Acts 4:19 Who To Listen To

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes; to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!” Acts 4:19

Everywhere a person goes, someone is telling him what is allowed to be done and what cannot be done. While most rules are done for the good of most people and should be followed, there can be rules made that are not the best.

Peter and John had been preaching in public and were arrested. They were told not to preach. Peter and John asked who they were to listen to, God or the leaders.

The world, as a whole, does not like to hear the gospel message being told. The message points out that they are wrong and in sin. No one wants to be told that he is wrong.

People and governments will do what they can to separate and silence believers. Groups are saying that believers must accept and promote alternate lifestyles. In this time of COVID, many people are being told that they cannot gather to worship God or talk about God. Many other things are being told to believers to silence them.

Some of the world has even infiltrated the church as leaders and promote the lies of the world.

Every believer must make a choice as to who he will listen to. Jesus told believers to go and make disciples, to preach the gospel message everywhere, to lay hands on people and pray for healing.

If a person is listening to the world, he will not be allowed to do any of these things and more. Disobeying the world, in order to obey God, may result in an arrest or worse, but will also result in an eternal prize.

It will always be better to obey God’s eternal, life giving rules, than to obey man’s death bringing rules.

As you go through your days, there will be times that the world will try to get you to do things that go against God. Sometimes the consequences of not following the ways of the world may result in persecution or arrest.

You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to and obey. If you choose to listen to the world, you are choosing the path leading to death. If you choose to listen to God, you are choosing the path to eternal life.

Make your choice today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God’s word; that God will give you boldness to obey Him over the world; and that you will be God’s witness everywhere you go.

Acts 3:23 Listen Or Be Cut Off

Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people. Acts 3:23

Every day a person will hear thousands of different voices each saying something a little different. Some of these are very blunt in what they are saying, such as in an advertisement trying to sell someone a car. Others are not as clear, such as quietly promoting gossip in a television show each week.

These voices can be live, visual, audio or even written. Each one is trying to get others to listen and follow along.

Peter tells the people about how Jesus was sent as a prophet to warn people and guide them to salvation. He points out that anyone who does not listen to Jesus will be cut off.

Every person has to make choices daily as to who he will listen to or refuse to listen to. If one listens to every voice he hears, he will be left in complete confusion and chaos. One will say to do something, while the other will say to do the exact opposite.

Only one voice remains perfectly consistent all the time, never changing. Not only does this voice remain consistent, but it also knows what is truly the best in the short term and the long term of eternal life. That voice is the voice of Jesus.

It is only Jesus who points people towards salvation and how to live for God. His words brings life to a person, not death. The majority of words of man, only brings about death.

Those who choose to listen to Jesus, following and obeying His words, will have eternal life. Those who refuse to listen to Jesus will be cut off from the abundant and eternal life.

Jesus came and spoke words that are for you to this day. His words were not just for the disciples and the people nearly two thousand years ago.

God is right there with you to guide you in how to really live for Him and to know the salvation and abundant life that He has for you. Each day you will hear hundreds of voices and you will have a choice as to which you will listen to and obey.

Allow yourself to tune in and listen to the voice of Jesus in your life. Hear what He has to say and obey His words. Do not allow yourself to be cut off and cast out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the voice of Jesus in your life; that you will know the truth as to how to live for God; that you will obey God’s voice in all that He says; and that you will not be cut off from God’s family.

Mark 10:21 Lacking One Thing

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21

It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.

People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.

A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.

All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.

This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.

Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.

Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.

Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?

Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.

As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.

Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.

Matthew 17:5 Listen To Him

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

Hearing someone speak is easy to do. Everywhere a person goes he can hear other people talking. Just because he hears a person talking does not necessarily mean that he understands what it being talked about or that he even cares about what is being said. Most of what people hear goes in one ear and out the other, it is ignored.

While up on mountain with Jesus, some disciples were with Him and a bright cloud covered them. God spoke out of the cloud telling them to emphatically listen to Jesus.

Listening takes hearing to a whole new level. It is much more than just hearing words. It is understanding and following those words. It is carefully paying attention to what is being said and putting into practice what is being said.

Jesus taught many things about how to live life on this earth and how to please God. Many believers have heard these words, but never attempt to put them into practice. Or they do not understand what He said. They are not really listening.

To follow Jesus means that one will leave his past behind and become someone very different. This is not a option, as many think and act like it is. In order to be different, one has to emphatically listen to what Jesus says and then apply it his life. It is no longer about self, but about pleasing God.

Later when Jesus left the earth He sent the Holy Spirit to remind His followers of what He said and to guide them in how to live that way. Every believer still needs to listen to Him.

As a believer, you have probably heard many things that Jesus said, whether by reading it in the Bible or hearing it preached. Do not allow those words to just go in one ear and out the other, but actually emphatically listen to what is being said.

Allow Jesus to change you into a new creation by His word abiding in your heart and life. Take time every day and throughout every day to meditate and think about what Jesus has said.

Are you hearing or listening to Jesus? You need to listen to Him!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear Jesus speaking into your life; that you will listen to what God is saying; and that you will apply God’s word to your life.

Malachi 4:4 Remember The Commands

Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. Malachi 4:4

Laws are always put in place for a reason. Every law has one of two purposes in its being enacted. One is to prevent someone from doing something, the other is to get someone to do something.

Most people accept the laws that have been given them and do not fight against them. In every group there are some who fight or ignore the laws, doing what they want. There are consequences to obeying and not obeying the laws that were given.

As God finishes the Old Testament, He reminds the people to remember the laws Moses had given.

At the point God had made this statement, He was going to become silent for about 400 years, until Jesus arrives on the scene. He wanted the people to remember the Law. This law was to guide them in how He wanted them to live their lives.

People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know how God wa

People are often quick to forget important things that they do not see as important. One of the greatest things a person must know is how to live for God. The believer in God will want to know what God expects of Him. God never left His people without some guidance.

However, for that guidance to be of any value, one must remember what it is and then apply it to his life. Every believer needs to live by God’s standards of living. Ignoring His laws will bring about death, following them will bring about an abundant life.

If you do not know the laws of God, you must take time to read the Bible to become familiar with them. As you do this, do not allow yourself how God has told you to live your life.

Obeying the laws of God will not save you, only believing in Jesus can do that. The obedience is accepting what Jesus has done and then living for God in gratefulness for what He did.

Do not allow yourself to forget or put aside God’s guidance and laws on how to live. It will only bring about death. Remember and live.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s commands; that you will obey God’s law for you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.