Revelation 11:18 A Time Is Coming

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small–and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18

Expectations for things to come are found everywhere. Some things are looked forward to as being exciting and worth it. Other things are feared because they bring about pain and suffering.

Often the expectations can be predicted by the actions of a person. Living certain ways will usually determine what is ahead in life.

John describes that as the seventh trumpet is sounded the elders worshipped God, saying that the time has come for God to judge and reward people according to their actions.

It is common for people to live in the moment with no regard to the future. People will eat, drink and be merry without any thought of the future results of their actions.

The majority of the world does not believe that God is going to judge them. Belief is that either God is not real or that He loves and would never bring about any harm.

Throughout the entire Bible there are many warnings of God judging those who do not follow and obey Him. At the same time there are many statements that God will reward those who have chosen to believe in Him and obey Him.

In the finite minds of man, it appears as though God will never judge or reward. People have been waiting for several thousand years and nothing has changed. Yet, there is coming a day when it will occur.

Jesus was promised to come the first time and He came. He promised He would die and rise again–and He did. Jesus promised He would come again and judge the world–and He will. Believers need to live with this in mind.

You may be wondering when God will judge those who have done harm to you. And you may be wondering when God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Do not give up and stop believing now. God will judge and reward at the right time. Continue to live for God, obeying and worshipping Him on a daily, even hourly basis. Trust that God will continue to fulfill His every promise.

As you continue to be His servant, you will have trouble, but your reward is coming.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust God will fulfill His every promise; that you will look forward to the return of Jesus; and that you will know God will reward your faithfulness to Him.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know God?

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3

It is easy for people to say that they know someone. People all over talk about knowing famous actors, yet, in reality do not really know the person. They know about the person, but not directly know the person.

This is taken to another level for knowing someone who is an authority. The better a person knows one who is an authority and how much he cares for him, the easier it is to obey commands given. One will be able to understand why the commands are given.

John states that the way to know if one knows God is if he obeys God’s commands.

Obeying God is often seen as one of the hardest things for a believer to do. This difficulty arises because very often what God asks a believer to do does not always make sense, appears to be dangerous or crazy.

People often hold back on obeying God out of fear, not really knowing God and His heart. Stepping into sin and disobeying God will only be done, because one does not know or trust God.

God is perfect love and everything that He does, says or asks a believer to do is done out of that perfect love. He does not give commands just to be a dictator or ruler, but to build the believer up and make him more perfect.

As the believer begins to realize and understand God’s perfect love for him, he will become more willing to keep all of His commands. Obeying the commands will no longer be done out of fear, but out of great love because of God’s love.

Knowing God and obeying Him must go together in the life of every believer.

As a believer, you claim to know and love God. There will be commands in the bible that you have read and there may be times the Holy Spirit tells you things that you must do.

How willing are you to obey the commands God is giving you, whether by the Bible, or through His Holy Spirit speaking to you? How you answer this reveals how much you know God.

Strive to know God more and more each day, so that you can learn to trust His commands more and obey them. Be willing to step out in faith knowing that God has your best in mind.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God and His heart; that you will learn to trust God’s every word; that you will obey every command of God; and that you will truly love God as He loves you.

1 Peter 1:14 Don’t Go Back

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 1 Peter 1:14

As a person grows older, he will learn more and more on what to do and what not to do. He will learn things that work and things that will fail.

Some people will learn from experience and change, while others refuse to change, or they change for a short time, but then go back to their old ways. Instead of maturing, they continue to live in ignorance. Often this is done to receive immediate pleasure over long term growth.

Peter reminds the people of the salvation they have. Now he encourages them to not go back to their old evil desires they had when they were ignorant of God’s ways.

Just as children learn as they grow in what is good to do and what is not good to do, believers also need to learn. During the time a person does not know Jesus, he is living his life in ignorance. He does not know how he should live, and so he focuses upon immediate pleasures, which are often sinful.

Once a person begins to follow Jesus, he is to begin learning how to live for God, rather than selfish, temporary and sinful pleasures. Inside the church there are many that have not chosen to be obedient to God. Instead of changing and becoming more like Jesus, they go back to their old sinful desires. Some just dabble a little with sinful desires, while others go in full force.

They allow the ways of the world to conform them, rather than allow Jesus to transform them.

Every believer is to leave his old life of sin and evil desires to follow after God. He is to be obedient unto God’s word and ways.

If you have chosen to follow Jesus, you have chosen a new path for your life. God has a path of holiness and righteousness for you to walk.

The world will continually throw temptations your way to try and get you to go back to your old evil desires of sinful acts. Turn towards God and lean on His Holy Spirit for strength to resist the urge to go back.

Live the real and full life God has for you, rather than go back to the ways of death and sin. Be an obedient child of God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be obedient to God’s word; that you will be led by His Holy Spirit in living your life; and that you will be transformed to be more like Jesus.

Hebrews 8:10 Is God’s Law On Your Heart And Mind?

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

In every nation around the world there are thousands of laws that the people are expected to follow. While most people try to abide by the laws, many ignore many of the laws.

Those who obey the laws have those laws upon their hearts and minds. They see the value of those laws and desire to be obedient.

Quoting from Jeremiah, the author of Hebrews quotes God saying that in the end He would write the laws upon the hearts and minds, so that they would be His people and He their God.

Often when people hear about the laws of God they run from them. Some run because they see following God’s law as being legalistic and claim grace under Jesus. Others flee because they see the laws as being restrictive, not allowing them to really live.

Every law that God has made was made to make life better for the individual in himself and with others. There is no law that He has made that was made to destroy a person, but to make him holy as He is holy.

Under the old covenant it was either obey all of the law or die. No one could fully obey it, because it was just written words and not on the heart.

In Christ, God now puts the law upon the heart and mind. This is done so that the true believer will strongly desire to obey all of God’s law. God’s Holy Spirit also comes upon him to give him strength to obey God’s law.

It is now a choice of love to obey God’s law, rather than a demand.

As a believer in Jesus, God expects you to grow to become more like Jesus. He followed God’s law with perfection. Learn God’s law and place it in your heart and mind.

Realize that God has given you His law so that you can live a righteous and holy life that Jesus purchased for you. Jesus took away the punishment of breaking God’s law, so that you may live. He then gave you His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to live for God.

Is God’s law on your heart and mind?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s law in your heart and mind; that you will desire to obey God in every area of your life; and that God will be your God and you will be His child.

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.