One thing that the believers and unbelievers all have in common is, both know or will know the truthfulness of God, one way or another. All believers in Jesus, will rejoice when they finally see their Savior and King. For they were once lost but have been found. 3The blood of Jesus has covered their sins. They are forgiven because of what Jesus has done on the cross. Speaking of God’s great mercy, 2“thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them.” God’s grace is for all people that call upon His name. They are transformed from darkness and into His glorious light. On the other hand, all unbelievers and vile sinners will all, one day, have a reckoning with the Almighty God. They very well had time to change their life but neglected every opportunity. What a shame, as their sentence will be passed down in judgement. The wrath of God will surely be upon them. Oh the fear and trembling, they will feel as they are awaiting their ultimate fate. God 2“executest judgment and righteousness,” but the outcome is better for those on the Lord’s side.
Who’s side are you on? Are you living a life for God or yourself? Your words don’t mean nothing if your heart is far from God. You can talk a good talk but if there are no actions, it means nothing in the sight of God. Look into the mirror and see who you truly are fighting for. Are you fighting on the side of God and therefore hate sin? Or do you live happily in this life, while sin abounds? Our time at church will not help our outcome, in death. If we hear a good message and never do anything with it, then there is no faith. A good sermon can be God’s way of showing us the way but this can’t happen if we don’t take it to heart. God can see who you are living for. He knows what side you are on. 1“If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve.” There will be consequences or blessings depending on your decision. 1“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” If this is your heart also, then 1“serve him in sincerity and in truth.” If you love the Lord, then 2“exalt the Lord our God, and worship” Him. The Lord is worthy of all our praise.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help all believers to also live out their faith. It is one thing, to say we believe in You, and another thing to say we believe and live the opposite. I know that You can see through all that. Convict people of their sins that they may repent. Help each of us understand the importance of living our faith till the end. I know how true this is. You have showed me the way. I am truly happy now that You have delivered me. I do not wish that sin will come back into my life. I am tired of all the shame and guilt it brought into my life. The good news of Your gospel is worth more. My life is given to You, as a witness. I will proclaim Your great name to all those around me. It is all for Your glory. I rejoice in You, my Savior. I praise Your Holy Name. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Joshua 24:14-22 (KJV)
14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
18 And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.
22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
2Psalm 99 (KJV)
1 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.
3Matthew 26:26-30 (KJV)
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.