Ecclesiastes 12:14 There Will Be A Judging

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For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 

Judgment is something that very few people like, unless they are the one doing the judging. It implies that one can do something right or wrong and it is someone else that makes the choice as to whether it is right or wrong.

No one likes to be told that he is wrong. He wants to be able to do, say, and think what he wants, when he wants and how he wants with no judging by anyone else. Judgment is usually seen as being told he is wrong.

As Solomon finishes out this book, he reminds the people to fear God, because He will judge every deed done, whether seen or unseen. The judgment is to determine if the action done is good or evil.

While the world hates to be judged, there are many believers who do like not like the concept of being judged, though they judge all the time. Judgment against others, believers and non-believers occurs all the time, though no one wants to get judged himself.

Many will claim that they are free in Christ Jesus and cannot be judged. While there is truth in the freedom in Christ, it is a freedom to follow Christ and a freedom to turn from sin. It is not a freedom to do what one wants with no consequences.

When Christ returns there will be two judgments. One is whether one follows Jesus or not. This brings life or death. The other is judgment for believers as to what they had done with following Jesus. The more they have done, the greater the reward in heaven they will get. The less they have done, the lesser the reward.

As a believer and follower of Jesus, you have an obligation to obey Him. God will judge how well you have chosen to obey Him. Claiming to follow Jesus is one thing, but obeying Him is completely different. It is the proof of what your words are saying.

Do not allow freedom or grace to allow you to live in sin or refuse to obey God’s every command. Out of love for God and for what Jesus did for you, obey Him. Live in a way that when God stands before you to judge what you have done, He will find that you have obeyed Him and lived as Jesus lived.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will obey God out of love for Him; that God will be able to judge you and find no wrong; and that God will be able to give you a great reward in heaven for your obedience to Him. 

Proverbs 13:13 The Value Of Instruction

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Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded. Proverbs 13:13 

Instructions are something that are found nearly everywhere and with everything. In order for a person to understand how something works or how he should do something, he must have some instructions.

The common joke among many dads is when their child is given a new toy that must be assembled. Instead of looking at the instructions, he chooses to ignore them and attempt to put the toy together on his own. Hours later the toy is still not put together, because pieces are missing or are in the wrong place because the instructions were not followed.

It is common for people to ignore some instructions, thinking that they know best.

This verse simply states that ignoring an instruction will come at a price, but following an instruction will bring a reward.

God has laid out instructions on how to live for Him and serve Him. There are many details about principles of living for God throughout the entire Bible. No matter what a person is dealing with in life, there is some instruction on how to deal with it in the Bible.

Yet, many people ignore the given instructions and try to do it on their own. As they do things on their own, they fail. Failure in following God comes with a price. One loses God’s favor.

Not obeying God’s instructions is to not love God, it is to reject God. Rejecting God is a death sentence of eternal value.

Those who choose to follow God’s instructions will reap of an eternal life of rewards. They will be filled with God’s peace, joy, strength and life. These things will come, no matter what one is going through in this life. However, follow God’s instructions out of love for Him, not out of duty or fear only.

Think about how great God’s love is for you in what He has done for you. Now return that love by respecting and following His commands to you.

Read the bible to find out what instructions He has for you. Pray daily and listen to what He has for you to do each day. Then do what He has told you to do.

Do not reject God’s instructions and bring on disaster. The price is too high for you to be able to fully pay for it and still live. Follow the instructions and reap the reward in the end.

I pray today that you will know what God’s instructions for you are; that God will give you strength to obey Him; that you will see the rewards God is giving you in obeying Him; and that you will find joy in following God. 

Psalm 128:1 How To Be Blessed

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1 

People are always searching for ways for things to go right. Seeking ways to make it in this world and have everything go correctly for them. When everything goes smoothly or when they get what they desire, they feel that they are blessed.

Usually the belief that the only time someone is truly blessed is if they have received many things. The larger the bank account and house they have, the more they are blessed. The better the job title or bigger paycheck, the more blessed they are.

While these can be blessings, they are temporary and do not always survive. Along with that, one must keep working hard to keep what he has achieved.

The psalmist realizes that the ones who are blessed are those who fear and obey God.

Walking in obedience to God is something that is a simple thing to do, yet, most do not choose to do it. They will obey God in some areas, but not in many others. They pick and choose what they will obey God in.

When a person chooses not to obey God in all areas, there will always be trouble in the heart and soul of the person. This trouble will override anything material things that the person has accomplished.

As one walks in obedience with God, there will be a peace, contentment and hope that no other can understand. It has nothing to do with material possession. The blessing is found in knowing that one is standing in the right position with God. It is knowing that one is doing what God wants.

Peace with God is a blessing that overrides any troubles in this life that one might run into. It gives one the strength to keep moving forward during trying times.

You may be looking for peace and contentment in many things. However, if you are not walking in obedience with God, you will not know that peace. You will be in a war against God.

God will guide you with His Holy Spirit in how to live for and obey Him. Choosing to not follow Him, will result in discord and no peace. There will be no real blessing in your life. The material things will come and go.

