1 Kings 8:61 Fully Committed

And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time. 1 Kings 8:61

Being fully committed to something means that one will do whatever it takes to complete the task. Very often people are not fully committed to something. Their mind wanders and are desiring something different, wishing to be somewhere different or doing something different.

The difference between a good sports player and one who is great is their level of commitment. One will do whatever it takes, while the other stops short and is distracted.

Right after Solomon finished building the temple and dedicating it, he prayed that the people would have their hearts fully committed to God and to obey all of God’s commands.

Everyone has many things that are going on in their life at any given moment. Everything pulls their attention and commitments different directions. There are jobs, friends, family, spouses, cleaning, repairs, bills, health issues, travel, children, and much more all needing some attention.

One thing that all of these have in common are that they need some attention from the person. In the process of giving attention to all of these things, often some things are ignored or forgotten and placed on the side.

God and His commands are often one of the first things that people put on the side in all of their busyness, and not just on Sundays.

Believers need to have a heart that is fully committed to the Lord and obeying His commands no matter what comes their way. God has the perfect plan for every believer, so their first focus must always be towards God and obeying Him, then trusting God for anything else needed.

Hearts must be fully committed to God.

You have many things that strive to call your attention. While many of these things are important, God and His commands are the most important.

God is committed to you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is committed to leading and guiding you on the best path possible.

Do not allow the cares of this world turn you away from God and His commands but drive you closer to Him. Do not be a half-hearted believer, but fully committed to loving God, obeying God and living by His standards with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all of God’s commands; that your heart will be fully committed to God; and that you will put God first in all that you think, say or do every day of your life.

2 Samuel 15:15 Doing What God Chooses

The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.” 2 Samuel 15:15

Servants are expected to do whatever the boss requires them to do. Everyone who works a job is a servant to the boss or manager of that job. Every person answers to someone higher than himself.

While many people will be obedient, there are some that will rebel against the desires of the leader. They will choose to do things their own way rather than following the choice of the leader. Often this is due to the difficulty of following the leader’s ways.

David had chosen to flee the castle and the city out of safety. His officials said that were ready and willing to do whatever he chose.

Every believer is under the leadership of God. They are to be His servants and willing to obey His every leading.

In His infinite and perfect wisdom, God leads His people on a path that is best for them and everyone else. God sees the bigger picture and can make the right choice for each person. This path may sometimes be very difficult and does not always make sense.

Following God will sometimes mean that one must leave behind his friends, family and whatever else is familiar to him. Stepping out into a new location may be difficult but may also save a person from a greater danger in staying.

As a person follows God’s choices, he will see God’s hand of provision and protection upon his life. Doing God’s will always bring about peace, that the world does not understand, fulfillment and an abundant life. This is a choice to deny self and this fallen world in order to obey God and do what He chooses.

As a believer in Jesus, you are a servant of God. You need to make a choice to do whatever Jesus, your King, chooses. Follow God wherever He may lead, whether that means leaving your friends, family or anything else behind.

Do not allow yourself to be like the world and selfish, doing your own thing in your own way. The path of this world and self will only lead to death and destruction, not life that God has for you.

The path God has you take may be difficult, but in the end it will bring about perfect life in heaven for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will do whatever God calls you to do; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that you will be a servant of God in all that you do.

1 Samuel 28:18 The Results Of Disobedience

Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. 1 Samuel 28:18

No one who is a leader likes someone who is disobedient. Every leader understands that those being led must be obedient. Usually there are consequences to not obeying, sometimes very severe consequences and other times not very severe.

Often the consequences are set up as punishment or correction to prevent disobedience from occurring again. Many people get upset when negative consequences occur due to disobedience, feeling that they should be able to do what they desire.

God was bringing the Philistines against Saul for disobedience. Saul went to Samuel for help but was told that because he did not obey God this is what God was doing to him.

Even though the world understands consequences to disobedience, many in the church feel that God will not do anything if they disobey Him. Many in the church will refuse to repent and turn away from certain sins. They will not take time to be His witness. They hold on to bitterness and seek vengeance.

While living in sin, many will wonder why God is against them and negative things are occurring on a regular basis. Others will wonder why God is silent when they seek Him at the same time they are disobeying His commands to them. Often they hide behind grace, believing that their disobedience will be overlooked.

