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.

Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

Stop warning sign

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.

Jonah 1:3 Running From God’s Call

Fleeing

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. Jonah 1:3 

It is very common for people to run away from a troubling or difficult situation. They do not want to go into something difficult.

Many leaders hate the idea of having to confront someone for doing something wrong. It makes them uncomfortable and so they try to ignore, hoping it will go away. Sometimes the situation does go away, but often it only gets bigger and causes greater problems.

God had called Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh to warn them of their wickedness. Instead of going, Jonah chose to run the opposite direction trying to flee from God and His call upon his life.

One area that many try to flee is God’s call upon their lives. Some it is the call to live for God. They refuse to believe in and follow God, regardless of what they are told or shown. They want to follow the ways of this world.

Others have chosen to believe in God, but then refuse to obey God and do or go where He guides them. Many feel that if they can run hard enough, long enough that God will forget about the calling and leave them alone.

Some will completely leave the church and live as the world does. Others will continue to claim to believe in God and serve Him, but live as they want, fleeing His calling.

The calling of God may be to some other nation, but often it is to be a witness to a neighbor or some person one is passing by during the day. One cannot outrun God, because God is already there and striving to reach the person.

You may or may not be trying to ignore God’s call to you. God has a work for you to do that only you can do because you are the only you that is on this earth. As a believer it is your job and responsibility to be God’s witness and obey His every command, both the written commands and the commands to go and do.

Do not try to flee from God’s call. Embrace it and trust He knows what is best. See what God can do in and through you as you obey His call.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s call in your life; that you will obey God’s call in your life; that if you have run from God, you will return to Him; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.