Deuteronomy 7:26 Keep The Trash Out

Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction. Deuteronomy 7:26

Everyday people all over the world accumulate trash that needs to be tossed out. Most people gather it together and put it in the trashcan to be removed and hauled to a dump. Very few people like to have trash sitting around in their house.

The few people that don’t mind trash all over their house are rejected or looked down upon by most others.

God told the Israelites that they were not to bring anything that was detestable into their house. If they did, they would be set apart for destruction. It was to be rejected and set apart to be destroyed.

While most believers are unwilling to have physical trash in their house, many are willing to bring trash into their homes and lives on a daily basis. The trash that they bring in is the sinful things they allow to enter their home.

Movies are watched by many believers that contain sexual scenes, pornography, promotion of sin as good, rejection of God, filthy words, senseless murder, witchcraft, and much more. In same way music is listened to that contains filthy words, rejection of God, promotion of sinful activities, sexual promiscuity, and much more.

Often believers say that it is just a little thing, but God sees sin as utterly detestable and needs to be destroyed at all costs.

True believers that want to honor God with their lives, will strive to not bring sin into their lives. They will flee sin and run to God. They will find contentment in the holy things of God, rather than the sinful things of this fallen world.

Take an honest inventory of what you allow in your home and life. Whether it is just a little thing or something big, all sin is extremely horrible and worthy only of death and destruction.

Satan and the world desire to cause you to step into sin. They want you to bring some of their sin into your life to cause you to slip away from God.

Rather than be set apart for destruction, reject the sin of this world and run to God and grab onto the things of God. Set your life and home to be holy unto God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal sinful things that are in your life; that God will give you strength to reject all sin in your life; and that you will live holy and righteous before God.

Exodus 23:33 Don’t Allow Them Live With You

Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you. Exodus 23:33

Residing with a physical enemy is not something that most people would be willing to agree to do knowingly. The danger of having an enemy so close is understood and avoided.

On the surface most people attempt to stay away from danger. They want to live their lives being happy and carefree in the moment with very little concern for eternity or the undercurrents of the enemy.

God tells the Israelites that when they get into the new land, they are to not allow the people of the land or enemy to live there with them, because they will ensnare them in the worship of their gods.

While people will be quick to say that they would never allow their enemies into their homes, they are allowing the enemy into their homes on a daily basis, and many believers are doing the same thing.

Believers go to church on Sundays, worshipping God and claiming to follow Him alone, but throughout the rest of the week they allow the enemy into their homes. Satan walks into their homes through media of various sorts.

Movies, music and online sites that promote sin and things against God are watched, read and listened to on a regular basis. All these things are often idolized as ‘great’ by many believers becoming a great snare in their lives. Over time of allowing these things, many fall into more sin and worshipping false gods, rather than God.

Every believer must be willing to shut the door of their lives on the enemy and worship God alone. One must be willing to turn and flee from all sin and appearance of sin and be holy as God is holy.

Take an inventory of your life and what you allow into your life. Do the people and things you allow into your life draw you closer to God or attempt to pull you away from God?

The world has nothing to offer that is lasting and life giving. Satan is only out to kill and destroy you. Do not allow the things of this world to be a snare in your life.

Be willing to worship God alone and keep the enemy from getting a hold in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the enemy in your life; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; that you will worship God alone; and that God will help you get rid of the snares of the enemy in your life.

Psalm 57:8 A Solid Heart

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My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  Psalm 57:8 

Desires that people have often change on a constant basis. Changing hearts is what keeps driving sales of things. Trends rise and fall on a regular basis due to changing hearts and desires.

For a short time one item is the latest rage and everyone ‘needs’ it. Then suddenly there is a change in heart and a new item takes its place. Everyone rushes out to purchase the new item.

This can be seen in not only things people want, but also in how they look, act, and feel. The hearts of people change on a regular basis and rarely stay the same very long on any one thing.

David was being pursued by Saul to be killed. As he was being chased, he did not have fear as many would have. He cried out to God, but was also confident that God would save him. David stood solid upon the fact God would take care of him, so he was able to sing and make music. His heart was solid for God.

