You must understand the need to not let down your guard or walk willfully in sin. It is when you do this, is when God allows the enemy to strike us down. We are no longer under His defense, but under the power of Satan the day that we turn our hearts from God and walk in our own ways instead. And you may think that you are not doing this, but if you are not humbling yourself before God, praying often, seeking the Lord’s face, repenting of your sins, read the Bible, or out doing God’s will, then your faith is not alive and active, but dead. This is what is called transgressing against the Lord and turning our hearts to the lusts of our flesh instead. This happened to Rehoboam, while he was ruling as the king of Judah, and because he forsook the Lord, Even the house of the Lord was left unguarded and a man named 1“Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem,” (2 Chronicles 12:2) while taking 1“away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.” (2 Chronicles 12:9) It is said that 1“when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.” (2 Chronicles 12:1) This is why God’s temple was left wide open to be ransacked. If Rehoboam would have just remembered the Lord this would not have happened, but instead, his own desires trumped God’s, which is so sad. It is even sadder to think that many people are forsaking God’s laws today and still call themselves Christians in word, but not in deed. Instead, these people live secret lives, while indulging in pornography, fornication, and even alcohol and drug addictions, which the Lord hates. God can see all and his wrath is upon such people who commit sin willfully.
The same thing that happened to Rehoboam happens to us as well, because we allow things in our lives to defile the temple of God in us. You may not realize this, but your body is 2“not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) Do you need a wakeup call, in order to repent of your sins, as Rehoboam did? He had the prophet Shemiah come to him and say, 1“thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak,” his enemy. (2 Chronicles 12:5) This is the same as if a person in your church or an evangelist came to you. It is said that 1“the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous. And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.” (2 Chronicles 12:6,7) Praise God that they did humble themselves before God. However, it was said of Rehoboam, at his death, that 1“he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14) How do you want to be remembered? A person that humbled him or herself before God and endured in the faith of Christ or a person that humbled themselves, but then again walked in him or her own ways? The one person that kept following Jesus is saved, but the latter person that left him is not. Therefore, you have a choice to make. Will you humble yourself, while repenting of your sins, and then live your life for Jesus? Please know that if you ignore this call, that there will be consequences come judgment day, as you are sentenced to be cast into the lake of fire.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love Your laws and commandments for my life. To do Your will is what brings me joy in this life. Even Your counsel is food for my soul. I am so happy that You have looked into my life and seen the wickedness that was therein, in order for me to repent of it. Whatever is keeping me apart from Your presence is not needed any longer, for living for You is my top priority. I’d rather live in faith, then to have the pleasures of this world fall upon me. I do not need wealth and security in this life, but only what You would bless me with. Even my flesh is better suited for Your kingdom, then to be turned over to the lusts therein, that only lead me to be burdened in sadness, guilt, and shame. I have tested the waters of sin and death, and have found them to be wretched, as I was once wretched inside. Surely, You saw inside of me a person that I never knew existed. A person that was destined for more than what I thought was possible. I may have thought that I had experienced the best this world offered already, but I was so blinded. I did not have ears to hear You or eyes to see You until I was fully surrendered to You. It felt so good to remove the porn, adulterous thoughts, and other lustful intents from my heart. It was a cleansing of my heart and mind, that I had never experienced before. I was renewed through Your blood. Thank You, Jesus. I may have walked apart from You for many years of my life, but now I am Yours. People can say all they want about me, but their opinions do not matter, for my heart is for You only. I am Your humble servant, fully repented, and am here to lean on You for the understanding I need in this life and the next. I love You, Jesus. You are everything to me. I give You the glory and praise. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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