Revelation 11:18 A Time Is Coming

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small–and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18

Expectations for things to come are found everywhere. Some things are looked forward to as being exciting and worth it. Other things are feared because they bring about pain and suffering.

Often the expectations can be predicted by the actions of a person. Living certain ways will usually determine what is ahead in life.

John describes that as the seventh trumpet is sounded the elders worshipped God, saying that the time has come for God to judge and reward people according to their actions.

It is common for people to live in the moment with no regard to the future. People will eat, drink and be merry without any thought of the future results of their actions.

The majority of the world does not believe that God is going to judge them. Belief is that either God is not real or that He loves and would never bring about any harm.

Throughout the entire Bible there are many warnings of God judging those who do not follow and obey Him. At the same time there are many statements that God will reward those who have chosen to believe in Him and obey Him.

In the finite minds of man, it appears as though God will never judge or reward. People have been waiting for several thousand years and nothing has changed. Yet, there is coming a day when it will occur.

Jesus was promised to come the first time and He came. He promised He would die and rise again–and He did. Jesus promised He would come again and judge the world–and He will. Believers need to live with this in mind.

You may be wondering when God will judge those who have done harm to you. And you may be wondering when God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Do not give up and stop believing now. God will judge and reward at the right time. Continue to live for God, obeying and worshipping Him on a daily, even hourly basis. Trust that God will continue to fulfill His every promise.

As you continue to be His servant, you will have trouble, but your reward is coming.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust God will fulfill His every promise; that you will look forward to the return of Jesus; and that you will know God will reward your faithfulness to Him.

Hebrews 12:25 Be Careful Not To Refuse God’s Word

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? Hebrews 12:25

The majority of people around the world know that when someone of authority speaks they must listen. By listening it means they must obey what was said.

Any time someone chooses to not listen to the one in authority, there are consequences to be paid. The higher the authority, the greater the consequence.

After comparing Jesus to Moses, the author states that they best not refuse Him as He speaks from heaven. If they refuse the words of Jesus, they will be punished just as the Israelites when they rejected Moses.

It is easy to read and hear God’s word and not do anything about it. No one can physically see God standing before them enforcing His words. Many act as though God does not see them or will not do anything about it.

Although God does not always immediately punish a person for refusing His words, He does see and the punishment will come. God’s punishment of sin may come in this life, or in the end when Jesus returns. Current punishment is only temporary, after death it is eternal.

No one can escape the punishment, unless the sin is removed by faith in Jesus.

Through His word, the Bible, God has chosen to tell everyone what He expects. He also speaks through His Holy Spirit into the lives of everyone who will listen.

God will not force a person to listen and obey, but there will always be a consequence to pay. Either the consequence is blessing or punishment, depending upon how the person accepts or refuses His word.

Every day God will speak into your life, either by His word, through another person, or by His Holy Spirit. You have a choice to make as to whether you will accept His word to you when He speaks or not.

There is nothing that God will tell you that is not for your benefit, to build you up into the image of Jesus. Instead of refusing what He has to say, accept it, trusting Him and knowing that He will only speak what is right and perfect for you.

Are you turning away from God or are you listening to Him?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the word God has for you each day; that you will obey God’s word to you; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will live for God.

Romans 1:28 The Price Of Forgetting God

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28

Leaders are people who help put into place rules and regulations that help guide the people correctly. Over the years some men have enacted rules that have been great and helpful to millions of people.

As long as these leaders are remembered, their rules are also remembered. Once the person is forgotten, often the rules that were emplaced are forgotten. As soon as that occurs, people start to fall.

Paul points out that the people had chosen to forget about God. Since they had rejected God, He gave them over to their own ways to continue to sin more and more.

Looking back over history, one can see that nations who served God rose up great. Once they began to reject God, they started to fall. God allowed them to go their own way.

Several nations that were known to follow God have chosen to ignore God and do their own thing. People have rejected the rules and commands of God, choosing a life of sin.

God does not put a chain on them and demand that they follow Him. Rather, He will let them do what they desire. He lets them have their depraved mind.

