2 Kings 10:28-29 Not Completely Cleaned Out

Half cleaned room

So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit–the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan. 2 Kings 10:28-29 

Cleaning out a house is something that can take work and time. Most people will only clean one or two rooms of the house at a time. Only during spring cleaning does a person usually clean the entire house.

The challenge with only partially cleaning the house, is that there is still dirt and clutter in the rest of the house. As one cleans one part and neglects another completely, the whole house continues to stay dirty. In order for the house to be clean, the whole house must be cleaned, otherwise it is still dirty.

Jehu had become king of Israel and worked hard successfully at destroying all Baal worship in the land. However, he did not remove the worship of the golden calves from the land. Despite getting rid of worship of one false god, he left worship of another false god in place.

The lives of people are houses. They are supposed to be the temple of God, His house, His dwelling place. When Jesus died on the cross, He died to remove all sin from those who believe in Him. He was there to clean the entire house of dirt–sin.

As many believers follow Jesus, many will allow one part of their life to be cleaned up. They will turn away from one or two sins, however, they will continue to hang onto another sin. Following some way of the world, that is against God, continues to happen. The temple of God is no longer fully clean, but contaminated with sin.

Believers need to allow God to clean their entire house–their lives–of all sin. Then they must be willing to keep it clean. Do not go back out and pick up the dirt.

God can work in your life to remove all sin and sinful habits. It is going to Him and trusting His work in your life. Focus your life on loving and serving Him. This is more than just not doing sin, but doing something for God.

As you live for God, you will not have time to live in sin or allow sin back into your life. Strive to keep your life clean of all sin, not just some sins. Worship God with your whole life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove all sin in your life; that you will seek to serve God with all of your life; and that your life will be a clean temple for God to live in.

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Ephesians 5:21 Yielding To Others

 

Yield to others

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21

Submission is the act of yielding to the desires or will of another person. It is allowing the other person the right of way. When driving down a road and a person comes to a yield sign, he must stop his own desire to move forward first and allow the other person to go through the intersection first. This does not matter how fast one wants to get through or not, the yield must occur.

Yielding is not something that people of the world really want to do. There is a rebellion that rises up in the individual to have his own way. Refusal to submit to another person is seen in the workplace, nation, and in the home. People fight against their government, their boss, their spouse, their parents and each other. Everyone wants to have their own way.

This was first started when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden by getting their own way of eating the fruit against God’s desires. They did not submit to the will of God. Since then people have been in rebellion against God.

Jesus is the perfect example of submission. He submitted His own will to the will of God. He also submitted Himself to the will of man when He allowed Himself to be placed upon the cross to die for every person.

Believers are not to live like the world anymore. They are to submit to each other as they submit to God. This is done out of reverence and worship to God.

Putting other people’s desires first, above one’s own desires, shows God’s love for others. Everything that a believer does is to be done out of love for God and for the other person.

Take a look at your own life and see how you at submission. It starts with submitting to God, putting God’s desires and will first above your own. In the process of submitting to God, you will then submit to others, putting others first in your life.

Life is not all about you. It is first of all about God and then it is about others, whether in the home, workplace, or nation. Allow others to have the upper hand and God will take care of you and your needs at all times. Do it out of worship for God.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the love God has for all people; that your life will be fully submitted to God; and that you will put others before yourself out of worship for God.

Isaiah 29:13 Worship By Human Rules

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13

Isaiah was prophesying against the people of the city of Jerusalem. When a person looked at them, it appeared as though they worshipped God. God was looking at the heart and said that they honored Him with their lips, but they were only worshipping Him with manmade rules and not from the heart.

Words are something that is easy for a person to speak. Many people will claim to be a real friend of someone, but when that person is in a real need, none of his friends take the time or effort to meet that need. The talk of being a real friend was only lip-service. There was no real meaning to it.

People work and speak in the same way with God. Look around America and it is very easy to find a lot of people who claim to be a follower of Jesus. Yet, as they claim to be a follower, they do not step foot in church, never witness of who He is, and live a life that does not even begin to resemble that of Jesus.

