Matthew 1:20 Do Not Be Afraid

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 1:20

There are times things happen that people do not fully understand. When times occur like that, many people are afraid, not knowing what to expect or fearing what could occur. As this occurs, people will often take sudden, extreme measures to get out of the situation or to deal with it. The do not always see the bigger picture, but quickly judge upon some few facts.

Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married. Suddenly she was found to be pregnant, so Joseph chose to break off the marriage. An angel comes to him and tells him to not be afraid, because this is from God’s doing.

God’s ways are often above the ways and thinking of man. From a temporary viewpoint, His ways do not always make sense. They can often appear dangerous or wrong. When seen that way, people are often afraid and try to take the situation into their own hands to deal with as Joseph did.

Before a believer should choose to take a situation into his own hands, he should seek God. He should try to find out what God is doing in the situation. As he finds out that it is God’s working in his life, he should no longer be afraid.

Ever since the beginning of time, God is telling His people to not be afraid. Believers are to trust God in every situation and not immediately take things into their own hands as the world does. As Joseph believed God, he was able to be a part of the salvation of all mankind.

As a believer, there may be times when God does something in your life that does not make sense or looks dangerous. First you must seek God to find out if it is from Him and then find out what your next step should be.

In all of this, never be afraid. Know and trust that God is in control of every situation in your life. Do not be like the world and try to take control in your own way. You don’t know, but maybe what is happening is God’s way to save a nation or world through you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in every situation; that you will not be afraid, but trust God; and that God will use you in great ways.

Zephaniah 1:12 Complacency Will Be Punished

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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. 

Jeremiah 4:18 Consequences Of Actions

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“Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!” Jeremiah 4:18 

There is an old scientific law that states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is the idea that there is a consequence to every action that occurs.

In life there are many consequences to the actions that people do. Some are positive and some are negative. Some occur immediately, while others don’t occur until many years later.

Speeding down the road when there is a policeman there will result in a ticket immediately. Eating a poor diet will take years to show, but it is result in weight gain and health problems later in life.

God is beginning to punish Israel for their rebellion and sins against Him. He points out that it is their own actions that had brought this punishment upon them.

God is a patient God and full of mercy, however, there are consequences that He brings about or allows because of sin. There are many health problems that occur because of a sinful lifestyle. There is a loss of peace and joy because of sin in one’s life.

For the believer, God is always striving to call him away from sin. He may use the consequences of sin to get his attention and draw him back away from sin.

Most people do not like consequences to their actions, unless they are positive. Yet, God has placed negative consequences upon sin in the life of a person. The ultimate consequence is eternal death and separation from God.

This is not God causing the consequence, but the actions of the person. One’s own self brings upon him the problems of sin. This does not have to be, since a person can go to God for forgiveness and be changed into a new person. Living for God and rejecting sin brings about positive consequences.

Is there something missing in your life, such as joy, peace, love, God’s presence? Take a look at your life and how you are living.

What actions have you been allowing in your life? Are they God honoring actions, or actions of selfish sin?

Jesus is right there to help you turn from sin. He is willing to wipe the slate clean and forgive you, bringing about positive consequences. Do not give God a reason to strike you to get your attention, but live for Him in His ways.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that all of your actions will honor God; that you will know God’s peace, joy and love in your life; and that you will hear God’s direction for your life.