Micah 2:6 Refusing To Listen

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“Do not prophecy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophecy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 

No one likes to hear bad news, when it is about themselves. They only want to hear good news, positive things.

People who go to the doctor and receive some bad news about their health, often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. Or the ignore the news, not believing it is the truth. They do not want to believe that the bad news is the truth.

Micah was bringing bad news to the people of Israel. Their prophets were telling him to stop prophesying that way. They did not believe it would happen as they were being told.

God has not changed over the years since Micah’s time. He still is against sin and sinful practices. He still warns people to turn away from sin or else there will be disaster and punishment.

All over America and most other nations, sin is promoted as good. Anyone who speaks out against sinful practices is listed as a hater or as one who wants to take away someone else’s freedom to do and live as he desires. As this is done believers are told to keep quiet and keep their belief to themselves.

Every believer is placed upon this earth to be a witness of who Jesus is. One of the things Jesus is, is holy and pure. The believer is also supposed to be like Jesus and tell others to be like Him–holy and pure.  This requires a turning away from sin.

Those who choose not to turn away from sin will eventually face a final judgement. Punishment or correction for living in sin may occur in this life. God does this to warn people of what is to come, giving them a chance to repent.

When God is speaking to you about some warning of judgement to come, do not ignore it. Take it to heart and change as He is calling you to change. Do not allow your heart to be hardened like the world and ignore the prophesies.

If you choose to purposely live in sin, then disgrace will overtake you and you will be destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to turn from sin and follow God. Do not live for evil, but live for God and His holiness and righteousness. Listen to the prophets for God wants to give you good, not punishment.

I pray today you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will listen to what God says through His prophets; that you will not give God a reason to bring on disaster; and that you will speak the words of God to this world. 

Ezekiel 39:8 It Will Happen

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It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8 

When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.

It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.

God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.

There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.

At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.

Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.

For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.

It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.

You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.

Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Ezekiel 12:27 Not For A Long Time

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Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ Ezekiel 12:27 

Scientists are always talking about some major disaster that may occur upon the earth, however, most of the time it is about something that may occur in a thousand years or more away. Most people do not fear the disaster, because it will not be in their lifetime.

Most ignore warnings, because they have never happened before, so why now. They see warnings as something that may happen, but not for a long time.

The people of Israel had ignored the prophecies that Ezekiel was telling them. They felt that the disaster that he was making a prophecy about would not occur for a long time. The did not fear the judgement that God was about to bring upon them.

This type of belief is still around. Many people do not believe that Jesus is going to return any time soon, because He has not returned for nearly 2,000 years. Over that 2,000 years, people have been constantly told that Jesus is coming soon, so why now?

Having this type of view will cause people to stop living for God. They feel that they can choose to live for Him some other day, they have the time. Living for God is not an emergency, but can wait.

No one knows the exact day and time he will die. Immediately upon death the judgement of his soul is final. There are no more chances to change the heart and begin to live for God. Yet, many live as though they have all the time in the world.

God has been warning people of the soon return of Jesus and the end of all things. Believers must live like He could return today. People need to know that they do not have all the time in the world to get right before God.

Ask yourself how you are living for Go and when do you expect Jesus to return. Do not allow yourself to live in sin thinking that you can repent tomorrow. You may not have tomorrow.

The judgement of God is coming. The prophecies of Jesus will come true at a time when you may not expect it. You must be ready at all times, knowing that every prophecy will come true at the right time, and that is not in some distant future, but soon.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for God; that you will believe God’s word about Jesus; that you will know the prophecies about the return of Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world.