Genesis 3:12 Blaming Others

 

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The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12

When God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden, He told them that they could eat of any trees except for one. Eve allowed the snake to deceive her and Adam allowed Eve to deceive him. Both ate of the fruit by their own choice.

Later when God found them, Adam blamed Eve for breaking the rule, and Eve blamed the snake. Neither one accepted responsibility for what they had chosen to do.

Blaming others for something done wrong has not changed over the centuries. People are constantly blaming others for what their own personal actions. Children blame friends or siblings for wrongs that they chose to do. Adults are no different from the children. They blame their parents for reasons as to why they chose to do wrong later in life. Adults will also blame society, the government, neighborhood, employer, the economy, and nearly anything else as to why they choose to do wrong.

The devil is still in the business to deceive people. He wants every person to choose to do wrong against God. However, it is still the choice of the individual. No one, nor the devil, can make a person do something without their consent.

Believers must always be willing to choose God’s path in their life. Then when they do make a mistake and follow the ways of this world, they must also admit their mistake. They cannot blame someone else.

In the end when a person stands before God at the judgment seat, God will not accept blaming someone else for the sin. It is a personal choice to sin.

The temptation to sin may be very high at times in your life. The pressure to go against God may very great. Yet, you have a choice to make in the end.

Then if you do make the wrong choice, you also have one who you can go to for forgiveness. Go to Jesus, admit your sin, and seek His forgiveness. God is always ready to forgive, but you must be willing to admit the sin and seek that forgiveness. God does not forgive without repentance.

Do not try to blame others for your actions. Take responsibility for your actions and sin, and seek God for forgiveness.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to deception; that you will turn to God during times of temptation; that you will take responsibility for your own sins before God; and that you will repent of your sins to God. 

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Ezekiel 3:17 Be A Watchman

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 3:17

God was making Ezekiel a watchman to the people of Israel. God would show Ezekiel what was to happen in the future, what would happen if they changed and followed Him, and what would happen if they rejected Him. Ezekiel was to be the person that would be on the lookout for what was to happen and let the people know about it. Ezekiel was told that some people would listen and some would not, but he had to speak to them either way. Ezekiel would also be responsible for the lives of the people if he did not tell them what God was saying.

People read horoscopes all the time trying to find out what is in their future. Predictions are made all the time about what is going to happen next. Some things happen, while many things do not.

God has made statements about what is going to happen in the future. The individual choices of each person will have an effect on what will happen in their future. Most people have not been told what God has said about their future. They do not know that if they continue to live in sin and not follow Jesus, there is only death and punishment ahead. They do not know that if they turn from sin and follow Jesus, that there is eternal life ahead.

You have learned what God has for you, if you are a follower of Jesus. Knowing that, you also know what is ahead for every other person. Every person on this earth has two paths set before them. One is rejecting Jesus and dying. The other is accepting Jesus and living.

You have the responsibility to go out and tell people what is going to happen. You are the watchman who sees what is coming up and can warn them. If you do not warn people about the coming destruction, it will also be on your head for their death. If you warn them, then it is only upon their head.

Jesus said that you are to be His witness in all of this world. Being a witness is being the watchman that Ezekiel was. Are you a watchman today?

I pray today that you will be God’s watchman to the people; that you will speak to everyone about Jesus; that many will know Jesus because of you; and that God will show you what is coming.

Numbers 18:5 Responsible For God’s Sanctuary

“You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again.” Numbers 18:5

The Levites were set apart to care for the sanctuary and altar. They were the only ones who could go before God to offer up the required sacrifices. During the Old Testament times, God would not just anyone to stand before Him. This was a great responsibility for the Levites, because what they did would be to prevent God destroying the rest of the Israelites.

When Jesus had died on the cross the veil that separated the people from God was ripped in two. The way was opened up for people to come directly before God. No longer does a person have to go to a Levite or some other priest in order to get to God.

Believers today are called priests. This makes you responsible for the sanctuary and the altar.

The apostle Paul also calls all believers “the temple of God”. The temple is the new testament sanctuary. It is where people meet with God. It is where God lives in a person.

