Obadiah 1:4 Pride Before A Fall

soaring eagle

“Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:4 

Many people and nations have risen up in power and glory. Some have been known as great, while others were known as tyrants and horrible. Power and authority is the dream of many people and nations. The more they can get the happier they are.

Some of these nations and people appear to be great enough or powerful enough to last forever. It does not appear as though anything can take them down or destroy them.

God had been watching Edom and saw that Edom had risen in power and glory. They were soaring high and shining great as a nation. However, they had chosen to go against God. He warns Edom that He will bring them down.

There are currently some nations, such as America, that appear to be so great and powerful that it appears as if nothing can break them down. Among the nations of the world they are soaring high in power, authority and glory.

While America is a great and powerful nation and full of self pride, however,  it can be broken and God will break it down if she chooses to not follow Him. God is going through and shaking the nations now with a disease that appears to be out of control. The economy and social life are coming to a crashing halt. People and businesses are being destroyed. The church is being shaken.

Every person has to choose whom they will serve. They have to choose if they will serve self and this world or if they will serve God. It is the people who make up the nations and it is the believers who preserve the people and the nations. Every believer must choose to live for God.

You may have been very successful in some area of your life. Do not allow the pride and glory of that success to overcome you. Remind yourself that it was God who gave you the success you enjoy.

Do not put yourself up so high that God must bring you back down. The world tries to live without God and tries to soar in the heights, but will be brought down by God.

Live to serve and worship God and God alone. Do not give God a reason to destroy you or knock you down. Give Him all authority in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will give God control of your whole life; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world. 

Amos 9:9 A Great Shaking

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For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. Amos 9:9 

Shaking something up moves things around and changes everything. Sometimes it is done to mix things up, as in cooking, to get the flavor throughout the product. Other times it can be a shaking to remove loose and dead things.

Some businesses will go through a shaking in order to bring new life to them. For some people it will wake them up and get them going, while for others it will knock them out of the picture.

God warns the people that there will be a shaking going on in Israel. This shaking would be to scatter the people among the nations. The shaking would occur because of their sin and refusal to follow Him.

God is still in the business of shaking people and nations. His desire is for everyone to follow and obey Him. However many have chosen to not obey Him or even follow Him at all. Sin is chosen over serving God. And the church has fallen for this type of living.

The use of natural disasters and sicknesses are some ways God is able to shake people. He is shaking the church and nations to wake them up or move them out. Depending upon how a person takes the shaking, it can either stir them back to life with God, or destroy them and remove them.

Every believer who wants to serve God will be woke up as God shakes them. It will cause them to live more for God than ever before. Those who are lukewarm in their walk with God will roll over and stay asleep, dying in their sins rather than repenting and living for Him.

During this time of crisis around the world, God is doing a shaking. He may be allowing this shaking in your life to get your attention placed back upon Him and not the things of this world.

Do not allow yourself to live in fear or in the ways of this world, but to turn to God and His ways. Wake up and be the witness God has called you to be in this dark and dying world of sin. Move out of sin and into His righteousness and holiness, otherwise God will shake you out of His house.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will be His witness in this world; that God will fill you with His life; and that God will give you strength to turn from all sin. 

Hosea 1:9 Not Really God’s People

Man facing rocks

Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” Hosea 1:9 

In every nation that are certain characteristics that its people have that distinguish them from every other nation. Often there are physical characteristics that can show where a person is from. These can sometimes be shape of the face or eyes, height or color of hair, although these are not always a guarantee of location.

The more common characteristic is one of how one speaks or acts in various situations. Each nation has various ways to speak and act that are unique to their country. Other nations would find those words or actions offensive or worthless.

God had Hosea marry a woman and she had some children. One of the children was named Lo-Ammi, which carries the meaning of ‘not my people’. God had this child named because He was no longer the God of the Israelites.

In America the national motto is ‘In God We Trust’. This motto implies that God is the God of the nation. Yet, God has been pushed out of many places. Even while some claim to have God as their God, they are not living like it. Sin is openly practiced and promoted everywhere, sometimes even inside the church.

