Revelation 2:14 Claiming God While Living In Sin

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Revelation 2:14

The world does not live by any concrete, eternal rules. They live in a way that is do what feels good in the moment, living only for the moment and for pleasure.

All the rules and standards that the world implements changes on a regular basis. Rules change according to their feelings at the moment.

An angel spoke to the church in Pergamum saying that they remained faithful in claiming Jesus, but they also held onto the false teachings of Balaam–pleasing themselves.

It is easy for a person to begin to believe in Jesus and claim that. All it takes is saying a few things. Across America, there are millions who claim to believe in Jesus. However, at the same time, many of those same people are holding to the teachings of Balaam or the world.

Balaam had taught to eat food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. Today people are taught to listen to, watch or participate in things that are offered as sacrifices to idols. They are also taught how to live sexually immoral lives as though it is normal and acceptable to God.

Inside the church there are many who have chosen to follow the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They are willing to follow the same idols that the world follows and live the same sexually immoral lives that the world lives.

Although God appears to allow this for now, there will come a day of severe judgement. Every believer is to live separate from the world, fleeing all sin.

As you claim to believe in and follow Jesus, you must examine yourself to see if you are also following the teachings of Balaam, the teachings of this world.

How willing are you to eat of the food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols? How willing are you to live a sexually immoral life?

Turn away from all sin and pursue God and God alone. Do not allow yourself to be enticed to live a sinful life, but live a holy life unto God, otherwise you will have to face the judgement of God’s wrath.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to turn away from sin; that God will open your eyes to the sin the world promotes; and that you will live a true and holy life unto God.

Luke 19:47-48 Hanging Onto His Words

“Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.” Luke 19:47-48

Jesus had been teaching every day, everywhere He went. His teaching was not to just please everyone. The leaders of the people and the leaders in the temple did not like Jesus. His teachings tore apart their traditions and exposed their falsehood. They wanted to get rid of Him, but were unable to do so.

The teachings of Jesus, to this day, will still make some people upset. He taught that a sinful lifestyle will send a person to hell. Now, leaders are trying to say that it is a hate crime to speak out against a sinful lifestyle. It does not matter that a person may speak it in love for the person, it is still against the way of the world.

Many people want to get rid of Christianity. It makes them uncomfortable. It goes against their traditions and ways.

In this passage, the leaders could not get rid of Jesus because all of the people hung on to His words. They had believed Jesus and followed Him.

Today people will try to quiet Christians down and get rid of Jesus. Every believer must be willing to hold on to His words. You must proclaim the words of Jesus boldly and without fear.

As you speak the teachings of Jesus to others, you keep His words alive in this world. You spread His words and more people will believe in Him.

Satan and the world cannot get rid of Jesus when more and more people are following Him. Do not let the world scare you and force you to be quiet. Do not let the world get rid of Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life and the world needs to know it.

Hang on to the words of Jesus. Hide them in your heart…memorize them. Study them. Know them. Do not move away from them. This will keep Jesus alive in your life and in this world.

I pray today that you will hold on to the words of Jesus; that God will fill you with His boldness to proclaim His words; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that Jesus will be more real to you each day.

2 John 9 Running Ahead

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

Every person is in the race of life. At times during this race you may be walking very slowly. Other times you may be running as fast as you can.

The world tells you to run at all times. You need to get out there and do everything and get everything. According to the world you only have a short time on this earth and must enjoy it all as quickly as possible. So many things to do, people to see, and places to go with so little time is the motto of the world.

As a believer in Jesus, you are told to walk with God. God is never in a rush. God has all time in His hands so there is no reason to go fast.

Just like a person who walks slowly through the woods on a path because he wants to enjoy the scenery, you must walk with God to enjoy life fully. Do not forget that Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly.

John is telling you that if you run ahead and leave the teachings of Christ, you have lost God.

How is it that running ahead causes you to leave the teachings of Christ? As I stated earlier, you are to walk with God. This walk implies that you are next to Him and hear everything He says and you go where He goes.

If you run ahead you are no longer walking with God. You are now out on your own. You can no longer hear what God is telling you. You are now doing your own thing.

Slow down in life and walk with God everyday. Allow God to talk with you and show you the path you need to walk. Do not deceive yourself into thinking you know what is best or what is around the next corner. Trust God and God alone.

I pray that today you will walk beside God in every step of life; that God will guide your steps; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will follow the teachings of Jesus; and that you will not run ahead of God.