2 Thessalonians 1:8 Will You Be Punished?

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:8

Punishment is something that no one likes to be on the receiving side of. When punishment occurs, it means that someone was disobedient in some way or another, was caught and must pay for that act of disobedience. The types of punishment are as broad as there are ways to be disobedient.

This is something that happens at all levels in life, from the parent to child, all the way up to nation against nation.

Paul commends the people for going through suffering from others against them and that God will punish those causing the suffering. He tells them that God will punish all who do not know Him, nor obey the gospel of Jesus.

Ignorance is often seen as innocence, clearing a person of wrong doing. Many believe that if a person does not know God, then God cannot or will not punish them.

Others will also hold to the thought that because they believe in Jesus, yet don’t obey Him, that they will not be punished because God is love and would not punish them.

Both of these views are incorrect. God has revealed Himself to everyone through creation. Jesus also said that if one loves Him, he will obey Him. To love is to obey. Anything less than loving God is disobeying God.

The gospel of Jesus is not just about repenting of sin and being saved, but it is about living a holy and righteous life before God and for God. It is obeying every command of God, not to be saved, but because of the salvation that Jesus has provided.

The more one knows God, the more he will know how to live for and obey gospel of Jesus Christ, removing the need for God to punish him.

God wants a relationship with you and does not want to have to punish you. All punishment is being reserved for those who do not know Him and those who do not obey Him.

Read your bible and pray everyday so that you may know God more and more. Understand how God wants you to live your life and than live that way.

Do not give God a reason to have to punish you in the end, because you chose to either ignore Him or disobey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will learn how God wants you to live your life; that you obey the gospel of Jesus; that God will guide you by the Holy Spirit in obeying His word; and that you will trust God as you obey Him.

John 2:5 Do What He Says

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

In the military and in many businesses, there are people who are to be obeyed, almost regardless of what they say. Overall they will tell others what to do that is right and legal and are expected to be obeyed without question.

The reason for obeying them is that they have the authority to tell other what to do and because they can see the bigger picture of what is going on. When people obey them, the results are most often much better.

Jesus was at a wedding that was having some problems. His mother tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.

Workers on the bottom of the leadership pole hear many guidelines or commands as to what they are to do. Sometimes those commands do not make any sense, in fact, they look and sound disastrous, yet they are to be obeyed. God works in the same way with those who follow Him.

There are times when God tells His people to do things that do not make sense: speak to a rock to get water, march around a city silently to take it down, serve water as though it was wine, or go to a cross and die to save others.

Since Jesus walked on the earth, God has not changed. He still asks His followers to do things that do not make sense in the common, sinful mind. He still expects those who believe in Jesus to obey completely, without question or hesitation.

Even when things do not make sense to a person, God is in control and knows what He is doing. God does a great job at working out things in the bigger picture with His miraculous intervention.

As you walk with God, there will be times when He will ask you to do something that appears to be insane. Instead of questioning it or rejecting His word, do it.

Step out in faith and do what He says to do and see how He works it out in the end. God can and is willing to do great and mighty things through you, if you will allow Him too.

Do not be afraid, but know that God never fails. He can pull off the impossible through you, if you just obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s every word to you; that you will not question what God says; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

Luke 6:46 Why Don’t You Do What He Says?

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46

Obedience is something that most people want others to have, but not necessarily do themselves.

It is very common to see people in a workplace that do not do what the boss tells them to do. Sometimes they are just cutting a few corners, while other times it is blatant disregard for the directions and doing nothing at all.

In the home, it is often expected for children to obey their parents. The child that does not obey, is often punished.

After speaking for a while, Jesus asked the people a question. He asked why they call Him, ‘Lord’, but don’t do what He said to do.

Very few people like to have someone over them as complete master or ruler. People like to have their freedom to chose to do what they want to do.

Sadly this type of feeling is often found inside the church. Many believers claim to believe in Jesus and call Him, ‘Lord.’ Yet, they do not obey God’s commands. They continue to purposefully live in some type of sinful lifestyle, with no thought as to changing. They hear the words of God, but ignore them.

