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I’m a Florida gal—Eastern seaboard. Grew up less than twenty minutes from Jacksonville Beach. And ‘til we were transplanted to Texas, I roamed the Florida to Carolina seashores—and I love the ocean. Ocean anywhere. Wish I had a nickel for every mile I’ve walked along sandy beaches. So, imagine my questions when I read:

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1 NKJV).

No more sea? Really. Why God? I was troubled and asked why on more than one occasion.  Then a few weeks ago, during some extended windshield time, I listened to a radio program where a distinguished biblical scholar was asked, “Why does God say there will be no more sea in the new heaven and earth?”

I listened for several minutes as this smarter-and-more-educated-than-me prof stumbled all over himself. He finally said, “I don’t know. Maybe because the sea is chaotic and scary.” He never gave biblical truth to give the caller.

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God makes statements of truth throughout the whole Bible—from Creation to the flood, through the whole history of Israel, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the early church history, The Epistles, to the visions of the end times in The Revelation. So why do we identify and isolate some truths, but brush right by others?

Dr. Henry Morris III, of Institute Creation Research is our Sunday School teacher and Dr. Morris states every word was carefully placed in the Bible according to the will of God. So, “Come, let us reason together, says the Lord…” (Isaiah 1:18(a)NIV). God’s Word is not some illusive composition meant to keep us guessing or dwelling  in darkness. His instruction tells us:

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV).

Jesus said:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV).

And I’ve always taken Him at His Word. So when things trouble me or I don’t understand, I ask. Don’t you? It’s okay to ask, you know. But sixteen years ago, when our daughter died, suddenly, I pounded heaven with unending pleas of why. And God answered, through His Spirit and His word—not in words I wanted to hear, but with words that satisfied and wrapped me in the peace of His presence.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV).

There are secret things we don’t need to know. And our Michelle’s death was one of those secret things; and then, He asked, “Do you trust Me?”  I’d love to tell y’all I gave a resounding, “I trust you Lord.” But in fact, in that moment I could barely whisper, “Yes, Lord.”

So, now I preface questions with, “Lord, if this is one of those secret things I don’t need to know. I’m okay with your not answering. ‘Cause You know my heart and know I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I love the ocean and it bothers me there won’t be any more sea.”

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Precept Bible Study teaches us the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. Sometime after reading that verse in Deuteronomy and while studying about a totally unrelated subject, I read:

“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth” (Genesis 9:13-16 NKJV).

Gracious God, I didn’t know You need to be reminded. Silly me. So, I went to my Strong’s Concordance and looked up the Hebrew word for remember—zakarto mark, record, to recall. And the notes said: “Remember means more than ‘to recall.’ It means to retain in thought so as to take action.

Remember God tells us throughout His Word—He is holy. And in His holiness, He can’t be in the presence of anything unholy or nonredeemable. If in the presence of sin, He judges. Immediately.

I recalled other scriptures where Isaiah said:

“But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption. For you have cast all my sins behind your back” (Isaiah 38:17b NKJV).

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake. And I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25 NKJV).

And in Micah:

“Who is a God like You. Pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever. Because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us. And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18-19 NKJV).

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And it clicked in my mind. I pictured the gargantuan garbage dumps of transgressions and sins God has pitched into the depths of the sea. Sins since the beginning of creation. Every sin you and I have committed—sins of all believers for all times, cast behind His back, into the depths of the sea.

But wait, there’s so much more! And it’s all here, recorded in the pages of His wonderful Words.

Revelation 8:8-9 tells us what God is going to do “In That Day” that will involve the sea.

“Then the second angel sounded. And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

And in Revelation 16:3:

“Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man, and every living creature in the sea died.”

“The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:13-15 NKJV).

To be sure of the word sea I consulted my Strong’s Concordance again and found the Greek word used there for sea is Thalassa meaning actual seas.

