2 Kings 16:4 What Is Being Promoted?

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 2 Kings 16:4

Regardless of where a person lives or goes there is always something being promoted or advertised as something needed. Businesses and people are selling things all the time as the latest and greatest item that is needed by every person.

Not only are physical things being pushed, but there are also activities, ideas, and philosophies being promoted. Overall, the things being promoted are the same regardless of where one is at in the world.

When Ahaz had become king, he offered sacrifices and burned incense everywhere possible to false gods.

in some nations there are very few people who will worship an actual idol as though it is god, many will sell their lives out to some physical item or philosophy in life. Promotion for all of these items is very high.

Ads abound everywhere that promote sin and sinful practices as good and needed. People in prominent positions are leading others in doing sinful acts. The world rejects God and following God in order to pursue their own personal pleasures and to push others into those sins.

Believers are to reject the ways of the world and leave the life of sin. Instead of participating in sin and promoting sin, believers are to promote the good news of Jesus. The world needs to hear the news that they are dying and need a Savior, who is Jesus.

In the same way that the world is promoting sin in every high place, hilltop and under every spreading tree, believers need to tell others about Jesus and God’s required holiness. Life is to be promoted, not the sinful ways of death that the world is following and promoting.

Although you may not be a king and lead thousands of people, there are people who are watching you and following your examples of what you do or do not do.

Every action you do or don’t do is promoting something. Either it is promoting the sinful ways of the world, or it is promoting Jesus and the standards of God.

As a believer, your every action should be promoting God and His standards. Regardless of where you are, you have the ability to be a shining light of God for the world to see. It can encourage other believers and point the world to Jesus.

What are you promoting today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow the ways of God in all of your thoughts and actions; that you will show the world Jesus in all that you say and do; and that you will turn from the sinful ways the world is promoting.

Deuteronomy 32:47 Words Of Life

They are not just idle words for you–they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Deuteronomy 32:47

Nearly every place a person may go he will hear words being spoken. Voices can be heard talking about nearly everything and anything in all places. Some are loud and some are quiet, but all are saying something.

The majority of what a person hears in public places are just idle words to him. They hold no real importance, nor bring life to him and are often ignored. Only words directed at a person may have real value.

Moses tells the people that all the words that they have just heard are not just idle words but are their life. With those words they will live long in the new land.

Just as there are many idle words being heard on a daily basis, many people see God’s word as just idle words, they are good, but of no real value today. Some believers have heard God’s word so much that they have tuned the word out when hearing it. They have allowed God’s word to become just idle words of no real value.

Every day people hear words of advertisement to purchase something. While many will go out and buy that item, many will ignore it as idle words. In the same way many believers ignore God’s word and not allow His word to be life to them.

The believing and growing believer will hear God’s word and act upon it. He will take it to heart and live his life by it, not allowing it to become idle words of no value. It is God’s word that will change a person’s heart, give him strength, vision, boldness and courage. In other words—Life–Jesus.

You may hear God’s word on a daily basis. You must ask yourself what you do with God’s word when you hear it.

Do not allow yourself to ignore His word or just become indifferent towards it. Apply His word to your life and make it your life. Only through His word can you know true living, peace, contentment and joy.

The words of this world will only bring you about discouragement and death. Turn your ears from the words of this world to the word of God. Know the words that will bring you life–eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s word in your life; that God’s word will be active in your life; that you will act upon God’s word; and that you will trust God’s word in every area of your life.

Leviticus 10:3 God Is To Be Honored

Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Aaron remained silent. Leviticus 10:3

When a person meets with certain high-level people, there are often certain protocols to be followed. There are things that are required to be done and other things that are not be done in order to have the meeting.

All of this is done in order to honor the high-level person being met. If one chooses not to do these things, then the meeting will not occur.

Aaron had two sons that offered unauthorized fire before God and God killed them. Moses said told Aaron that God said that when someone approaches Him, He will be proved holy and honored before all people.

While most people are willing to honor famous people, many of those same people do not show God the same level of honor. Some will act as though God is just their good old buddy and they can do anything they want.

On Sundays when they go to church, many will wear just whatever they want to be comfortable, instead of their best to honor God. During prayers, they talk to God as just the ‘man upstairs’, instead of as God–the creator of the universe and Almighty King.

As a believer grows in God, he should increase in his honor to and for God. It is acceptable for a new believer to act without great honor, but the honor and respect for God should grow on a regular basis.

Honor for God should be seen in the believer both inside and outside the church. The world needs to see that honor and it shows a heart that loves God.

Only you and God can see your heart and life and truly know how you are honoring God. Live your life in such a way that the world will see that you honor God with everything in you.

He is the Creator of everything and has forgiven you of sins and given you eternal life. He is to be the Almighty King of your life. He is worthy of all honor.

Do not let the way you dress, act or speak bring any dishonor to God in any way. How do you honor God today with your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will honor God with all that you say and do; that people will see that you honor God with your life; and that God will be pleased with your life.