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The Wicked Are Punished

There will soon be a day when all 1“the transgressors shall be destroyed”. There wicked and evil deeds are recorded in the heavens above. These people may have thought that they got away with certain things, while on earth, but they were wrong. Their punishment will be handed down in judgement. The wicked shall be sore afraid. When we are afflicted by evil men and women on earth, know that the Lord’s vengeance is upon them. If they do not repent, their punishment shall be sore. Listen to David’s prayer, as his people were being afflicted, 2“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.” Just like today, people think they can live the way they want. Pride has overtaken so many. Because of this, they are not open to God’s will. In David’s time, the widows and fatherless were being killed. “Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.” These people were fools to trifle with God. He see’s everything. 2“The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” No evil deed is hidden before His face.

Every evil act is known before God, including 3“adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, and revellings.” David may have been speaking of murder, but that is only one thing that will keep people apart from heaven. You may be wondering if a person can love God and still commit such acts. The answer is, everyone falls to temptation. The real question is, have you repented? Anybody committing habitual sin is doing 3“the works of the flesh” and are not for God. Those that 3“do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” What does it take for a sinner to repent? It takes humility before the Lord. It takes a person’s desire to learn from God, in order to change their life. Chastisement is necessary, in order for a change to occur. Speaking of a person who listens to the Lord, 2“blessed is the man whom thou chastenest.” When your foot slips, come to the Lord, that He may lift you up and give you advice. All those that come to the Lord, is able to put off the lusts of the flesh and learn from Him. In turn, the Lord shall be their defense and the rock of their salvation. Through the Spirit, we are able to walk in love, one towards another. Come now and let the Lord set you free.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for everyone that calls themselves Christian to also walk in this fashion. Lord, convict them of their evil deeds, that they may repent. May they take Your chastisement with humility of heart. Help them cast aside their pride. Lord, living in Your Spirit is so important. The ways of the flesh is of the world. So many people are living in this fashion and don’t even know it. Wake them up, this day. Set a revival in their hearts to change their lives for You. If there are addictions in their hearts, break those chains. I pray for a new desire to follow You. Lord, give me strength to live what I say is true. Help me to live out my faith in righteousness. I am grateful for Your Spirit. Help me to continually walk in it daily. If there is anything keeping me from Your Spirit, I give it all to You, Jesus. I love You more. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1Psalm 37:34-40 (KJV)
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

2Psalm 94 (KJV)
1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
3 Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;
13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

3Galatians 5:16-26 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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