So often do we hear of people that once loved the Lord and walked in His ways, but later on in life departed from the faith. Even some have done this unknowingly, for their faith was dead and the works of their flesh and their sinful state overshadowed God. Others have gone so far as to leave the faith and then go against it in their newfound beliefs like atheism or other world religion. This was prophesied by Paul when he said, 2“now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” (1 Timothy 4:1) And unlike popular belief in false churches today, once saved always saved is a false teaching. For such people that walk away from the faith, or live willfully in sin and die in this fashion are not saved. Instead, God’s wrath is upon such people while they are alive and in judgment. This teaching is all throughout the Bible, my friends. And one example is a man named Joash, the king. It is said that at the beginning of his reign, that he 1“did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.” (2 Chronicles 24:2) He even 1“minded to repair the house of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 24:4) He did many other things also for the building up of God’s house and made sure that His treasury was carefully looked over. 1“And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the Lord, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 24:12) This all took place until Jehoiada, the priest died. Then, Joash’s whole life changed. And how this happened? We learn that next.
It is said that 1“after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass. Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear. And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord. Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.” (2 Chronicles 24:18-22) So we have a man that walked in the ways of the Lord, but then, later on, went after idolatry and even killed the son of the priest he ministered to. Wow. It was then that 1“his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died.” (2 Chronicles 24:25) God tried to warn him through his prophets, but he would not listen. Therefore, he died in his unbelief. This, my friends, is a person who is now in hell because of his wicked choices, even at the end of his life. Please don’t be like him, but choose to live for Jesus and repent of any of your sins now, while you have breath. God bless you.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will remember the importance of living for you and not the flesh. To many people, I am afraid of, are losing their salvation because of their unbelief and sinful state. People now love the things of the flesh and what they have in their possessions more than You. People can’t even put down their phones, but still, they cannot lift up a finger to read the Bible, or even sit for a while to pray. This is very sad to see in our day, but surely this has been prophesied of long ago. That only those people that will endure in the faith shall be saved. Surely, people will come to You in judgment saying they did all these great and mighty things in Your Name, but really they never made it a priority to know You personally. If they had, then they would have lived their entire lives for you and not just a moment of time. Lord, our time on earth is so vital for our salvation. Therefore, we need to make every breath that we take to be counted for Your kingdom. We can’t be doing our own things and still think that You are ok with our actions. What people need is Your light in their lives. They need Your strength. They need Your shield. They need your arms to carry them forth, lest they fall deeper and deeper into sin. The enemy has a stronghold upon people and if people do not wake up to their sins, they will die in this fashion. Lord, I wish that more people would be saved, but it is getting harder and harder to reach people with the gospel. People are so stuck in their ways that they don’t wish to have the Bible speak truth to their lives. If they did, then maybe they would be living differently. And maybe You would be the center point of their lives. Lord, I am grateful to know You. I love You with all my heart. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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