inheritance possible!

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the inheritance God has in store for you; and that God will help you be victorious in turning from all  sin. 

Revelation 6:16 A Day Of Wrath

 

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They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelation 6:16

People always try to avoid the extreme anger of someone else. When a person is extremely angry, anything can happen.

This fear of someone can often be seen in little children with a parent. There have been parents who show extreme wrath upon a child that has done something wrong. The parent may yell, scream, and strike the child in his anger against something done wrong. The child grows up in extreme fear of the parent and is always trying to hide from him.

Various people, even as adults have also shown extreme wrath against others because of something that was done wrong to them. These people are also avoided. When a person is going on a shooting rampage in anger in a public place, people are running and hiding anywhere they can to keep from being hit.

John sees a vision of a coming time when many people will be running and trying to hide from God. Jesus will come back to judge this world. He will unleash His anger and wrath against sin and those who refuse to follow Him. At that time, the world will realize how great God is and how powerful He is.

The God who created the heavens and the earth will be coming with a vengeance and wrath to destroy those against Him. Those in this world, who do not serve Him, will have a reason to be fearful. He will be greater and more powerful than any person that has ever been angry before. Yet, there will be no place for them to hide.

To avoid His wrath, all a person must do is follow Jesus and love God with all their heart, mind and soul. God must be first in the life of a person.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have nothing to fear from God. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have everything to fear from God. God will have His day of vengeance.

God will only strike at those who refuse to follow His Son. Those who follow Jesus, will be protected and brought into heaven.

Are you living in a way that you will have to fear God?

Or are you living for Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will not have to fear God’s wrath against you.