1 Kings 11:9 Making God Angry

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The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 1 Kings 11:9 

Starting out great is something that is easy to do, but finishing at the same level or better is difficult. To finish well, one must stay focused the entire time. There must be a goal kept in the center of the mind and it must be aimed for, or else one will falter and fail.

There has been a lot of people who have started out doing great, always making the right choices, being successful, but in the end they lose focus and walk away from the good choices.

Solomon had started out serving God faithfully. God had even chosen to appear directly to him, an unusual thing to occur. God had blessed Solomon with more wealth, wisdom and fame than another other man has ever known before or since his time. Yet, near the end of his life, Solomon let his wives lead him astray to follow false gods and walk away from God.

Living like this, God had become very angry with him and chose to remove the kingdom from him. God had mercy, in that He allowed to keep the kingdom in his lifetime, but would pull it from his sons.

There are believers today who have done the same thing. They start off their life following God with a whole heart, then along the way, they allow someone to lead them away from God. They begin to choose to follow after the ways of this world, rather than follow and obey God.

Some completely leave the church, while others just live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They are no longer serving God with their whole heart. This will always upset God. He has given everything for the believer.

The world will tempt you to turn away from God, to lose your focus on God. They want you to choose to leave God and follow them.

Keep your focus on God. You began the walk with Him, don’t give it up for some temporary pleasure. Do not allow others to guide you down a wrong path.

Jesus gave His life up for you, don’t make it a waste for Him. Live your entire life focused on serving and obeying God with all of your heart. Don’t make God angry.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God in every area of your life; that you will have a heart after God’s; and that God will strengthen you to keep focused on Him. 

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1 Samuel 1:27-28 Give The Children To God

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“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 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 1:27-28 

Every day thousands of children are born all around the world. While the majority of parent’s are pleased to have the child, there are also many who do not want the child. They see the child as an inconvenience and not a blessing from God.

As there are people who are having children, there are some that want a child and cannot have any. They cry out to God and doctors all the time to have a child without any success or favor.

Hannah was one of those women who wanted a child, but could not have any. After crying out to God and making a vow to Him, God gave her favor and gave her a child. Shortly after the child was born, Hannah fulfilled her vow to God and gave the boy, Samuel, over to God to serve Him his whole life.

Every child that is born is a blessing or a gift from God. Parents are given the child by God to raise to know God and serve Him.

However, many parents raise the child to serve themselves, rather than serve God. They hold on to the child and do not want them to do what God has for them to do. Parents often determine every step the child takes for his whole life–what college to go to, what career to do, where to live, and much more.

Today children are not given over to a temple or church, as Samuel was, but they can be given to God to use in the way He desires.

If you are a parent, you need to see your child as a gift from God to raise. The best way to raise your child is to give Him back to God to allow God to use the child in the best way possible. God has great works for your child to do. Do not hold your child back, by trying to raise the child your way.

Samuel became a mighty prophet known by the whole world, because Hannah gave him back to God. Give your child back to God and see what God can do through your child.

I pray today that you will trust God with your child; that you will allow God to guide your child; that you will allow God to use you and your child for His work in this world; and that God will change this world through you and your child. 

Joshua 24:23 Yield Your Heart To God

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“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23 

In this world self is very important. Everything is about self. People are looking at how they can make it for themselves. They want to be pleased and served, before serving others. They want to be taken care of first, above everyone else.

Self is the greatest ‘god’ on this earth. It rises above everything else and any other belief. From birth, most children are to believe in self and are told that they can do anything they want, as long as they try hard. With this training and thinking, people grow up to be doing things for self and not about God or anyone else.

As people focus on self, they cannot yield to others or God. It is all about self and promotion of self.

As Joshua was preparing for his death, he told the people to get rid of all foreign gods and yield their hearts to God.

The Israelites were dealing with physical idols and false gods in their lives. They were to get rid of these idols and gods, so that they could yield their heart to God. They were to stop being about self and follow God with everything that is in them.

Yielding to God is allowing God to take control. He becomes the focus. He is what everything is about. It is no longer about self, but God and His kingdom.

Most people, today, do not physically bow down to idols, but they do worship false gods all the time. They bow to their careers, money, drugs, sex, music, and self. They believe that self is the greatest thing in this world. They don’t have time for God.

There are also many in the church who don’t make time for God.

God wants your whole heart and life. To yield to Him is to give Him absolute control over your heart and life.

Allow God to be the one who makes your heart glad. Allow God to be the one who gives you purpose and meaning in this life.

As you yield your heart to God, you will be able to get rid of the foreign gods in your life, the gods of this world–self, greed, pride, anger, rage, immorality, and more.

Who will you yield to?

Self and this world?

Or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you turn from all false gods; that you will yield your whole heart and life to God; and that you will serve God with all of your heart.

