Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Need to Hear the Truth

Condemn: 1. to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure. 2. to pronounce to be guilty.

We all know and many have memorized John 3:16 which says that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son into the world that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

That verse is the hope of salvation for people today. The Word of God teaches us that there is much more to salvation than "belief" in Jesus because we are told elsewhere that demons, too, believe in Jesus and shudder. James 2:19

John 3:17 tells us that God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn the world but that the world, through him, might be saved. Jesus came to preach the good news that He had come, at the Father's urging. He was there, in their presence, Emmanuel, God With Us and that any who believed in their heart that he was God's only begotten son and confessed it with their mouth, would be saved from their sin. But, and this is a big but, as he told the woman at the well, he did not come to condemn her; (he was there to offer her his atonement for her sins) that she was to go and sin no more. He didn't condemn her, he forgave her, showed her mercy and when she looked at herself in the light of his glory and grace, she knew, too, that she needed to go and sin no more and follow Him.

This is where so many people are; even today. Living in sin; maybe not even knowing it is sin because somewhere along the way, long, long ago, we lost our way, we lost what it meant to tell the truth to ourselves and others what is right and what is wrong. We stopped using the word, "sin", and stopped looking at ourselves in the light of His glory and grace. And so began our deception of ourselves to the point that now we're not really even sure we are sinning.

Somewhere along the way, we stopped seeing excessive drinking, now known as alcoholism, as sin and started telling ourselves we were "sick"; we have a "disease".

Somewhere along the way, we stopped seeing gluttony as a sin, we started seeing it as needing to diet or overeating or food addiction, and again gave ourselves another sickness.

Somewhere we forgot that lying is a sin and started calling it the "little white lie" or "stretching the truth" or "not hurting someone's feelings".

Somewhere we forgot that having sex outside of marriage is called fornication. Now it's called "a trial"; most people would probably never get married today without at least "trying out" their partner to see if they "click" or "if it's any good".

Adultery? What is adultery? Divorce and the fact that it's so easy to get one and they are so easily accepted has caused us to stop looking at the fact that God intended us to have one mate for life.

I remember when I was growing up people only mentioned homosexuality behind closed doors or in whispers. Now it's the "alternative" life style and it's become "cool" and in words from my youth "in style" to be homosexual; no longer called queer or odd but "gay".

I would bet my last dollar that most people don't even know what the word "covet" means, let alone the fact that God called it a sin. We covet people's money, fame, cars, homes, clothing, children, spouses, yards, etc., on a personal level and oil, gold, silver, gas and other costly, highly essential materials, needed to operate in the world today, by countries far and wide.

The commandment to honor our father and mothers is a lost art. We are all struggling with the loss of control over our children as the government gives them more and more rights and gives parents less and less. It seems as though the parents' world revolves around their children instead of their children being a part of their world (and not necessarily in a good way). Many are want to have it all, a job everyone will covet, a spouse everyone will admire and a fine home, two, or more, high end automobiles, toys galore and what can we do with these children, who will watch them, train them, take care of them, why can't we have year round schools? Our children are suffering as a result of our need to show everyone how great and successful we are and our failure to tell them the truth. This failure to tell them the truth comes from our not knowing the truth and our not knowing the truth comes from a famine of hearing the word of God.

In the book of Amos, Chapter 8, verses 11 through 14, God spoke of a time when mankind would stumble around in darkness because of a lack of hearing his word, the truth, and that few would know the reason for their failure. Go HERE to read a study done by the Bereans on this famine and how God came to enact this curse.

Obviously, in 6,000 years of mankind's dominion over the earth, there has always been a very small number of people who have clung to the the rules and regulations set forth by God and a desire to know the truth. They're there in the Bible; the faithful ones. (The unfaithful ones, too.) But for us who live here at the end of this age, the lies are so deep, the disconnect so old that sometimes it's very hard to find the truth. I can even see why some people choose not to believe. For me, personally, life has no appeal or purpose if all I am here to do is take up space, have a really "successful" me-centered life and die and return to dust.

I have to believe that God created me for a purpose, that I am to lead a God-centered life, that I am here to do what He wants me to do. I know the real me - the selfish, dirty minded, mean spirited, self-centered, me-centric person - who could, would and has broken each and every law set forth by God in His commandments.

