Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 1 John 2:4
Claiming to know a person is easy to say. It is common to hear about someone who has met someone else one time and they claim to know that person. Or they have read a lot about that person and they claim to know that person. While they may know a little about that person, they really don’t know that person, unless a lot of time is spent with that person in person.
Claims are easy to make, because they are just words. It takes more than just words to know a person.
All over the world there are people who claim to know God. Many will even go to church on a regular basis, carry a bible and be able to quote the bible. As they claim to know God and will talk about Him, they will also live their lives in willful sin and refuse to do what He is asking them to do. Others will claim to know him, will flee sin, yet, will not do what He asks them to do.
John says that if a person does not do what God asks of him, he really does not know God.
God’s love, mercy and goodness is so great that if a person really knows God, he will know His love, mercy and goodness. Knowing those things will cause a person to want to serve Him and obey Him.
Very few people want to hurt someone who really loves them. They want to do good to that person who loves them. God’s love is greater than any love a person can give. Jesus gave His life for each person.
If you, as a believer, claim to know God and really know His love for you, then you will want to obey Him in every area of your life, with every thing He says.
Do not be the one who claims to know God, yet, will not do what He says to do. Be the one who will do whatever God tells you to do. Show God the love for Him that He shows for you by your obedience.
Ask yourself how well you really know God today. Do you know His great, infinite love for you?
Are you showing you really know God by your obedience and love to Him?
I pray today that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know God’s commands to you; that you will do what God commands; and that you will love God as He loves you.
“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.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9
Things of this world can be achieved or taken one of two ways: the correct way or the crooked way. The majority of people will quickly state that doing things in a crooked way is wrong and should not be done at all. While many say this, many of those same people do things in a crooked way.
It is common to hear people cheat a “little” on their taxes, or to go back on their promises. How many people cheat their employer with leaving work a few minutes early or arriving a few minutes late? How many people “gossip” about another friend or person that they know? How many people promote a situation as bigger or worse than it really was in order to get ahead? How many people look at things online in the private of their house or room?
These types of actions and many more are promoted and encouraged by the world. How many tv shows and movies promote this stuff? The world says it is acceptable to do this as long as you do not get caught.
Each of these things are crooked paths. Crooks keep trying to steal things, thinking that they will never get caught. With time, nearly every crook will get caught. Ultimately everyone gets caught by God.
The opposite of this type of life, is one of integrity. It is doing the right thing when no one is looking, or doing the right thing even when it hurts.
As a believer, you must keep in mind that God is always watching. The world may not think anything of you doing something, but God does care.
If you are living with integrity, you can walk securely knowing that you will never be in trouble or correctly accused of doing something wrong. Those who take crooked paths are always on the watch for being found out and caught.
How are you living your life today?
Are you living in integrity, doing the right thing all the time, every time?
Or are you trying to cut corners and cheat the system God has set up, taking a crooked path?
I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will walk with the integrity of God; that God will strengthen you to flee all crooked paths in this life; and that the world will see God’s integrity in you.
When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Genesis 29:25
Jacob had been working for his uncle Laban. At one point Laban said he needed to offer something to Jacob for his work. Jacob loved Rachel, Laban’s daughter, so he agreed to work for seven years to get Rachel as his wife. When the seven years were up, they had the marriage. The bride was covered up at the time she went in with Jacob. In the morning he realized that Laban had given him his daughter Leah, instead of Rachel as agreed. He ends up working another seven years to get Rachel.
Years before his living with Laban, Jacob had deceived his brother, Esau, into selling his birthright. Later he deceived his father into getting his brother’s blessings as the firstborn. Deception had been a way of life for Jacob.
Often people think that it is acceptable to deceive someone into getting something or getting them to do something. It seems to work at the moment in their favor. Many will just say that it is something little, and no real big deal.
The challenge comes when they get deceived. Very few people like to be deceived. When they are deceived, they will get very angry.
When you deceive someone, chances are that someone else will come along and deceive you. Along with that deceiving someone is lying to them and to God. If you are willing to deceive a person, you most likely will choose to deceive God.
People like to act as though they are in the right standing before God, while they are living in a sinful act. They try to tell people and God that they are doing everything correctly.
People may be deceived, but God is not. He sees the heart and your mind.
Live your life open before God. Do not try to deceive any person or God. In the end it will come back on you and hurt you. It is not worth it.
I pray today that God will guide you in how to treat other people; that you will love others as God loves them; that you will live in truth; that you will always speak truth to everyone; and that God will strengthen you to never deceive anyone.