2 Chronicles 21:13 Prostitution And Murder

Storm on a road

But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. 2 Chronicles 21:13

As whole in most nations the acts of prostitution and murder are not acceptable practices. These actions are looked down upon and usually carries a punishment if caught.

These acts of prostitution is done on a regular basis in every nation by many people, although not the physical act. People sell their bodies and lives to get what they want, while claiming loyalty to another. The desires are for money, fame, material thing, positions, love, family, recognition, and more.

They also perform acts of murder upon wishing people were dead, cursing people, abortion, and physically killing people. Many of those who do these things appear to be good people in society. Very few people look down upon these actions, though they are still wrong.

Jehoram had become king of Judah and led the people back into sin and away from God. A prophet had come and accused him of leading the people into prostitution and murder. They had prostituted themselves against God. They claimed to be God’s people, but worshipped idols.

Thousands of people attend church on a regular basis and claim to be believers. While at the same time, selling out their soul to their job or some dream not honoring God.

When Jesus died upon the cross, every believer became a part of the bride to the Father. They were now married to God and were to remain loyal to Him in every area of their lives. While still claiming this relationship with God and attending church, many live in purposeful sin and rebellion against God.

They refuse to hold themselves accountable to God and sell their body and souls to the things of this world, hoping to get more. They are jealous and hating of others, causing murder in the heart.

If you are a child of God, you are the bride of Christ. Do not allow yourself to be defiled by living as the world does. Do not flirt with the world. Remain loyal and faithful to God for what He has already done for you.

Do not allow your self to be able to be accused of prostitution against God or murder. God has given you a new life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that you will not follow the ways of this world; and that your life will a sign of God’s great love. 

Matthew 15:18 From the Heart

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:18

The Pharisees had just complained about the disciples eating without ceremonially cleaning their hands. Jesus rebukes them and points out that cleaning the hands is not the important part. The important part is cleansing of the heart.

In the mind of the people during Jesus time, the heart is the center of desires, feelings, actions, thoughts, beliefs…the center of a person. The heart shows what and who a person is.

Every thought and every action that you have is directly related to something in your heart. Your body cannot say or do anything without the heart being behind it.

Man is born with a sinful heart. Man wants to have his own way. This has not changed at all since Adam and Eve, and will never change.

Wanting your own way sounds good, until you bring God into the picture. God is the one who knows absolutely everything. He knows what is best in every situation.

As a human being, you are extremely limited in your knowledge. You only know the immediate moment and experience of the past. Since this is the case, you make choices in your heart that are not always right.

You may not go out and actually murder someone, but have you ever wished someone were dead? It is the same. Or how many times has there been sexual thoughts that were not correct?

Along with these “big” sins, there is boasting, pride, vengeance, lying are also common sins that come from the heart.

Many times people make some of these choices because of some situation in their life. In the eyes of the world, the choice may look good and right. This is not always true.

Only God knows all of the past, the present and the future. Since He knows all of this, only God can make the correct choices every time.

Allow God to clean the sin out of your heart. Allow God to give you a new heart that will honor Him. Let the words of your mouth and thoughts of your mind be honoring to God.

As you have a changed heart, your words and actions will follow. All your actions will begin to change and be what God desires.

I pray today that God will cleanse your heart of all sin; that you will allow God to give you a new heart; that all the words you speak will glorify God; and that God will give you the words and actions to build His kingdom.

Revelation 6:11 Rough Times Ahead

“Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” Revelation 6:11

One of the seals was opened and John saw under the altar of God the souls of the people who were killed because of their following Jesus. These souls cried out to God asking how long it would be until He gets vengeance for their deaths. Today’s verse answers that question.

They were given a white robe. This symbolizes the righteousness of Jesus. No person has righteousness in and of themselves. Jeremiah wrote that our righteousness is as filthy rags. These souls were declared righteous by their faith in following Jesus.

Once they were given that robe, they were told they had to wait a little longer until more fellow believers were killed. No one can say how long a little longer is. God is outside of time. He always was and always will be. A “little time” may be a few days or it could be 10,000 years. No one knows.

The difficult part is that during this wait, more people were to be killed for their faith. In fact, God has a specific number of deaths in mind. He stated that they had to wait until the full number of believers were killed.

Many people have a hard time with this. Why would God allow the death of believers in the form of a murder? Remember that man cannot really take your life. Man can kill the body, but cannot touch the soul. When your body dies, your soul goes to be with God for all eternity, if you believe in Jesus.

It should be a joy to see a believer die, regardless of how he dies. When he dies, you know that he has no more pain or suffering. That person is now in heaven with God with a perfect body.

God is a patient God and does not want anyone to perish in their sins. He needs people to be His witness on this earth. Man will continue to sin and get worse with it. In order to have the witnesses He must also be willing to see some of them killed. This explains why He must have a number set for those to be killed.

Rest in God in knowing He knows what is happening. God is still in control. In the end you will be blessed beyond all measure. Wait for His return. Wait for His timing on vengeance.

I pray today that God will give you strength to be His witness; that God will give you peace in that He is in control; that you will be patient waiting for His vengeance; and that you will stay true to God in all that you do.