Hebrews 12:25 Be Careful Not To Refuse God’s Word

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? Hebrews 12:25

The majority of people around the world know that when someone of authority speaks they must listen. By listening it means they must obey what was said.

Any time someone chooses to not listen to the one in authority, there are consequences to be paid. The higher the authority, the greater the consequence.

After comparing Jesus to Moses, the author states that they best not refuse Him as He speaks from heaven. If they refuse the words of Jesus, they will be punished just as the Israelites when they rejected Moses.

It is easy to read and hear God’s word and not do anything about it. No one can physically see God standing before them enforcing His words. Many act as though God does not see them or will not do anything about it.

Although God does not always immediately punish a person for refusing His words, He does see and the punishment will come. God’s punishment of sin may come in this life, or in the end when Jesus returns. Current punishment is only temporary, after death it is eternal.

No one can escape the punishment, unless the sin is removed by faith in Jesus.

Through His word, the Bible, God has chosen to tell everyone what He expects. He also speaks through His Holy Spirit into the lives of everyone who will listen.

God will not force a person to listen and obey, but there will always be a consequence to pay. Either the consequence is blessing or punishment, depending upon how the person accepts or refuses His word.

Every day God will speak into your life, either by His word, through another person, or by His Holy Spirit. You have a choice to make as to whether you will accept His word to you when He speaks or not.

There is nothing that God will tell you that is not for your benefit, to build you up into the image of Jesus. Instead of refusing what He has to say, accept it, trusting Him and knowing that He will only speak what is right and perfect for you.

Are you turning away from God or are you listening to Him?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the word God has for you each day; that you will obey God’s word to you; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will live for God.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Warnings For A Reason

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

Throughout all of history many things have been recorded by many different people. Studying history can help a person understand what occurred, what went right and what went wrong.

A good student of history will be able to look at what happened and make adjustments to make things even better in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

After giving some examples from the Old Testament on people going against God, Paul says that these things occurred as an example and a warning for the Corinthian believers.

Everything that a person does or does not do, is based off of someone else’s prior experience to some degree. Inventors who have invented something new, learned from the past of others as to what does not work or what needs to be done to make something better.

Currently in today’s society, many people want to cancel history. They do not want to look back as to what had happened, with both the good and bad parts of it.

Many in the church have also embraced this belief with their own lives. They are not looking to the warnings and examples throughout the bible as to what to do or not do and all consequences. Some will purposefully live in some sinful habit, ignoring the consequences of sin and rebellion against God.

The true believer will study the entire bible and see the warnings and examples set before him. He will will then focus his life on what is good and how to live for God in the best way possible, rather than living in sin and ignoring the coming consequences.

As you travel the road as a believer, there have been others who have been down that same path, both in the bible and outside the bible. Look at what God has set as warnings and examples before you and learn from them. Do not ignore God’s warnings and fall into sin and failing in the end.

Do not try to travel this road without God’s guidance in scripture and others. Without His guidance, you will fall and fail in the end. God has given you what you need, if you ignore it, He will hold you accountable.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the good and bad examples God has provided; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will heed the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Jeremiah 44:6 God’s Patience Will End

Assorted wrong way signs

Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today. Jeremiah 44:6 

Warnings against things are found everywhere. In most cases there are no punishments connected with the warnings. It is just that a person may incur some serious injury or death if the warnings are not heeded. With other warnings, however, there is a consequence if they are not heeded.

Often warnings are not heeded, because there is no direct, immediate consequence of any significance. People feel as though they are safe to continue doing what they are doing.

God had sent many prophets to warn the Israelites on how to live and what not to do. Yet, the people refused to listen and continued to live in sin. As a result God destroyed Jerusalem as punishment.

Even though the church is under grace, there are still warnings against living in sin. Jesus had told different people to go and sin no more, to leave their life of sin.

That message has never changed. Yet, there are many in the church who feel as if they are free to live as they want, in sin. They, as the Israelites, refuse to listen and obey the word being spoken to them and continue to live in sin and worshipping false gods.

