Isaiah 50:5 Having Open Ears

Hearing God

The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. Isaiah 50:5 

Everywhere people go there are other people talking. They are talking and some may hear, but many do not really listen. Most of the chatter that they hear is not directly for them, thus it is ignored.

There is also a lot of talk that is directed at them, that is also ignored. This talk can be in direct words, or by other means of communication. Many ignore rules and regulations and do their own thing. They hear what is being said, but refuse to do it.

Isaiah reports that God has opened his ears. In getting his ears opened, he has not chosen to be rebellious or to turn away from God.

God has many things to say to people, however, many do not want to listen to what He is saying, including those in the church. People will often only listen to the parts that is enjoyable and fun, but ignore the rest.

Everyone loves to hear that God loves them, but reject the part to love their enemies. People love to be told that they are forgiven by God, but refuse to forgive someone who did something against them. They are rebellious against God and have turned their backs on His whole word, rather than obey all of it.

God does not give out words flippantly or randomly, but with purpose. That purpose is to build people up and make them into the image of Christ, holy and righteous.

Hearing God is more than just hearing what He has to say, but it is also obeying it. Refusing to turn away or be rebellious about what God has to say. Believers must not treat God’s word as just idle chatter that has nothing to do with them. They need every word of God in their life to guide them correctly.

Each time you read the bible or hear a sermon, God is speaking. He has something to say to you. You need to allow God to open your ears so that you may hear what He has to say to you. Be careful not to tune God out of your life and miss what He has to say.

Then as you hear what He is saying, obey it. Do not allow yourself to be rebellious and do your own thing, but do the work of God. This can be doing things to and for others or changing things in your own life. Live to love and obey God.

I pray today that you will allow God to open your ears; that you will hear what God is saying to you; that you will obey what God is saying; and that you will live for God in every area of your life. 

Proverbs 1:10 Don’t Fall For Sinful Fun

Leading away

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 

Getting someone to do something is seen everywhere. The largest area it can be seen in is with advertisements. There is a not a spot that a person cannot go that he will not see or hear some type of advertisement for something.

Businesses strive very hard to get people to purchase something, often things that they really don’t need or cannot afford. They make the item or service enticing to make a person feel that they have to have it at all costs.

On a lower scale, people will often ‘advertise’ things or actions to get someone else to follow along. They are also trying to sell something as being good and fun, worth it.

Solomon warns his son that if an evil person tries to entice him into something, that he should not give in to them.

Very often, the things that are being advertised or pushed by a person are not always the best. They usually are things that pull a person away from God or take his focus off of God. It is very common for the actions to step into sinful ways of thinking or acting.

Sinful men will say that pornography, drugs, alternate lifestyles, violence, hate, sex out of marriage and many other things are acceptable and should be done. They push that these things are fun and worth it. Freedom is pushed, making the things look and sound good.

However, they are sinful and deadly. The believer must not in any way give in to the pressure to follow and walk into sin. Enticements like these are temptations to sin against God. Believers are to turn away from sin and flee it, rather than embrace it.

No matter where you go, there will be people who will try to get you to walk in sin. This can happen even inside the church. Some in the church, who are not true believers, will try to get you to accept gossip and lies, backbiting, hatred, and other sins. Flee it.

Wherever you go, there will be temptations to step into sin and accept it. Turn away from it. Do not fall for their words that sin is good and you are free to do what you want.

Instead of falling for the sin, turn to God and worship Him. Seek His strength and help to overcome all temptation. Walk with God, not sinful man.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you those pushing for sinful ways; that you will seek God’s direction to live your life; that God will guide you to turn from all sin; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit’s guiding your life; and that you will live for God. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Just prior to making this statement, Paul points out the blessings the Israelites were given, yet the fell into temptation and sinned against God. Because of those sins, they were punished multiple times.

Every person is tempted to do something that they should not do. It is a common thing to happen for every person regardless of age, nationality, sex, or any other factor determining who the person is.

The world sees the temptation as being tempted to break their own laws. Those laws are very fluid and not always agreed upon. Many will deny that following those temptations are bad, as long as it does not appear to hurt anyone.

Believers are to follow the rules God has laid out for them. The temptation arises to break those rules. Many believers have fallen into temptation, only to say that the temptation was too great for them.

They often feel that they need to do the wrong thing, because of other factors. The reasons are many: peer pressure, fear of failure, past mistakes, not knowing another way out, fear of standing out as different, fear of persecution or ridicule, along with many other reasons.

Every temptation is really no different from one person to the next. No matter what the temptation is, someone else has gone through it at some point. The good news for believers, is that God always provides a way out from that temptation.

The way out may be as simple as walking away. Or it could be changing your thoughts by doing something else. Taking time to pray or worship God. Just saying no to the temptation. Begin doing something for God.

You will be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. However, you do not have to give into the temptation. You do not have to sin.

When being tempted ask God for the direction out and away from that temptation. And then be willing to move in that direction.

God will always make a way out, however, you must be willing to follow God’s directions. There is no reason to sin. You are a new person in Jesus. Be the new person.

I pray today that you will see God’s way out of temptation; that you will seek God when tempted; that you will turn away from all temptation; and that you will live to please God in every area of your life.