Jesus later says that the person who lives like that will have his life crumble and be destroyed. For a person to call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ is to make Jesus is complete, controlling, Master. Every believer is to be like a slave towards Jesus, obeying His every command, no matter how difficult or crazy it may seem. God is the boss.

One has to think about how much God loves him to send His only Son to die on a cross to save him, to realize how much God loves. When this is realized, obeying Him will be much easier, because one knows that every command is given out of perfect love.

As a believer, you claim that Jesus is ‘Lord’. You must be willing to ask yourself if He really is ‘Lord’ of your life. Ask yourself if you obey God’s every command, or do you ignore some that are not convenient.

Do not allow yourself to choose to not obey God’s every command towards you. Make Him, ‘Lord’, of your life. Allow God complete control over your every thought, action and word. This makes Him ‘Lord’ over your life and then you will truly believe in Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make Jesus ‘Lord’ over your life; that you will obey every command of God; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will allow God to be Master of your life.

Matthew 19:8 Is Your Heart Hard?

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.” Matthew 19:8

It is common for people to make up their mind about something and refuse to budge on it regardless of what others say or show. This is often done due to past experience or training.

In the process of holding on to a certain way to do something, many will often refuse to accept or see the correct way of doing something. It becomes all about themselves, rather than the correct way or rule.

When asked why Moses permitted divorce, Jesus told them that Moses allowed it because their hearts were hard and that it was not that way from the beginning.

Society allows for divorce for nearly any and every reason a person may give. This has become so prevalent in society that there is very little difference in or outside the church. Most divorces occur out of a hardness of heart towards one another.

In the same way that divorce is allowed inside the church, there are also many other sins allowed inside the church as acceptable.

People harden their hearts towards God’s word and make choices based off of their feelings rather than His word. Sin is justified as good or ‘not-so-bad’. They refuse to allow their hearts to be softened towards God’s word and truth, so that they may do what they want.

At the time a person becomes a believer, he is to become a new creation, someone different. The old things and ways of doing things must be put off. His heart is to be one of flesh, not of stone.

No believer should be hardening his heart towards God just to justify his behavior or actions.

Just as everyone does have sin in their lives, so do you. However, you must never justify the sin, ignoring God’s commands.

Choosing to obey God’s commands may be difficult or painful for a time, but it is always for your best interest in the end. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to make the right choice.

Do not allow your heart to become hardened against God’s word so that you may live in sin. This is not only with divorce, but in every other area of life. All sin is done out of hardness of heart and selfish desires.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a softened heart of flesh towards God’s word; that you will obey God’s commands; and that you will choose to turn from all sin.

Matthew 7:21 Are You Doing God’s Will?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Words are easy to speak. People can say that they will do something, but then not do it.

Every day contracts are drawn up by people agreeing to some type of agreement on what they will do. Promises are made and papers are signed. Shortly afterward, many of those contracts are broken. One side or the other does not do what was agreed upon.

Jesus makes a statement that just because people call Him ‘Lord’, does not mean they will get into heaven. Only those who obey the Father will get into heaven.

Just as it is easy to sign a contract, people can claim to believe in Jesus. They can claim to be a follower of Jesus with just a few words. On the surface everything looks and sounds good. But under the surface, in the heart of the person, it may be a different story.

Many claim to believe in Jesus, go to church and can even quote the bible, but very few actually obey God’s word to them. God calls people to be His witness, and very few actually work at being His witness. Many refuse to actually flee a life of sin, by purposefully living in a sinful way.

To call Jesus “Lord” is to actually make Him controller of one’s life.

God has a job for each person to do, each day. He will reveal that to the person who is open, listening and obedient to His word. As soon as one says ‘no’ to what God is telling him to do, he is sinning against God and being disobedient. That person is not going to enter heaven.

The true believer will do whatever God tells him to do immediately.

If you claim to be a believer in Jesus, you must ask yourself if you obey God’s word to you. Are you willing to do everything that God commands immediately and without question? Or do you pick and choose what you will do?

Your actions determine whether you are a true believer, or just a believer in word only. God is looking for people who will follow Him in every area of his life, not just in words and mind.

Are you a true believer? Are you doing God’s will?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God commands of you; that you will do whatever God tells you to do; that God will be the master of your life; and that God will be able to say of you that you are a good and faithful servant.