At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The Lord will do nothing either good or bad.’ Zephaniah 1:12
Most people feel as if their actions or reactions are only about themselves and do not affect anyone else. They feel that they can do, think or say whatever they want and that they will be safe, because no one else can see them or do anything about it.
With having this attitude, it is common for many to not do or say anything when they see something bad occurring. They accept the bad as just something normal.
God warns of a time when He will go through Jerusalem and punish those who are complacent. They are compared to the dregs of wine leftover.
Allowance for sin and sinful lifestyles has come into being a commonplace feeling inside the church and the lives of many people. It is common for people to look past sin as being evil and hatred towards God, to it just being who someone is. There is no call to repent or turn from sin in the world or in the church.
Many have become complacent about sin in their lives or in the lives of others, thinking that God will do nothing about it. Since Jesus has not returned in nearly two thousand years and done anything, people feel that they are free to do what they want. Sin is allowed to run rampant and unchecked by many inside the church.
Very few will stand up and call out sin within the church, not wanting to offend anyone or drive them away. They have become complacent about how horrible sin is in the life of a believer. They feel as though God will not punish the believer for sin in his life.
There is coming a day when Jesus will return to judge the world and those in it of sin. It may take time to arrive, but it will arrive and those who are complacent about sin in their lives will be punished.
Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are complacent with sin. Are there areas that you have accepted as that it is just who you are and you cannot change?
Seek God and His Holy Spirit to reveal how you may be complacent. Seek to have a heart that burns after God and His ways. Do not allow yourself to become complacent, but be on fire for God’s holiness.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength to flee all sin; that you will repent of sin in your life; and that you will live on fire for God.
Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel 3:6
Everywhere a person goes there is always pressure being applied to get him to do something. Advertisements bombard a person daily to get one to purchase some item that he ‘needs’ to really live life. Pressure for a person to vote a certain way. There is pressure to like or accept certain things or lifestyles.
When a person does not give into those pressures, there is often some type of consequence. Unwritten, unofficial punishment occurs, a shunning, a push-back.
King Nebuchadnezzar had built a statue of gold of himself and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Several Jews chose not to bow down. Pressure was put upon them to bow down. The pressure was that if they chose not to bow down, they would be thrown into a furnace to be burnt alive.
While there are many things that are put upon a person to do that are not directly sinful, such as purchasing a new car, or buying a certain type of soda, there is a lot of pressure to do things that go against God’s word. Pressure is put upon a person to choose and accept sin in his life.
Most will not tell a person to lie, but pressure will be put on a person to ‘bend the truth’ a little. Or they will be asked to hide a situation, rather than call it out. In the individual life, one often feels pressure to overlook the ‘little’ sins in his life.
Although most won’t have to pay with their life in a furnace, there is a cost to compromising God’s holy standards. Sin is sin and leads to death.
Every believer must be willing to stand up for the standards of God in his own life and not give in to the pressures of this world to sin.
You will have pressure come against you to sin. Threats will be made that if you do not live, act, or speak a certain way there will be consequences against you.
In your heart you have to make a choice as to who you will serve and obey. Will it be God or will it be self and this world?
Allow yourself to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and power to overcome the pressure to sin. Be willing to go into the furnace, rather than sin against God.
I pray today that you will know God’s holy standards to live by; that God will give you strength to stand up to pressure to sin; that you will seek God when being pressured to sin; and that you will trust God to preserve you when punished by this world.
Now you impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided. Ezekiel 24:13
Some children love to play in the dirt and get dirty. They have a wonderful day on the days it had just rained and there is mud everywhere outside to play in. Children often do not care if they are dirty.
Parents work to keep their children clean. Children will be told to stay away from the mud or out of the dirt. When they come in the parents will quickly try to clean them up from the dirt. Many will fight against getting cleaned up and some will go back out into the dirt again.
God speaks against the people of Israel because of their sinful acts. They had been very impure in acting in sinful sexual acts and thoughts. God tried to clean them up, but they refused and stayed in their sinful ways.
God is a pure and holy God and He wants all of His people to be in the same way, pure and holy. He made a way for that to happen by sending Jesus to pay the price for people to be cleansed and made pure and holy.
While there are many who allow God to cleanse them and they strive to remain clean, there are also many who refuse to be cleansed and remain dirty. They continue to live the same sinful lifestyle with no regard to God’s call to holiness. The enjoyment of sin is so great that they do not want to be clean.
For those who refuse to be clean, there is coming a day of judgement against them. Every believer must allow God to work in his life and make him clean. Doing so shows true love for God and true acceptance of what Jesus has done for him.
As a believer God is at work in your life. Jesus is right there ready to cleanse you and help you remain clean. You have to make the choice to accept or reject what Jesus has done and is doing in your life.
Do not allow yourself to go back into the mud and dirt of sin making your life dirty again, thus bringing upon you God’s wrath. Be cleansed and Holy as Jesus is. He will give you the ability to do so, if you allow His Holy Spirit to guide you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins; that you will allow God to cleanse you of all sin; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you away from all sin; and that you will be holy before God.