Lamentations 4:12-13 The Unexpected

The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the peoples of the world, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem. But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous. Lamentation 4:12-13

Jerusalem had been a very powerful city, in a very powerful nation during its time. It was set on a high hill with a great wall surrounding it. Attacking it and overcoming it would have been very difficult. All over the world, other nations knew that taking Jerusalem would have been nearly impossible. Yet, it happened, it was destroyed for a time, the unexpected happened.

The only reason that the enemy was able to take Jerusalem was because of the sins of the prophets, priests and people in the city. God handed Jerusalem over to the enemy because of sin.

Just like Jerusalem was confident that no one could conquer them, many other nations and people feel as though the enemy has no chance of overtaking them. People hide behind their money, power and position believing that those things will protect them from all harm or destruction.

Others hide behind church or a position in church. They feel that because they are a leader in the church or go to church each week, that they are immune to any destruction. As they stand behind these things, some will live in a sinful lifestyle, rebelling against God and His commands. They feel as though they are protected because they go to church and call themselves ‘Christian.’

God sees through their false living. He sees how each person is really living his life. He knows whether a person is really following Him or not.

In the end each person will stand before God to give account for his life. If one believes in Jesus and is following Jesus, God will see it and he will be saved. If one does not really follow Jesus, regardless of what his words say, God will also see it and the person will not be saved.

You have to make the choice to follow God. Do not trust the things of this world or yourself, put all your trust in Jesus. If you are against God, you can be overcome. God will win in the end.

Who are you really following today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God with all of your life; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will be saved by Jesus. 

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Jeremiah 14:14 False Visions And Delusions

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14

As the people of Israel were being cast into captivity, there were many prophets who were proclaiming that God would come in and rescue them. They would say that God would bring them peace and give them back their land. Many were telling the people that they needed to fight against the invading nations and that God was on their side. All these things were being said because they believed that they were the nation of God.

God did not tell any of these prophets any of those words. The only prophet God was speaking to was Jeremiah and the words given him were much different.

Words like this are still spoken to this day. Speakers, preachers, teachers, and prophets all proclaim many things. There may be peace in America, or whatever nation you live in, but that is not the problem with a lot of the teachings that are occurring.

Many of the current prophesies or teachings are saying that God is accepting of sin. “Christian” leaders are now saying that various sins are acceptable in God’s sight and that God will not punish anyone for these sins. Words are said that if a believer accepts people in these sins, then God will love them and help them prosper.

God does not, now, nor ever has He, accepted sin or a sinful lifestyle as acceptable behavior. God is against all sin, regardless of political correctness or popularity.

These are the false visions and delusions that many people have. As a believer in Jesus, you must keep yourself focused on what God’s Word said from beginning to end. Do not allow yourself to deluded into believing that sin is acceptable.

God does love everyone who is living in sin, but He hates the sin. If one does not repent of the sin, there will be destruction in the end. If a nation lives in sin as a whole, there will be destruction in the end.

Who are you believing today?

God’s word?

Or the false prophets of today?

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says; that you will speak the true words of God; that you will walk in the truth of God; and that God will reveal the truth in the words people speak. 

Jeremiah 6:8 Take Warning

Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it. Jeremiah 6:8

The city of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel had turned away from God to the point God was getting ready to destroy them. The people had began to sin and refused to look at the problems with those sins. When problems would come up they would just bandage them up as though there were no major problems or injuries. God was warning them that He would destroy their land if they did not change, yet, most would not listen to the warnings being given.

It is very easy and common for people to look at a nation and see the problems with it. They look at the nation as a whole and see how, as a whole, the nation has turned away from God and allowed sinful practices to become commonplace. Christian speakers and many individuals will be quick to make the statement that there must be a change or God will judge the nation. Judgments against leadership in the nation are quick to happen.

While it is true that the nation as a whole may be turning away from God, the true reality of that nation turning is because of individuals. It is individuals who make up a nation and lead the nation. Turning from God starts with the individual person, so each person must hear the warnings of what is happening and make changes first in his own personal life.

The reason a nation does not serve God and accepts and lives in sin, is because an individual did not do his part.

Take a look at your own personal life. How much are you living for God? Do you just go to church and read your bible on Sunday, when the preacher tells you to do so? Or is it a part of your life each day, all day long?

Each day you leave your house, are you being a witness for God? Are you living according to God’s plans? Are you building up the kingdom for God?

If you have to answer no to any of these questions, then you are a part of the problem with your nation. You, also, must take warning. God’s warnings are for everyone to hear. You do not want God’s judgment on you or your nation. Live for God today.

I pray today that you will live for God; that you will be His witness everywhere you go; that you will hear the warnings God is giving your nation and people; and that you will encourage others to live for God.

Isaiah 34:1 Get Near And Listen

Come near, you nations, and listen: pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! Isaiah 34:1

Isaiah is calling all the nations to gather around and listen to what God is saying. God is angry with the nations, because of all the sin that is occurring. Isaiah is pointing to a future time in which God is going to bring out judgment upon all the nations. They will be judged for their sins and destroyed.

That call for the nations to listen has never changed. The time of God’s full judgment upon the nations and the people has yet to fully come. The final, ultimate judgment will be when Jesus returns to take His people home to heaven for all eternity. At that time God will judge every person by what they have done or not done.

Even today, people need to get together and listen to what God has to say. The world tries to say that God does not exist or is silent. Many believers will even say that God is silent and does not really speak to anyone anymore.

When Jesus left the earth, He sent back to the earth His Holy Spirit to be with each believer. God is still speaking today through His Holy Spirit.

