Father God, indeed you are a good God! Thank you for another new day. Help us to make the most of this day by keeping our minds stayed on you. Your word tells us that you keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you. In the name of Jesus, we also ask for continued spiritual, mental, physical and financial healing for us, our families and loved ones. Thank you for your mercy and grace! Thank you for healing!
2 Chronicles 36:5-8 and vs. 15-16 (NIV) explains that “Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel. 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.” The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 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.
The Bible gives strong warnings to those who despise and ignore God’s instructions. Proverbs 28:9 says that “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” Looking at this scripture, meditating on it, I cannot help but understand that the prayers of people who refuse to listen to the Lords instructions are despicable, disgraceful, shameful, appalling and even vile. These are strong words! People who are unfaithful to the word of God and follow the vile practices of the world, those who are stiff-necked and hardened in their hearts against the Lord, those who become uncomfortable, agitated or get a little angry or defensive and refuse to pay attention to anything having to do with God, the Bible, Jesus or Holy Spirit…these people must understand that their prayers will not be answered because they are despicable to the Lord according to Proverbs 28:9. Furthermore, once God’s wrath is aroused against those who despise His instructions…there will be NO REMEDY!
1Co 10:31 tells us “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Some people attempt to identify themselves as Christians by the way they talk, or dress and frequently by how much they pray or go to church. Though doing or not doing these make us appear religious, we are only true Christians when we do all things for the glory of God. To glorify God is to give honor, praise, and worship, to proclaim his greatness and to come into alignment with his plans and purposes. To glorify God is to give him praise and honor not only when things are going well, but we praise and honor Him in hard times. Glorifying God is using our talents and gifts to lift up the name of the Lord. Brothers and sisters, we glorify God when we desire to know Him better through prayer and studying His Word. God Said in Isaiah 43:7: “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.’”
According to Titus 2:12 we are to be training to renounce ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age…
Hebrews 13:4 says: Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
Make a habit of praising God! Say thank you for his Divine attributes and focus on him and lift him up for his great mercy. Meditate in prayer thanking him for his miracles and gifts of love. Make a list of your blessings, count your blessings and pray over your blessings giving God Thanksgiving and praise! And don’t forget to thank the Lord for giving you the ability to be in relationship with him through Jesus Christ our gift of salvation! Show your appreciation as often as possible, for the goodness of God. Give Him Thanksgiving! Give Him praise!!!
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) Reminds us saying, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Those who obey and put their trust in Jesus have a blood-bought right to the tree of life. The 7th and Last beatitudes in Revelations. Revelation 22:14 says “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Revelation 21:27 warns that: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Revelation 22:15 says, “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
Will you be on the inside or outside?