God’s holiness demands obedience. Jesus did not die for the sins of the believer, so that the believer could continue to live in sin and disobey God. In His great love God will deal with disobedience harshly in this life so that the person may continue to gain eternal life in the end. The ultimate punishment for disobedience is death for eternity in hell.

As a believer God has given you all the general commands He has given every believer and He has also given you some direct commands specific to you alone. You are given a choice as to whether you will obey those commands or not. There will be consequences to which way you choose.

Obeying God will bring about His hand of favor and direction. Disobeying will result in punishment and losing His hand of favor.

Make the choice today to obey God in every area of your life and every command God gives you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God is giving you; that you will obey all that God commands you to do; and that God will not have to punish you for any disobedience.

The Goblin Hunters (book review)

Title: Goblin Hunters
Author: Samuel Schiller
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Date: 2013
Pages: 363

The Goblin Hunters (book review)

This is the sixth book in this series by Samuel Schiller. In the last book the Third Legion had beaten the Moloch priests and the First and Second Legions that had rebelled against King Osric.

The Red Goblin, Klabaga, was angry that the priests had lost, but set out to seek the help of a group of trolls from the Zarrin Tappeh to go against the humans again.

While Klabaga is raising his army, Evan follows God’s leading to go somewhere and is captured by Ahmed and sold to the enemy. Aine Ceallaigh gathers the Third Legion together to go through the mountains to gain help against the rising goblin armies. The chance of surviving the trip through the mountains is very slim, but they go anyways.

Throughout this story many lives become intertwined with each other that were previously separate. One of the main characters realizes some mistakes he has made and the horrors of the priests of Moloch. He chooses to become a believer in Iosa (Jesus) and follow the One True God.

Several characters learn to hear from the bird, Julian (the Holy Spirit) in guiding them on their journey. Klabaga can notice that Evan is in the area with the Spirit of God upon him.

This story is very graphic in its descriptions of the battles that occur between the goblins, trolls and humans. It flows back and forth from the goblins to the humans describing what each are doing. There are some parallels to some of the characters in the Bible as to what some of these characters go through on this journey and battle.

Focus on God and His power is often referred to by the characters. Hearing and obeying God is highest priority that many learn as they go along not understanding God’s leading.

Sadly, this book ends with an opening for another book and stating that it will continue in another book, which is, as of yet, to have been written. I will not reveal how the battles end. It may be good or bad. You must read the book to find that out.

I highly recommend reading this book, only after reading the previous five books in this series. It is an encouraging story to build one’s faith in God and trusting that God will make a way where there seems to be no way. It also shows that life is often a series of battles against the enemy, though most often not physical ones as found in this story, but of spiritual battles.

1 Kings 13:21 Have You Kept God’s Word?

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.” 1 Kings 13:21

People are given commands or directions to follow every day. Many will follow the commands very well, but many will also reject those directions and do it their own way.

At the job, doing it one’s own way may get them fired from the job. Everyone is expected to follow the directions and commands of the boss or leader.

A man of God was sent to Jeroboam to give a message and then go straight home without stopping to eat or drink. A prophet deceived him, and he ate with the prophet. The prophet told him that he had defied God’s word and not obeyed His commands.

Workers are often told to do something that does not make sense to them. They cannot see the bigger picture that the boss can see and understand to cause him to give a command that does not make sense.

In the same way, God will often give a simple command that does not make sense, often defying logic. It did not make sense why the man of God could not stop and eat on his trip, yet when he did it cost him his life.

Just as in the workplace, many believers choose to not completely obey all the commands of God. They feel that they know what is best or that maybe they heard God wrong or that God made a mistake with them and choose to do things their own way.

True believers will obey God’s commands no matter what the cost or how little sense it makes. Their trust is in God, not themselves.

As you choose to walk with God, there will come times when God will give you a command that appears to defy all logic. When this occurs, you must remember that God’s ways and thoughts are above yours. He sees the bigger picture and knows what is best for you.

Do not allow yourself to go the way of the world and do things your own way, rejecting the command of God to you. Step out in obedience and trust the ways of God as being the best for you and obey His commands.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God gives you to; that you will obey God with your whole life; and that you will not defy any of the commands of God.