Isaiah 1:4 Forsaking The Lord

Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

It is easy to stand on the side and see the sins of others, and then blame them for the conditions of a nation. All over the nation there are many Christians who are pointing fingers at the sins of others. They often state that the nation has become a sinful nation because of others.

Although it is true that the nation has become very sinful in many different ways, one cannot just blame others for this occurrence. In reality it is a group effort to cause a whole nation to become sinful and turn away from God. It is a process of individual people slowly turning away from God.

Many believers will say that they have not turned away from God. The question is: how many times has a person turned down being the witness God called him to be?

A nation is made up of people, individual people. It is individuals who cause a nation as a whole to follow God or reject Him. It is individuals who choose to allow sin to occur. It is individuals who refuse to be a witness of who Jesus is.

When a believer chooses to not be a witness for Jesus, he is causing someone else or the nation to continue to live in sin and reject God. Every believer must give every non-believer a chance to know God and choose or reject Him. Often many will keep quiet and make the choice for the other person.

In this way, many believers have turned their backs on God. This is where Isaiah says woe to that nation and its people.

You have to take a look at your own life. How are you doing at being His witness from day-to-day?

Are you willing to tell others about Jesus every time you get the chance?

Or are you keeping silent and not wanting to offend anyone?

One causes sin to continue, while the other is doing God’s will on this earth.

Are you in partnership with this world in causing great sin?

I pray today that you will be God’s witness every chance you get; that you will keep yourself from all sin; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will not turn your back on God.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Results Of Laziness

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. Ecclesiastes 10:18

When a person rents a house, they do not have to worry about all of these repairs and upkeep. The owner of the house is the one responsible. All a renter must do is report the problem.

However, owning a home does not work the same, it takes work. It is not just purchase the house and live in it. One must continually work at keeping it up. Repainting the walls, replacing broken windows, repairing holes, fixing leaky faucets, and the list goes on. 

Often people will just live in it and not do any upkeep on the house. They will leave minor faults alone. Over time the minor things become larger problems. The walls start cracking more, the roof leaks, walls get infested with termites, and, again, the list goes on. The cost of repairs rises rapidly when a person does not do regular maintenance on the house.

Life works in the same way as a house. Every believer is called the temple of God. As the temple you are the house of God. You are where God resides.

Your house–life, must be kept in good repair. There will be times when things will break down in your life. This is not the physical things of your life, but your spiritual, emotional part of your life.

Regretfully there will be times when you allow yourself to step into sin. Your mind will go down a path it should not go. You may say something you should not have said.

As these things occur, they are warning signs to you of a greater danger. That greater danger is walking away from God, closing your ears off to hearing God’s Holy Spirit attempting to guide you. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. If you ignore Him long enough, you will no longer hear Him.

It takes work to stay in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. You must daily study the Bible to see what God has to say to you. You must daily talk with God in prayer. You must daily allow God to have full control of your life.

These are things that will not occur automatically, you must focus on doing them. If you do not, you are being lazy in your spiritual walk with God. When that happens your rafters will sag and the house will begin to leak.

I pray today that you will open your ears to hear the Holy Spirit; that you will work at staying in tune with God; that you will not be lazy in your walk with God; and that you will be more like Jesus each day.

Proverbs 28:13 Hiding Sin

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

It is easy for people to believe that something that is not seen cannot harm them or have an effect on them. They often try to keep things hidden from other people. Things that are hidden are things that they know are wrong in reality.

It is seldom physical things that are kept hidden, but things that are done. Personal sins that people do and do not want anyone else to know about. Many sins are done in the dark or at night. Think about when bars and nightclubs are open, and what the lighting is like in those places. People do not want their sins seen, yet the danger is still there.

In the body, a cancer cell is extremely small and cannot be seen by the naked eye. Yet, let alone to grow, it can destroy the entire body and cause death. In the same way, a sin, no mater how little, can grow and destroy the body and cause death.

Solomon says that the person who conceals or hides his sin will not prosper. There are two ways to look at what it means to prosper. One is financially, the other is spiritually.

When you hide a sin in your life, you may or may not prosper financially. There are many people in this world who live in open sin that are financially very prosperous.

However, as you hide a sin in your life, you will not prosper spiritually. You are sinning against God and He sees it.

The first thing that you must do is confess the sin. This is to openly admit that you are sinning and what that sin is. At a minimum, you must confess this to God, then confess to others who may be hurt by it.

Then comes the important part–to renounce the sin. You must turn away from that sin and no longer do it. If you continue to do that sin, you have not done anything different.

Once you renounce it, God will forgive you of that sin. God is rich in love and mercy and wants to forgive you of all sin. Do not try to hide it from Him, confess, renounce and find mercy today.