Too often many people neglect this sanctuary. They stop praying and worshipping God. They allow sin to come in and defile it. They let the altar to fall in disrepair. They forget to offer the sacrifices of praise to God. They do not intercede for others.

Since you are a priest and you are also the temple, you are responsible for that sanctuary. Taking care of the sanctuary means keeping it clean and holy, ensuring the right sacrifices are offered at the right times, standing before God, ministering to God, and interceding for others.

You must care for God’s sanctuary. Jesus has called you to be a light and a witness in this world. Allow God to clean up your sanctuary and maintain it correctly.

Daily take a broom and sweep out the dust in your sanctuary. Keep the oil of the Holy Spirit burning in the lampstand of your sanctuary. Be responsible for His sanctuary in you.

In this way, you may prevent God’s wrath from coming down upon those around you. You will be a witness of God’s love and salvation He provides to every person.

I pray today that you will allow your life to be a sanctuary for God to dwell in; that you will allow God to cleanse your life from all sin; that you will intercede to God for others; and that you will offer the sacrifices of prayer and praise to God.

Leviticus 5:1 Public Responsibility

“If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be responsible.” Leviticus 5:1

God now lays down a responsibility for people to speak up when they have seen something done wrong. They are not to keep quiet about it. If they do nothing about it, they will also be held guilty.

People often see other people doing something wrong and choose not to say anything about it. This is a very common event in the workplace. One person does something wrong, the other person sees it and takes a blind eye to it. When asked if anything was seen, most will say no. The common feeling is that is between them, God and the boss, it is none of my business.

God sees it differently. Each person is in charge of each other. Just like with Cain and Able, each are each other’s keeper.

To turn a blind eye to something being done wrong is to allow that person to think he is getting away with it and that what is being done is acceptable.

As a believer, you need to set your standards at the level Jesus has His. This calls for perfection. It is correct that no one is perfect, but that does not allow for just freedom to do whatever is desired.

This also does not mean that you just point fingers at other people’s sins all the time. It is showing in love where a person is slipping up. It is asking them if they are sure that they want to do what is wrong. It is also speaking the truth about what happened when asked if you know about that situation.

Do not allow others to go forward in sin freely. This is especially true for others who are believers in Jesus. The world will sin and  you cannot stop them or control them. However, believers need to be guided and pointed back to the standards of Jesus.

Keep yourself in check and help keep others in check. Flee all sin.

I pray today that God will reveal to you anything that is sin in your life or around you; that you God will give you boldness to speak the truth at all times; that you will have God’s love for others; and that God will guide you in guiding others in their life’s choices.

Titus 2:6 Self-Control

“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.” Titus 2:6

Paul is giving Titus some instructions in leading the church. He had just told him how to instruct the older men and women. One of the things that was the same for both was that they be self-controlled. Now he is talking about teaching the younger men and they also need to be taught self-control.

Self-control is what a person has to control what he does or does not do. A person takes responsibility for his/her actions.

In sports every player practices and trains to have self-control. He needs to know how to move, when to move, and what to do in all kinds of situations. The best players know these moves so well that they almost seem like instinct or that he was born with them. No one is born with these abilities, but must learn them.

As a believer you must also have self-control, regardless of your age, gender, or nationality.

Someone may ask why a believer must have self-control, since God is supposed to be the one in control. Yes, God is in control of your life, but only if you let Him be in control. It is your self that allows God to be in control.

You have the choice of obeying God or not obeying Him. You have the choice to do a sin or not to do a sin. God will never force you to do one or the other. His desire is that you do not sin and that you do obey Him, but because you want to, not because you have too.

What do you say or do when things don’t go your way?

What do you say or do when someone hurts you?

What do you say or do when you are alone?

These are areas where you need self-control. Choose your actions and words according to the desires of God. Do not let the world choose them for you. Do not follow the ways of this world.

Be self-controlled in everything you say and do so that you will bring glory to God.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you in everything you say and do; that you will choose to obey God;  that you will control all that you say and do for God’s glory; and that Jesus will be honored in your actions and words.