Whose Side??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #71
I have a simple but hard word to share this morning. I am so grieved over the things I see around us–especially what I see and hear coming from the “churches”! Much like Jeremiah, I grieve over the corruption, greed, lust, and just plain old SIN that is being accepted, promoted, and justified! God hasn’t changed nor has HIS Word; but it seems that we have.
the same yesterday,
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
We have presumed upon God’s mercy and grace and tried to make our sin a non-issue; but my friend SIN is the issue and no matter what the popular voices may say being born again makes us a new creation IN JESUS; it’s not a ‘get out of jail free’ card!
“The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man,
thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house,
which have eyes to see,
and see not;
they have ears to hear,
and hear not:
for they are a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 12:1-2
It seems that America (our whole world) has rebelled and denied the God who has been the One we have claimed to trust. It appears to me that God has become not only a “byword”, but just a token that we name when we are in need, or tragedy or crises… we talk about God and prayer, but our lives reveal a total disregard for HIS ways, HIS Word and HIS SON, JESUS! But there is a day of testing, and judgment coming–which side will you be on? Paul gives us a warning that many neglect, but it is true, no matter what the movies, books and false prophets say!
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy
with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming
is after the working of Satan
with all power
and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness
in them that perish;
because they received not
the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause
God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure
in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
And if I might add a note from Jeremiah (which I hope to dig into next week, as The Lord leads) who was grieved over the fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of his own people, because they rejected his word for some 40 years (and God’s for longer). While God is merciful and I pray for His continued grace and mercy toward us, His judgment is coming. Will you be on HIS side?
“It is of the LORD’S mercies
that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.
25 The LORD is good
unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good
that a man should both hope and quietly wait
for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:22-26
While God is merciful, judgment is coming, will you be among the deceived who reject HIS mercy, grace, and salvation in Jesus’ substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for SIN, or will you believe and be saved?
“(For he saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)”. 2 Corinthians 6:2
I pray that you will heed the voice of the Lord if HE is speaking to your heart and calling you unto Himself; that you won’t wait and try to come one day too late!
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Amen and Amen!!!