I pray today that God will reveal any hidden sin in your life; that you will confess all sin to God; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will know God’s love and mercy in your life.

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.

Proverbs 7:21 Seduction

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. Proverbs 7:21

In this passage Solomon describes a scene where a young man is walking down the street. He comes across a woman who is a prostitute. With many persuasive words she talks him into going with her and she leads him down a path of destruction. This woman was a prostitute and led him into a sexual encounter outside of marriage.

This is a scene that occurs around the world on a daily basis. While many would openly do this, there are many who would not go with a woman like this, at least not for direct pay. All over the world, both in the church and out of the church, men and women are sleeping together outside of marriage. The common words are, “if you love me, you will….”

The world loves to use persuasive words to get you to do things that should not be done. In this passage it is sexual immorality. Satan does not just stop with that area. He is trying to seduce you into sin of any sort.

Think about a time you had chosen to tell a lie or some other sin. What made you do it? Usually it was either someone else talked you into it, or in your own mind you thought it would be the best choice to make.

The enemy, the devil and this world, would like to trip you up and get you to follow their ways. They will use good sounding, smooth talk to make any sin sound like it is something good.

While the sin may sound and feel good at the moment, it ultimately leads to death. It pulls you away from God. It will cause pain and suffering in the end.

You are told to flee all sin and resist the devil. When the world comes talking smoothly to you, check what God says and stand on His word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and you will know when the world is trying to deceive and seduce you. God will give you the path out of the situation, if you will follow it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the seduction of this world; that God will strengthen you to keep you from being led astray; that you will only be led by God; and that you will only follow God.

Proverbs 5:21 Everything In View

For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. Proverbs 5:21

Solomon starts out this chapter telling his son that he must stay as far away from an adulterous woman as possible. Walking down that path would lead to death. In this verse, Solomon reminds him that everything that he does is in God’s sight.

Doing things behind closed doors in secrecy is a common thing to happen. Although some things are acceptable to be done in secret, there are many more things done in secret that are not acceptable to God.

Very few crimes occur during the day. Most criminals try to do their crime during the night, when it is dark and other people cannot see what is happening. They do this so that people cannot see them doing something wrong.

One of the things many people do is look on others for sexual pleasure. In Solomon’s day, the only way to do that was to physically be with the other person. Today, all one has to do is turn on the internet. Behind closed doors or hidden behind the screen of a small phone, people can view the adulterous woman/man in a way no other person knows that it is happening.

In addition to viewing, thoughts can run anywhere anytime. People think that because no one knows it is happening, it is acceptable.

Yet, God is watching. Everything that you do is in full, open view of God. There is nothing hidden that He cannot see or know about. Whether it is viewing or acting with another person in a sexual sin, or some other type of sin, God sees it. There is not a single sin that God does not see.

As God is examining your ways, you must also examine your ways.

What are you doing?

What are you thinking?

What are you viewing?

The world is full of ways to do sin. As a believer, you must turn away and flee all sin and temptation. Do not allow yourself to be lured into the trap of sin and be destroyed. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

God loves you and wants you to live a full life with Him, not with this world and its sin. Jesus died to remove that sin, don’t go back to it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that God will break all sexual sinful habits in your life; and that your love for God will grow more and more.

Psalm 130:3-4 Destroyed Files

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:3-4

All over the world, hundreds of thousands of records are kept on file to remember many things. Some of these files are pictures to remember people and good things that have occurred in the past. Many are files of things done, such as paying taxes, to be able to later prove what was done.

Lawyers are constantly going through files looking for information. Some are searching for proof against a person, while others are searching for proof for the person’s benefit. These records can help or hurt a person.

One set of files that many people keep on record is those of sins that they have done. The devil, like the attorney, is searching through those files trying to prove they have done something wrong. He likes to remind the person of past faults. When looked at, that person does not have a chance to stand before God and serve Him. He is full of sin.

When Jesus died on the cross, He took every one of those files and nailed them to the cross. They were cast out as far as the east is from the west, so that they were no longer remembered.

At the point that you have believed that Jesus had done this for you, your files were destroyed. Jesus has chosen to forgive you of all of your sins. Those files no longer exist. Regardless of what the devil or this world may say, you are now clean before God.

When that file of sins in your life was full, you were not allowed to go before God. God cannot be in the presence of sin.  However, because of what Jesus has done for you, you now have the ability to go before God and serve Him.

Each day look to the forgiveness Jesus has given you. Rejoice in what He has done for you. Then seek ways to serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. God is for you, not against you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know that Jesus has removed all sin in your life; that you will use your life to serve God; and that you will honor God with your life.