1 Chronicles 10:13-14 Will God Put You To Death?

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Being faithful is something that the world says is necessary for others, but very few apply it to their own lives. People will come up with excuses as to why they could not do what was expected. Then many will get angry if there is a harsh negative consequence to their poor choice.

During a battle God had Saul killed because he had been unfaithful to God in many ways and refused to inquire Him. His kingdom was then given to David.

The world will quickly seek guidance from others and even from psychic workers. There is no highest authority that they feel is in control and needs to be consulted first.

Believers, on the other hand, know that God is to be the ultimate authority in every situation. God and His word is the first place that a believer should go to for guidance in every area of one’s life.

Yet, just like Saul, many believers follow the ways of the world and seek guidance from the world, rather than from God.

God is patient with believers, but there are often consequences to rejecting God and turning to the world. In His ability to control everything God can break things down, cause sickness or nearly anything else to get the attention of a wayward believer.

Ultimately for the believer who does not really inquire of God or seek Him or follow Him, it may mean eternal death. Believers must not be believers in word only, but in heart and action.

When you are faced with a difficult situation, what is the first thing or first person you turn to for help or guidance? As a believer it should be God and His word.

Do not allow yourself to be misled and turn to the world first. There will be consequences for you claiming to believe in Jesus but still seeking the world.

God has given you His Holy Spirit to give you strength and direction in how to live your life as a faithful servant. Seek God and be faithful with what He says so that He will not have to take your life due to unfaithfulness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be faithful to seek and serve God with all of your life; that God will see you as a faithful believer; and that God will be able to reward you for your faithfulness to Him.

Matthew 24:9 It Will Get Worse First

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:9

Very few people actually like to be hated. They will do whatever they can to keep from being hated. It is for this reason that many people fall for peer pressure to do something that they normally would never do.

A few people will do what is right, regardless of who likes it or not. During the process of doing right, many hate it and come against the person, both socially and physically.

As Jesus was talking about the end times, He promised that they would be persecuted, killed and hated because of Him.

Often when believers are talking about their life as a believer, they do not talk about persecution or being hated. The talk is about God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. While these things are good and true, Jesus also promised persecution, death and hatred.

The majority of the world does not like a strong, true believer because he is for Jesus, who is against their ways of living. A standard of living is higher than the world desires to be and the world hates it.

If someone claims to be a believer, and no one that is not a believer does not like him, there is a question of who or what he is following. Jesus was hated, persecuted and killed. His followers are to be just like Him.

Instead of backing down and being quiet, timid little believers, every believer must be bold in their faith and witnessing as they follow Jesus. There was power promised to those who walk in faith in Jesus. The world will hate that power and will fight back, but the end result is eternal life for the believer.

Ask yourself who hates you and why they hate you. If the world is not angry with your walk with God, then check yourself to see if you are really following and being like Jesus or not.

The world hated Jesus and will hate His followers. The world will do what it can to stop you from following Jesus the more closer to Him you get.

Do not give up under the pressure of hatred, persecution and threat of death. Be like Jesus and go all the way. Go for the goal of eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that the world will know you believe in and follow Jesus; that God will give you strength to endure hatred and persecution; and that God will draw more people to Jesus through your testimony.