Bible Ballistics: BBs #265 Standing In The Gap!!!
Those of us who belong to Jesus have been called to share the truth of the gospel, even though we live in a world that has gone after lies; lies about almost any subject that you’d like to mention. So how are we to respond? We must hold fast to the truth, and even when we are opposed on every hand we must cling to, and speak out the truth that Jesus is the ONLY way to God; Jesus is the only way to have peace with God; the only way to have a relationship with God; the only way to receive the forgiveness of sin (See Colossians 1:12-14). And without a personal relationship with God, through repentance and faith in the only Son of God and His death in your place and mine, there is no real hope—now or in eternity. JESUS is the truth and we must hold Him high.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Jesus said of Himself, that HE is the only way to come to the Father. But how do we come to Jesus? We must come to Him realizing our lost, hopeless and desperate condition in our own sins—that we have a problem that we can’t fix. We must come to know and understand that while the “wages of sin is death”, God has made a way for us and Jesus is that way. We must trust and believe that those “wages” have been paid by Jesus; that while “the wages of sin is death”, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus came to deliver us from the power of sin—from the eternal death in hell—and yes, hell is real, but even more so, the “life” that Jesus gives! The choice is ours, yours and mine! (See Romans 3:23 & 6:23)
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” John 8:23-24
We must believe that Jesus is God the Son, and that He came to dwell in a body of flesh through a virgin birth, that He lived a sinless life, and willingly went to Calvary to pay for MY sin! I have only to see my sinful condition before God, repent of my sin (simply turn from my way to God’s way, see Isaiah 53:6) and give myself to Jesus in faith and total dependence. And when we know the grace and mercy of God’s salvation in Jesus, then we are to share that truth with our world. Sharing with our lives, our words, our actions, and our responses to the evil around us—being a testimony of God’s truth, grace, holiness and love, through the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.
But who is speaking truth. We hear lies all around us—calling people to be ‘happy’, ‘confident’, and full of “SELF” esteem, when what we need is the gospel which reveals our sin, and calls us to the only Savior, Jesus Christ The Lord!!! But are we standing in the gap of lies with the truth?
“The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:29-31
There is a price to pay for going our own way; we will “reap” what we “sow”!!! God makes His truth available through His Word, and we who know it are responsible for knowing and sharing it, but we have often failed to do so. Whose way are you going? Your own, or God’s? And we can only do God’s work God’s way, through HIS Son and HIS Spirit and power.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
We must choose to be God’s true and faithful servants, so we don’t fall for he lies of the enemy ourselves. And we also must prophesy the truth—Jesus! God has a message for those who share “lies”.
“And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord;
3 Thus saith the Lord God;
Woe unto the foolish prophets,
that follow their own spirit,
and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying,
The Lord saith:
and the Lord hath not sent them:
and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
7 Have ye not seen a vain vision,
and have ye not spoken a lying divination,
whereas ye say,
The Lord saith it;
albeit I have not spoken?
8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God;
Because ye have spoken vanity,
and seen lies,
I am against you, saith the Lord God.” Ezekiel 13:1-8
So, the decision is yours. Will you trust your life and salvation from sin to Jesus? If you already belong to Jesus, will you live a life of obedience, reflecting the holiness of our Lord Jesus Christ to the world? The choice is ours—and the future of our world depends upon us—will we share the truth and bring others to the Savior that we love, or will we be false prophets who give people false hope, or by our silence give them no hope at all? May we all be listening to the voice of the Lord as we walk through this wicked and desperate world? We who know Jesus have been called to follow Him, and share His truth—HE IS TRUTH!!! The world needs us to “stand in the gap”—won’t you join me and ‘stand’?