So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. (Exodus 32:31)
It is always easy to make a god out of something. Gold, power, lust. But our God is a jealous God. He will not have his people put any other god before him. Choose wisely who you worship.
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)
You must chose which life you value because you will not have both. Love life here and lose eternal life. Hate this life and gain eternal life.
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them. (I Samuel 15:24)
Leaders set the example for those that follow them. Real leadership takes courage and will not always be popular. There are people counting on you to lead them. Be courageous and faithful.
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. (Acts 27:29)
Our faith that God will do as he promised is what gives us the courage to live the Jesus way.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6:12)
Everything starts with prayer. If you want to make decisions that honor God, spend more time in prayer. Jesus did.
And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (II Kings 6:17)
Seeing was believing for this servant. We believe by faith that God is active even though we do not see him.
Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:2)
Be careful about the idols you think really do not matter. Do not let anything occupy your time and emotions if it competes with God.
Paul made these Greek Jews mad. He offended them. They were so angered they tried to kill him. Why would he keep trying to convert them. Because he loved God and loved them. What do you risk to share Jesus?
And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)
That is the decision we all have to make. Who is this Jesus? Is he a madman, is he con artist, or is he the Son of God? How you decide this question determines everything.
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of Ninety?” (Genesis 17:17)
God has always been able to do the unimaginable. Always. He still does. Maybe we should spend more time believing him than we do laughing about what seems impossible to us.