Deuteronomy 13:4 What You Must Do

Two paths

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Going through life brings many different choices that must be made. Questions as often asked as to what a person should do. There are thousands of different paths that a person can take, and choosing the correct one is often a hard choice for many to make.

Each path as different points that are good and bad. Most people do not want to make the wrong choice. Yet, the majority of the people in this world do make the wrong choice.

The reality of the matter is that it is only one real choice of two paths to make. Every other choice falls under one of those two paths that a person chooses. There is the path of following self or the world, and the path of following God.

Moses tells the people that they must follow God. In the process of following God they must revere, obey, serve and hold fast to Him. There is to be no other gods in the life of a person.

The question is then often asked, how does following God answer every other choice to be made? If a person is following God, He will lead him in the right direction every time. The choice is no longer left up to the person, but up to God to be made.

Around the verse, the people are told to love God with everything in them and to obey Him in every way. This puts God first in the life of the person. God is the one who knows the choices to be made. Believers must trust His choices and directions. Every choice God makes is for the benefit of the believer and for His kingdom. It is a win-win situation.

Trusting that you are a believer and believe in God, you must also make a choice. How much are you willing to trust and obey God? Are you willing to serve God with everything that is in you?

Hold on to God with all that is within you. God is there for you and is not against you. He wants only what is best for you. However, it is up to you to follow, obey, serve, honor and hold fast to Him.

Now you know what you must do, so start doing it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God alone; that you will serve and obey God with your whole life; and that you will allow God to make the choices in your life. 

1 Corinthians 7:23 Don’t Be A Slave To A Person

 

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You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 1 Corinthians 7:23

Paul had been talking about the status of a person. Some were slaves when they became a believer, while others were free men when they believed. If they were a slave, they were to see their salvation as freedom in Christ. If they were free, they were to see themselves enslaved to Christ.

Now he points out that no one should be a slave to another human being. Immediately, most people would say that they are not a slave to another human being. Those who are actual slaves, most likely will say that they do not want to be a slave.

In reality, the majority of people are enslaved to another person. By choice many people have allowed themselves to be enslaved to another person. They have made choices that made them a slave.

People want to be just like a celebrity, to the point that they live, breath, dress and talk just like that person. They have become enslaved.

Others have enslaved themselves to another person because of debt. They want something that they cannot really afford, get a loan or use a credit card, and have to fight to be able to pay it off for many years.

Many people have become enslaved to those on television. They allow others to tell them how they must live, what they must wear, drink, drive, think, and need.

Believers should be different. They should be allowing Jesus with the Holy Spirit to guide them and tell them what to think, say and do. Every believer needs to be enslaved to God. Be at God’s beck and call around the clock.

God has the believers best interest in mind when He guides the person. God does not do things for selfish reasons. He loves first, beginning and last in all that He says and does. Jesus bought you at the high price of death.

Take a look at the way you live your life. Notice who you are enslaved to. Every person is a slave to someone or something.

As a slave to Christ, you will have an abundant life and inherit eternal life in the end. As a slave to people, you will only inherit disappointment and death.

Who is in control of your life?

Who is the master of your life?

Do not allow the things and people of this world to be your master.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that you will not be a slave to any in this world.

Luke 20:18 Broken Or Crushed?

Broken Vase

Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Luke 20:18

Jesus was talking about the people were rejecting the main corner stone and that He was that corner stone. He ends the talk with telling the people that anyone who falls on that stone will be broken, but anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.

The Pharisees who were supposed to be the builders of God’s temple were against Jesus. They had rejected Him as being the new cornerstone for God’s temple. They refused to follow Him and were against anyone who did follow Him.

Since the time of Jesus, people have not changed. There are people who are in the church who are actually fighting against God. They are trying to hold to old traditions and ways rather than following Jesus and being led by God’s Holy Spirit. They do not want to change.

Right now it appears as though those people are winning and that God is not doing anything. However, there will come a day when Jesus will return. Anyone who is against Him will receive His full wrath. Every person who chooses not to follow Jesus will be crushed and destroyed by God’s extreme wrath against them.

Those who have chosen to follow Jesus will allow themselves to be broken by Him. They will fall upon Him, trusting Jesus with all of their heart, soul and mind. In the process of doing that self will be destroyed. They will no longer allow their selves to be in control but will allow God to have all control over their life. In the words of Jesus, they will be broken.

Being broken means that they can be repaired correctly. God will put their lives back together to serve Him and His kingdom in the best way possible. It will no longer be about self, but about God and building His kingdom. It will be about others being saved.

You have to make a choice in your life about Jesus. If you choose to follow Him, you must allow yourself to be broken and allow Him to have absolute control of your life. Allow yourself to broken by God so that He can use you in the best way possible in His kingdom for His purpose.

Will you be broken now?

Or will you be crushed later?

I pray today that you will be broken before God; that you will allow God to have control over your life; that you will not reject Jesus in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.