2 Chronicles 36:14 Becoming More Unfaithful

Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the Lord, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 36:14

Leaders and the people are free to choose how they will live their lives, although some nations put more pressure upon them to live in certain ways. Most often people will choose to live in the ways that others are living, giving in to the peer pressure and giving up their own personal convictions and beliefs to follow others.

Zedekiah, the last king of Israel, led the people in sin against God. The leaders of the priests and the people became more unfaithful to God and followed the sinful practices of the nations around them.

Some of the greatest nations on the earth were founded upon Godly principles and a belief in God. Over time every one of those nations have chosen to walk away from God and turn to sinful practices more and more.

America is one of those nations that has chosen to walk away from God. All across the nation churches, that are supposed to be followers of God, are accepting sinful practices and lifestyles of the world and rejecting God’s commands. Murder of innocent children, living together outside of marriage, drugs, homosexuality, abuse, transgenderism, drunkenness and much more are tolerated, accepted and promoted inside of “churches” that are supposed to be filled with believers. They are doing more and more evil.

True believers will take a stand against all sin. They will repent of sins and turn to the living God, rather than the worthless idols of this depraved world. They will choose to live a life of holiness and righteousness, following God, regardless of the cost, rather than becoming more and more unfaithful.

As the majority of those around you, inside and outside the church, are becoming more and more unfaithful to God, you have a choice to make if you consider yourself a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You must be willing to choose whether you will follow the ways of this world or follow the ways of God.

When you chose to believe in Jesus, you agreed to make God the supreme ruler of your life. God is looking for believers who will be faithful to Him no matter what the world around them is doing.

Will you be found faithful to God in the end?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s commands to you are; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live for God; that you will be found faithful to God in all that you say, think and do; and that you will be separated unto God from the sin of the world.

2 Chronicles 26:16 Pride Will Lead To Downfall

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2 Chronicles 26:16

Pride is something that is often seen as something good. Everyone is expected to take pride in themselves and their accomplishments and not put themselves down. This is something that is trained and instilled in people from the time that they are born and all the way through their schooling bringing it through adulthood.

Uzziah had followed God very faithfully and God blessed him and made him very powerful. Once he became powerful, he let his pride rise causing his downfall by becoming unfaithful to God.

Throughout history many people and nations have risen to great heights of fame and power. Once they hit those extreme heights, many have also allowed pride to begin to fill their hearts and lead them down bad paths, which ultimately lead to their destruction.

Pride is one of those things that scriptures continually talk about God hating. It is all about self, rather than God and others. There is no love in pride, other than love of self. Instead of allowing God to be in control, it places self as the most important and in control. It will allow people to get offended and angry because they are the most important one, due to self-pride.

Believers are not immune to allowing pride to creep into their lives. The world uses pride to destroy believers, because the world does not want to have God in control and get all of the credit.

Instead of allowing pride in their lives, believers must keep their focus upon what God has done, is doing and will do. He is to get all of the credit, rather than self.

Most likely you have allowed pride to slip into your life and thoughts. Be willing to admit when pride slips in and has pulled you away from God and repent of it and turn back to God.

Realize that without God, there is absolutely nothing you can do. You did not and cannot create or do anything without God giving you the strength and abilities. It is God who has given you the breath of life and the abilities to accomplish what you have done.

Praise God for what He is doing in and through your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done in and through you; that you will give God all the credit for the accomplishments in your life; that you will be faithful to God in every area of your life; and that God will be in complete control of your life.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 Will God Put You To Death?

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Being faithful is something that the world says is necessary for others, but very few apply it to their own lives. People will come up with excuses as to why they could not do what was expected. Then many will get angry if there is a harsh negative consequence to their poor choice.

During a battle God had Saul killed because he had been unfaithful to God in many ways and refused to inquire Him. His kingdom was then given to David.

The world will quickly seek guidance from others and even from psychic workers. There is no highest authority that they feel is in control and needs to be consulted first.

Believers, on the other hand, know that God is to be the ultimate authority in every situation. God and His word is the first place that a believer should go to for guidance in every area of one’s life.

Yet, just like Saul, many believers follow the ways of the world and seek guidance from the world, rather than from God.

God is patient with believers, but there are often consequences to rejecting God and turning to the world. In His ability to control everything God can break things down, cause sickness or nearly anything else to get the attention of a wayward believer.

Ultimately for the believer who does not really inquire of God or seek Him or follow Him, it may mean eternal death. Believers must not be believers in word only, but in heart and action.

When you are faced with a difficult situation, what is the first thing or first person you turn to for help or guidance? As a believer it should be God and His word.

Do not allow yourself to be misled and turn to the world first. There will be consequences for you claiming to believe in Jesus but still seeking the world.

God has given you His Holy Spirit to give you strength and direction in how to live your life as a faithful servant. Seek God and be faithful with what He says so that He will not have to take your life due to unfaithfulness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be faithful to seek and serve God with all of your life; that God will see you as a faithful believer; and that God will be able to reward you for your faithfulness to Him.

Jeremiah 3:10 A False Return

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“In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 3:10 

People are brought to court every day for things that they may have done wrong. Some are convicted of what they were charged with and are sentenced to some sort of punishment.

Some of those charged put on an appearance of repentance, but in reality are ready to go out and do it again. They change on the outside, but in the heart have not changed at all. The purpose of the appearance is to get a lighter sentencing from the judge. As soon as they are free, they begin to go to their old crimes again.

God has a judgement against Judah because they saw what Israel had done wrong and how God punished her, yet, did not change their ways. Judah gave the appearance to follow God, but it was not with all of her heart and continued to worship false idols.

There are many believers who attend church every week, giving the appearance of following God. They can quote the scriptures very well and talk the talk, but their hearts are far from God. At home and other places they live in sinful lifestyles, purposefully sinning, with no mind to change.

When times get rough, they cry out to God for help and promise to follow better, but continue to live in sin. Worship of self and the things of this world take the priority in their lives, rather than allowing God to be on the heart’s throne. They know the truth but refuse to live it.

Every believer needs to be living for God with all that is within them. They are to seek God with all of their heart and allow Him to change them from the inside out.

Only you and God know where you stand with Him. Only you and God knows where your heart is at with Him.

Examine your life and see if you are following God with all of your heart, or if you are just following under pretense. Ask yourself what is really on the throne of your heart. Is it self and the things of this world, or is it God?

Serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow sin or this world a place in your heart, but only God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will serve God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to guide you in turning from all sin; and that you will be faithful to God as He is faithful to you.