Rocks, Gulls, Waves

And I said, “Thank you, Lord. You answered my question in the pages of Your Word, but now I understand. No wonder the sea can’t be part of the new heaven and earth. Nothing impure or unrighteous can be there. The sea is putrefied and defiled from all our sins and death. So as you told John over two thousand years ago, the sea indeed must go. There will be nothing in the new Heaven and new Earth to remind the Father of our horrid, ugly past.

The vast problems in our churches today would be resolved if those who claim the name of Jesus would develop a ravenous appetite for the Word of God. Searching every day for answers themselves, rather than trusting what others say the Bible says.

“And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.

And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, immoral persons, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part will be in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:5-8 NKJV).

The only reminder in eternity of the price Christ paid for you and me will be imprinted on our King’s hands, in His side, and on His feet—forever.

But if you, like me, have loved the ocean and the sound of the pounding waves, don’t be dismayed. God leaves us with this assurance:

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“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV).

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book…And behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.

I, Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Off-Spring of David. The Bright and Morning Star…Surely I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22:7, 12-13, 16, 20b NKJV).

Glory! Hallelujah!  And songs of worship and praise from the twice born to our Sovereign King will rise and crescendo like the waves for all eternity.

What questions linger in the corridors of your mind? Questions you would truly like to ask Him? Why don’t you ask Him right now? Remember, He tells us we have not because we ask not. Questions and answers build relationships and trust. Then keep on asking…because He loves you enough to die for you!

Exquisite

A very special blog by my friend and author, Kathleen Brown. If you are a caregiver please take a moment and allow God to replenish your soul as you read Kathleen’s message from The Father.

Alzheimer's: Hope and Help for Caregivers

This is not new information: Every caregiving path is different. As different as each caregiver and the person he cares for, as different as the relationship between them has been and is, as different as their environment and lifestyle and family or lack of family—as different as each of our lives is different. But unique as we are, caregivers recognize each other. With a pang of empathy and immediate respect, we recognize each other.

On Easter Sunday, my husband and I met one of my sons and his family at a restaurant for brunch. At a big round table in a beautiful dining room, our oldest son and his wife and our three senior grandchildren entertained us in the way only they can do—just by being themselves, unique individually and a unique unit in our larger family.

Though the room was full, tables were arranged so everyone had plenty of…

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We study about, talk about, and read about history, but our view of history is so narrow—generally focused on the span of our lives—give or take a few years. Or about a hundred years.

That’s why God gave us sixty-six books of His story. His life, death, life story. So, we would have a constant reminder His plan is far beyond our peep-hole into past, present, and future.  God’s view of history encompasses the beginning through all eternity.

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Scripture tells us: “Whatever things were written in earlier times were written for our instruction, that through perseverance and study of the scriptures, we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 NAS).

But we moan and groan, I don’t understand the Bible. So many words, all the thee’s and thou’s. It’s so confusing. And I just don’t have time to sort out all that stuff.  We can’t understand. Without the stirring power of the Holy Spirit inside our heart and soul, we can’t possibly understand God, His Word, or even believe that Jesus is His Only Son and our only Savior. But every one of us, believer or not, has clearly seen the evidences of God.

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Romans 1:20 says:

“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.”

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There is a warfare beyond our ability to comprehend, a battle that began when Satan desired to be greater than God. And then Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan’s deception, rather than believe their Creator—the Holy God of the Universe. So, if you haven’t received Truth, being sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, you can’t tell the difference between God’s Truth or Satan’s lies. But God says “…we are without excuse.”  Because we know that He is and always will be God. And there will be consequences for your choices. Eternal consequences–for life or for separation.

But my question to you today is: What happens to believers when God judges His people during their time of disobedience? I look back at the Nation of Israel in the Books of I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, and I and II Chronicles, and then to the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Lamentations, I see the application in the high definition color of consequences.

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Yes, consequences! A word we’ve failed to define, acknowledge, and teach our children. But God will teach them, and they will learn, the hard way. Because throughout all history His promises show us what is sure to come.

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Let’s go to the Book of Jeremiah and find out what happened to one certain family—good people who were stuck in the middle of God’s judgment. The Rechabites. Ever heard of them? No? I hadn’t either until we studied Jeremiah in Precept Bible Study this year.

