AND AFTER ALL THIS, IF YOU DON'T OBEY ME, BUT WALK CONTRARY TO ME,
THEN I WILL WALK CONTRARY TO YOU IN FURY; AND I, EVEN I, WILL CHASTISE YOU SEVEN TIMES FOR YOUR SINS. YOU SHALL EAT THE FLESH OF YOUR SONS, AND YOU SHALL EAT THE FLESH OF YOUR DAUGHTERS. LEVITICUS 26:27-29
I used to love to watch scary movies. Why I felt 'entertained' by images of demonic forces, ghosts, vampires, zombies, or other creatures and seeing people brutally murdered was a sign of my own spiritual blindness. Why would these types of movies be entertaining to someone who claims to be a Christian? The truth is demons and murderers are real. But they are not the topic of this post. Demons and murderers are representative of one of the two Kingdoms I want to discuss with you today. According to the Bible, there are only two dominions, The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.
There is no 'middle' kingdom!!!
How many Christians today are truly in the kingdom of God?
According to the Bible, there are only two dominions, The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. There is no 'middle' kingdom. How many Christians today are truly in the kingdom of God?
Jesus had a lot of negative things to say about religious sects who thought they were worshipers of God. Why did Jesus call the Pharisees and teachers of the law ravenous wolves, but the people in sin He just told them “go and sin no more”? Why did He call a crowd of Jewish people sons/daughters of Satan? The Hebrew people had the laws of God, they were God's chosen people, but Jesus knew the truth, they may have called themselves Jews, but they were deceived. In John Chapter 8 starting at verse 39, the Jews were arguing with Jesus that they were true children of God, but Jesus exposed who their real father was, the devil.
Many today are like the crowd who claimed they were children of Abraham. Becoming a true child of God is made possible by believing In Jesus and turning away from sin. But many so-called Christians are really living in graveyards of their own making by continuing with a life of sin and believe that God does not care about their sin. Jesus talked about this in Matthew 23:27, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness." Nothing is hidden from God.
Look at some graveyards, where there are manicured lawns, with nice trees and flowers, they appear so peaceful. Many of the headstones have sayings like, "Rest in Peace". Many mainline celebrity "Christians" look very manicured on the outside, with their expensive clothes, fancy shoes, million-dollar estates, and jet planes. But the word of God is true, the wages of sin is death, and those who do not repent and die in their sins are not 'resting in peace. "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10:27 The adversaries are God’s enemies, those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible has a harsh warning for those who have been given the Truth but still abuse the grace of God to live a selfish life. Hebrews Chapter 10 starting at verse 28 to 31 "Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord." And again, "The LORD will judge His people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. "
THE NARROW WAY
THE BROAD WAY
In these last days, we are seeing the real “Night of The Living Dead". Zombies are real. "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, "These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are DEAD." Revelation 3:1. Jesus is calling some members of the church as being the living dead. These ‘church’ members live, party, eat, marry, work and go about their lives as if there is nothing wrong; they foolishly think they are 'good' with God when Jesus calls them out has being dead, naked, wretched, miserable, poor, and blind. "I am blessed and highly favored" is a common saying espoused by many Christians today. They equate material possessions and comfortable living with being 'blessed and highly favored' by God, but the Bible says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. So just because someone has material goods does not mean that they are favored by God. Jesus said that His followers would be hated by the world because the world hated/hates Him. His true followers are identified by their exclusiveness not their commonness with the world. It is foolish to continue to live in sin and think because you have ‘made it’ in the world that this means that God is ‘blessing’ you.
What is the conclusion of the matter? We who claim to be Christians are to test ourselves to be sure we are of the faith. If our faith is not genuine, if the Holy Spirit does not reside in us convicting us of our willful sin, all that we do in the name of Christ is in vain. A chilling scripture I will continue to make note that is a warning to all those who call themselves "Christian". Following Christ is no child's game. We, to our peril, tend to treat God so flippantly, but God will not be mocked. We will reap what we sow. EXAM yourself daily, because on that day of Judgment, you don't want to be told this by Jesus:
Trust completely in God; don't lean on your own understanding and repent from any sins. Jesus Christ raises us up from our dead state. Tribulations will come, but brothers and sisters, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
There is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. The eyes of the unrepentant wicked need to be opened and the ears unplugged so they can see and hear the truth. The Good News is Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, born of a virgin; Jesus lived and died but He rose from Dead, and now offers anyone who will believe in Him Salvation. Salvation is a free gift from God, anyone who will believes will know and have a real relationship with the true God. You can't work for it or buy because the price has already been paid with the Blood of Jesus Christ and Believing in Jesus gets us into the Kingdom of God and saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:13; 2nd Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:17-29; Ephesians 5:3-10; Philippians 3:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22; Romans Chapter 6; Romans Chapter 7; Romans 8:39-47; Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 23:7; Hebrews 10:26-31; Romans 8:7, Romans 5:10; 1 John 3:8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 2:5; Revelation 3:1; Revelation 3:17; John 16:33; Psalm 46:1-2; Psalm 91:5; Leviticus 26:27-29; Galatians 5:16
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.