There are many who follow God, but do not have a steadfast and solid heart for God. It has become common among many that they accept that a person can follow God or any other religion at the same time if they so desire.

Some will go to church every Sunday, but then on Monday deny Christ in everything that they say and do. Their heart is not solid with God. It changes with their emotions or feelings on a day to day basis.

When a person is living like this, he is unable to sing and make music in times of trouble. There is no peace or joy in his life, despite the troubles.

One who has a steadfast, solid heart after God, will not change with the changing situations. He will stand on God’s word alone and worship God through everything.

You have a choice to make each and every day. It is a choice of following and trusting God with all of your heart so that you may worship Him. Or you can choose to follow the world.

Do not allow yourself to go back and forth. Either serve God or do not serve Him. God wants you hot or cold towards Him, not lukewarm.

Do you have a solid heart that follows after God? Or do you change with the situations in life?

I pray today that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will worship God in every situation; that your heart towards God will not change; and that you will have a desire to serve God all the time.

Psalm 52:3 Loving Evil Over Good

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3

It is very easy to find things that are evil in this world that is fallen into the trap of sin. Man has fallen away from God and chosen to follow Satan and the evil he promotes. Satan states that he will bring a person joy and happiness, all that one will ever need. Yet, all of his words are a deception and bring death.

Take a look at the number one movies, or number one books that are made. Very rarely, if ever, are they a movie that promotes God and what God promotes. The world loves to view things that are filled with horror, death, sex, and “freedom” to do what a person wants, when he wants, the way he wants.

Along with what people watch, many fall into the trap of evil in the music that is listened too. The world loves to sing about death, divorce, killing, raping, sex, and other crimes as though it is good. Love of evil is prevalent in this world.

The sad part is that many Christians fall into this same deception. People of all levels in the church, from the simple attendee, to the pastor, have often fallen into the deception of this world.

People in the church talk about movies and music as though they were great. These are movies that are filled with extreme violence, without God anywhere in the picture. They enjoy movies and music that promote the things of this world.

Often, they will try to explain the movie or music in a way that excuses the falsehood or evil being promoted. The quality of acting is pointed out as great and worth seeing, even though it promotes a sinful lifestyle. Many fall into the same trap of calling evil good, rather than what it really is. They are no different from those in the world.

As you go through your days, what are you desiring to see or hear?

Are you keeping  your eyes and ears focused on God?

Or are you watching and listening to what the world has to say?

Be careful to not love what the world loves. See this world through the eyes of God and love what He loves–people, not things.

I pray today that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will love what God loves; that God will strengthen you to turn your eyes and ears away from evil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus in this world.

Revelation 18:21-22 Sudden Destruction

“Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpist and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.” Revelation 18:21-22

The city of Babylon will be destroyed at some point. That destruction will be complete. Nothing will be left in it.

Babylon was one of the largest and greatest cities in its time in ancient history. No one really knows what city this Babylon is that John is prophesying about, but it is a large, well-known city. This city had everything going for it. It was the center for entertainment, production and trade.

Think of a large city in the world today that is the center of all those things: New York, Hong Kong, Bombay, or one of many others. They hold the same type of description.

Yet, Babylon was also a city of sin. It killed off believers and prophets of God and promoted sin.

The current great cities of the world are still doing the same things. They may not all be killing believers, but they are trying to destroy them by quieting them and restraining them.

It is easy to look at a major city or country and believe that they have everything going for them, but if they are not serving God, they will be destroyed in the end.

Do not allow yourself to trust in these cities/nations. When everything is said and done, all the cities of this world will be destroyed. All the power, glory, fame, and fortune will become worthless. The only ones that will be standing in the end will be God and all those who have followed and trusted Jesus with all of their heart.

Are you trusting Jesus with everything in you? Are you following God with all of your heart? Who or what do you put your trust in today?

I pray that today God will draw you closer to Him; that you will trust God more; that you will follow Jesus with all that is in you; that you will put away trust in this world and its things; and that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you on this journey.