Chapter 35 of Jeremiah is all about these nomadic people. God told Jeremiah to call them to the House of the Lord and give them wine to drink. My mind shouted, “Why, God? Why? In the middle of all this battle and judgment would You bringing them into the House of God for a wine tasting?”

But the prophet did what he was told, and when the men came, Jeremiah set out pitchers full of wine and cups and said to them, “Drink wine!”

“But they said, ‘We will not drink wine, for Jonadah the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us saying, ‘You shall not drink wine, you or your sons, forever…We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son or Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons and our daughters…” (Jeremiah 35:5-8 NAS).

And God used the obedience of these men to speak volumes to the whole nation of Israel saying:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instruction by listening to My words?” declares the Lord. “The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, which he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are observed. So they do not drink wine to this day, FOR THEY HAVE OBEYED THEIR FATHER’S COMMAND. But I have spoken to you again and again; yet you have not listened to Me” (Jeremiah 35:13-14 NAS).

“Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am bringing on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them because I spoke to them but they did not listen, and I have called them but they did not answer” (Jeremiah 35:17 NAS).

Then Jeremiah delivered God’s message to these faithful Rechabites:

“Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you; therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always” ‘ (Jeremiah 35:18-19 NAS).

WOW! How would you like to hear those words uttered about you and your family, and know the promise of standing before God extended to you, your children, and all the grands forever?

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Did the Rechabites have to go through the destruction of Judah? Most certainly, but God spared them. They had to endure the battle, see the destruction, live in post-war poverty. However, they also had the promise of God their family would not only be spared, they would stand before God forever.

I don’t know about you, but as we look at our nation and the world can’t we draw a parallel? Hasn’t God spoken to America as a nation, as individuals, and as families? Yet the grand majority refuse to listen. He has called us again and again, but sadly again the grand majority have not answered…and I’m talking about the 11 o’clock crowd on Sunday morning.

Remember the people in this Chapter of Jeremiah were God’s chosen people run amuck. They brought their sacrifices to the temple on the Sabbath. But they remained unchanged. Rebellious, proud, arrogant people who wanted to be more like the world than the God who called them to be “a peculiar people of His own choosing. A holy people.”

Over and over throughout the Old Testament God repeated: “Do not move the ancient boundaries.” We’ve not only moved the boundaries God gave us, we’ve leaped over them, then turned and chopped ’em in pieces.

Where does the Spirit of the Lord find you today? Like the obedient Rechabites who obeyed the teaching of their fathers regardless what the rest of the world did? Or like the people of Judah whose pride lay in the fact they were “chosen,” but had no desire to be holy, and refused to become “a peculiar people of His own choosing.”

Choose carefully, dear friend, because God has promised us what’s to come! It’s clearly seen in all His creation.

NOTE:  For more information on the Rechabites and Jonadab, see Amos 1:9

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This Saturday morning in Dallas, Texas, dawned partly cloudy. A pleasant spring day stretched before me as I bowed my head and poured out my praise for the joy-filled celebration sure to come in the morning—Easter Sunday morning!

But my thoughts braked and turned back to that Saturday morning over 2,000 years ago. Have you ever thought how the disciples must’ve waked up feeling that day? Perhaps they hadn’t slept much the previous night. Perhaps Mary didn’t sleep at all. Remembering all those years—the baby, that day coming from the temple, the wedding miracle—and the…the brutal tragedy…the pain…the loss—

Could be you’re right there with them this morning—a grief, a loss, a pain you don’t have the strength to handle.

Perhaps these men who’d been with Jesus every day for over three years, didn’t know what to do with the unspeakable emptiness, guilt, and fear this morning brought. Maybe they grabbed their nets and headed for the boats like the walking dead. Dreams crushed, hearts mangled, and the pictures of their crucified Messiah splattered across their minds’ eyes.

Nothing to live for, I’m sure the evil one whispered to each of them in his first-person-singular with a Jewish hiss. Less we rush by this twenty-four hour span of time, think about their despair, and remember they didn’t understand the rest of the story. They didn’t have a Bible to pick up and find comfort and understanding from the Words of God.

