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!!!
Dear Lord, thank you for such a beautiful day and for all you are doing in the lives of our families and loved ones. Thank you for helping us to go this journey of life with the confidence that you will not leave nor forsake us. In the name of Jesus help us to rightly represent your Holy name by conducting ourselves respectfully and not allowing our emotions to get the best of us. Also Lord, for those who are abundantly blessed materialistically, please don’t let them become over-confident and therefore compromise your Godly principles for ungodly material gains. We thank you for self-control!
2nd Samuel 11 tells how David, a man after God’s heart grossly did evil before the eyes of God. His various sins started when he stayed behind instead of going to war with his men. Did overconfidence cause him to slack off from his duty? Maybe David was slacking from his responsibilities because God gave victory over all his enemies. Anyway, while chilling and taking a stroll across his enormous roof which overlooked his kingdom, David lost all senses when he saw the beautiful Bathsheba bathing. David wanted Bathsheba; he sent for her, he had sex with her, got her pregnant, tried to cover up the pregnancy by having her husband (Uriah) come home from the war and have sex with his wife, Bathsheba so Uriah (her husband) would think the child is his. When this plan failed, David sent Uriah back on the battlefield carrying his death warrant. David arranged for Uriah to go to the front line and die in the direct line of fire.
Brothers and sisters, this is an example of sowing evil. However, we must never forget the reaping season. When we go against the word of God, we demonstrate that we despise the word of God. The Cambridge dictionary defines the term despise as ” to feel a strong dislike for someone or something because you think that the person or thing is bad and has no value. The word of the Lord given by Nathan the prophet to David in 2nd Samuel 12:9 asked David: “Why did you despise the Word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes. Although David admitted his sins and repented of them, he could not escape the wrath of God. He could not escape reaping the evil he sowed. In 2nd Samuel 12:11 the Lord said, “Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Bad things began to happen to David. David’s life became chaotic and painful.
Listen, some of us may be experiencing times of great hardship. Although sometimes we are tested, there are times of reaping what we’ve sown. Let’s examine our lives. Have we despised the Word of God and disregarded his principles? Could it be some of us are in the reaping season because we despised and went against the Word of God to satisfy our lust and our desires for comfort and material things? It is sad that some of us are so high upon our own pedestals, that we believe our lies and continue the practice of sinning. Refusing to repent is a deadly eternal mistake. If you have sowed evil, though you cannot escape the reaping season, please confess and repent as David did. The mercy of God endures forever. There is still time to avoid the gates of Hell. Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!
AMEN AND AMEN
Do you want to be blessed? Develop a servant’s heart. If Jesus stepped down from his glorious equality with God, and serve humans we ought to be willing to step down from SELF and serve Him & others.