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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 10 Not Necessarily Disposable!!!
We live in a disposable society! Not only disposable (throw-away) plates, cups, utensils, diapers, toys, appliances but even babies, old people and the seemingly unwanted, unneeded and those that don’t meet the criteria of the world political scheme. It saddens my heart to know that we have allowed, sometimes even welcomed, this cultural change; it grieves me that we want to save the puppies, the whales, the trees, but not our own offspring—the babies—whom we are offering up on the altar of convenience, fashion, and liberal ideology of personal entitlement to whatever pleases “ME” regardless of the cost to others! The idea that we are to be the “caretakers” of the planet but not our own children (and yes, the unborn are children from the moment that they are conceived, worthy of the protection of all mankind, regardless of the political climate that prevails today) is appalling!
But there’s something else that I want us to consider in regard to disposability, and that is not only what we need to consider in regard to our offspring, but to every issue of life– God’s Word and its veracity, its import, and the influence we who believe it should have on a culture gone berserk (I don’t know what else to call a culture with the mindset that it has today!)! But I do know what God has called each and every believer to; and that is to follow Jesus and keep HIS Word as well as HIS words!
“Jesus answered them,
I told you,
and ye believed not:
the works that I do in my Father’s name,
they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not,
because ye are not of my sheep,
as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.” John 10:25-30
Regardless of what the world believes or says about Jesus, HE IS GOD! And yes, HE did say that HE was, is and ever shall be GOD, and that settles it whether you believe it or not. There is a time coming when those who are HIS by faith through grace, will be eternally separated from the unbelievers. (See Eph. 2:8-10)
“And he that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me,
for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me,
It is done.
I am Alpha and Omega,
and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst
of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh
shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God,
and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful,
and the abominable,
and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake
which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8
As if you need more evidence of what God has said about the unbelieving, let’s check out Revelation 20!
“And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven
and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead,
small and great,
stand before God;
and the books were opened:
and another book was opened,
which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books,
according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it;
and death and hell
delivered up the dead
which were in them:
and they were judged
according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written
in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
Some of you may be saying, ‘Well, doesn’t that make ‘them’ “disposable”?” Not exactly, for their torment will last for all eternity, in the “lake of fire” which is the permanent dwelling for all who reject Jesus, along with Satan, his angels, and the beast and false prophet of the “great tribulation”! God said it—not me!
“And the devil that deceived them
was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented
day and night
for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
You see, humans aren’t disposable—while we do die in our flesh, our souls live on forever, either in eternal bliss with God, through the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice of Jesus; or in eternal torment in the “lake of fire” with the devil and his angels! And just FYI, the lake of fire wasn’t made for man, but for Satan and his fallen angels, but when man (Adam and Eve) sinned and died spiritually, they were doomed to share the same fate as the liar whom they had believed over God Almighty, but for Jesus!
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me,
into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil
and his angels:” Matthew 25:41
So, what choice do we have? We can choose to recognize Jesus as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and bow before HIM as our own Lord and Savior, in repentance of our sin, and faith in the sacrifice that HE made to purchase our salvation, so that we can become one of the “whosoever believeth in him shall have everlasting life”! It is your choice but choose wisely, there is a test! The “word is nigh thee”—God’s Word, JESUS! What will you do with HIM? Even your choice isn’t disposable—you will live with the consequences of your choice for all of eternity! Heaven or Hell—it’s your choice. And saying you’re not ‘choosing’, IS choosing!
“But what saith it?
The word is nigh thee,
even in thy mouth,
and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith,
which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth
and with the mouth confession is made
11 For the scripture saith,
Whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed.” Romans 10:8-11
When You/I choose to follow Jesus, You/I have a purpose and a goal—to follow Jesus, or as the author of Hebrews says so clearly, Run YOUR Race, not anyone/everyone else’s.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Are you running YOUR race? Are YOU “Looking unto Jesus”? Are YOU relying on YOURself or “the author and finisher of (Y)our faith”?
Regardless of what our culture says, no person given life by God, in the womb or out, is disposable. We need to value life, treasure each opportunity that God gives us to share Jesus with others, and follow our King, in our own lane. I just want to say that I understand those who wander over into “other’s lanes” for we sometimes want to “solve” everyone’s problems; but my friends Jesus tells us clearly that we are to:
run with patience—don’t try to rush God—
the race—the specific race that Jesus has given us—
not anyone else’s race—not MY JOB—
set before us—remember Jesus has hand-picked
— YOUR race—
–Jesus sets it before YOU, no one else—
— miss YOUR race—YOU miss a blessing—
Looking unto Jesus—
of our faith!!!
In a nutshell, “It’s ALL about JESUS”! The cross couldn’t destroy HIM, the tomb couldn’t keep HIM in, He’s alive and coming again!
Jesus said it best!
“…I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6.
Amen and Amen!!!