Many who live like this hide behind God’s grace, saying that He is merciful and understands. God does not understand sin or sinning. He is against it and gives each person the ability to turn away from all sin. It is just many do not take that way of escape from sin.

Grace is not a license to sin more, but gives strength and reason to not sin.

You may or may not ever completely overcome the temptation to sin, but you must strive for it. Turn your focus upon God and what He wants of you.

As you study the bible, take notice of all the warnings God gives from beginning to end. Heed those warnings as you live for God. Do not allow yourself to be fooled into worshipping false gods in your life. Get rid of the false gods and live for God alone.

When you heed God’s warnings in your life, you will begin to live more for Him and more like Jesus. If you ignore the warnings, you may end up desolate and destroyed as Jerusalem was.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will heed all of God’s warnings in your life; that you will lean on God to turn from all sin and false gods;  and that you will allow God’s word to guide your life. 

Isaiah 7:14 God Loves To Give Signs

Street signs on pole

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 

People use and need signs all the time. Signs let a person know when something is coming up or where it is at. Signs also let a person know what to do or not to do. They can also let a person know when a change is about to occur.

They are a great guidance for people in nearly every area of life.

There are two things that people can do when they see a sign. They can heed the sign and obey it, or they can ignore the sign and keep moving in their own way. Signs are there for a reason. To ignore the sign will often mean danger or going the wrong way.

Israel had been rejecting God, yet God was out to reach them and bring them back. God tells them, nearly a thousand years early, that He will give them a sign. This sign will be the sign of a virgin giving birth to the savior with the name of Immanuel–God with us.

Even believers in God need signs to know what is occurring or what is going to happen. God loves to give a sign to guide the believer in the right path.

Just as God gave a sign of Jesus coming the first time, He is giving signs of His return. Even today people can see signs of God’s hand at work in their lives or in the lives of others. One can see signs of God’s control in situations in life or His presence in their lives. There will also be signs of a changed life of one who begins to believe in and follow Jesus.

Search through the bible and see the signs God has already given you, the promises He has made and how He has already fulfilled many of them. See how God is already working in your life.

Once you see the signs God is giving you, follow and obey those signs. Do not ignore the signs in your life. There can be signs that things are not right between you and God, make a change. There can also be signs that you are on the right path with God, keep going forward and don’t give up.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the signs of God’s work in your life; that you will see signs of where you stand with God; and that you will heed the signs God has given you for your life. 

2 Chronicles 36:16 Despising God’s Word

Warning sign

But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 2 Chronicles 36:16 

Warnings are seen all over the place, all around the world. Warnings about road work, dangerous gases and fumes, speed limits, falling rocks, and more. They are put into place to protect people from a great danger that is possible.

While most people do heed the warnings, there are also many who just ignore the warnings and continue moving forward. When these warning signs are ignore, often there is a accident that occurs. Vehicles run off the road, illness and injuries, and sometimes even death occur.

People often think that they are immune to the dangers that are warned about, that they can overcome the danger and are willing to take the risk.

God had sent many prophets to warn the people of the dangers of refusing to obey and follow Him. The people often just ignored the message and mocked His messengers. Occasionally they would follow God for a short time, but would quickly resort back to their old ways of sin and refusing to follow Him.

While God is very patient and long suffering, His patience does come to an end eventually. There came a point of no return and God had to punish the people, destroying the nation of Israel.

God is still sending out messages to the world and to the church. He is still in the process of warning people of dangers of living in sinful ways. While there are many who follow God faithfully, there are also many who mock God’s word and refuse to obey Him. They choose to live in ways that are contrary to God’s ways.

There is coming a day of final judgement. Ultimately it will be when Jesus returns for the final judgement. However, there can be consequences endured upon this earth until then.

Take a look at your own life and see how well you are heeding to God’s word. Are you striving to live as Christ Jesus lived? Or are you living like the world?

Every action that you do and word that you speak has a consequence. God is watching and listening. God’s message on how to live is beig given to you through the Bible and through other people, pastors, teachers, prophets and more. Will Jesus know you when He returns, or will He have to reject you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the warnings of God; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will live as Jesus lived serving God.