Hebrews 1:9 What Do You Love And Hate?

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

All over the world people talk about the need to have love in order that there may be peace. The world claims to have love, but the love being shown is love for things or whatever it takes to feel better about one’s own self.

On the other side, the acceptable hatred is when something goes against a person. This is whether it is against self or against anyone else, hatred can be normal.

The author of Hebrews is describing Jesus and quotes Psalms 45:6-7. Jesus is described as loving righteousness and hating wickedness, so God anoints him with the oil of joy.

Very few people actually love righteousness all the time. Most people do not directly like limitations on what they can and cannot do, and righteousness does that. Without limitations people will love and do wickedness with no regrets or remorse.

Inside the church there are many that rebel against living a righteous life, because it looks like legalism, a bunch of do and don’t rules. As a result many in the church love wickedness and participate in it on a regular basis.

Jesus loved doing the right things and hating all wickedness to the point that He lived a perfect holy life with absolutely no sin in His life. God raised Him up and anointed Him with the oil of joy. He had joy because He was living the life the Father wanted Him to live.

Believers who are truly following Jesus will live in the same way. They will live to seek out being righteous in every way possible, and they will hate all wickedness and sin. They will flee from all temptations to sin. Then they will know the true joy of living for God.

Every day you are faced with choices of what to love and hate. The world will try to get you to love what is wicked and sinful.

Allow God to change your heart and mind and seek His righteousness and holiness. It is not about regulations, but a relationship and truly living the best life possible on this earth.

The more you live for God, the more joy you will know, because you will have the peace of God guiding and strengthening you daily.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will desire righteousness as Jesus did; that you will hate sin as much as God does; that you will know the joy of serving God with your whole life; and that the world will know you follow Jesus.

Revelation 7:15 How Often Are You Serving God?

Therefore, “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15

Servants can be found nearly every place in every nation around the world. Often people are paid to be a servant for another person.

Each servant may be expected to meet a different set of needs. The common factor in all servants is to meet the needs of the person or group that one is serving.

John quotes from Isaiah 49:10 about the people who have died in the Lord and are now are dressed in white robes around the throne. They are serving God day and night, while God shelters them with His presence. This is looking into the future of a time in heaven.

Most people do not like the idea of being a servant, yet many are servants to someone. When working a job, the person is a servant to the boss, working to meet the needs of the boss or company or the customer.

Even though many people serve someone, very few serve someone around the clock, day and night. There is a time that they check in to begin serving and then later check out to leave. It is a temporary service.

At the point a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he becomes a servant to God. Very often people are willing to serve God on Sunday’s in church and when convenient. Rarely is someone willing to serve God around the clock.

Life on this earth is the training ground to being a servant to God in heaven for eternity. Every believer needs to be ready and willing to meet any need God has of him, at any time God needs it. As the believer serves God, He will shelter him with His everlasting presence.

As a believer, you are God’s servant, there to meet every need He has of you without question or hesitation. God has some work of service for you to do. It may be in the morning, at noon or at night.

The important thing is to always be ready to do what God is calling on you to do. Instead of waiting until you are in heaven, begin serving God day and night here on this earth. Do the service Jesus began 2,000 years ago and continue until He returns or calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will serve God with all of your abilities; and that you will know His presence and shelter in your life.

Zechariah 12:5 Reason For Being Strong

Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’ Zechariah 12:5

People find their strength in many different ways. Some are known to be strong in their ability to persuade others. Some are strong in their wealth or position.

Cities and nations often find their strength in their economy or their military. When the people are unified together, whether in a city, state or nation, they will usually be stronger. It is the common goal or view in some area that tends to make them stronger.

God talks of a future time when the people of Jerusalem will be strong. The reason given for why they will be strong is because they will allow God to be their God.

People in themselves are really often very weak. They give in to the pressure of those around them, wanting to please others, which gives the others more strength. It is in this way that many believers fall into sin, falling to the temptation to be like others.

When believers fall into sin, it breaks down their credibility and their witness. It is no longer God working in and through them, but they are trying to do things themselves on their own.

