Exodus 16:28 Will You Refuse To Obey?

Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my instructions?” Exodus 16:28

Regardless of who a person is or where he lives, there is someone he must obey. There are rules and regulations that are expected to be followed.

While the majority will follow the majority of the rules, there are some that refuse to obey. They choose to do their own thing, disregarding the regulations that have been put in place thinking that they know best. Leaders and commands are ignored in rebellion.

God had given the Israelites some directions on how to collect up food and some chose to do it differently. God asked how long they will refuse to keep His commands.

Every command and rule are put in place for purpose. Many are for the protection of the people in some form or other, while some are for power and control by those in authority.

Any time that someone chooses to disregard and not obey a command or ruling, there will be a consequence. This can be anything from a light reprimand all the way up to punishment by death in the eyes of man. The more one chooses to disobey the law, the more severe the consequence.

God has great love, mercy and patience when working with His people, the believers. However, many believers choose to not always obey His commands. Although one may not see the consequence immediately, there will be a day that God calls the person to account for his disobedience.

The same question asked of the Israelites can be asked of many believers today as to how long they will refuse to obey His commands. Every believer must choose every moment to obey and keep all of God’s commands and instructions. He is to live as Jesus lived, obeying His Father.

As a worker and a citizen of a nation, you have rules you must obey. Just as you are willing to obey those laws, be willing to obey the commands of God even more so.

The commands God gives you are perfect and for making you perfect and holy as Jesus is perfect and holy. Do not allow yourself to become like the world and disregard and refuse to obey God. Turn from the wicked ways of the world and your sinful past and obey God. His commands are perfect and with love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God has for you; that you will obey all the commands God has given you; that you will trust God’s rules for your life; and that God will strengthen you as you obey Him.

Revelation 3:13 Are You Really Listening?

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:13

With all of the noise and busyness of life going on it is easy to hear without really hearing. They listen without really listening, but only hearing the words.

People hear what someone is saying, but a few seconds later could not repeat what was said, because they were not really listening. Others will hear it, but not take it to heart, acting upon what was said in obedience. Children are often blamed for doing this, but many adults have the same problem.

As Jesus was talking to the seven churches, He states that whoever has ears needs to hear what the Spirit is saying.

All throughout the church there are many believers who struggle with listening to God and really hearing what He is saying. God is always speaking, sometimes by His Spirit directly to a person, other times through another person, and other times through His word.

Words about repentance and leaving the life of sin are heard, but many do not repent or change at all. The Spirit will direct a person in what is needed to be done but is often ignored. Rather than listen and obey God, many choose to please self and the world bringing down judgement upon themselves.

Hearing what God says through His Spirit, His word and others does no good if there is no action put to what was said. It also shows that there is no trust in God or love for God when obedience does not follow.

Believers who hear and act upon God’s word show that they love and trust God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. They are not just warming a seat on Sunday mornings, but truly living for God.

God is active and speaking with you each day. The challenge for you is if you are willing to hear what He is saying.

There will be times God will point out to you that you are straying from the path you were once on or has you on. Other times He will point out that you are walking correctly and need to keep doing it.

His words are to correct, encourage and build up, not destroy as the world does. As you listen, hear and obey God’s word you will grow to be more like Jesus doing His will.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you; that you will obey what God is commanding; and that you will trust God’s word to you.

John 15:8 Do You Bring The Father Glory?

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8

People get a lot of honor and glory when something that they created works and is successful. The thing created can be an item, a concept, or it can be the development of a person.

Every day leaders around the world are training others under them to be a leader some day. As others are raised up to be leaders, the ones that did the training are honored and glorified for their work.

Jesus tells the disciples that the Father will receive a lot of glory if they bear fruit. It is the bearing fruit that shows that they are His disciples.

As Jesus walked and taught on the earth, He did not do it just to have some good teaching done, but to change lives. He was preparing men and women to become leaders and do the same as He did.

Many are in the church and are saved, just to save themselves. They want to hear good sermons to help them be better, but never work at discipling others. In other words they are not bearing much fruit and they are being selfish, holding salvation only to themselves.

