Judges 1:28 Not Finishing The Job

When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely. Judges 1: 28

Every workplace has tasks that the workers must complete. It is expected that the worker will complete all of his tasks, regardless of how easy or difficult it is.

If the task does not get completed there are usually negative consequences. Incompletion can result in bad work, items breaking down, problems for other workers, termination and more.

Jobs needing to be done can also be found outside the workplace in the home, community, church and other locations.

The Israelites did not completely drive out the Canaanites as God directed them to do. They just put the Canaanites into forced labor.

God is always wanting the enemy to be pushed out. Having the enemy inside a camp is an open door for the attacks of the enemy and the negative influence of the enemy.

Although most believers do not have to physically fight against an enemy, they do have enemies. The world is seeking to destroy the believer in any way possible.

Instead of just physical enemies in one’s life, there are spiritual enemies. Sinful things and old sinful ways of doing things must be destroyed and cast out. Allowing those sinful ways to remain will only set the believer up for failure and to reject God and His ways of doing things.

Too many believers choose to not complete the work or allow God to complete the work started in their lives.

Believers are to be a new creation in Christ Jesus, changed into a new person. The old is dead and gone, done away with, crucified with Christ and risen with new life. Completion of this job must be accomplished for the believer to receive a ‘well done, good and faithful servant’ in the end.

At the moment you chose to become a believer and follower of Jesus, you had a new work started in you. That job is to make you more like Christ every day, rejecting and casting out all sin in your life. Jesus has started the work and you must continue to carry it on in His strength unto completion.

If you choose to not complete the work, you are giving the enemy a foothold in your life to sin against God. Do not quit or give up the work God has started in your life but allow the job to be finished.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal the work you need to finish; that God will give you strength to drive out the enemy in your life; and that you complete the work God has for you to do.

Leviticus 26:3-4 Provision Comes With Obedience

If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Leviticus 26:3-4

Every day the majority of people work long days on a job in order to bring in what is considered the needed money to provide for what is believed to be a need. As long as one obeys the rules of the company he is working for, he has a job that pays him.

If a person suddenly chooses to not obey the rules, after a time of correction, he will be released from the job and no longer have that needed provision.

God told the Israelites that if they carefully obey His commands, then He will provide rain in the right season and the crops and trees will be fruitful.

During the time of the Israelites in the Bible, farming was a major way to provide for the things needed in life. It was important to have rain at the right time and for the crops to be abundant.

In today’s society most people do not rely upon rain to provide for themselves, but rely upon a job and stores. However, if the rains do not come in season, then farmers will not be able to produce the needed food, and the workers will not be able to purchase the needed food.

When people, as a city, state or nation, obey and follow God, He gives them favor in providing the needed rain or any other provision needed to live life. As people or nations choose to walk away from God, disobeying His commands, He pulls away His favor. Drought and disasters begin to occur causing a lack for needed items.

Believers need to continue to obey God and lead others to obey Him. This brings His favor of provision upon them and their nations.

God uses many ways to provide abundantly for all of your needs. The windows of provision are opened wide when you choose to obey God in every area of your life. This provision may be with a job, but will also be with stores having the needed items in stock.

Begin by focusing on obeying all of God’s commands and trusting Him for provision for all of your needs. He will open doors to meet your needs as you obey and trust Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to those around you.

Titus 3:7 Have Hope By His Grace

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

Throughout the world people work hard to accomplish great things in their own lives or those around them. As they work hard, they hope that they will succeed or make a difference.

All their hope is found in their own abilities and what they have done, and is being compared with what others have done. Often there is a lot of insecurity and fear of not being able to succeed or make the difference desired. There is no solid hope to hold on to.

As Paul talks about salvation, he points out that people are justified by God’s grace so that they can have the assurance of eternal life.

People like to know that what they did was good and good for something. They want to be able to earn what they receive. As a result of this desire, people will try to justify all of their actions as good and worthwhile. The world will justify sin in the name of freedom.

Believers will often try to justify their salvation by what they have done. Some will point out all the good things that they have done, how they read their bible and go to church, then claim that they are clean before God and deserve heaven.

Once a person sins, he has an eternal death sentence upon his head that nothing he can do will remove. Doing all the good things in the world and living perfectly does not remove the judgement against sin.

It is only by the grace of God that any person can have that judgement removed. It is putting trust and hope in the work of Jesus Christ that saves and gives the assurance of eternal life to come.

Your life is no different than that of any other person that has lived upon this earth. You are or were a sinner who did not know God, nor Jesus Christ. All the good things that you were doing fell short of getting you into heaven.

God in His great mercy and grace sent Jesus to pay for your sins. If you have chosen to repent and believe in what Jesus did, you will be justified before God from all your sins and given the hope of eternal life. This hope is assurance that it will happen, but not by your works, but by God’s grace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not work for your salvation, but trust in the work of Jesus Christ; that you will know you have eternal life in Jesus; and that you will live your life believing in and following God.