Amos 1:6 Selling Communities

This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Gaza, even for four, I will not relent. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,” Amos 1:6

Amos starts out with the words of God against various towns and nations. Each of these are for capturing cities and selling the people and community to other nations. For each one it is listed as for three to four sins God was willing to not relent and bring on the judgment against them. It was a prophecy of destruction against nations that sin against God.

Even though, as a whole, slavery has been abolished across the world, there are many places that still allow it or have it occur on a very wide spread basis. People are bought and sold into various types of slavery all over the world, even in America. Most people will agree that slavery is wrong and should be done away with.

There is, however, another type of slavery that people are sold into on a regular basis, that most people don’t even recognize as slavery. It is slavery into sinful practice and ways.

Stores and bars populate most towns promoting getting drunk. Movie theaters push movies that promote sex, drugs, and every type of sin known to man as worth seeing and doing. Books are published promoting every type of sin there is as something good for a person. Television promotes sinful lifestyles as being acceptable and good. Musicians sing songs pushing sin. Pornography promotes free sex, immorality and lust.

All of these things are taking whole communities into captivity, selling them into slavery of sin. People are captivated by the sin promoted by others. While most people look at these things a freedom and rights, it is sin. Although the world states that a person has the freedom and right to sin, it is still wrong and there is a price to pay–life.

As a believer, you must not be caught up in these things. You must be careful that you are not one of those promoting sin in any shape, size or fashion.

Take captive your thoughts and focus them on God and His ways. Promote Jesus in this world and be His slave. Allow only God to be your master and not the things of this world. In this way God will not have to bring judgment upon you.

I pray today that you will only be captured by God; that you will only be a slave to Jesus; that you will not be guilty of enslaving others into sin; and that you will be a light of Jesus to this world.

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Jeremiah 6:8 Take Warning

Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it. Jeremiah 6:8

The city of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel had turned away from God to the point God was getting ready to destroy them. The people had began to sin and refused to look at the problems with those sins. When problems would come up they would just bandage them up as though there were no major problems or injuries. God was warning them that He would destroy their land if they did not change, yet, most would not listen to the warnings being given.

It is very easy and common for people to look at a nation and see the problems with it. They look at the nation as a whole and see how, as a whole, the nation has turned away from God and allowed sinful practices to become commonplace. Christian speakers and many individuals will be quick to make the statement that there must be a change or God will judge the nation. Judgments against leadership in the nation are quick to happen.

While it is true that the nation as a whole may be turning away from God, the true reality of that nation turning is because of individuals. It is individuals who make up a nation and lead the nation. Turning from God starts with the individual person, so each person must hear the warnings of what is happening and make changes first in his own personal life.

The reason a nation does not serve God and accepts and lives in sin, is because an individual did not do his part.

Take a look at your own personal life. How much are you living for God? Do you just go to church and read your bible on Sunday, when the preacher tells you to do so? Or is it a part of your life each day, all day long?

Each day you leave your house, are you being a witness for God? Are you living according to God’s plans? Are you building up the kingdom for God?

If you have to answer no to any of these questions, then you are a part of the problem with your nation. You, also, must take warning. God’s warnings are for everyone to hear. You do not want God’s judgment on you or your nation. Live for God today.

I pray today that you will live for God; that you will be His witness everywhere you go; that you will hear the warnings God is giving your nation and people; and that you will encourage others to live for God.