1 Samuel 12:25 Guaranteed Destruction

Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish. 1 Samuel 12:26

Every path leads to a certain destination. As long as one continues on that path, whether it takes a long or short time, he will eventually get to that location.

Turning off of one path will cause one to begin on a different path with a different destination. Some destinations have multiple ways to get to it, while some will have only one way to get to it. The more steps and changes in the path will make it more difficult to get to the desired destination.

Samuel told the Israelites that if they continue to do evil, they and their new king will be destroyed and perish.

Doing an action that is not good does not always show immediate negative results. Eating junk food will not cause noticeable harm to the body right away. Continuing to eat junk food overtime will bring on a weight gain and health issues that harm a person.

People will choose to sin in some form thinking that nothing is going to happen and that there really is no harm occurring. Many believers will choose to sin and claim the grace of God upon their lives. Continuing to sin will cause one to perish.

God called every person to repent of his sins and to turn away from sin, not stay in it. Purposefully committing sin is not repenting or allowing God to change oneself. In the end it will bring about death and eternal judgement in hell.

Instead of persisting in sin, the believer must repent and turn from all sin. Then he must allow God’s Holy Spirit to change his heart, mind and life to bring about an abundant and eternal life, not death and destruction.

You have been called to a path of holiness and righteousness. Jesus paid for you to be on that path and journey to heaven, taking away all sin.

Do not allow yourself to return to the evil and sinful ways of this fallen world. Live the holy and righteous life God has called you to live. Walk the path God has laid out for you so that you will not be destroyed by sin.

The Holy Spirit will give you strength to turn away from all sin and guide you on the path to heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you to walk; that you will choose to turn from all sin and follow God; that you will hear the Holy Spirit guiding you to eternal life; and that you will repent before God of all sin in your life.

Isaiah 43:19 A New Year, 2022! New Things!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

One thing that occurs with life on this earth is change. Every day nearly everything has some change in it. People, plants and animals grow. Material things wear down.

On the first day of January, every year, people celebrate the new year that is coming in. Going into the new year many people will often choose to make some changes in their lives.

Isaiah quotes God talking about His doing a new thing and asking if the people do not perceive it. It is a new way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

While most people do not always like change it is still needed. A baby child must change in order to grow. A worker must change in order to be promoted. Water must move and be changed in order to be fresh.

God is always working something new in the life of a believer. He is focused on forming the believer into the image of Jesus. No matter how much change has occurred in the life of a believer, there is still more that can be changed.

Just as many in the world make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the new year, many believers do the same. The focus of the believer should be the same as that of God’s, to be more like Jesus. God is going to do something new in the believer to bring that about in this new year.

What that ‘new’ is, is only known by God Himself. It may be new blessings, or new trial and troubles. It may be opening or closing doors. Either way it is a path to building the individual into the image of Jesus and to build His kingdom.

As you begin this new year open your eyes and ears as to what God is doing in your life. God wants to do something new in your life, bringing you to a new level of relationship with Him.

God will not keep hidden what He is doing if you are willing to listen and follow Him. Trust that God knows what is best for your life and walk the path of life that He has made for you, filled with streams of living water through the wasteland of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will know the streams of life God has given you; and that you will be more like Jesus in this new year.