1 Samuel 15:23 Will You Reject God’s Word?

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

Throughout history people have rebelled at times against someone or something that they did not like. Often times it was a manner of attempt to change the situation to their own way of thinking.

Pride of self rises up making people think that their own way is the best way, causing them to reject the commands or rules of those in leadership.

Samuel tells Saul that rebellion is like divination and arrogance is like idolatry. Saul had rejected God’s word, so God was rejecting him as king.

The world is very quick to show rebellion and arrogance, but believers will very seldom admit to showing rebellion and arrogance in their own lives. Most believers recognize that rebellion and arrogance are things that one should not have in their lives. Yet, many believers have both.

Many believers are very quick to reject obeying God’s word in their lives. They will often choose to do things their own way, rather than the way God has commanded in His Word. This is done out of fear of what may happen or out of pride.

God expects immediate and full obedience to His commands that He gives. His commands are not suggestions that may or may not be followed.

Rebelling against God’s word is the same as seeking guidance from a false god. Arrogance and pride are putting one’s self on the throne as God. He will reject anyone who is rebelling against Him and is filled with arrogance. Both go against the basic principle that God is God and is in absolute control of all.

God is the highest authority, not the believer or individual person, and is to be obeyed.

There are commands that God has given you to obey. Some are in the bible, others are what has been told to you specifically. Do not allow yourself to be like the world and filled with rebellion and arrogance. Do not give God a reason to have to reject you.

Obey God’s word and allow Him to be on the throne of your life, the greatest authority. He has a plan to build you up and make you prosper if you will not seek divination elsewhere or worship some idol.

Will God have to reject you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not rebel against the commands of God; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will not follow the ways of idolizing others or self as the world does; and that God will not have to reject you for any reason.

The Queen’s Own (book review)

Title: The Queen’s Own
Author: Samuel Schiller
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Date: 2010
Pages: 403

The Queen’s Own (book review)

This is the fifth book in a series by Samuel Schiller. In the previous book King Osric Murchada, king of Glenmara had become a believer and follower of Iosa Christus (Jesus Christ) and rejected the idol worship of Molach.

As a result of his rejection the false god, the priests of the false god led a rebellion against King Osric. Along with the false priests, the first and second legions (armies) chose to rebel and take the control of the kingdom from King Osric.

King Osric’s wife, Queen Ivrain, decides to build her own legionnaire, the Third Legionnaire. She also has a small group of women who know how to fight very well. Going against the odds and with God’s favor, they are able to build this new army.

Most of this book goes into extreme detail of the preparation for battle against the evil that has taken over their nation and showing the actual battle. Parts of this story is very graphic in its details on the battle.

Throughout the story the main characters continually rely upon God for strength, direction and favor. The odds of them winning the battle against the evil forces is very slim, yet they go forward trusting God.

Although most believers today will not have to physically fight an enemy, this book does give encouragement and insight into the spiritual battles one will have to fight on a regular basis against evil forces in this world.

I highly recommend reading this story. If you have not read the previous four books, that is recommended to be done first to fully understand and appreciate this story.

Deuteronomy 9:23 Do Not Rebel

And when the Lord sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trust him or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

Very few people actually like to be told what to do. Most people like to be free and be able to do what they want, how they want and when they want to do it.

As a result, most people will rebel against authority and refuse to obey the commands.

Moses reminded the people how God had given them a command to take possession of some land, but they rebelled against God refusing to trust or obey God.

Being rebellious against sinful or wrong leadership can be a good thing, but most often people are rebellious for personal, selfish reasons and choose to rebel against God. People want their own way. Believers can often become rebellious against God in choosing to follow the ways of the world rather than obey God.

God’s first desire is to never destroy or harm a person. His love is so great that all He wants to do is bless and build up a person. In order to do that God will guide and direct the path of a person to accomplish His goal. This means that He will give commands that need to be followed.

No matter what the command is or how crazy it sounds, the believer must be willing to trust God with all of His heart, soul and mind, knowing that God knows what is best. As he trusts in God, he must then be willing to obey God and not be rebellious against God.

