There are differences in someone, living in sin, that understands they have fallen away from God and another, that doesn’t have any fear at all for what they are doing. So we have two different people. One person that see’s their transgression and it cuts them to the core and another person that lives wickedly with no thought of it being wrong. Let’s discuss the differences of these people. A person that has gone to church and read the Bible understand there are passages in the Bible that speak about their sin. This grieves them to the heart, for they know that what they are doing offends God. This makes them feel unworthy for their sins. This type of person is being convicted by God. He desires that they listen to Him and repent. Only then can they be cut loose from the bonds of sin and be made clean through the blood of Jesus. Many church goers live this way, but what makes them Christian is if they have listened to the call from God and acted on it. Only the Lord can renew our minds and give us new life. 5If you know of Jesus and read the Bible but still live in addiction, then repent! Give heed to God’s counsel, turn from Your sins and follow Jesus. Jesus died on the cross that we might be forgiven. Make the choice today, to be set free in the Name of Jesus. 4Believe in Him and You will no longer live by the flesh but by the spirit. You will understand His ways and have more joy than you will ever comprehend. 2May you come to know the Lord and let His light shine within you.
3There is a second individual that is on very rocky ground, and at any time it could crumble. 7Health issues or a sudden accident could strike the person dead and before they knew it, they could be on their way to hell. Why is this? Because, they didn’t have a foundation on Jesus Christ. He wasn’t the rock of their salvation. Instead, these people didn’t care about what crazy things they were doing. To them, what Christians say is ludicrous to them. We learn from psalm 36, 1“The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.” The wrath of God is upon everyone that doesn’t fear Him. 6How severe a punishment will a person receive in judgement if they were found disrespecting God in this life. Nothing good can ever come to a person that blatantly disobeys God. This is true about the first person we talked about and the second person. Both types of people have time to repent before the end has come. For the person number one, he or she just need to heed the counsel of God and repent. The person number two, simply needs to have an open heart to learn from God and follow His counsel, that leads to repentance. I pray that both types of people come to know the Lord. What everyone has in common, that submits to Jesus, is humbleness and a desire to change. If that exists than the Lord can do great things inside of them and help them do things that they never thought were possible.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, convict the hearts of all people. Convict those that have learned of You but have fallen away from Your path. Help them understand the errors of their ways. Give them a desire to repent and turn to You for forgiveness. Convict those that live a life in the world. Help them understand that their ways are not Your ways. Give them a humble heart to learn about the gospel message of the cross. Cut down their pride that they might understand what they are doing is wrong. Humble them, that they may receive Your message of hope with gladness. Help everyone desire to read the Bible and pray. Let Your words convict us of our faults. Lord, show us the errors of our ways when we are doing the contrary to what Your Word says. Lead us to do what is right. We want to follow You. Thank You for Your mercy and Your faithfulness. 1“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God.” Your grace has given me hope. I am redeemed because of Your great love for me. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 36:1-12 (KJV)
1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.
2Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
3Matthew 7:24-29 (KJV)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
4John 3:1-7,16-18 (KJV)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
5Acts 3:18-21 (KJV)
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
6Hebrews 10:26-31 (KJV)
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
7Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.