People in this nation and many other nations do not display the characteristics of God in their lives. They may claim to believe in and follow God, but their lives show everything but following and obeying God.

There have been many who have said the sinner’s prayer and began to believe in God, but later only to reject Him and do their own thing. Churches have also chosen to walk away from God to allow and promote sin. God is no longer their God.

You may have given your heart to God at some point in your life. You may have told God that He was your God at some point. Examine your life and see if what you had said is still true.

What characteristics are you displaying in your life that show that God is still your God?

Jesus walked and talked just as His Father–God did. You are to be just like Him. Your life is to be one that when people see you, they see a mirror image of Jesus.

Can it be said of you that God is your God and you are part of His people?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be patterned after that of Jesus; that God will be able to say that you are His child; that you will obey God in every area of your life; and that you will be able to say that God is your God.

Jeremiah 46:27 Do Not Be Afraid

Child standing by lake

Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jeremiah 46:27 

Throughout history there have been times of great death and destruction. Nations fighting nations. People fighting people. Sickness, death being rampant among groups of people.

As these things occur, many people are afraid. They are scared of dying. They fear the pain and suffering that could be coming to them. Many desire to escape what is occurring around them, yet, appear to have no way out.

God tells the people of Judah and Israel to not fear. They are in exile and are beginning to see the destruction of nations around them. They are fearing that the destruction will come upon them. Yet, God tells them that He will save them from the destruction.

Death and destruction of nations and people are still occurring to this day. God raises up and breaks down nations. People are scared of dying and sickness.

In the middle of all of this death and destruction are the believers. In a sense believers are in exile from their real home of heaven with God. They have to live their physical lives out here on this earth amidst the death.

Many see what is occurring around them and begin to fear. They wonder if God is really in control or if they will die in the process also.

God tells every believer to not be afraid. God has given His promise to save everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus and believes in Him.

At some point every believer will be called to go home to heaven to be with the Father for eternity. He will be removed from this death and destruction on this earth. There is no reason to fear what is happening.

As you watch what is going on around you, you may see a lot of death and destruction. Chaos is destroying nations, families, businesses, and more. You may wonder if you will be a part of the dying statistics.

Do not forget that Jesus has promised you His salvation for you. Even if you should die, you will live in the end. This world is not your final home. You have eternity with God to look forward too.

While you keep this in mind, all fear can be removed. While the world will end in destruction around you, you will live for eternity. Do not fear.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus gives; that you will know God’s plan for you; that God will remove all fear of death in your heart; and that you will be a witness of God’s control and love.

Jeremiah 30:22 Who Is Your God?

Rocks with a lighthouse

So you will be my people, and I will be your God. Jeremiah 30:22

All around the world there are many different nations and inside of each nation, many different groups of people. Each group of people has their own way of doing things that make them unique. Each group has their own set of leaders that they follow. Each group has their own desires that they feel are the best for them.

Some of the things that they follow or agree to have become like a god to them. They follow with a whole-hearted devotion some person, belief, tradition, or concept.

Israel had been chosen by God, but at some point they chose to walk away and follow other false gods. God had chosen to put them into exile and destroy them as a nation. However, God also planned to restore them and bring them back as His people. Jeremiah quotes God in saying that they will be His people and He will be their God.

A question every person must ask themselves is who is their God or god?

Most nations have a belief in God somewhere in their history. At some point, as a whole, each nation had followed God. However, most have turned away from God as a whole. They have chosen to follow false gods and reject God.

There are many in the church who claim God as their God, but in reality follow false gods every day. They follow self, the ways of this world, the things of this world, rather than God Himself.

This does not have to stay that way. Just as He had done with Israel, God is ready for people to return to Him and follow Him again. Jesus is right there ready to forgive and restore God’s people back to Him. Regardless of what nation or people group a person comes from, God is willing to be his God.

As you take a look at your life, who is your heart truly seeking and following? Are you being like the world and following the things and ways of this world, following false gods? Are you allowing little, false gods into your life?

Turn to God and find forgiveness and make Him your God. Allow God to be the one who is in absolute control of your life.

He wants to be your God, your only God. He also wants you to be part of His people, His family. Who is your God today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that God, alone will be your God.