Revelation 2:20 Bad Tolerance

 

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Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. Revelation 2:20

Tolerance is something that people want shown to themselves, while not necessarily showing it to others. The world wants believers to be tolerant of their practices and ways of living. No one wants to be judged as being wrong or ever needing to change.

Many people in the church have become tolerant of others, following the ways of the world. They have begun to accept people who they are, just the way the are. This in and of itself is not necessarily bad, but people are allowed to stay that way as they continue to ‘follow’ Jesus.

People are allowed to continue in the church as leaders and good believers while still living in purposeful sin. They are being tolerated for their ways. Many in the church have begun to accept many of the beliefs and practices of the world, because they are tolerant and ‘loving’. Sexual immorality, drugs, greed, jealousy, pride and more sins are all being accepted inside the church, in trying to be tolerant of others.

A person who has become a new believer is to change his ways of acting and thinking. He is to become a new person, not remain in his old ways of sin and death. Yet, people want to be tolerant and stay the same.

God spoke against a church in Revelation for doing this very action. They did not hold to God’s standards of living and became like the world, while claiming to follow God.

Jesus set a high, separate standard for believers in the church. As a believer, you must strive to attain those standards. It will mean that you will not be tolerant of sin and accept it. You will still love people and accept them, but you will aim for living the higher standard for God.

Take a look at your life and see if there are any areas in your life you have compromised in being tolerant of sin. Turn your focus back on to God and His ways of living. Seek to live like Jesus in every area of your life. Do not allow sin to reign in your life as you seek to be tolerant. Love but remain separate.

I pray today that you will know God’s standards of living; that you will not accept the ways of this world in your life; that you will point people to live as Jesus lived; and that you will be a witness of God’s standards in this world. 

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Zechariah 3:3-5 Changing Your Clothes

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. Zechariah 3:3-5

Joshua was the high priest for the temple of God. He had been living in sin and was covered with filthy clothes. God removed his sin and gave him clean clothes and a clean turban. His life was changed so that he could serve God.

Appearance can often say a lot about a person. The way a person dresses often shows what he is like on the inside. Some are very professional and concerned about their appearance, so they dress in fancy dresses and suits all the time. Others do not care how they look and dress in worn out dirty shirts and jeans with holes.

Although it is not always the reason, often it is because of lack of care in a person’s life that causes them to dress in a poor way.

In the same way, people do not dress their spiritual being in the correct manner. They may go to church and claim a belief in God, but do not live the life of service to God. They choose to follow the ways of this world, living in sin, even while going to church. In this manner they are dressed in filthy clothing.

As with Joshua, he had new clothes and a new turban put on, you also need new clothes and a new turban put on. The new clothes are the righteousness and holiness of Jesus. The turban is in the new mind in Christ, a new way of thinking.

Do not follow the ways of this world, but change your clothing. Put on a new appearance that shows you are a child of God. Show the world that you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to dress you up with His clothing, so that the world will see someone who is different.

What does your appearance say about your life today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to clothe you with His righteousness; that you will be a new creation in Jesus; and that the world may know that you serve God.

Micah 1:8 Weeping And Wailing

Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. Micah 1:8

Micah was talking about going around weeping and wailing. He would also humble himself before everyone because something was happening. That something was that God was destroying the nation of Samaria and the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem had been the pride of the Israelites and the center of worship of God, and now it was being destroyed. The entire reason for the destruction of both was the sin of the people against God.

Sin is something that is a part of every person’s life. Every one is guilty of sin. Nations are filled with people who are guilty of not only sinning, but also promoting sin and sinning on purpose. Every nation has groups of people who reject God and refuse to follow Him.

Part of the reason for the level of sin in a nation is due to the level of commitment by believers to spread the gospel message and God’s great love. Many believers take a blind eye to the sin going on around them, or may even partake in the sin themselves. Others will see the sin and all they do is talk about condemnation, refusing to show God’s love and forgiveness that is available. Either way allows for sin to grow.

With rampant sin, God will have to judge. This is especially true when sin is accepted among His own people. Individuals in churches and many churches themselves, allow for sin and do not speak against it.

Micah was weeping and wailing because of all the sin that he saw among the people. He knew that God was coming in to destroy them because of the sin. It hurt his heart to see that happening.

When you look at your own life and see any sin in it, how does it make you feel? If you are just acting like that is a part of life, you should feel horrible, moving away from God. It should break your heart.

As you see sin in those around you, how does it make you feel? It should break your heart, causing you to weep and wail for those who are lost.

Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Point them to the way of the truth and real life so that destruction will not occur.

I pray today that you will not accept sin in your own life; that you will point others to Jesus and His forgiveness; that you will weep for those living in sin; and that you will pray that God will change the hearts of those around you. 

Ezekiel 2:7 Speak God Words

You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. Ezekiel 2:7

God was getting ready to send Ezekiel to the Israelites. He calls them a very rebellious people who do not want to listen. Ezekiel is told not to be afraid of the people and what they will do. He is to speak the words of God to the people whether or not they will listen.

The people who Ezekiel was being sent to were the Israelites. These were the people who were supposed to know and love God. They were supposed to be the ones whom God had chosen. Yet, God describes them as being a rebellious people who may not listen to what is being said. These are the believers that God is calling rebellious.

Those in the world who have never accepted Jesus into their life are not the ones being described as rebellious. Those people are just being who they are: sinners who have not been saved, who have never given God a chance.

The rebellious people are those who go to church, claim to believe in Jesus and, yet, live in a sinful lifestyle that goes against God’s word. These are people who purposefully choose to live in ways that do not represent Jesus. When they are told what God’s word says about their actions, thoughts or speech, they will come up with every excuse to justify what happened. They attempt to claim freedom in Christ and that they can live whatever way they desire.