Find out what God wants you do and then do it. Find the blessings God has in obeying Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to obey His every command; and that you will know the peace of loving and obeying God in every area of your life. 

Marriage: The Wife’s Role

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Thank you for continuing this look at marriage from a biblical perspective. In the past few articles we looked at what marriage is and is not, and we looked at the husband’s role in a marriage. Now I will look at the wife’s role.

In the beginning God had created the heavens and the earth. Once He had made all of the land, plants, and animals, God created man. Everything was perfect, except for one thing–man was alone. God said “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” ( Genesis 2:18)

After Adam had named all of the animals, God noticed that there was no suitable helper for him. So:

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of a man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:21-24

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The woman was taken from man and was made his wife. She is a part of the man and he is a part of her. Once together as husband and wife, they are back together as one.

This here shows the beginning of what was later termed as ‘marriage’. At this point there is no regulation as to what a wife is to do other than be a helpmate for her husband, however, that is a large job in itself.

A helpmate is one who stands beside and helps out in any way that one can help.

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When Jesus left the earth, He knew it was not good for man to be left alone, so He sent His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit was to come and be the helper for all men and women. He would help them become more like Jesus. He would help them have the strength to do what needed to be done. He would give them guidance as to how to accomplish God’s mission for them. He would provide the needed comfort. He was the ultimate Helper for every person. 

Not being the Ultimate Helper, the wife is a helper for the husband. She is to help her husband out to be the best that he can be. She is to help her husband out to do the job God has called him to do.

The exact help provided will change from time to time and with different circumstances. Sometimes she will help by being an encourager, other times it will be to rebuke. Other times it may be to provide direction or instruction, while other times to be comfort. All of this is done out of love.

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When there is love for someone, you will want to help that person be the best he can be for God. This is not be the best he can be for the world, but for God. It is not about self, it is not about him or her, but about God.

Several thousand years later Paul wrote to the husbands and wives. To the wives he said:

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:22-24 )

Many women hate this verse or try to ignore it. Many others will try to excuse this verse away. However, it does not get rid of this verse.

Every person, man or woman, is supposed to be sold out, 100% to Jesus. They are to submit to Him in every area of their lives. He is to have the ultimate say in their lives, because He is the head.

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But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. (Romans 6:22 )

The term ‘slave’ is a politically incorrect term to use according to people today. Yet, this is what God calls it. As a believer, you have chosen to become a slave to God. This means that you have to submit to Him in every thing, in every area of your life. God has the ultimate say in everything.

This submission, however, is done out of love, not force. This is where the slavery of this world and slavery to God is different. You must bind yourself to God out of love.

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As a wife, you are to submit to your husband in the same way. The only way a husband does not get the ultimate say is if it goes against God’s word. Then and only then, does a wife have a way to refuse to submit to him. This should be the exception, not the norm.

Love is the motivator in all of this submission. You are to love your husband and then you will be able to submit to him, follow him, and support him. This is being the helpmeet that he needs.

When you try to do your own thing and go your own way, you are creating division and are not one. This will not allow him to follow God’s commands to be one with his wife.

There will be times when this will be easy to do and there will be times when this is extremely difficult to do. It is no different then your walk with God–easy some times, difficult other times. Don’t give up or give in, but trust in God’s strength and leading. Remember His love for you and pass that on to your husband.

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As you focus your life on God and trust Him with your marriage and your life, He will give you the strength to submit to your husband. He will guide you in how to be the best for your husband. Together then, both of you can grow together in the Lord.

Next week I will look at the controversial topic of divorce and what the bible says about it.

Please feel free to share this with any one you know who may be able to use this. Thank you for reading and see you next week.

Psalm 19:8 Joy And Light

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The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 

Rules are something that most people do not really like. They do not like being told what to do or how to do it. People want the freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it. Anything less than this is restriction and not a joy.

When people follow the rules, it is usually when someone in authority is nearby and then it is not done with joy. It is done out of force to keep from getting into trouble. As soon as the authority is out of sight, the person will go back to breaking the rules. While most people don’t go extreme on breaking the rules, they still will break them.

David found out that the precepts, or general laws of God were something that brought joy and light into a person’s life.

At the time David said this, he was under the law. It was a do or die system. There was no grace or forgiveness.

With the coming of Jesus, this changed things. There was forgiveness and mercy to be shown. The heart is now changed.

People in and out of the church often see the law as something that is legalistic and mandatory, and they don’t like it. Yet, the law can bring joy. It shows a person what God loves. It guides a person in how to live, think and act in ways that will please God.

This is not something that is a to be done out of force, but out of love. Since Jesus died for each and every person to give him life, that person should be more than willing to obey God’s laws. Those laws teach a person how to live in righteousness and holiness. Living this way brings joy and light into the life of a person.

As you look at the laws of God, don’t see them as legal requirements, but as the best way to live for God. Choose to follow them out of love for God because of what Jesus did for you.

When obeying God, you will find joy in your heart and life. There will be no fear of judgement or condemnation, because you know you are doing what God wants you to do.

I pray today that you will find joy in obeying God; that you will see the value in God’s commands; that you will see God’s heart in His rules; and that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life.