Isaiah 8:12-13 Don’t Fear The Fake

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Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. Isaiah 8:12-13 

Rumors and conspiracy theories abound world wide about everything and anything. In a lot of these theories people are full of fear. Things that are small are made to be out to be large. False statements are made out to be true and people believe them

In today’s society the speed at which a thought can spread around the world is lightning quick with the internet. Within minutes, millions of people can hear about some false report, conspiracy theory or fake news and buy into it with fear.

During the time of Isaiah, this was also a problem. People would spread conspiracy theories and spread great fear. God tells the people not to believe those theories, but only to fear Him.

Events will occur in this world, but that does not mean a believer should fear them. Theories will abound, some will be true, some will be false, but the believer as no reason to fear them, God is the One who is in control.

When the believer is trusting in God and knows that He is in control, all he needs to be concerned about is pleasing God. Every believer is called to one thing–to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and body. When he loves God he will obey God. This is what pleases God.

The things that man can do will no longer matter to the one who is trusting God. Man can only destroy the body, but not the soul. Man and the things he can do, do not need to be feared at all.

You will hear about things that the world will be scared about. Sometimes they will be false theories that are driven to scare people into a certain way of thinking. Other times they may be true. Either way you do not need to fear what is said or happening.

Put your trust in God and fear Him alone. Strive to love and obey God with all of your abilities. He is the one who gives you life for eternity, not just a temporary life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in all things; that God will give you His peace in all things; and that God will help you remove all fear of this world. 

Proverbs 28:4 Accepting Instruction

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Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them. Proverbs 28:4 

Listening to and accepting instruction is an annoyance to many people. The classic example is of a dad who spends hours attempting to assemble a new toy on Christmas morning, because he does not want to read the instructions. He thinks he can do it without the instructions.

People do not like to be instructed because they want to do things their own way. Getting instructions is like being the underdog or the worker and not the leader or boss.

Everyone wants their freedom to do what they want, how they want and when they want, thus instructions are ignored. Many will try to find a loop-hole in the instructions to get out of following them.

Solomon says that those who would ignore instruction are actually lifting up those who are wicked.

Being given instructions is something that has occurred since Adam and Eve walked on their earth. God gave them a few instructions on how to tend the garden, yet they ignored the instructions and fell into sin. They gave honor to the devil and praised him.

Believers are to obey God and those in authority over them. Leaders will give instructions on how to do something, just as God does. Rejecting those instructions is being selfish and praising those who are wicked. It is saying that those who do things the wrong way are right. It is rejection of God.

However, accepting instruction is admitting one does not have all the answers. It is admitting that someone is greater. It is allowing God to be in control. In doing this one will be resisting the wicked and all sin. They will seek to walk on the path of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

God has some instructions for you on how you are to live your life. Some of those instructions you will read in the Bible. Some you will hear God speak to your heart. Others will be spoken to you through someone else.

You have two choices when you hear some instructions. You can ignore it and be selfish, self-knowing and walk the wrong path. Or you can accept it in obedience and walk the path God has for you.

Do not allow the ways of the wicked and this world lead you down the wrong path. Take the instructions God has for you and walk His path for you. Resist sin and follow God.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that God will reveal His instructions to you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will walk the life of righteousness in Jesus. 

Proverbs 5:23 No Discipline Equals Death

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For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Proverbs 5:23 

Discipline is the ability to make oneself do the right thing or to choose to not do something wrong, regardless of how hard that decision is. Athletes discipline themselves to work out and practice long and hard in their skill to improve and become better. They push the hardships of the hard work aside to improve.

Many in the world do a great job at disciplining themselves to do a sport, but often will not choose to discipline themselves in other areas of life that are not good.

There is no discipline used to hold oneself from living in sinful ways. Choices to commit and live in adultery, homosexuality, or some other deviant lifestyle are common. Each of these and many more ways are ways that lead to death. Sinful lifestyles are accepted as normal and promoted.

Solomon realizes that lack of discipline will bring about death. People are led down wrong paths by their own folly.

The believer must choose to live for God and according to His ways and commands. It takes focus and discipline to live for God.

Yet, there are many in the church who have chosen to put discipline aside and follow the ways of the world. Men lust after other women or men who are not their wives. Women lust after men and women who are not their husbands.

Sin is embraced and accepted as the world accepts it.

True discipline will choose to not walk down sinful paths. This is not down out of legalistic beliefs, but out of love for God for what He has done for each person. Jesus died to remove sin and the death sentence of sin upon a person.

Walking in sin puts that death sentence back into place. It is foolishness to choose to die.

Each day you will have choices to make. You can either look into and follow sinful ways, or you may turn away from all sin and follow God’s holy and righteous ways of living.

God wants you to have an abundant life. Living in sin may be abundant for a short season, but in the end it will bring about death.

Discipline yourself, train yourself to stay focused upon God and His ways. Train yourself to choose to obey God’s commands and not live in sin.

Embrace the life God has for you, not the death the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will guide you into His ways of living; that God will give you strength to walk in His ways; that you will keep your eyes focused upon God; and  that you will have discipline to obey 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. 

Psalm 100:3 It Is All About God

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Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

Having knowledge is important in surviving in this world. It takes knowledge to know how things work. It takes knowledge to know how to accomplish something.

Knowledge used correctly can guide a person in making the right choices. It can also guide a person in choosing the right person. Employers will not hire a person who has no knowledge about the job or the position.

There are many in the world who believe that they have the right knowledge, that they know what is best. Groups will attempt to control others with their ‘knowledge’. However, the knowledge of this world is only temporary and of man alone.

The psalmist tells people to know that the Lord is God. God has created everyone and so everyone belongs to Him. The knowledge is that God is in control and people are to follow and obey Him.

In a world that is all about self, it is easy for one to forget that God is the one who is really in control. People think that they are self-made and can do whatever they want.

This belief can easily slip into the life of a believer in the church. One  begins to lead some ministry and it goes successful. After a time, he runs with it in his own way, forgetting that what it is all about. The focus is on building his ministry, rather than God’s kingdom.

Believers are to find out what God wants and do that. He is the one who guides and gives the strength and ability to do what needs to be done. It is God who accomplishes things through the believer.

You were made by God. You were made to do what He wants in His way. As a believer you are to follow God as sheep follow their shepherd.

God knows what is best for your life and is there to guide you on that path. There will be times that the path does not look like the best path, but you must know that you belong to Him and He loves you and will guide you correctly. It is not about you, but Him.

Allow your life to be one that loves and serves God. Give Him complete control of your life and see what He can do in and through you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s leading; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will allow yourself to belong to God alone.