Esther 3:8 Out To Destroy

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.” Esther 3:8

Criminals are often unwanted in any nation or city. People desire to have them removed for safety. In order for someone to be considered a criminal, one must have broken some rule that was made by the authorities. Some laws are made to specifically target certain people in order to remove them.

Haman, a leader in the kingdom, had told the king that certain people, the Israelites, were not following his commands and must be removed.

The world has the belief that anyone can do anything that they like as long as it does not harm anyone else. This sets a standard of not really having any standard to go by. Anything goes with no real set of rules.

In the exact opposite, believers hold to God’s standard. His standard is a set of rules that does not change from person to person or from time to time, they are eternal and universal.

Believers who fully follow the commands of God will take a stand against sin and will often take a stand against sinful rules of the land. The world will see this as hate and make more rules to criminalize believers and get them removed from society.

Every believer must also be aware that the world is out to destroy them no matter what it takes. Lies and deception will be used to remove the believer from society. Every believer must be willing to follow God at all costs and trust that He is in control.

No matter where you live there are going to be some people who do not like believers. Some of those will strive to have you silenced or removed if you are talking about Jesus and standing up for God’s ways of living.

Put your trust in God and hold on to Him for strength and wisdom in moving forward in His ways. Do not fear those of the world who are out to destroy you, God is greater than they are. Continue to walk in ways and to tell the world of His ways and about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that you will live different than the sinful ways of the world; that you will point all people to Jesus and God’s ways of living; and that God will give you strength when people hate you.

2 Kings 14:4 Doing Only Part Of The Job

The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 2 Kings 14:4

Every job has various parts to it to get it completed correctly. It is very easy for people to skip parts of the job in order to be done faster. However, the job is not fully completed when steps are skipped or ignored.

On the surface the job may appear to be completed, but underneath there are problems that will arise later because it was never completely finished correctly. Anything left partially undone will create challenges or problems later.

When Amaziah became king of Judah he worked at doing what was right in God’s eyes. However, he did not remove the high places and the people continued to offer sacrifices on those places.

People in churches will often claim to begin to serve and follow God. They will begin by turning away from some of their sins. On the outside it looks as if they are fully following God and serving Him alone. They go to church, pray and worship in public and say all the right words.

On the inside of their hearts and homes, however, some believers will continue to follow idols and sinful practices. They harbor bitterness, resentment, hatred, jealousy and other sins. The high places in their life are not torn down and they continue to offer sacrifices on those places. Doing these things will cause them to pull away from God in the end and follow a life of sin.

Believers are to repent and turn away from all sin. God is the only one whom they are to bow down to and offer sacrifices to. They are to become a new creation and not hold on to the past things and ways of this fallen world.

Prior to you becoming a believer, you had high places in your life in which you sacrificed everything to the gods of this world. Now, as a believer, those high places need to be torn down and removed from your life. The things of this world have nothing to offer you, do not give them your life.

Allow God to change you and make you into a new creation. Worship and serve God alone and finish the job by removing the high altars of sin and death in your life. Don’t allow high altars to control you anymore.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any high places of sin in your life; that God will give you strength to remove any high places in your life; and that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus.

2 Samuel 12:13 Admit Your Sins

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13

Doing something that is wrong is common among all people all over the world. Admitting that one did something wrong is not as common and is often seen as a sign of weakness and failure. Very few people like to admit that they made a mistake and did something wrong. They try to excuse it away or blame someone else, rather than take personal responsibility for their actions.

David had committed a sin against God by sleeping with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. God had Nathan confront him about it. David admits his sin and is told that God removed the sin.

Although no one has to, everyone will commit some type of sin against God. These sins can be physical or non-physical sins. What one does with that sin, once it is revealed, is what is important.

Just as the world tries to excuse or ignore a wrong done, many believers will try to excuse or ignore their personal sins. Some are quick to point out that they are not as bad as someone else. Others will say that they are human and that is what happens.

Believers who are truly seeking after God’s heart will admit that they sinned against God. They will have a heart of repentance, remorse for their sin and turn away from that sin, rather than making excuses for it or ignoring it.

God is faithful and just and will forgive any sin that is repented of, though there may be temporary consequences for the sin. Jesus died on the cross to take away all those sins and to give the repentant believer eternal life.

As David did, there will be times when you will sin against God. Do not allow yourself to follow the ways of the world and excuse it away or ignore it. Take full responsibility for every sinful choice that you make.

Run to God, humble yourself and admit your sin before Him. Allow God to forgive you of your sins through the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for your sins. God is waiting for you to repent because He wants you to live an abundant life for eternity with Him and not be condemned in sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins before God; that you will seek God’s love and forgiveness in your life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin.

Joshua 5:9 Cutting Off The Past

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9

Every person has a past filled with things that can be positive or negative. It is often the negative things in one’s past that has the biggest impact on one’s life.

Abuse, bad relationships, sinful behaviors and actions all create problems that need to be removed. While some of these things are desired to be removed, the sinful behaviors are often ignored as acceptable or strongly desired.

After getting all the Israelites circumcised, God told Joshua that He had removed the reproach of Egypt from them.

Circumcision is a process of removing something that is unwanted or unneeded. The older the person is the more painful the process will be.

Prior to being a believer, every person lives in the world and is filled with sin and sinful desires. He was guided by the principles and practices of the world, which brings about judgement and death. It is a disgrace to hold on to, but one is blinded from that truth.

Upon believing in Jesus, one’s life has been circumcised from the past. All the past sins and sinful desires are to be cut off and thrown out.

In the same way that circumcision is painful for the older person, so the cutting out of the past sinful habits can be painful but comes with great benefits. The sinful heart desires the sin of the world that only brings about death in the end.

Cutting off sin and the desire for sin brings about true life that will last for eternity. There will no longer be judgement and reproach upon the believer, but forgiveness, acceptance and holiness that God intended for all mankind.

You most likely have things in your past that are painful and sinful. As a believer you must allow God to cut those things off from your life and be filled with the new life that God has in store for you. This process may be painful at times, but in the end, it brings a greater joy and life than the world can ever offer.

Allow yourself to be filled with God and the things of God, not the sinful things of this dead world. Live life as God has originally intended for you to live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to circumcise sin out of your life; that you will live your life to honor and glorify God; that you will allow God to cut off your past hurts and sins; and that you will live holy unto God.