Many do go to church each Sunday to worship God in the physical body. In their hearts they are not really worshipping God. As they are worshipping God in a song, their mind is on the dinner meal or other activities. They are thinking about the game being played that afternoon or what they need to do at work the next day.

The hearts of many are not focused on God at all. They go to church and sing the songs because that is what you are supposed to do, not because they want to do it. It is all based upon man’s rules on how to worship God, not from the heart.

This occurs because most people want to fit in and not be different.

Take time today to focus your heart and mind on God. Find reasons to worship Him from your heart and not just the mind. Break the rules of man on how to worship God and worship Him in a new way from your heart. And live your life in worship of Him.

I pray today that your heart will match your lips in worship of God; that you will know God in a personal way; that you will not fear man’s rules in worshipping God; and that you will be near God with all of your life. 

Leviticus 1:3 Correct Offerings

“If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD.” Leviticus 1:3

The book of Leviticus is a book of regulations of all requirements for the Israelites in following God. A large portion of it deals with the various animal sacrifices that are required. One of the common rules with all of the sacrifices of animals is that it must be without defect. This is stated over and over throughout the book.

An animal with a defect is one that has been injured, born with an abnormality, dirty, or weak. This animal had to be in perfect condition. If it was not in excellent condition, the sacrifice would not be accepted by God.

The idea behind God’s rules on this was so that people would not offer their worst or their leftovers. God only wants the best from every person. God was making a way to get right with Him. In the Old Testament it was through sacrifices of animals that the way was cleared.

In the New Testament it had changed. There was no longer any need for a sacrifice for salvation. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice without any defects.

Despite the idea that sacrifices are not needed for salvation, sacrifices to God are to be made on a regular basis by believers. Sacrifice of time, money, energy, material items, and the list goes on.

God pours blessings into your life so that you may in turn pour blessings into the lives of others. What God does not want from you is the leftovers. Many Christians get their paycheck, pay their bills, set aside their retirement, take some “fun” money, and then with what is leftover give some to God as an offering. This is a defective offering.

God wants the best from you. Give God your best time, efforts, and materials. He will pour out many blessings on you when you put Him first in everything. Don’t give Him the leftovers or the junk, but only the best offerings.

I pray today that you will understand the offering God gave  you in Jesus; that you will only give God the best of everything  you have and are; that you will learn to offer proper sacrifices to God daily; and that you will have the right heart towards loving and worshipping God.

Revelation 4:8 Non-Stop Worship

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

John gets an opportunity of a lifetime to get a glimpse into heaven. In heaven he gets to see the throne of God. All around that throne are creatures and elders who are all doing one thing. That one thing is worshipping God. They worship Him day and night, never stopping.

Their worship is proclaiming that God is holy. Being holy makes Him perfect in every way possible. There is no darkness in Him. There is no wrong doing in Him. There is no wrong motives or thoughts in Him.

And alongside of being holy, they proclaim the fact that God has always been there, is always there, and always will be there.

Now start to think about what they were proclaiming. God is perfect and is always there. This was repeated every 10 seconds, day and night, never-ending.

What does this mean to you? God is perfect in every way and there for you at all times.

When you are serving God, He is going to do the best possible thing for you every time. God will never make a bad decision about you. He will never give you the wrong gift. The creatures and elders in heaven knew this and worshipped God non-stop.

You are not able to physically just sit there repeating their phrase over and over around the clock. As a human being you have to do things throughout the day and night.

However, in your heart and on your lips you can continually give God praise and worship. Your actions can be ones that bring God glory. Choosing to do what He wants will bring God praise and worship.

Allow yourself to enter into non-stop worship of God. Think about everything He has done for you and everything He has given you. Now worship Him, not just with your lips, but with your whole life. Cry out today “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” God is worthy of all praise and worship.

I pray today that God will give you a vision of who He is; that you will see how holy God is; that you will worship God with your lips; that your life will be one of worship of God; and that you will worship God non-stop the rest of your life.