Thank God, He knew my frailty and my ability to fail, so that He provided a way for me to get back to Him and the truth, by accepting and loving His son, by inviting His Spirit to live within me, to lead me by living inside me; and giving me a hope for the future - a blessed hope that when my body dies, my spirit will live on, through ages to come, with Him, in a place that is far kinder, more lovely, beautiful, loving, and just, and without sin, sickness and death.

Are you, too, tired of lies, deception and a meaningless life, then turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face, and the things of life will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. You will find the truth waiting for you when you do.

Remember this, though, He is coming again and the next time, it will not be to offer atonement for our sin and salvation; it will be to judge and he will condemn those who did not seek him, hear his voice, accept the gift He offered and follow Him.

9 comments:

  1. Thank you Kim for sharing this passionate post!

    The words of Jesus in Luke 12:48 say this:
    For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required;

    As a sinner, I have had very much forgiven and I accept with abundant gratitude the requirement to give much. It is an honor beyond belief to serve the Lord who forgave so much.

    My gratitude compels me to go and sin no more. Although I have had to ask the Lord to deliver me and set me free from things that caused me to continue to sin. Each of us will have these things and what we must do is put it up on the alter and ask the Lord to deliver us and heal us. The Lord did this for me with alcohol. Praise God it has been 3 years since I had a drink!!

    In Christ, Sarah

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  2. This is very timely post. Thanks for your honesty. There is definately a famine of HEARING the word of God.

    Bless you Kim!
    Linda

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  3. We must remember that God hardens and blinds whom he desires. It is by grace we are saved through faith, and even this faith is a gift from God. Our ability to see thr truth and to turn from our wickedness starts with God and ends with God. Those of us who have received the miracle of salvation will be used by God to bring all to repentance in the fullness of time. Christ the first born and we the church of the firstborn will act as kinsman/redeemers to restore all to their rightful inheritances. For those of us who have received the precious gift of salvation we must wholly commit to God. 1 John 2:15-19 (King James Version)

    15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

    Richard

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  4. Thanks for visiting and offering such good comments, Richard. I know that God does the calling, and I believe He calls to all (I can't believe that He would do otherwise) and when they continue to close their ears to His calls, I believe He then hardens. Why would He choose some and not all since He created each one and we were give "free choice"? John McArthur preached a sermon about Judas and the fact that even at the last supper Christ was wooing him and would have forgiven him but his date with satan and 30 pieces of silver won out. Maybe I'm wrong but I really don't want to think that God would call me and not my son or my daughter or anyone else for that matter.
    Kim

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  5. Hi Kim,
    God's choosing is throughout the old and new testament. He chose Abraham, He hated Esau but loved Jacob(words used in Romans). Jesus told His disciples, I chose you, you did not choose me. God chose the Israelites, not because they were righteous, but because God choose's whom He will chose to work out His sovereign purposes. The doctrine of predestination is difficult to swallow within the framework of popular heresy. i.e. God choosing some to be tormented in hell for ever. When the plan of the ages is understood, one can see the true wisdom and love of God to all His creation. Most Christians believe that their God is worse than Molech. The god who required the sacrifice of the firstborn to save the rest of the community, a perversion of God's plan, to sacrifice His first born to save all mankind.
    Richard

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  6. Richard,


    Can you explain what predestination means in salvation then? What happens to the non-elect?

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  7. Hi Ma, the Bible teaches that those who are not part of the first resurrection (Rev 20:6)are thrown into the lake of fire which is the second death. The fire of God is like a refiners fire. No impurities can withstand His loving fire (God is love, even His judgements are love) "Before I was afflicted I went astray,but now I keep Your word" Psalm 119:67. If you want to study this topic any further, google Andrew Jukes and read "the restitution of all things".

    Richard

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  8. Joseph Herrin also has a post about this, Ma. You should definitely read it. When you look at it from this perspective, it makes predestination make sense. You can find it here. I will look up Andrew Jukes, as well. Thanks for the info, Richard.

    Kim

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  9. Thanks Richard and Kim.

    I think we all have our own way of wrapping our minds around this:)

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