America is one nation that is at this point as a whole. People have rejected God and promoted sin. Sin is becoming more rampant, excepted and openly promoted as good. Sadly, this is also occurring inside the church.

In order to stop this trend, believers must remember God and live according to His standards. They must go against the trends of this world in following God. Every believer must flee sin as fast as he can, staying as far away as possible from sin.

As a believer, you know the truth of God and His word. You are familiar with how God wants you to live. Do not allowed yourself to be deceived by the sinful ways of this world to fall into their depraved, sinful ways of living.

Stand out as different in following God with all of your heart, soul and mind. Stay in His word, knowing what God requires of you. Pray daily, so that you hear from Him.

As you do these things, God will not give you over to a depraved mind, but keep you in His hand.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God daily; that you will know what God desires of you; that you will be His witness to this world; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.

Joel 3:14 Valley Of Decision

Huge valley

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

Everyday people have to make hundreds of choices, even thousands of choices. Many of these choices are nearly automatic in being made with very little thought put into them. There are other choices that come up that require some thought and consideration as to what to choose.

There are many people who freeze up when it comes to making a major choice fearing making the wrong choice. Or they are quick to make one, but then go back or regret that choice very quickly.

Joel points out that there will be a time when God will judge the nations. During that time the people will be in a valley of decision. They will have to make a choice.

While there are millions of decisions to be made all the time, there are really only two that are most important and provide the answers for all of the rest of the decisions. These are: the choice to love and serve God or not love and serve God. And the other is to obey God or not to obey God. Both these decisions go hand in hand. One cannot really be made without making the other. To love God is to obey Him, to obey Him is to love Him.

Once these two decisions are made, everything else falls into place. God’s word and His Holy Spirit guide every decision from that point forward.

Making these choices, either one of them in any way, is life changing. One way will draw a person into eternal relationship with God. The other choice will put one into eternal battle against God.

Most people will choose to serve self and not love God. Only a few will choose to love and serve God.

If you have already chosen to believe in God, you have chosen to love God. Now it is time to choose to obey God with all of your abilities. Each day you will be presented with thousands of opportunities to disobey God and sin. You have to make a conscious effort to turn away and flee from the temptation and keep from sinning.

You will also need to make the choice to serve God and build His kingdom in whatever way He opens the door for you to do.

Making these decisions will show where your heart is with God. What is your decision today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to love God with all of your heart; that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life; and that you will choose to trust God with your life.

Hosea 13:2 Increasing Sin

Buddhist idols

Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. Hosea 13:2 

The world does not have a solid standard to live by. They do not know what it really means to love another person. It is acceptable for a person to live in any way that he desires as long as it does not directly, immediately hurt another person in any way.

The only reason the world can live in this way, is because they do not follow God and do not know the standard God has laid down for them to live. In the process of living this way, they are living in sin against God and often even against each other.

God was upset with Ephraim because they had chosen to sin more and more. They continually made more idols from their silver to worship, rather than worship God.

While it is expected for the world to live in sin, the church is expected to turn more and more away from all sin. The only thing the church, or believers, should worship is God alone.

Yet, this does not happen for many believers in the church. It is common for believers to be right alongside of the world following and worship man-made idols. They fashion their own idols to worship and idolize. There are some who are guilty of worshipping the same things as the world does, worshipping positions, titles, money, material things, people, and even things inside the church.

Some churches have allowed their people to sin and idolize things to the point that it is difficult to tell them apart from the world. Some ‘believers’ have allowed sin in their life and are not even trying to change.

Every believer needs to strive to live like Jesus, without sin. With the Holy Spirit one should turn away from sin rather than to embrace it more and more.

Examine your life and see where you are in your walk with God. Are you guilty of worshipping idols? Are you guilty of sinning more and more on purpose?

Turn to God and allow His Holy Spirit to guide you. Be willing to turn away from all sin and live as Jesus did. Do not allow the sinful, idolatrous ways of this world to creep into your life and pull you away from God.

Worship and serve the Lord your God and Him alone. Live for God, not this world or yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal idols in your life; that God will strengthen you to remove all idols in your life; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you away from all sin.