Ezekiel 12:1-2 Where You Live

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.” Ezekiel 12:1-2

Ezekiel was living in the time right before God was going to destroy the nation of Israel. God was describing how sinful the people were and all the destruction that would occur because of the sin. Now He tells Ezekiel that the people he is living among are rebellious.

When people talk about a rebellious person, they usually are thinking of someone who is very openly defiant and fighting against some system or government. Teenagers are thought of as being rebellious, because they do not want to follow the rules and think that they know best. While this is true about these type of people, there are many others who are rebellious also, but do not show it as openly.

All rebellion is, is jut refusing to do what is right. People everywhere can see evidence of God in creation and life, yet, many do not want to believe it. They openly choose to refuse to believe in God, despite what they see. They do not want to see the evidence of God.

This even occurs inside the church. Believers hear sermons or read the Bible and see that God provides for them, loves them, and is in control. Yet, when a situation occurs, they refuse to believe God and get scared and run. They hear the words of God being said, but refuse to apply them to their own lives. They see what it means to follow God, but refuse to live their lives sold out to God.

Rebellion can be out-right defiant, violent rebellion, but most often it is a quiet rebellion. It is a refusal to live the way God has said to live.

You may not be the violent rebellious person that is read about in the news or described by others. But are you being rebellious in your walk with God?

Is God asking you to do something or give up something, and you are refusing to do so? This would be a sign of rebellion.

Allow God to open your eyes and ears to see and hear what He has to say, and then live that way. Do not be rebellious.

I pray today that you will hear God’s word in your life; that you will see God at work in your life; that you will live according to God’s plan for your life; and that you will not be rebellious against God.

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Isaiah 47:10 No One Sees

You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10

God had chosen to use Babylon to punish the Israelites for their rebellion against Him. In the process of doing that, Babylon became very proud and felt that they were the top authority and in complete control. They went further in the punishment of the Israelites than God had wanted them to do. Now God was calling them into account for their actions.

The world as a whole lives in a way that does not believe in God in any way. They live in sin because that is all that they know and they do not believe that God exists. The person who lives this way is living the only way that they know how to live.

One of the sad things is that many believers live in very much the same way. Individuals have personal sins in their lives that they commit in their house behind closed doors when they are alone. They feel as if no one is around and that no one can see them.

Buying into the world’s ways of doing things happens by many believers. They forget that God is right there at all times. God can see behind closed doors and into the mind of every person.

You may have some of these challenges in your own life. It may be direct actions or it may just be in your thoughts, either way it is sin that you are holding onto in your life. You may try to justify that sin and feel as though no one sees it. However, remember that God is there and sees and knows all.

Do not allow the wisdom and knowledge of this world or your own wisdom and knowledge to fool you into thinking that God does not see or know what is going on. Give those sins and habits to God and allow Him to crucify them. Allow God to remove all sin from your life.

Always keep in the front of your mind that you are never alone and that God sees and knows all. Allow Him to create in you a new heart and mind. You are a new creation. Do not live in the old sinful ways.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will give all sinful habits to God; that you will seek God’s strength to turn from all sin; and that you will listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you.

1 Samuel 15:23 Rejection Is Rebellion

“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:23

King Saul had chosen to not completely destroy the enemy after being told to do so. He had rejected God’s word to him. Samuel told him that it is better to obey God than to offer sacrifices. What King Saul did was seen as rebellion and arrogance, both of which are sinful like idolatry. Since Saul had rejected God’s word to him, God had rejected him.

Very few people would consider themselves as a rebellious person. To most people, the rebellious person is the one who goes against all rules and norms and fights everyone.

It is most common to look at teenagers as the rebellious person. Later it is the people who fights the system, or dresses extremely wild ways, or dies their hair strange colors, or covers their bodies in tattoos.

Many believers in Jesus, however, can be seen as rebellious. Yes they claim to believe in Jesus and go to church and read the Bible all the time, but they reject doing what God has told them to do.

Going to church and reading the Bible are only surface or outward things in your life. It really comes down to the heart and your actions. Once you hear a sermon at church or read a passage in the Bible, you must then put into action what you have heard or read.

God speaks through the minister or His Word–the Bible to you. He gives instructions in how to live life and what to do or not to do.

Are you being rebellious and not doing what God has told you to do? It is the same as going to false gods for guidance and help.

Are you being arrogant in thinking that you do not have to do what God has told you to do? It is the same as worshipping an idol. That idol is you.

Do not be rebellious against God’s word today. Take His word to heart and obey all of His commands. When you accept and obey God’s Word, He accepts you. God will never let  you down or harm you. He is only looking out for your best. Do you trust Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands to you; that you will not reject His commands; that you will not be rebellious against God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

Hebrews 3:7-8 Hearing God’s Voice

“So as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,” Hebrews 3:7-8

The author is quoting from Psalms when he makes this statement. The Israelites had heard what God wanted and yet rebelled against Him. They had hardened their hearts to doing what God wanted done. In the end all of them died in the wilderness, never seeing the promised land.

Hardening of some things can be good. When a knife is being made, the metal is heated up and pounded, then quickly cooled down. This is done over and over again to harden it.

When someone is learning a martial art and wants to break a brick with their hand, they must harden the hand first. They must practice against lighter items to build up the toughness to break a brick.

However, the hardening of the heart is a bad thing. It happens when you hear something from God and don’t do it. This can be heard as you read the Bible alone, or hearing a sermon, or a friend tells you something, or you are listening to the radio, or just hearing it in your spirit.

Often many believers will hear God say something, but ignore it. This causes the heart to hardened. It gets hardened against hearing what God has to say. When you cannot hear what God has to say to you, then you will not be able to do what He wants you to do. At that point you will be sinning against God.

When you harden your heart, you block God from bringing you into the promised land He has for you. You do not know the things God is ready to do for you, unless you listen and follow Him. The Israelites could not see the promised land until they got there. They had to trust God to bring them there.

Are you trusting God to bring you to the promised land He has for you?

Are you listening to what God is saying?

Now are you doing what God is telling you to do?

Today, do not harden your heart, keep it soft and alive in Jesus.

I pray today that you will hear what God is telling you; that you will do what God is telling you to do; that you will not harden your heart; that you will allow God to keep your heart soft and alive; and that you will draw closer to Jesus.

Revelation 9:20-21 Rebellion

“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21

The sixth angel to blow the trumpet brought about great plagues on the earth. These plagues killed off a third of the people still on the earth.

Imagine for a moment how many people who would be. Today there are about six billion people on the earth. If a third were killed, that would be about two billion killed. That is about the population of both China and India together. It is enough to wipe out North America and South America together. That is a lot of people!

When such great death would occur, you would expect people to get the message as to what is going on. Yet, in these verses, you see the people refused to change their ways.

At times I have heard Christian speakers state that God should strike nations with destruction to get their attention. That if God would take everything from a person, he would begin to follow after God.

This is not what usually happens. Most people when struck by God refuse to believe it came from God. They state it was just bad luck or other people caused the problems. Or they follow God for a day or two, then go back to their old ways.

There have been several major disasters in America involving many people: major hurricanes, earthquakes and 9/11. For a while the people of the nation turned to God. Within a matter of a few weeks, however, the people turned back to their old ways: not going to church, not praying, and not talking about God.

Do not allow yourself to be found in this way. Turn from your sins and follow God. If you harden your heart a little now, it will be stone cold against God when Jesus returns. Keep your heart alive for God. Do not play with sinful ways.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will turn from sinful ways; that God will help you keep your heart pure; and that you will follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.