Trusting and obeying God will bring about far greater results of life than rebellion and disobedience.

Regardless of where you are in your life, God has some commands for you to follow. He knows what is best for you to build you and to build His kingdom through you.

Do not allow the corrupt and sinful ways of this world cause you to rebel against God and not trust or obey Him. If God loves you so much to send His Son to die for you, He will only command what is best for you.

If you trust God for your salvation, trust His commands also and don’t be rebellious as some are.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will obey God’s commands for you; and that God will strengthen you to not fall into the rebellious ways of this world.

Hosea 7:13 Talking Bad

Bridge over river

Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. Hosea 7:13 

There are times when a person wants to be friends with someone who has turned away. All that occurs is one just speaks false lies about the other. No chance is given to amend the friendship and it stays broken.

It is common for people to only think about themselves and talk bad about other people. They have their minds made up that others are bad, whether they are or are not. They refuse to look at the true facts of a person or a situation.

God is warning Israel of coming destruction for them because of their rebellion against Him. He wants to save them, but all they do is tell lies about Him. He is unable to save them from the coming destruction.

Over time there has been some people who have walked away from God. For some reason they have chosen to no longer be a believer in God. As they walk away, they also begin to bad-mouth God, speaking lies to all who are willing to listen. They judge God as being false, not real or not really loving.

Often these judgements are based off of reactions of people and not God Himself. God is a loving, compassionate and patient God. He does not want anyone to be punished or die in their sins. God is always reaching out in love to forgive and restore people, however, many do not want to be restored.

Those who are believers today, must always keep their mind on who God is and what He has done for them. They must never allow the thoughts that God is unloving or uncaring, regardless of how hard of circumstances they must go through.

You may have gone through some tough times in your life. You may have times where you are questioning God’s love, care, and power.

Take a moment to read the Bible and then think about what God has done in the past for others and for you. Now remember those things and talk about those things. Do not allow your heart to grow cold against God and walk away from Him.

God does love you and is concerned about you. He only wants what is best for you. Trust Him in knowing what is best and don’t believe the lies of the enemy and begin talking bad about Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will always remember the good God has done for you; that you will not rebel against God and walk away from Him; and that you will tell the truth of God’s great love and compassion for others. 

Lamentations 1:20 Inner Turmoil

Over rough waters

See, Lord, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death. Lamentation 1:20 

Stress and inner turmoil are very common feelings for people all over the world. People are striving to have more, do more, experience more than is possible, which, in turn, causes more stress and inner struggling.

The majority of the world feel as if they know what is best for themselves. Yet, as they fight to get what they feel is best, they feel more empty inside and as if they have not gained anything or enough yet.

After the fall and destruction of Israel, Jeremiah was weeping over the loss. He struggled in his heart for the rebellion that he had done and Israel as a nation had done against God. He knew the level of sin that had occurred.

While the world struggles enough with inner stress and turmoil, the believer who walks in sin struggles even more. The believer knows the right that he should be doing, but does not do and God is pulling at his heart.

As the world struggles with things, they do not really know the truth as to what they should be doing, the believer knows the truth. God’s Holy Spirit is reaching down to bring the believer back into a right relationship with Him. Where there is sin, there is no real peace.

The believer walking in a sinful habit may not go into physical exile, as the Israelites did, but he will feel a distancing from God in his heart. His heart and mind will know that he is doing wrong, removing all peace.

All that needs to occur is for the believer to turn away from the sin in repentance and turn back to God. God is ready to forgiven and forget, restoring His peace.

Examine your heart and determine if your heart is disturbed and in turmoil. Are you going through an inner stress that should not be there? Is the cause of it some sin that you are holding on to and refusing to give up?

Be willing to turn away from all sin and obey God. Do not allow yourself to be like the Israelites who were rebellious and God had to put them into exile. Repent and know the love and peace of God in your life today. God is willing to restore the joy of your salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not rebel against God; and that you will know God’s peace in your heart and life.