The focus and purpose of every believer should be the same as that of Jesus, to reach the lost and make disciples–to bear much fruit.

Every fruit tree that is successful, bears fruit and reproduces itself. Every believer should be doing the same thing.

As the believer reproduces himself, making more disciples of Jesus, God receives the glory and honor for what is occurring. The job that Jesus had started continues in the believer who is bearing fruit. Until He returns there is work to be done and fruit to be produced.

At some point in your life someone worked on making you a disciple of Jesus. Their fruit showed up in your choosing to follow Jesus.

Now just as someone bore fruit in your life, do the same to others. Take what God has shown and taught you, and teach others. Do what Jesus did and said to do. He set the example for you on how to do it and gave you everything you need to bear fruit.

As you begin to do His work and bear fruit, you will bring the Father glory.

Are you bringing the Father glory today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the work God has done in you; that you will bear the fruit God wants you to bear; that you will bring the Father much glory; and that God’s kingdom will be made larger because of your service to God.

Luke 7:14-15 Even The Dead Obey

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:14-15

Obedience is something that is expected of everyone else, but is often ignored in one’s own self. Some believe that they are an exception to having to obey all the rules. They have extenuating circumstances that give them excuses to not follow the rules.

Cutting the corners and not fully obeying can be seen in many areas of life.

As a dead man was being carried away to be buried, Jesus walked up to him. Jesus told the dead man to get up. Immediately the dead man got up and talked. He was then given back to his mother.

The choice to cut corners and not fully obey is something that many believers have chosen in their walk with God. Many feel as if God does not really mean what He said for them to do or that it really does not pertain to them. However, God always expects complete, immediate obedience from those who follow Him.

In the scripture passage for today, the young man was dead. He had every legitimate and logical reason to not obey Jesus, yet, he did obey Jesus when he was told to get up.

Instead of providing excuses as to why one cannot or should not obey God, one must immediately obey what God has said. God may never tell a person to rise from the dead, but He does command His followers to be His witness. He does tell His people to leave a life of sin. He does tell His people be holy as He is holy.

There is no excuse to not do what God has commanded one to do.

God may be telling you to step out and do something that is different. It may be something extreme like the dead man getting up.

Instead of coming up with an excuse to not do it, trust God’s command and do it. He will never tell you to do something that He will not give you the power and ability to do.

Be willing to rise up from the dead in sin and follow God in whatever He calls you to do and wherever He calls you to go.

Are you obeying God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s commands immediately; that you will not give excuses to not obey God; and that God will work great miracles in and through you.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know Jesus?

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

It is very easy for a person to say that they know someone. All over the world there are many people who claim to know some famous person. In reality people know about a person, but often do not really know the person.

Knowing what a person likes or does, it not fully the same as really knowing the person. It is common to only see the surface of the life of a person and completely miss the inner thoughts going on.

John tells the people that they really know Jesus if they keep His commands.

As with knowing someone famous, people all over the world claim to know Jesus. And in the same way, they know about Jesus, but they do not always really know Him in a personal, intimate way.

Many people can talk about the highlights of the life of Jesus, but struggle to talk about what He really taught. In not knowing what He really taught, they are unable to fully obey Him.

Jesus had said that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. Knowing Jesus is knowing God, which in turn is knowing true, perfect love. Once a person knows true, perfect love, they will not want to go back on it and will be willing to obey that true and perfect love. They will be unwilling to harm that perfect love.

Although many people claim to know Jesus and even go to church, they are unwilling to obey His every command. They want to please themselves and others with the temporary pleasures of sin in this world. They refuse to be His witness.

They don’t obey God, thus do not really know Him. The true believer will know Jesus and strive to obey His every command.

You may claim to know Jesus and may live a good life. Ask yourself if you obey all the commands of God. How willing are you to do whatever God asks of you?

This will reveal if you really know Jesus or not. Instead of living for self and this world, strive to live for God. Obey every command that Jesus has given to the best of your ability. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to do what God has commanded.

Ask yourself if you really know Jesus or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will truly love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength; that you will know Jesus and His great love for you; and that you will be used by God to build His kingdom.