1 Samuel 7:4 Get Rid Of The Baals

So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only. 1 Samuel 7:4

Most people in the world look at certain things or principles as what made them successful or gave them a good life. In the process of doing this, these things are often idolized and looked up to as being great and powerful.

Often people will then give their everything to these things, giving complete control over to these things to the point of worship. As this is done, they will rarely be willing to give it up for anything else.

As the Israelites were being captured by the Philistines, Samuel told the people what they must do. All the people chose to get rid of their Baals and Ashtoreths and serve God alone.

Although most people do not have physical idols that they physically bow down to and worship, they do have many idols in their life. People have things that they are willing to give all of their thoughts, time, money and energy to get, have and keep. Whole lives are dedicated to having these things, which then become an idol.

Believers can sometimes allow some of these idols in their lives to take the place of God. Instead of fully trusting God in every situation, believers will take on the world’s idols and trust those idols, pushing God to the side.

True believers will recognize this as idol worship and remove it from their lives, regardless of the cost. God is the only one that should be served. Everything that a believer does should be done out of honor and desire to serve, worship and honor God.

As the believer serves God alone, God will deliver him from the hands of the enemy.

The world is out to get you to turn away from God and serve their false gods. These false gods of the world will look good and enticing, but will only bring about captivity and death. Choose to serve God alone in every area of your life.

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to you any false gods that you have allowed in your life and remove them. Cast out anything and everything that takes your attention away from God. He, alone, is to be served and worshipped.

Put God on the throne of your life, allowing Him to be complete Master over your entire life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God alone; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to cast out any false gods in your life; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

1 Samuel 1:28 Given Over To God

“So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshipped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:28

People often desire an item or thing that they really want and will do extensive things to get it. When someone finally gets that thing he has desired his whole life, he usually does not want to give it up to someone else.

It now belongs to him, and his desire is to keep it to himself for his own use, purpose and pleasure, not to be given away.

Elkanah had prayed to God for a son and was blessed with one, whom she named Samuel. Once he was born, she gave Samuel to the Lord for service in the temple all his life.

Giving up something that one has finally received, that has been desired for many years is very difficult. People are greedy and want things to themselves for their own use, not to be given away.

There are many things that people ‘need’ in this life to live, but the greatest thing that one needs is life itself. Seeking this life is often searched for in temporary things and pleasures that the world offers. Often those things are through sin.

Although living in sin appears to be life and enjoyable, it is not. Sin only brings about disappointment and eventually death.

At the moment a person chooses to repent and believe in Jesus, his sins are removed, and he is given life. This life that is given is not just for his pleasure, but to be given back to God for His use.

Every believer is to give the life he has been given completely over to God to serve God in this world.

Everything that God has given you has been given to you for you to use to build you up in Jesus and do His work on this earth. Nothing is given to you by God for your own personal selfish use, but to build His kingdom.

God is more than willing to show you how to serve Him with your life. He can open doors to reach this world with the salvation message to build his kingdom on this earth.

Take the greatest thing God has given you, your life, and give it back to Him. Serve and worship God with all of your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God is giving you; that you will serve God with your whole life; and that you will use what God has given you for His glory and purpose; and that you will be completely given over to God for His use.

Judges 10:14 Trusting False gods

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! Judges 10:14

There are many times when a person, who is going through a tough time, has help right in front of him, but he rejects that help. He goes to someone or something else trying to do it on his own and falls into greater trouble.

Once this happens, he realizes his mistake and tries to go back to the original offered help. Sometimes the original help will reject to help him because it was originally rejected or ignored.

The Israelites had rejected God and turned to false gods. After getting into trouble, they cried out to God. God told them to go to their false gods that they had chosen to allow the false gods to save them.

During times when things are going well, many believers are quick to reject or ignore God and follow after the false gods of this world. Promises of wealth, happiness and pleasure are made by the false gods, but all that is received is temporary and dissatisfying and death.

Once this occurs believers will cry out to God for help. All they see God for is help in time of desperation or trouble, not the God of all of their life.

Sometimes God will ignore the cries, telling them to go back to their false gods that they had chosen to serve. He is waiting for a true change of heart, true repentance from the bottom of the heart of the sin they had done against God, following the false gods.

Upon true repentance, turning away from the false gods, God is quick to step in, forgive and help. This true repentance puts God on the throne and removes the false gods in one’s life.

As a believer God has done many different things in your life. You must be willing to ask yourself if you are allowing false gods back into your life.

Do not allow yourself to turn back to the false gods of this fallen world that cannot help you. Repent of following any false gods and turn your heart back to God. He is willing to forgive you, save you and restore you.

Then keep your life completely focused upon serving God and God alone, both in the good times and in the bad times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to reject any false gods; that you will serve and trust God alone; and that you will see God’s strength and help in every situation in your life.

Joshua 24:16 Easy Made Promises

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!” Joshua 24:16

Promises are something that are easy to make, but more difficult to keep. Everyday people make many different promises in hundreds of different ways and then in a very short time break those promises.

Often promises are made in the hype and excitement of the moment, when everything is looking perfect with no difficulties. The more people involved, the easier they are to make. Then later, when difficulties arise, the promises are forgotten and broken out of convenience.

After conquering the land, Joshua reminds the Israelites of all that God had done and that he will still serve God. Then he challenges the people to serve God. The people promise to never forsake God and serve false gods.

In church settings or large group settings of groups of believers, it is common for challenges to serve God to be made. It is built up with excitement of choosing to serve God with one’s whole life and a push for commitment. Nearly everyone is quick to dedicate themselves to God.

Just like the Israelites, however, after leaving the church and meeting, people are back in the world and forget all about God. Focus is taken off of God and back on self, serving other gods of this world, pride, selfishness, alcohol, porn, money, and many other things.

The world will put pressure on the believer to forsake God and follow their false gods. Promises of pleasure and ease are made that will only bring about death and misery.

True believers will keep their focus upon God and remember their promises to serve Him alone. When temptation arises to cause them to forsake God, they will resist the devil and flee the temptation, rather than give in to it. They will not take their promise lightly.

Have you made a commitment to serve God and Him alone in your life? Do not allow the things and cares of this world distract you so that you forsake God and begin to serve the false, dead gods of this world.

Commit your whole life to God and seek His strength to fulfill that promise. God will give you everything you need to serve Him with all of your life. Trust in Him alone as you keep your promise to serve Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will commit your life to serving God alone; that God will give you strength to resist serving other false gods; and that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide and direct your steps.