Deuteronomy 13:8 Don’t Listen Or Yield

do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. Deuteronomy 13:8

Giving in to what others desire occurs on a regular basis. The world will present something that is not good in an enticing, pleasing way to get everyone to follow along.

The one doing the enticing is often those who are closest to the person, a close friend or family member. Since they are so close, many will go along with whatever is being presented, whether it is good or bad, rather than reject the push and go a different direction.

Moses told the people that if even a family member was to try to get them to worship a false god, they were not to yield to them nor spare them in any way with no pity.

In America most people do not directly worship a false ‘god’, but they do worship many different things. Idolizing a job, a position, possessions, social status, a person, or something else above God are all ways of worshipping an idol.

Family members and close friends are the ones who will put the greatest pressure upon a believer to worship something false. Quietly they will live in sin and strive to draw the believer into the same sin behind closed doors and often in the name of love or freedom.

Believers must be willing to take a strong stand against anyone who tries to lead them astray away from God. There should be no yielding or listening being done.

Although Moses told the people to put them to death, the believer should not put them to death, but to flee from them as though they were dead. Instead of following another into sin, the believer must run to God and worship Him alone.

There will be times in your life when either family members or close friends will try to get you to worship some false idol in your life. Pressure will be put upon you to follow the ways of the world, some of which may even appear to be good.

You must make a strong stand against all pressure to engage in false worship, even if it means to count the person as dead. Ignore them and flee from all push to sin against God by worshipping a false idol.

Worship the Lord your God and Him alone.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to those who are trying to lead you to false worship; that God will give you strength to resist worshipping false idols; and that you will worship the Lord your God alone.

Exodus 6:9 Some Will Not Listen

Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9

Hearing someone speak is something that is easy to do and most people will do it. Acting upon what they hear is completely different.

Truth of what to do can be told, but many will not act upon because of the situation that they are in or who the information is coming from. The greatest news can be given but will be rejected because of past or current troubles occurring. All that is seen is the immediate complications, rather than the truth.

Moses went and told all that God was going to do in removing them from Egypt. They would not listen to him because of all the discouragement and trouble they were in.

Of all the news that has ever been told, the gospel message of salvation is the greatest. It is a message that brings hope, healing and eternal life. It provides a purpose for this life that is greater than anything else.

While many will hear the gospel message and accept it, there are many who will also reject it. Very often their rejection is based on the circumstances of their life past and present.

Going through life, most people have lost all hope. Many have tried many different things to gain a hope and a purpose and those things failed them. They reject the idea that there may be something good out there for them and are unwilling to give Jesus a chance.

Just as Moses kept going forward with the message God gave him, believers are to continue speaking the gospel message to more people. As one rejects the message, the believer must turn to another and give the message again and again, never giving up as some will believe and the truth will be revealed in the end.

You have opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Some will accept and some will reject the message. This happened to Moses and it happened to Jesus and will happen to you also.

Do not get discouraged and quit passing on the message. Hold on to the truth God has given you and keep passing it on to others.

Trust in God’s message and that He will work on the hearts of people to hear it and act upon it as you continue to proclaim it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s message to the people; that you will proclaim God’s message of salvation to the people; and that the hearts of the people will turn to God.

Daniel 9:6 Confession Of Not Listening

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We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6 

Warnings, directions and guidance are given all the time by different people and for different situations. Some of these are to guide people in doing things better or in a safer manner. Other things are given as a warning to prevent problems from occurring.

Often the guidance given is ignored. People think that they can do it themselves with no guidance, can do it better, or are above needing help. They do not see the guidance as necessary and strive to do it alone in their own way. In doing so failure is often a result.

The nation of Israel was in captivity. This captivity was long prophesied about. It was a result of sin and refusing to listen to the warnings that had been given. Daniel is now confessing for his nation that they as a people did not listen to the warnings that had been given.

God is still in the business of given warnings and direction. He strives to guide everyone in the best way to live on this earth. He does not desire to bring about judgement or punishment upon anyone, but to pour out abundant life.

Men have been used by God to warn of how people in the church are living to please self and this world. God is patient, but there will come a time of judgement upon the lands and people because of sin and the refusal to listen and obey God.