Remember the time—the day after you’ve watched a loved one laid in the grave. And consider how you felt. And you know the rest of the story. They didn’t…or their wounded minds wouldn’t allow them to connect the dots.

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I’m sure their Saturday was a blur of depression beyond our ability to conceive. So why should we ponder the disciples’ Saturday? So when our times of unbelievable tragedy and grief visit our days, and they will, we can raise our eyes and remember:

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore, I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him…For the Lord will not reject forever, for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness” (Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-32 NAS).

If only they’d understood, but they didn’t have the whole story.

We do! But I’m afraid we rush right over the times of tragedy in our lives, racing to get to the good parts. Failing to understand learning takes place during hard times, the painful moments, when our hearts are humbled. We are always in a hurry…seeking comfort rather than sitting silent and learning from the pain.

Saturday night I’m sure they all tossed and turned, probably nightmares of the crucifixion stormed their dreams.

But what a difference a day makes! As the joy of Jesus’ resurrection exploded their sorrow, they rushed to the empty tomb! Weeping! Remembering! Rejoicing!

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Would that the next time you’re consumed and overcome with grief you’d remember. Remember that one day, in a moment, in the twinkling of eye, you’ll stand face to face with King Jesus—see the love in His eyes and the splendor of His glory will explode all the sorrows you’ve ever known.

Have a blessed Easter. An Easter to remember how much God loves you—enough to die just for you!

The Devils Believe!

Another post by friend and author Ernie Carrasco. A post filled with truth and one of the main reasons I write “Moving the Ancient Boundaries.” For years I knew about God, believed He was God, but that there was no redemption for me…I believed the lies of Satan and was lost as a goose…even though I grew up in church. I thought there was no hope for me. But God desires that none will perish. It is our choice. Please read Ernie’s post. Search the scriptures, and like me you will find Jesus waits…His nail scarred arms open wide. He suffered and died for you! For me! But you must choose Jesus, believe He is The Way. The Truth and the Life and that all who come to Him will have eternal life…now and forever! And choose to walk in obedience to Him, because His blood washes you white as snow!

 

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Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19)

I do not run into many Christians these days except at church or at the Christian ministry where I work. Oh, I am certain that they are out there, and it is possible that I encounter them everywhere I go; I just cannot tell them apart from non-Christians. A recent Barna study[1] on the state of the Church in America revealed that while 75% of Americans pray to God, 35% attend a church service, 34% read the Bible, 19% volunteer at a non-profit, 18% volunteer at church, 17% attend adult Sunday school and 16% attend small group.

Judging from those statistics, it seems that at least ¾ of Americans acknowledge God. The 35% and 34% that attend church and read their Bible are pretty much the same group of…

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The Trinity

A clear and concise explanation of our Triune God by my friend and fellow author, Ernie Carrasco.

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There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is a hard concept to grasp, much less explain cogently. Explaining the Trinity becomes even more challenging the inquisitor is ignorant of Christian tenets. I experienced such a challenge this week when I received an email from a Jew who was curious about the topic. His email follows:

I just visited in your site. I’m a 40yo Jew from Israel. I understand that you guys [ICR] are Christians. When I ran into this:

“The Creator of the universe is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one eternal and transcendent God, the source of…

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

Fox News carried an interview last evening with a man appearing to be wrapped in the evil tendrils of deception he couldn’t sit still. His eyes were wide and flamed and his speech rushed out of his mouth while his body bounced and shook.

At first I mistook his demeanor as being fervent about the subject, but the longer he chattered, almost without taking a breath, the deeper he slipped into that dark place where truth held no substance, but a return to power of his former leader’s community organizing agenda sparked him giddy.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh if from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world” (1 John 6:2-3 NIV).

And so it was in the days of Zedekiah, king of Judah. The year is 586 B.C. and Judah has been engaged with Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, since 605 B.C.—you do the math. The king of Babylon by this time has carried possibly as many as fifteen thousand or more Jews into captivity, and in 597 B.C. King Neb appointed Zedekiah to be a puppet king. And puppet he was. A real politician who aimed to please everyone, but ended up pleasing no one. Especially not God.

