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. 

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.