Matthew 11:20 Woe For Not Repenting

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. Matthew 11:20

Any time that someone tries to help someone out and the help is rejected, it is a slap in the face to the one offering the help. No one likes to have their help rejected by anyone else, yet this is something that can occur all the time.

Often the help is rejected out of pride. People do not want to admit that they need help, it shows weakness or faults. Others reject it because everyone else is rejecting. They want to fit in with the crowd.

Jesus started to cut down or denounce the towns He had done miracles in. He warned of disaster coming because they had refused to repent of their ways.

God is still in the miracle working business today. Some nations, such as America, has received God’s favor and miracles for many years. Yet, these nations, as a whole, have rejected Jesus and refused to repent. Sin has become acceptable and promoted widely and openly across the nation, including inside many churches.

If Jesus were walking on the earth today, He would most likely denounce America for refusing to repent. Choices to openly live in sinful ways are becoming more and more common. People are refusing to repent, change and live for God.

When a person chooses to repent of his sins and follow Jesus, he will stand out as different. He will be going against the flow of this world. While doing so, he will also be a great light in this world, revealing Christ and His great love and mercy. In doing this, it will allow God to perform greater and more miracles in the lives of people. His favor will rest upon the people and nations.

If you will allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what He has done you will see many miracles on a regular basis. As you see and recognize these miracles being performed, turn your life more towards God than to this world. Do not allow your heart to grow cold and follow the sinful ways of this world.

God does these miracles to reveal Himself, so that you will repent of sin and follow Jesus. Seek God to help you turn from sin and follow Him. Do not bring judgement upon yourself.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the miracles God has performed in your life and around you; that you will repent before God of all your sins; and that you will rely upon God to turn from all sinful ways of living.

Obadiah 1:4 Pride Before A Fall

soaring eagle

“Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:4 

Many people and nations have risen up in power and glory. Some have been known as great, while others were known as tyrants and horrible. Power and authority is the dream of many people and nations. The more they can get the happier they are.

Some of these nations and people appear to be great enough or powerful enough to last forever. It does not appear as though anything can take them down or destroy them.

God had been watching Edom and saw that Edom had risen in power and glory. They were soaring high and shining great as a nation. However, they had chosen to go against God. He warns Edom that He will bring them down.

There are currently some nations, such as America, that appear to be so great and powerful that it appears as if nothing can break them down. Among the nations of the world they are soaring high in power, authority and glory.

While America is a great and powerful nation and full of self pride, however,  it can be broken and God will break it down if she chooses to not follow Him. God is going through and shaking the nations now with a disease that appears to be out of control. The economy and social life are coming to a crashing halt. People and businesses are being destroyed. The church is being shaken.

Every person has to choose whom they will serve. They have to choose if they will serve self and this world or if they will serve God. It is the people who make up the nations and it is the believers who preserve the people and the nations. Every believer must choose to live for God.

You may have been very successful in some area of your life. Do not allow the pride and glory of that success to overcome you. Remind yourself that it was God who gave you the success you enjoy.

Do not put yourself up so high that God must bring you back down. The world tries to live without God and tries to soar in the heights, but will be brought down by God.

Live to serve and worship God and God alone. Do not give God a reason to destroy you or knock you down. Give Him all authority in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will give God control of your whole life; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world. 

Amos 9:9 A Great Shaking

Shaking out flavor

For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. Amos 9:9 

Shaking something up moves things around and changes everything. Sometimes it is done to mix things up, as in cooking, to get the flavor throughout the product. Other times it can be a shaking to remove loose and dead things.

Some businesses will go through a shaking in order to bring new life to them. For some people it will wake them up and get them going, while for others it will knock them out of the picture.

God warns the people that there will be a shaking going on in Israel. This shaking would be to scatter the people among the nations. The shaking would occur because of their sin and refusal to follow Him.

God is still in the business of shaking people and nations. His desire is for everyone to follow and obey Him. However many have chosen to not obey Him or even follow Him at all. Sin is chosen over serving God. And the church has fallen for this type of living.

The use of natural disasters and sicknesses are some ways God is able to shake people. He is shaking the church and nations to wake them up or move them out. Depending upon how a person takes the shaking, it can either stir them back to life with God, or destroy them and remove them.

Every believer who wants to serve God will be woke up as God shakes them. It will cause them to live more for God than ever before. Those who are lukewarm in their walk with God will roll over and stay asleep, dying in their sins rather than repenting and living for Him.

During this time of crisis around the world, God is doing a shaking. He may be allowing this shaking in your life to get your attention placed back upon Him and not the things of this world.

Do not allow yourself to live in fear or in the ways of this world, but to turn to God and His ways. Wake up and be the witness God has called you to be in this dark and dying world of sin. Move out of sin and into His righteousness and holiness, otherwise God will shake you out of His house.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will be His witness in this world; that God will fill you with His life; and that God will give you strength to turn from all sin. 

Daniel 7:14 An Eternal Kingdom

Looking over a city

He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14 

Kingdoms and nations have risen and fallen over the centuries. Some have remained around for hundreds, even thousands of years, while others have only lasted a short time.

Some nations have risen to power and appeared to be strong enough to last forever, but eventually fell and were destroyed. The one common factor of all nations, is that none of them have lasted forever, all have fallen at some point.

Daniel gets a vision of the Son of Man being given all authority and power over the entire earth. His kingdom would be one that would last forever and never be destroyed.

Over the centuries the Christian belief has had times where it appeared to be the dominating belief of the people of the world, while other times it appeared to be dying out. When Jesus died upon the cross, many of the disciples began to wonder what would be next. They had expected Him to live and conquer the world,  but He didn’t. It was after His resurrection that they began to see His true power and authority.

Many nations and groups of people have attempted to destroy God’s kingdom of believers. Yet, none have succeeded. In fact, the more the church was persecuted, the more it grew in power and authority.

Despite what the world thinks or feels, Jesus is in control. He has already been given all authority and power when He rose from the dead. Every believer can stand on this truth and hope, knowing that some day all sin will be erased and they will be on the winning side.

There may be days when you feel as if the world is winning the battle against believers. It may appear that God is not really in control and will lose in the end.

Do not forget that Jesus defeated death, the greatest enemy of man. He was able to do this because He was given all authority and power to have an everlasting kingdom.

You, as a believer, are a part of His kingdom. You are on the winning side. Do not give up or lose hope. In the end God will win the battle and you will win with Him as long as you trust in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s authority and power; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will remove fear of the world’s weak power and authority.