The difference is when a believer truly makes God his God, then he will have true strength and power to be God’s witness and turn away from sin. He will be able to stand up against the enemy and win the battles.

Believers who have allowed God to be their God, will be filled with His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will guide them and give them supernatural strength in the spiritual battles of this life.

You may find yourself struggling to win the battles against temptation to sin. The world is mounting attacks against you to break you down and destroy you, causing you to weaken and step into sin.

Although you may be there and are weak, you do not need to stay there. Turn to God and make Him your God. Allow God’s Spirit to guide and strengthen you to turn from sin and win the battles.

When God is your God, it is He who you allow to make all the choices and guide your steps. You will either serve the world and be weak, or serve God and be strong.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your God; that you will allow God to guide you; and that you will walk in God’s power and strength.

Zechariah 8:2 God Is Jealous For You

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This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” Zechariah 8:2

Jealousy is something that is common among people. They are jealous of what someone else has and they want it for themselves. In these cases it is greed and selfishness, a sin.

People, in themselves, do not have a right to own or have anything. They just feel as if they have that right and often get upset when they don’t get it, while another person does.

God told Zechariah that He was burning with jealousy for Zion–Israel.

It was God who has created everything on this earth and in all of creation. Since He created everything it all belongs to Him. Israel had chosen to walk away and give themselves over to false gods, giving them worship. God was jealous of what the false gods were getting that was officially supposed to be His.

Even though centuries have past, the scene is not much different. People who had come to Jesus and began to change, changed again and have gone back to the false gods. Many believers have sold part of their lives away to following the false gods of this world–pride, position, greed, money, fame, sex, and more. These same people belong to God, but have chosen to walk away.

Just as God was jealous for Israel, He is jealous for those who are supposed to belong to Him. This not only includes those who had served Him and walked away, but also all other people on the earth. God loves and wants everyone to serve Him. He created everyone to be in fellowship with Him and He is jealous when they do not fellowship with Him.

God offers eternal life, whereas the world only offers eternal death.

You must realize how much God loves you and that it is He who created you and has the rights to you. You belong to God, regardless of where you are in this life.

God loves you so much, that He is jealous for you when you choose to follow the gods of this world and not Him. He will do what it takes to get you back, to pull you out of the clutches of the sin of this world.

Choose today to serve God alone. Choose to make God your only God, so that He does not have to be jealous for you and chase after you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your only God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

Obadiah 1:4 Pride Before A Fall

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“Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:4 

Many people and nations have risen up in power and glory. Some have been known as great, while others were known as tyrants and horrible. Power and authority is the dream of many people and nations. The more they can get the happier they are.

Some of these nations and people appear to be great enough or powerful enough to last forever. It does not appear as though anything can take them down or destroy them.

God had been watching Edom and saw that Edom had risen in power and glory. They were soaring high and shining great as a nation. However, they had chosen to go against God. He warns Edom that He will bring them down.

There are currently some nations, such as America, that appear to be so great and powerful that it appears as if nothing can break them down. Among the nations of the world they are soaring high in power, authority and glory.

While America is a great and powerful nation and full of self pride, however,  it can be broken and God will break it down if she chooses to not follow Him. God is going through and shaking the nations now with a disease that appears to be out of control. The economy and social life are coming to a crashing halt. People and businesses are being destroyed. The church is being shaken.

Every person has to choose whom they will serve. They have to choose if they will serve self and this world or if they will serve God. It is the people who make up the nations and it is the believers who preserve the people and the nations. Every believer must choose to live for God.

You may have been very successful in some area of your life. Do not allow the pride and glory of that success to overcome you. Remind yourself that it was God who gave you the success you enjoy.

Do not put yourself up so high that God must bring you back down. The world tries to live without God and tries to soar in the heights, but will be brought down by God.

Live to serve and worship God and God alone. Do not give God a reason to destroy you or knock you down. Give Him all authority in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God alone; that you will give God control of your whole life; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.