Believers need to be willing to confess the sins of their nation and seek God’s mercy upon all people. Everyone is part of the guilt of a nation for refusing to obey and follow God. Confession must come so that God can forgive and heal.

Regardless of what nation you live in, there are sins that your nation has committed against God. Some of those sins you may have been a part of. Others you may not have been a part of, but had allowed because you did not fully obey God in being His witness every time He opened the door for you.

Confess your sins and those of your nation and this world. Seek God’s great love and mercy for your own life and for the lives of those around you. Begin to listen to what God is saying through His word and His prophets.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you and all people; that you will obey God’s word; that you will confess all sins to God; and that you will turn from all sin to God. 

Isaiah 66:4 Making The Wrong Choice

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so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me. Isaiah 66:4

No one likes it when they call upon someone and the person refuses to answer. People expect others to answer when they are called or at least return the call within a short reasonable time. To completely ignore the call is to reject the person calling.

No one likes it when the one they are an authority over refuses to obey. People expect to be obeyed when they are an authority. Parents get frustrated when their children refuse to obey their commands.

God is frustrated with the people of Israel because He had been calling on them and none of them would answer. On top of refusal to listen, they would also do evil, the opposite of what God would want them to do.

Every day God is still calling people. There is the calling to become a follower of Jesus, but there is also the calling to do His will, to live for Him. He loves to talk to His people and let them know what He is thinking and wants them to do.

In fact, when Jesus left the earth, He sent back the Holy Spirit to communicate with His people. He wanted them to be able to know what He desired and give them strength to do it. Yet, many have rejected God’s speaking and refused to do what He has called them to do–be holy.

There are many in the church who are living in open sin, refusing to change and obey God. Often they don’t think anything is wrong while they are sinning. As this happens, it only leaves God one choice–punishment to come. Yet, the believer can change and begin to obey God and follow Him.

God is speaking you today also. Are you listening to Him and obeying Him? Or are you continuing to do your own thing?

Each day you get up you have a choice to make. You can either listen to God and obey Him,  or you can refuse to listen and disobey by living in sin.

Make the choice to listen to what God is saying and then obey Him. God knows what is best for you each day. Make the choice to please God with your obedience.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will make the choice to obey God; that you will choose to turn away from sinful ways; and that you will know God’s will for your life.

Exodus 6:9 Discouragement Overcomes

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Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9

Discouragement occurs when things go bad on a consistent basis and don’t ever seem to get better. People try and try to change the situation, but it does not change. If it keeps up long enough, people get discouraged and want to quit. They cannot believe in the possibility of things getting better. They begin to expect hardship and turmoil.

It is difficult to encourage someone who is discouraged. All the person can see is the mountain and trouble in front of their eyes. His eyes are blinded to the truth or any change than can occur.

The Israelites had been under slavery for 400 hundred years. All they, their parents, their grand-parents and great grand-parents have ever known is slavery. They had been crying out to God for a rescue. When God began to answer, the enemy doubled down on the fight to hold them.

Through Moses, God told them that He would release them. Yet, they would not listen to that word, because they were discouraged. Everything was going from bad to worse. How could anything get better? It appeared that God and Moses had made things worse. They were discouraged.

Many people in this world and some believers have this type of view on life. They cannot see beyond the troubles that are in front of them. They allow discouragement to overcome in their lives and keep them down, rather than allowing God to come in and strengthen them and release them from the hands of the enemy.

The enemy will not release a person quickly or easily. The world does not want to lose anyone to God. So the world will fight back. Satan will double up on holding a believer or non-believer down.

There may be times you attempt to encourage someone who is discouraged and being beaten down or you may be in that place yourself. Look up to God and trust His word to you. God has great plans for you.

No matter what the world can throw at you, God will win in the end. In the end you will be brought into the promised land–heaven for all eternity with God.

Do not allow yourself to get discouraged and stop hearing God’s word for your life. Do not let discouragement win, but let God’s word in your life win.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that God will remove discouragement from your life; that you will allow God to pull you through the troubles of this life; and that you will live in victory through Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit.