Ezekiel 23:37 Adultery And Sacrifice

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for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. Ezekiel 23:37 

Everyday people all over the world are seeking ways to make their own lives better. They want to be happier and have more things and a better life. In order to make this happen, they are often willing to do just about anything and everything.

In the process of seeking happiness, people will bow down to many different idols and are willing to sacrifice just about anything it takes. It is all about pleasing self.

God speaks to Ezekiel and gives a picture of what Israel had been doing. They are described as two sisters who were to be married to God, but had prostituted themselves to idols and sacrificed children to those idols.

In many parts of the world, most people would say that they refuse to worship idols or make human sacrifices. However, the reality is that many people bow down to worship their jobs, positions, titles, money, and things. As they bow down to worship these things, giving their lives to these things, they also begin to be willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to get them.

Abortion is the modern way of saying that one is sacrificing to an idol. Worshipping the idol of self, money, job, or nearly anything else, people are willing to sacrifice a baby by abortion and think nothing of it.

While most in the church do not agree with abortion, there are many who do allow themselves to bow to other idols and sacrifices outside of God. They sacrifice time with their children to raise them in a God-fearing way of living. Do not sacrifice what is not yours to sacrifice.

Believers are to sacrifice their own lives to God and to God alone. God is the only one that anyone should be worshipping and sacrificing to.

Examine your life and determine who are you really worshipping and married too. What you give your life’s energy and focus to is what you worship.

Be willing to lay down your life for God and die daily to yourself. God will give you His life that will last for eternity. Sacrifice your life on the altar before God and allow Him to raise you up to eternal life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dedicate your life to worshipping and serving God; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; and that you will not commit spiritual adultery against God. 

Isaiah 16:3 Make Up Your Mind

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“Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night–at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.” Isaiah 16:3

Making a choice on which path to take is a common everyday thing for every person. Every day choices have to be made. While most are easy with little major consequences, there are some that are more difficult, having greater consequences upon the choice made.

Having a major choice to make is often a difficult thing for many people to make. Fear of making the wrong decision causes many to freeze and not make a choice. Fear of what could go wrong with a choice will cause others to stay where they are.

In his prophecy against Moab, Isaiah quotes Moab as telling the people to make up their mind. It appears (from the previous verses) to be they were talking to the women who were fluttering about like birds on what to do.

The statement, ‘make up your mind’, is something that every person can be asked or should ask themselves to do. This can include believers. Many believers make up their mind…to a point, but not fully. They waiver in their choices and decisions.

While every believer has made a choice to believe in Jesus and follow Him, not every believer has made the choice to die to self and sin. They go back and forth with dabbling in sin, often under the excuse that they cannot give it up and are sinful.

Yes, there are times they slip into sin, but often sin is a choice that was consciously made. It was done while disregarding the Holy Spirit tugging at the heart to make the right choice.

Every believer must make a choice as to whether he will serve God or man, whether he will strive to live a holy life before God or live in sin, whether he will die to the old self or live the old life.

Each day you are also presented with choices to make. The greatest choice to make is whether you will serve God with all of your life or you will serve self and man.

This choice is one that only you can make and it has to be made every day, often every minute. Do not allow yourself to waiver, but make up your mind as to whom you will serve today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your whole life to serving God; that you will make choices to always honor God; and that your mind will be made up that you will love God with all of your heart.

Psalm 57:8 A Solid Heart

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My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  Psalm 57:8 

Desires that people have often change on a constant basis. Changing hearts is what keeps driving sales of things. Trends rise and fall on a regular basis due to changing hearts and desires.

For a short time one item is the latest rage and everyone ‘needs’ it. Then suddenly there is a change in heart and a new item takes its place. Everyone rushes out to purchase the new item.

This can be seen in not only things people want, but also in how they look, act, and feel. The hearts of people change on a regular basis and rarely stay the same very long on any one thing.

David was being pursued by Saul to be killed. As he was being chased, he did not have fear as many would have. He cried out to God, but was also confident that God would save him. David stood solid upon the fact God would take care of him, so he was able to sing and make music. His heart was solid for God.

There are many who follow God, but do not have a steadfast and solid heart for God. It has become common among many that they accept that a person can follow God or any other religion at the same time if they so desire.