God told them through Jeremiah, to go peacefully to Babylon. But peaceful was not in their vocabulary and the leaders demanded Zedekiah put Jeremiah to death. They couldn’t bear to hear truth, but chose to believe lies. And I can see the picture in my mind’s eye—Zedekiah, in an unkinglike fashion, throwing up his hands and sighing: “Behold he is in your hands; for the king, can do nothing against you” (Jeremiah 38:5 NIV).

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Have you bowed to the evening news as your source of information, or is God your standard and source of truth?

So, this group of arrogant, ungodly leaders who refused to listen to the words of God, grabbed Jeremiah and cast him into a deep cistern in the court of the guardhouse. Scripture tells us there was no standing water in the well, but there was mud. Lots of yucky mud. And Jeremiah sank in this putrid muck.

The 38th Chapter of Jeremiah paints the account of Jeremiah’s plight and how God used a seemingly insignificant man to save him. And for all of you who deem yourselves insignificant, you have no idea how God can and will use you if you stand for righteousness…even when it seems you’re swimming upstream against a rip-tide of unrighteousness.

Jeremiah, however, was now confined to the court of the guardhouse to limit his speech. But God’s plan is never thwarted, and God was using Jeremiah to give the king yet another opportunity to listen.

Reaping and Sowing

Are you listening to the Word of the Lord today?

Zedekiah had Jeremiah brought to him at the third entrance in the house of the Lord. (A road less travelled.) The king asked God’s prophet to tell him the truth—he wanted to know God’s word to him. Really? (Jeremiah had only been telling all of Judah what God said was going to happen for at least thirty-eight years—and to this king for eleven years).

Jeremiah’s reply is also in this 38th Chapter, but Jeremiah has the courage to remark, “…if I give you advice, you will not listen to me.”

But at the king’s urging, Jeremiah repeated God’s promise even in these last hours of their rebellion. The king admitted his fear, Jeremiah reassured him God was faithful and would save him, but the king chose to listen to the priests and leaders’ deceptive words so long his heart was weak and he refused to trust the Word of the Lord. He believed men rather than the Lord God Almighty.

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Who do you choose to believe—man’s words or God’s Word?

And there are always consequences when anyone rejects God. Doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not. He is God. This is His world. His Law. And His way. But He is full of mercy and grace and love. Love so great He sent His Only Son to pay the price for our rebellious sin against Him. The original choice to believe and trust belongs to us. “Whosoever will may come.”  But the consequences of our choices belong to the Lord our God.

Zedekiah tried to determine his own consequences when he and his men attempted escape in the darkness of night, but he was caught, brought before Nebuchadnezzar and sentence was passed. All of the nobles he bowed to were slaughtered before his eyes, and Nebuchadnezzar killed Zedekiah’s sons too…just before King Neb blotted out Zedekiah’s eyes.

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When the time for choices end, only consequences remain.

Imagine an eternity with that scene playing in the darkness of his mind. I’m sure he wished he had listened to the Word of God, but it was too late. His time for choices gone. The gavel was down and the consequences applied. Forever. The Chaldeans burned the city and broke down the walls of Jerusalem and took Zedekiah, in fetters of bronze, to Babylon. To die.

Now is the time for God’s people to fast and pray. Tomorrow may be too late.

We are at that same cross-road in America today . This nation has rejected God—for at least two generations—maybe more. Yet God keeps pleading for us to return and repent. We have an opportunity at this moment in time—perhaps like Zedekiah, the last opportunity before God’s gavel smacks the sound block, and the consequences for our rebellion are sealed. Forever. For the same reason it fell on Judah—God’s people still refusing to listen to God’s Words. Will we be weak? Deceived? Or will we be stubborn and stiff-necked, refusing to repent and return to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and soon coming King?

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“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV).

 

Next week:  Insignificant? Maybe. But not in God’s eyes!

 

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