God wants you to be a shining light in this world as a witness of who Jesus is and what God desires. Along with telling those in the world who do not know Him, you must also speak His word to those who claim to know Him. If another believer is living in sin, you have the responsibility to point him back to God.

Some of those people will listen and turn to God, while others will stay rebellious and not listen. You cannot change a person, but it is your responsibility to tell them what God has to say.

Do not be afraid of what the people may think, say or do, keep speaking God’s word into their lives. Do it with love and compassion. Listen to what God wants you to say and say it. And do not be one of the people who are rebellious. Lives are in the balance, will you speak God’s word today?

I pray today that you will know what God wants to say; that God will speak through you to others; that God’s love will show through you; and that others will hear the words of God and turn to Him. 

Jeremiah 7:9-10 False Security

“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe” –safe to do all these detestable things?” Jeremiah 7:9-10

God had been watching the Israelites and was very upset with them. Many of them were living in sin, stealing, killing, adultery, lying, and worshiping other gods. As they were doing this, they would come into the temple of God each Sabbath day and say that they were the people of God and were safe. They felt that they were safe to do any sin that their heart desired.

There are many people all over the world who claim to be Christian. They go to church each Sunday and have a bible with them when they go. They know all the choruses and can quote all the major verses that need to be memorized. Yet, on Monday through Saturday, they live a completely different life.

Cheating, lying, stealing, gossip, drunkenness, drugs, immoral sex, adultery, anger, and many more sins are committed each day of the week. As they go to church, they do not repent of the sins in any way. They feel as though they are going to heaven, because they had confessed Jesus and are going to church, yet, refuse to live according to God’s ways. In church they are saying they are safe and will not be condemned.

God hates sin and sinful living. God is watching each person and how they really live their lives. Each person will be judged by how he lives his life.

As a believer, you must confess daily any sins to Jesus and request for forgiveness. You must be willing to turn away from all sin. Do not purposefully live in any sin, no matter how big or how small it is. All sin is sin and is detestable to God.

Do not believe that just because you know the bible and go to church each week, you are saved. You must believe in your heart and obey God. In order to truly love God, you must obey Him.

Are you allowing sin to reign in your life?

Or are you daily crucifying that sin and living for God?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that God will empower you to turn from all sin; that God will break the habits of sin in your life; and that you will truly live for God each day of the week.

2 Chronicles 30:7 Be Different

“Do not be like your parents and your fellow Israelites, who were unfaithful to the LORD, the God of their ancestors, so that he made them an object of horror, as you see.” 2 Chronicles 30:7

Hezekiah had become king and had the temple cleaned up and rededicated to God. He called for a celebration of the Passover for the first time in many years. With that call he sent a letter to all the people of Judah and Israel to return to God. Hezekiah urged the people to not be like their parents and other Israelites, who had walked away from God, but to dedicate themselves to God.

In America, during the 60s-70s, many homes had some belief in Jesus. Talk of Jesus was heard in many places. It was expected that a person would go to church on Sundays. Businesses were closed on Sundays so that people could go to church.

During the 1980’s a lot of that changed. People stopped seeing the need to go to church, businesses opened up on Sundays, acceptance of sin became more open, and the decline of morals became more steep. Since then the world and the nation has become even more open and promoting of sin in every part of a person’s life.

Today many young people, who now believe in Jesus, have not brought up in a Christian home. They were not brought up knowing Jesus, but learned of Him later in life.

You may be one of those who came to Jesus later. If you are, you are to be different from your parents. Do not follow the ways of your parents if they did not follow the ways of God.

You are also to be set apart, different from those around you…the world. As the world pushes sin more and more, you must stand out against sin. Refuse to step into sin and be a part of it.

Living in sin will bring on the wrath of God and no peace. Living for God will bring the favor and peace of God, despite any thing that is going on.

Are you blending in with the world?

Or are you being separate from the world?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in your life; that you will reject sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to be separate from the world, and that you will not conform to the ways of this world.

2 Kings 17:7-8 A Reason For Destruction

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. 2 Kings 17:7-8

Israel had been destroyed as a nation and the people were brought into captivity. The purpose had been because of their continued living in sin. God had brought them out of Egypt, yet they persisted in following false gods, so God allowed them to be overtaken and destroyed as a nation.

Throughout Israel’s history there had been some kings who served God, however, most of them did not drive out all worship of false gods. This allowed for continued worshipping of the false gods, slowly leading the people further and further from God, until destruction was brought about by God.

Worship of false gods has not changed in the several thousand years that have passed since Israel had been destroyed as a nation. Every nation today has people following false gods all the time. Governments lead people in worshipping false gods.

America has followed the footsteps of Israel. It was founded on Christian principles, but has since abandoned them. The government and the leaders promote living in sin in many different ways. Sin is now called good, while good is being called bad.

When these things happen, God removes His hand of favor upon a nation and its people. Although it took several hundred years before Israel fell as a nation, it did occur. They were destroyed for over 2,000 years.

As an individual, you have to choose how you will live and whom you will serve and follow. Things may be looking good for you at the moment, but if you are refusing to follow and worship God alone, there will come a time of destruction. That destruction may occur in this life, or you may live a long life that appears to be good, and in the end be destroyed after death.

God sees your heart and life. He knows who you are really worshipping and serving.  If you are serving God with all of your life and trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you will not be destroyed, though death may come in this life.

If you are not serving God and trusting in Jesus, destruction will come eventually. God may bring it in this life to attempt to get your attention, or after death when it is too late.

Serve and worship God alone today. Trust only in Jesus and not the things of this world. Do not have God have to bring about destruction in your life, now or in the future.

I pray today that you will trust in Jesus alone; that you will worship God alone; that you will not cause God to bring about destruction; and that you will strive to turn others from sin to God.