But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6
When a person eats at a great restaurant, he will usually return to it because it was so good. When a person goes to some place of entertainment and really enjoys it because it is so good, he will most likely return again some day.
People love to go back to places that they enjoy. They want to experience that fun or joy again and again. If they had a bad experience the first time, they would not return to it.
Businesses run on the expectation that people will have a good experience and will return. If they don’t return, then the business will go out of business.
Hosea tells the people that they must return to God. They are to wait upon God at all times for everything.
Over the centuries there have been many nations that, as a whole, had served God for a time. The people had a strong belief in God and served God. Many of those same nations, including America, have walked away from God.
They have chosen to follow the was of dark spiritual forces, living in and promoting sin. They have chosen to reject God.
Living in such as a way as to reject God, will bring about a downfall and destruction. The ultimate destruction will be when Jesus returns and does not find hearts following Him and they will be cast into hell for eternal destruction.
Every person who had followed God at one point, must return to God. Individuals must return to God, so that nations will be turned towards God.
Jesus is the only way to life. The ways of this world will only lead to death. Believers must pass the message on that the world needs Jesus.
If you have chosen to walk away from God, you must return to God to really live. Living in sin is only bringing about a death. You will not find the true enjoyment in sin that you will find in God. Remember the joy you had with God.
Just as people return to a good business, return to God. He is the ultimate good that can be found. None can be found better than God. God is a God of love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
Return to God and know how good He is.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; and that you will seek a life with God.
He removed the foreign altars and high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. 2 Chronicles 14:3
The world has allowed altars to be built up every where to self. People worship many different things, although they no longer call them gods. People are worshipped, things are worshipped, jobs are worshipped, positions are worshipped and much more. Along with these things are also false gods that are worshipped.
These are the external things that are worshipped. People also worship internal things, such as pride, wealth, self, and more.
All these things take the place of God in the lives of people. They want anything and everything but God.
Asa had become king of Judah and chose to cleanse the land of false gods and idols. He led the nation in going throughout the entire land destroying all of the sacred places to false gods and destroying their high places. He was able to get the nation to focus their eyes back on God.
Physical idols are not worshipped as much as a god in many places around the world, but there is still false worship occurring in the lives of people. Most believers are not in a position to be able to destroy the false worship centers and idols of this world. They cannot destroy places of sin in their nation or city.
However, in the lives of many people there are often high places to things other than God. The believer needs to allow God to reveal these altars in the heart and allow Jesus to remove them. The believer can chose to no longer worship at that altar and focus his attention back onto God and God alone.
There is to be only one God in the heart and life of a believer and that is God, Himself with Jesus His Son. No one or any other thing is to be worshipped.
Allowing God to remove all the foreign altars in your life will give you the ability to worship God alone. It will bring a supernatural peace into your life with God because you will be in the right standing with Him.
Do not allow foreign altars to be built up in your heart and life. Keep your focus on God alone. Worship God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Live for God alone. This will allow God to do great things in and through you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove any foreign altars in your life; that you will worship God alone; and that you will serve God with all of your life.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6
Millions of people go through life wondering what their purpose in life is supposed to be. The age-old question of “why am I here?” is asked by people all over the earth, from every nation and age. They seek books and seminars to help them answer that question.
Some will answer that question with the thought that they are there to make money for themselves or for the children. Some will use their talents thinking their purpose is to entertain people. Purpose is often ‘found’ in building a business, politics, family, work, material things gained, or personal joy.
While many of these things may or may not be good, all of them are temporary, short-term purposes. These purposes are not the real reason a person is on this earth.
Man was created to live and work with God and to serve Him. When Adam and Eve sinned, bringing all of humanity down, God set into motion a plan to reverse the fall. Jesus was sent to remove all sin and restore mankind to who he was supposed to be.
Jesus saves people from their sins so that they may be a kingdom who serves God. That is the entire purpose of every person upon this earth–to serve God. In the process of serving God, one will love and serve others, building others up. They will no longer harm anyone, because they will turn away from all sin so that they may serve God.
Many believers will still ask the same question, but the answer is still the same–to serve God.
You may wonder what your purpose is and why you are here on this earth. As a believer in Jesus, your purpose is to serve God. To serve God means you will love Him with all of your heart and will be His witness to every person you meet.
Instead of asking what your purpose is, you can ask how can you serve God today. What can you do to be His kingdom and to build His kingdom?
Jesus died and rose again to free you from all sin so that you may serve God. That is your purpose on this earth. Are you serving Him?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the purpose God has for you; that you will love and serve God with all of your abilities and heart; and that you will find your purpose in serving God.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered by himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14
People go through life often wondering what their purpose is. They want to know why they are on this earth. Many will claim to live, laugh and have fun as long and as much as one can. Others feel it is to raise great wealth to pass on to their family. Yet, many do not really know the real reason or purpose of their life here on this earth.
Many people hear about Jesus and repent of their sins and believe Him for salvation, yet, still struggle with their purpose on this earth. People will often repent of their sins just to get into heaven. They have heard of hell and do not want to go there, so they repent and are saved, but then stop there.
Jesus did offer His life and blood on the cross to remove all sins. He will save all who repent, but that is not the only purpose of the removing of sins. He removes those sins and the guiltiness of those sins so that the new believer can serve God.
When a person is living with sin, he cannot serve God. God cannot be around sin or work with it. Jesus removed sin to make it possible for the person to serve God with a clean heart.
Serving God is found in living a holy life for God, loving every one, and being a witness for Jesus. Doing these things will be found in words and actions. It will be found in a changed mind and heart.
As a believer, Jesus has removed your sins and will save you. Until you step into the doors of heaven, you have a work to do on this earth. It is to serve God on this earth.
You find ways to serve God by turning from sin, loving every person, and being a witness of what Jesus has done.
Yes, you are saved, but what are you doing with that salvation?
Seek God to find ways that you may serve Him each day. Who can you love? Who can you be a witness to?
As you do these things, you will find your purpose on this earth–to serve the living God.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will reveal His purpose for your life; that your life will be one to serve God; and that you will be His witness to all around you.