What God has to say may be different for each person, but it is still important. He will point out things that need to change in your life, sins that need to be repented of and tossed out. God will also speak to you about what to say when you have an opportunity to be His witness. He will open doors for you to share the gospel message and His love and mercy with those around you.

If you are keeping your ears closed, you will not hear what God is trying to tell you. You will not hear what God is doing in this world. You will not hear how God is doing miracles in the lives of others and in your own life.

Turn off the phone and the music and listen for God to speak. Be willing to be silent for a moment and hear Him. He has great things to tell you, if you will just listen.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will follow God’s instructions; that you will be God’s voice to this world; and that God will do great things in and through you.

Isaiah 5:4 What More Could He Do?

What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? Isaiah 5:4

God had built Israel up from a small group of people who were really nobody important. He provided everything that they needed. The nation was very strong and had abundant protection and food. There was absolutely nothing that they needed that God was not willing to provide.

Yet, the people turned away from Him and began to follow idols and other gods.

As God looked down upon Israel, all He could see was corruption and sin. There was no good fruit being produced in the land. This led the Lord to destroy Israel. He would bring destruction and death across the entire nation. The purpose of the destruction was to wake up the people and get their focus back on Him.

Israel was not the only nation that God had provided abundant blessings for, only to be rejected. Nations today are in the process of rejecting Jesus more and more each day, chasing their own sins. Many of these nations had followed God as a whole at some point in their history.

It is easy to look at the nations as a whole and see nothing but corruption and sin. Many try to blame the government or corporations for all of the sin being done. However, each of those nations are made up of individual people. It is the individuals who actually do the sin and promote the sin.

Now the question comes down to the individual. Jesus had died on the cross and rose from the dead for each and every person on this earth. He provided salvation for everyone who would accept it. If He can provide eternal life, the things needed on this earth are small and easy to meet.

Jesus said that you are not to worry about anything, that He would provide for all of your needs. Since God is providing for all of your needs, are you producing fruit for Him?

Is your life one of being a daily witness to this fallen world?

Or is it focused on pleasure and meeting personal needs?

What more can Jesus do for you, so that you will give Him your everything?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know what God provides for you; that you will produce fruit for God; and that you will be His witness to everyone you meet.

Psalm 93:5 Never Changing Rules

Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

Any nation that has been around for at least a hundred years or more has at least one thing that has occurred–the change of rules. Every nation changes some, or many of its rules over time. The thought patterns of people have changed over time, causing a change in the rules.

Looking at America, there are some rules that have been eliminated over time and new ones put into place. For a short time in history, alcohol was banned, only to be restored later. For many years women were not allowed to vote. For a number of years slavery was allowed, then it was ruled as illegal. Certain drugs that were illegal are now made legal.

In more modern times, new rules have come up to deal with current technology. Rules dealing with usage of information over the internet, copyright laws, and use of cell phones are among the many newer rules. Along with many morality laws have been changed recently.

With all of the changes in the laws, a person may wonder what will be legal or illegal next. People may stand confused as to what is right or what is wrong. All of these rules are put in place by man.

God had placed rules in place several thousand years ago. These rules (statutes) have never changed, nor will they ever change. All of His rules come down to two main rules: Love God and love others.God’s rules keeps holiness in His house and will continue to do so forever.

Whatever you do each day must stem from one of these two rules. Following these two rules will keep holiness in your life.

You will never have to worry about God suddenly changing His mind and changing His rules. He knows the end from the beginning. His wisdom is perfect. He made the rules with the end in mind.

Many people fear or hate God’s rules, but His rules bring about life in the life of a believer of Jesus. They will not bring about fear or death.

What do you feel about God’s rules?

Are you striving to live your best for God? He has given His best for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s rules in your heart; that you will strive to live for God; that you will not fear God’s rules; and that you will love God and others with all of your heart.

Revelation 15:4 Who Will Worship God

“Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:4

In heaven all the people who had not given in to the beast and accepted his mark are now praising God. They see how great God is and how He rules with perfect justice.

After seeing all these things, they ask the question of who will not fear God and bring Him glory. The reason for fearing God and bringing Him glory is that He alone is holy. No person on earth has ever been holy in any way.

This verse states that all the nations will end up worshiping God because of His righteous acts. In this end time frame, what are the righteous acts that God has done?

They will look back to the death and resurrection of Jesus. God did not have to provide salvation for any person. No one deserves salvation, yet, God, a Holy Righteous God, gives it.

During the time frame that is being written in these verses, God is also pouring out His wrath upon sinful man. This also shows God’s holiness and righteousness. In the end God will not allow sin to go unpunished. He will not allow the persecution His servants have gone through to go without a vengeance.

Although the pouring out of God’s wrath, to some people, is not a very holy thing to do, it does reveal God’s holiness. God’s being holy means that He will not lie. Throughout the Bible God stated that He will punish sin. To remain truthful, God must punish that sin. He is holy.

In the end, every nation and person will see and know that God is holy. Every knee will bow down and worship Jesus at some point. This point is when they realize all that Jesus has done.

Today, look at your life and see all that Jesus has done for you. Do not overlook the mercy He has had on your life. Realize all the righteous acts God has performed in your life. In knowing all these things, give Him the worship that is due Him. Live your life for God in order to bring glory to His name. Do not live in sin and bring dishonor to God’s holy name.

I pray today that God will reveal His righteous acts to you; that God will give you a vision of His holiness; that you will worship God with everything in you; that you will bring glory to God in all that you do; and that you will be His witness to those you come in contact with.