2 Kings 25:21 Brought Into Captivity

There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land. 2 Kings 25:21

All throughout history various nations or groups of people have invaded the lands of other nations or groups of people. As they did this, they would conquer the nation and put many people into captivity. Those that were captured were bound up to force them to obey the new leadership and many placed in prisons or prison camps. Often those who rebelled against the new leadership were killed.

Nebuchadnezzar went into and captured all of Judah. Many were killed and the nation of Judah was placed in captivity outside of their land.

Out of the massive numbers of people and nations around the world very few will actually be brought into captivity by being overrun by another nation or group of people. Although most people are never physically captured, the majority go into captivity on a regular basis by their own personal choices.

Instead of being bound up in physical prisons, people are bound up in captivity to sin. In choosing to reject God and His ways of living, people choose to live their own way and sin against God. To many this feels like freedom, a freedom of choice to do what one wants.

Freedom in this way is short-lived. It brings pleasure for only a very short amount of time, but always ends up in captivity of death. True life and joy will always escape them. The more a person sins, the more he is bound up to sin, which ultimately leads to death.

Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to bring true freedom and true life. Turning away from sin and believing in and following Jesus breaks the captivity to sin and allows a person to live without captivity.

God has provided a life that is free from captivity and death for you. It is filled with purpose and a joy that the world cannot understand and will last for eternity.

Do not allow yourself to be captivated by the sin of this fallen world. Repent of any sins and turn from them to Jesus who has provided forgiveness and a new life for you. Flee the bondage to sin and death and take on the holiness, righteousness and life that Jesus provides.

Have you been set free? Or are you a bound captive?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live your life for God; that God will give you strength to flee the bondage of sin; that turn from sinful living to living for God; and that you will be free to live the life God has for you.

2 Kings 17:7 Results Of Sin

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods 2 Kings 17:7

There is an old saying that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Everyday people do many different things, both good and bad. Due to whatever action that one does, there is another reaction to it, sometimes good, sometimes negative. Often people do not expect anything negative to come from their actions, so they do the actions anyways.

God had destroyed Judah and sent them into exile because they had sinned against Him and worshiped other gods.

As finite human beings living in the here and now, many people do not think about the end results of their actions. The only thing on their minds is immediate pleasure.

Many nations around the world have some history of being predominantly Christian at some point in their history. Even though they had been delivered from the bondage and slavery of sin, the people of those nations have chosen to reject God and worship false gods.

Although some of these nations worship physical false gods, all work on worshiping self, self-pleasure and things. As a result, God has brought about disaster on nations and people.

Some believers have chosen to walk away from God partially or fully to live in sin and follow false gods in their lives. God works to draw them back but will allow them to suffer for their choices. Full joy, satisfaction, purpose, peace and love will elude them in worshiping the false gods. Ultimately death, eternal death awaits them.

God brings on disaster in the hopes of drawing people back to Him. As long as there is breath, there is a chance to repent and turn to Him.

You may or may not be drifting away from God following false gods in your life. If you are following any false god in your life, repent and turn back to God. He is waiting, ready and willing to forgive you of any sins you have committed against Him in following false gods and take you back as His child.

Make God the one and only God in your life. Leave the life of sin and do not go back to a life of sin and death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to leave the false gods; that you will follow and worship God alone; and that you will never go back to your old life of sin.

1 Kings 9:9 Why There May Be So Much Disaster

People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them–that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’ 1 Kings 9:9

Every time a major disaster occurs affecting a large number of people, many will wonder why it happened. Almost immediately people will blame other people or God for what occurred. Some will blame others for the long-term effects of some action, while others blame for immediate choices made.

Seldom do people take responsibility and blame themselves for the disasters.

God told Solomon that he and the people must follow Him. If they don’t and follow other gods, He will bring great disaster on them, until the people of other nations will see and recognize that they left God, and He destroyed them.

It is sadly common for many who claim to be believers in Jesus to walk in sin and follow false gods more than following God. Sin is justified and accepted as good, twisting scripture to make it acceptable.

While God is patient and full of grace and mercy, there comes a point in which He will punish the choices of believers.

Communities or nations that begin to follow false gods as a whole and do not have true believers standing for God’s truth and ways, may begin to feel the judgement of God come upon them. He allows disasters to occur to try and get their attention back to Him so that He may forgive them and heal them of the disaster.

In the same way that Israel has experienced disasters for turning away from God, other nations have also experienced it and America is beginning to feel His strike against them. Believers need to stand strong and true for God and refuse to follow the false gods of this world to avert greater disasters.

You may be tempted at times to follow the false gods of this world–money, fame, sexual immorality, self-pleasure, or more. The world will do whatever it can to draw you away from God into its sinful pleasures that bring about death and destruction.

Focus your entire heart and life upon God and His ways. Do not allow the temptations pull you into sin and judgment. God will make a way for you out of temptation and provide more life than this world will ever offer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow God alone with all of your life; that God will give you strength and direction to flee temptations to sin; that God will never have to bring disaster upon your life due to sin; and that the world will see you follow God.

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.

Judges 10:14 Trusting False gods

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! Judges 10:14

There are many times when a person, who is going through a tough time, has help right in front of him, but he rejects that help. He goes to someone or something else trying to do it on his own and falls into greater trouble.

Once this happens, he realizes his mistake and tries to go back to the original offered help. Sometimes the original help will reject to help him because it was originally rejected or ignored.

The Israelites had rejected God and turned to false gods. After getting into trouble, they cried out to God. God told them to go to their false gods that they had chosen to allow the false gods to save them.

During times when things are going well, many believers are quick to reject or ignore God and follow after the false gods of this world. Promises of wealth, happiness and pleasure are made by the false gods, but all that is received is temporary and dissatisfying and death.

Once this occurs believers will cry out to God for help. All they see God for is help in time of desperation or trouble, not the God of all of their life.

Sometimes God will ignore the cries, telling them to go back to their false gods that they had chosen to serve. He is waiting for a true change of heart, true repentance from the bottom of the heart of the sin they had done against God, following the false gods.

Upon true repentance, turning away from the false gods, God is quick to step in, forgive and help. This true repentance puts God on the throne and removes the false gods in one’s life.

As a believer God has done many different things in your life. You must be willing to ask yourself if you are allowing false gods back into your life.

Do not allow yourself to turn back to the false gods of this fallen world that cannot help you. Repent of following any false gods and turn your heart back to God. He is willing to forgive you, save you and restore you.

Then keep your life completely focused upon serving God and God alone, both in the good times and in the bad times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to reject any false gods; that you will serve and trust God alone; and that you will see God’s strength and help in every situation in your life.