Isaiah 45:7 God Does It All

I form the light and create the darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

The world questions how things come to be or how things happen the way that they do. People want to be in full control of their own lives. They want to take the credit for the good things that occur in their lives. And they want to blame others for the negative or bad things that occur.

Many people will believe in God when things are going good for them. When prosperity is happening, there is a strong belief in God. However, when things turn bad, many will also turn away from God, blaming Him for their troubles.

The hard part for many to accept is that God is the one who allowed the bad things to happen and He did it in love. For most people, it is difficult to think that a perfect loving God would allow pain and suffering in this life. When a bad situation occurs in the life of a person, many choose to walk away from God. They get angry with what He has allowed, or refuse to believe that a loving God would allow it to happen.

Yet, God says He is the one who brings prosperity and disaster in the lives of people of this world. Both events are allowed in the best interest of the people.

In your own personal life, there will be times God allows prosperity to allow you to see His blessings. Other times there will be disaster, to allow you to lean on Him and trust Him more. Going through a disaster gives God the ability to show you His power.

Instead of looking at disaster as a bad thing, see it in light of God perfecting you. Look forward to the many ways God may bring you through that disaster back into prosperity again. In the end you will walk on streets of gold in heaven with God for all eternity, if you trust Him and stay with God.

Allow God to be the Master of your life. Do not fear prosperity or disaster. Know that God is in control of both.

I pray today that you will trust God at all times; that you will not be angry with God when bad things occur; that God will be your Master; and that God will strengthen you in all things.

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Ephesians 6:9 For The Master (The Boss)

“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” Ephesians 6:9

After telling the slaves to be obedient to their masters, Paul turns to the masters. These are the people who controlled or owned the slaves. Since there is no longer legal slavery allowed in the USA today, this would be the bosses of the workplaces.

He states that they are to treat the slaves in the same way. What is the “same way”? The slaves were to obey their masters as though obeying God. Now the masters are to treat their slaves the same way they would treat God.

How is a believer expected to treat God? With respect, awe, and reverence. It is recognition of who He is and the power He holds.

The slave or worker is a child of God. He is an heir to the king’s throne. You will always treat the heir to the throne with the same respect as you would the king.

Many bosses like to be a dictator over the worker, demanding their own way, refusing to listen to the worker. The boss must listen to the worker. He must treat them with respect and honor. Without the worker there would be no need for the boss.

Along with the treatment, one is not to show favoritism. God does not show it nor expect it. Often in the workplaces there is a lot of favoritism. One is given better treatment than the other, and not for good reason.

If you are a boss or one in authority in the workplace, take note on how you treat those under your authority. Are you treating them as a child of God? Or are you just using and abusing them?

Do you show favoritism? Or do you treat everyone the same?

Remember that yes you are over them, but God is over you and them. Every person has someone under their authority, and someone over their authority. Show the love of God in how you lead others. This is true in the workplace, home, and the neighborhood, anywhere you lead anyone in anyway.

I pray today that you will see those under you as God’s children; that you will not threaten them or treat them harshly in anyway; that you will allow God to be Master over you and others; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

1 Corinthians 6:12 Rights Verses Benefits

“I have the right to do anything, you say–but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

Paul now brings out a statement that the people were saying: “I have the right to do anything.” They were probably looking a little at the freedom they were supposed to have in Christ Jesus. Jesus brought about freedom from bondage to sin, and so they were saying they now had freedom to do what they want, especially since they have been and will be forgiven.

This type of thinking is still extremely common today, especially in America that was birthed for freedom. People love to be free to do what they want. No one likes to be told that they cannot do something.

Yet not everything that a person can do is beneficial. Children are free to touch a hot stove, yet that would not be beneficial since they will get burned. Adult drivers are free to drive recklessly, yet it is not beneficial since they could cause an accident. This is why there are rules to prevent these things from happening.

There is also the point about not being mastered by anything. Many people do illegal drugs and become mastered by them. Being controlled by something that you do is not a good thing. As a believer you are to have only one master and that is God.

Look at everything you do. What are the benefits? Does it build others up? Does it build God’s kingdom up? Does it glorify God?

Or do the things you do just benefit yourself? Are you master over what you do? Or are the things mastering you? Who or what is really in control?

Yes, you are free, but that freedom is to do good things for God and others. When you do something good for someone, you are also doing good for God. Allow God to be your master and do what He wants. It will be more beneficial for you and everyone else in the end.

I pray today that God will guide you in what to do; that you will do things that benefit you and others more; that you will not be mastered by the things of this world; and that you will know what things are useless and avoid them.

Romans 6:14 Sin Is No Longer In Control

“For sin shall no longer by your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

When the law was in full effect, people had no option about being controlled by sin. The rules were that one does not do certain things, if he does, it is sin and it brings about guilt and death. At that time sin was the master of a person. Since Jesus came and fulfilled the law’s requirements, it no longer has power over a person.

Humans are terrible about doing the very thing that they are told not to do. This is what the law did, told them what not to do.

In this process sin became the master of a person. They were bound to sin and could not escape it.

Jesus broke that power over a person with His grace. God knows that you had sinned and are guilty and deserve death. Yet, He has chosen to have grace on you and allow you to be forgiven and receive life.

Outside of the fact that God said He would forgive you, there is no reason for God to forgive you of your sins. You are guilty and deserve only death. This shows how great His grace is.

Every day you will still have sin creeping into your life. It does not have to be your master. You do not have to bow down to sin and follow it. Jesus has given you the power to turn away from sin.

Under the law once you sinned, you were guilty for life and could never change that. Sin could then keep you sinning since you were already guilty. Sin would remind you of your past and keep you guilty.

Jesus removed that sin and guilt because of His grace. Now you can look to the future since the guilty past is now clean. The law cannot hold you guilty anymore. Without being able to hold you guilty, it cannot hold you in its bind and be your master.

Do not allow sin to be your master anymore. Look to Jesus for your strength to break the bonds of sin in your life.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given you; that you will know the grace of God in your life; that the bonds of sin will be broken in your life; and that you will not offer yourself to sin.