Have you noticed how the very fabric of society seems to be unzipping at the seams? What is going on here? Is there a purpose to it all? These are valid questions that deserve simple, clear answers. Behind everything, is Satan’s attempt to overflow and destroy God’s people, and their relationship with Him. This is a very old story, for Satan himself rebelled against God and was kicked out of heaven along with all the angels (now demons), who aligned themselves with him. Satan, also known as, Lucifer, wanted to exalt himself over God, thereby allowing his own lustful for desire to have worship, power, and dominion over God, and His creation. Of course this is a fools errand, as the LORD cannot be overthrown, and will not tolerate the sinful rebellion of fallen angel or man.
A very short and incomplete list of our countries woes include,
High debt levels, public and private.
Drug and alcohol addiction.
Violence and murders on the rise.
Gay “marriage” issues.
Dumbed down education.
Green religion, extreme environmentalism.
“Anything but Christianity” mentality.
Going back in time to ancient Israel, God warned the people not to have kings and rulers over them, they were to be under God’s divine care through His appointed prophets. Sadly, the people of Israel chose not to obey God, with the results being disasterous. It is impossible for mankind to effectively govern apart from God. How many leaders today earnestly seek after God for guidance? Do they follow God with their whole heart? Do they even acknowledge He exists?
The answer to these questions is for the most part, no, which is most unfortunate. Apart from God, we can do nothing, we are adrift on an endless sea of sin, lost, and without hope.
Living in the twilight zone – A place where God is hated, ignored, and mocked; where man makes the rules and reveals the darkness in his heart.
Welcome to the reality of the New World Order! How do you like it? Is is all you ever dreamed about? Our world has flipped morality and all things good upside down; what was previously forbidden is now embraced, evil has been transformed into good. Dear Christian brothers and sisters, you must NOT, I repeat NOT, compromise God’s Word in an effort to “remain in the world”. Jesus has called us OUT of the world, this is not our home, we are foreigners here. There is no wiggle, no possibility of having it both ways; we are either working for God, or against Him – choose now! Since Creation, marriage has always been between one man and woman, bonded for life. Nothing has changed in 2015, this is the only “legal” definition of marriage – that’s it, period, full stop. We may rest assured no man, woman, political leader, court, church, or spiritual power, can lawfully, legally, morally, ethically, spiritually, redefine, change, alter, or destroy what God Almighty has created and decreed.
Clearly, we are to treat God’s creation with care and respect, to be good stewards of our world. Today’s new normal places more value on the life of animals, over human babies. How many millions of babies have been aborted (murdered) during the past 50 years? Robbed of their right to life, they have been willfully murdered (let’s call it what it is) under the banner of “free choice”. God is not amused, nor are these satanic acts of violence done in secret; God knows all things, and He will demand payment at the soon-coming judgment. Governments are now in the business of regulating every aspect of our lives, down to the smallest detail. We are told what and how to speak, what to think, and to accept everyone and everything. In their make-believe fantasy land, the name of Jesus is to be cursed, Christians are called hateful, racist bigots. Jesus warned His followers we would be hated and persecuted for remaining faithful, and to hold fast until He comes again.
Everything the world says is good, God hates. Look at it this way, no human being comes into the world hating God, we are formed in the womb in His image. Rather than admit God exists, the majority have done everything in their power to discredit, ignore, blaspheme, defame, and work directly against the name of Jesus Christ. I truly believe the underlying cause of this attitude is an unconscious acknowledgement of their sin (rebellion against God). In their hearts, they KNOW they are guilty, and seek acceptance and affirmation of their sin. In this, we must show love, grace, patience, but never acceptance. None of us are OK, we are all messed up, standing guilty before a Holy God. The critical difference here, is when we freely admit our faults to God and seek His forgiveness, He PROMISES we will be redeemed and eternally forgiven! Isn’t this WONDERFUL! If only we would have the humility and honesty to admit we are not all powerful, we cannot save ourselves, and are eternally lost without Him.
A deceitful heart – We cannot trust our heart to guide our morality
“The heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9, NASB
Evil thoughts – Out of our hearts come evil thoughts
“But the words you speak come from the heart – that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander”. Matthew 15:18-19, NLT
The world hated Me first – Christians are not part of this world
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you”. John 14:18-19, NLT
Living on the wrong side of a Holy God – It is a fools errand to ignore God, believing we can do things on our own without Him.
Calling evil good – A stern warning about changing God’s word.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21, NASB
Playing the fool – Only a fool says God does not exist.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doth good.” Psalm 14:1, KJV
Without excuse – God’s existence is evident from His creation all around us.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20, NASB.
Dirty rags – Our works will not save us.
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” Isaiah 64:6. The Apostle James records, “But someone may well say, You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18, NASB
Right in their own eyes – Man wants to be in charge.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6, NASB
Promised blessings – Obey Me and live.
“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:” Deuteronomy 28:1-2, NASB
Curses assured for disobedience – We cannot disobey God and expect to get away with it.
“But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” Deuteronomy 28:15, NASB
God is our strength – Stop. Take a deep breath. Relax. God is in charge and has all things under control. Trust Him!
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10, KJV
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carries into the midst of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2, KJV
“The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.” Proverbs 10:29
“And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou saves me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3, KJV
“Jesus told her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die..” John 11:25, NLT
Yes, there is GOOD NEWS!
God loves you – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, KJV
Gift of eternal life – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23, KJV
Just ask! – “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heard that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10, NASB
God is love! – True love comes from God
“This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10, NLT
A free gift – Yes, this is really free!!
“But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23, NLT
Friend, the truth is, you and I are a mess, and we cannot clean ourselves up in our own strength. Jesus Christ died for us, and is offering to cleanse and redeem us for free, no strings attached. Will you join me in confessing your brokenness and sin before Almighty God? He is waiting patiently for you and has all the time in the world, but you do not. God alone knows the number of our days, and we have no guarantee or promise of tomorrow, so why wait? The stakes are enormous, it is your decision of where to spend eternity; in perfect fellowship and unity with God, or damnation in hell. Oh, you don’t believe in hell? Well then, I cannot help you. Jesus spoke quite a lot on the terrors of hell, and you will assuredly go there if you do nothing, whether or nor you believe it exists. Seek God and His forgiveness NOW!!, you really cannot afford to wait.