Some will go to church every Sunday, but then on Monday deny Christ in everything that they say and do. Their heart is not solid with God. It changes with their emotions or feelings on a day to day basis.

When a person is living like this, he is unable to sing and make music in times of trouble. There is no peace or joy in his life, despite the troubles.

One who has a steadfast, solid heart after God, will not change with the changing situations. He will stand on God’s word alone and worship God through everything.

You have a choice to make each and every day. It is a choice of following and trusting God with all of your heart so that you may worship Him. Or you can choose to follow the world.

Do not allow yourself to go back and forth. Either serve God or do not serve Him. God wants you hot or cold towards Him, not lukewarm.

Do you have a solid heart that follows after God? Or do you change with the situations in life?

I pray today that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will worship God in every situation; that your heart towards God will not change; and that you will have a desire to serve God all the time.

2 Chronicles 35:3 Now Is The Time To Serve

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He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been consecrated to the LORD: “Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and his people Israel.” 2 Chronicles 35:3 

Putting things off is something that is easy to do. One can get distracted by many different things, keeping him from doing one thing specific. Many also put off things that they really do not like to do.

It is easy to think that one can do it at a later time. However, as one puts off something, other important things come up. As things keep coming up, more and more gets put to the side, causing one to get further behind.

Josiah, king of Judah, had the temple restored and put the Levites back in charge of leading the people in worship to God. Once everything was in place he told the Levites that it was time to serve God. They were not to put off serving God any longer as they had been doing for years.

Many people put off serving God. Some do it out of fear, not knowing what God will want them to do. Some do it because they love this world more. Others because they are too busy to stop and serve God. The reasons and excuses are many.

Every believer is to follow God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. This means they are to serve God with everything in them, all the time.

This is not some request for in the future. Nor is it even a request. It is a command. Today is the day to begin to serve the Lord. Now is the time to serve the Lord.

God has a mission for you to do each and every day. At the very minimum it is to be a witness of who Jesus is to someone every day. This is something that can happen over and over throughout the day. Being a witness of Jesus is the greatest way a person can serve God. It is building His kingdom more and more.

While you may have things to do in this world, your number one priority is to serve God first and foremost. Do not put it off any longer, but serve Him today while you can.

I pray today that God will show you ways to serve Him; that God will give you strength to serve Him; that God’s kingdom will grow through your service; and that you will find joy in serving God daily.

2 Chronicles 32:25 Danger Of Pride

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But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:25 

Pride is thinking highly of one’s self or one’s own accomplishments. It is a highly prized feeling in this world. Children are trained to be proud of themselves  and what they can do. Pride says, ‘I can do it’, or ‘I am so good.’ It is all about self.

All over the world, people are struggling with themselves and who they are. They struggle with their own self value in this world. Counselors are always telling people that they have high value and must be proud of themselves.

Hezekiah had done a great job at following the commands of God in removing false idols and serving Him alone. Yet, at some point he began to allow pride in himself, turning his heart away from God. Since he had pride in his heart, God began to bring His wrath upon him and the nation.

The danger in pride is that it is all about self. It is saying that you ca do it without anyone else’s help. It ignores others or God and removes them from the picture.

Pride in self is what led to the downfall of Satan. Pride removes God from the picture. Many believers have allow pride to enter their hearts and minds. As they do that, they are slowly pushing God of the throne of their heart and putting themselves on that throne that is supposed to be God’s throne.

The only pride a believer should have is in what Jesus had done for them and others, and pride in what others are doing and who they are. Self pride brings about God’s wrath, because it takes the focus off of Him and places it on self.

You may have some self pride in your heart. Seek God for strength and realize who He is and who you really area in the grand scheme of eternal life and this universe.

In yourself you are nothing. You cannot do anything on your own. In fact, you messed everything up by allowing sin into your life.

Turn from self pride and realize who you are. As a believer you are God’s servant doing God’s work for God’s purpose to honor Him. Know what Jesus has done for you and be proud of Him, not self.

Give God all the credit and take pride in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He has done for you; that you will take pride in God’s work; that you will turn from self pride to God; and that you will allow God to get all the credit in your life.