Nahum 3:1 Woe To A City Of Blood

View of a city

Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims. Nahum 3:1 

Every city in the world, regardless of its size, is known for something. Most often people think of the physical things that a city provides as what it is known for. However, some cities are known for how it acts.

The world is a world that is full of sin. The majority of people in this world do live to please self in whatever method desired. Satan has no moral guidelines as to how a person should live his life.

Micah brings God’s judgement against Nineveh as a city of blood, lies and plunder–stealing.

Very few cities would like to be known as a city of blood, lies or stealing. Even people that do not believe in God know there is a problem with those things. Yet, many are known for and promote these very same things as good.

While killing a person is often a crime, abortion, which is also murder, is promoted as good. Very few cities in America are not innocent of murder of babies. In the process of this the cities also are guilty of lies. Lies are being said that abortion is a right and is good and lives are being stolen. With that there are also many victims.

This is just one example of what cities are guilty of. Believers have often been quiet about sin and not being the witness God has called them to be. This has allowed for the corruption of many cities around the world.

Every believer needs to be a witness of who God is and how He can change lives and bring about life. Believers need to take a stand against sin in their communities so that they will not be known as a city of blood, lies and theft.

If you have ever been guilty of lies, blood, or theft, God is ready and waiting to forgive you. He does not desire to punish and destroy you. Repent and allow God to change you.

Once you have repented, be the witness Jesus has called you to be. Show your community where you live how to really live and change how your city is viewed by God. Do not be a nation, city, community or house known for blood, lies or theft. Allow all you are around to be known as living for God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sin; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that you will bring the life Jesus provides to this world. 

Deuteronomy 28:9 What Is Your Reputation?

Following God

The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. Deuteronomy 28:9

People are usually known by what they do. It is common for men, when talking to tell each other what they do for a job or career. For many people it is their job or career is what defines who they are, it becomes their reputation. Jobs or careers are what most people do with the majority of their time.

While there is nothing wrong with having a job or career, that is not really what make the person who they are. There is a grander, life-long description that describes a person. This can be seen in how they act and react to situations. It is seen in what their overall view of life is.

God had raised up the Israelites into a nation. All they had to do was keep the commands of God and obey Him. If they did that, God would establish them and set up their reputation as His holy people. They would belong to God and God would let the world know that.

Although believers no longer have to follow the law for salvation, God still desires His people to obey Him and follow Jesus. In the process of obeying God and following Jesus, every believer will be established on this earth as His holy people.

People will see the believer’s reputation as one who believes in God, obeys God, follows God. They will see the reputation of one who shows love, grace and mercy just as Jesus shows. People will talk about the reputation of the believer.

As a believer, you are a child of God. You are a part of His holy family. You have a family reputation to uphold. God is a holy, loving God, who is merciful and full of grace.

Obeying God, will put love, grace and mercy first in everything you do in this life. It will cause God to stand out front in your life. Your reputation will be established as one of God’s holy people. This is not ‘holy than thou’ but pure holiness, staying out of sin, holiness.

Going through life, you will establish a reputation. How you are known as? Are you known by your job, career, or accomplishments in this world?

Or are you known as a child of God, holy and pure?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey all of God’s commands to you; that people will know you as a follower of Jesus; and that you not be ashamed of Jesus. 

1 Timothy 3:7 A Good Reputation

 

Cabin on a hill

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:7

Reputation is how other people see a person. What type of person do they see when they look at someone? What is his character like?

Reputations can be good or bad. Some can be positive reputations that every loves, or they can be negative ones that people hate.

Every person has a reputation of some sort. It can be seen in how they act and react to different situations. There are people who are known to get angry every time when they begin to talk about politics. Others may always be generous with time, or money. Some may have the reputation of being a talker.

Although Paul is talking specifically about someone who is going to be an overseer, the rule can be applied to every believer. Believers are to have a good reputation with outsiders, with people who are outside the belief in Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He had a good reputation with all people. He was known for being loving, kind, and generous. He was known to heal and forgive. Whether a person believed in Him or not, people knew who He was and what He was like.

Believers in the church do not always have a good reputation with people outside the church. Some are extremely judgmental. Others are stingy with their money and not giving. Many employers will state that believers are thought of to be lazy and not giving their best effort at work. Churches are often closed off to outsiders. People inside the church have their own little cliques that they stay in, and refuse to let others in.

These types of actions push people away from God and Jesus. They are falling into disgrace and into the devil’s trap to destroy the church and individual.

Find out what people think about you. What is your reputation with those outside the church?

Do people know you to be a believer, who is full of love, grace, mercy and truth?

Or do people see someone who says one thing and says or does something different?

Although reputation is not everything, it does mean something. It reveals how you are really living your life. Although the world may try to destroy you, they cannot deny who you are. What is your reputation to the world?

I pray today that your life will be like that of Jesus to this world; that people will know you are a follower of Jesus; that you will not do anything that will bring disgrace to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions and words.

Revelation 3:1 Walking Dead

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” Revelation 3:1

The church of Sardis had a great reputation of being alive. This church was probably one that had some great exciting worship services and great speakers preaching God’s Word. Yet, Jesus is saying that they are in reality a dead church.

Times have not really changed much. There are churches today that appear to be really alive and on the move. The worship services seem to be exciting and will pump you up for God. The sermons seem to be great and seem to build you up. Yet, the church is dead.

These churches can seem to be alive, but be dead, because everything done is just on the surface. All of the “great” worship is just to have a good time at church, not really to worship God. The sermons are to help you feel good about yourself, not to tell you what God is saying right now.

This does not happen just as a church as a whole, but also in individual lives. There are people who appear to be on fire for God, yet, it is only when around other believers as a show. In private or around non-believers, they live like the world. They forget about God.

It is people like this that are the walking dead. They appear to be alive, but really have no relationship with God, thus are dead. They are dead spiritually.

If you are alive in Christ, you will worship from the heart. You will be willing to hear the hard messages of God also. You will be willing to go out and spread the gospel message everywhere you go, to everyone you can. You will live your life like Jesus did.

Are you truly alive?

Or are you just going through the motions today?

I pray today that God will touch your heart today; that you will truly live alive for God; that you will do things for God from your heart, not just to do them; and that you will do what God wants you to do with joy and excitement of doing things for God.