The Bible says very clearly that “The wages of sin is death…
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
If you look at the footnote in your Bible, you’ll find that Romans 6:23 takes you back to Genesis 2:16-17, which is where…
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
So the penalty for sin is death, meaning eternal estrangement and separation from God, who is the Source and Author of each one of our lives.
Whereas this temporary “tent’ (as Paul describes our flesh and blood bodies in 1 Cor 5:1) will eventually expire and return to the dust from which it came, the essence of our being is Spirit – created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26) – and so our spirit-man will live for eternity, either with God (in eternal fellowship with Him) or we will live eternally separated from Him, depending on whether we obey the gospel message and receive Jesus as both our Lord and Savior.
Matthews 7:13-14 tells us to,
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
In other words, only a few will ever find the narrow road that leads to life as many have willfully chosen death due to their love of sin and evil doing.
And the reason few are on the narrow path is because unlike the wide gate, the narrow way is not as accommodating as the broad way is, as you just can’t do as you please or live however you want.
And for all those who either ignore or reject the gospel message and Jesus’ propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross for the remission of our sins, they will have to stand before the White Throne Judgment of God without the benefit of a Savior.
This is the gospel message in a nutshell:
So in summary, this is the situation that every human being is facing, that we only have from the time we first are born into this world, and the time when we depart it to make this decision about Jesus.
God is not going to force on anyone, in eternity, what they have rejected all of their lives, and so if you die separated from Jesus, then that decision will be set in stone for eternity.
So this window of opportunity for each individual gets more narrow with the passing of each day, and the truth of the matter is tomorrow is not guaranteed to any man, as every breath we take and every beat of our heart is only by God’s grace; and so there is a sense of urgency here that you should not put off for another day.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we are told,
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; and behold, all things have become new.
At this point we become disciples (followers) of Jesus and we enter into the School of the Holy Spirit, where we learn to walk as Jesus walked.
1 John 2:6
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
In Luke 9:62, we’re told, “And having set our hand to the plow, don’t look back.”
What applies to us individually also applies to us as a nation.
And the one thing, more than anything else, that will guarantee our Liberty, as a nation, has nothing to do with politics or the economy, but it has everything to do with our covenant relationship with God.
This is why we need to pray, more than anything, for individual and national repentance!
In the following scripture, God tells us how to respond when our nation is going to hell in a handbasket:
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.”
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Monday, Nov 7
DON’T LOOK BACK!
“Remember Lot’s wife.”
— Luke 17:32
When Yeshua (Jesus) was describing the societal atmosphere of His return, he said these peculiar words … “Remember Lot’s Wife.”
It was a warning … especially to the generation of believers just before His return.
In Genesis 19, we read of God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and specifically of how Lot’s wife turned to look at the destruction and was turned into a pillar of salt. [Genesis 19:26]
She turned around … and the warning to us is … don’t look back!
While traveling in the States, we’re in the midst of election season once again, remembering President Trump’s theme in the 2016 election, “Make America Great Again.”
This powerful slogan, reminding many Americans of the nation’s dramatic decline since their youth, inspired them to vote in hope of witnessing a restoration of former glory.
For some, this was a nostalgic longing; for others, a passion for something that seemed almost irretrievably lost.
However, one recalls or defines it, America’s greatness does seem to be irrevocably fading, and our view is that looking back and longing for its recovery is looking in the wrong direction.
While some call this nation modern “Babylon” or even “Sodom,” what we see is a nation of paradox, full of tremendous blessings and, sadly, real wickedness.
But however you view her, we believe it is unwise and even dangerous to look back to America’s past in hope of that kind of restoration.
Since the “Days of Noah” are again upon us, we’re not expecting or focused on political solutions but looking toward the Kingdom that is soon coming!
When I worked for the Christian coalition, I began to realize that the real issues America faces could not be remedied by politics.
Political realities simply reflect a nation’s and its people’s internal moral and cultural climate.
In their drive for power, most politicians are simply responding to or manipulating the current passions of the populace.
Laws can be changed, but they will reflect the mores of the people, shaped by media, music, art, and culture.
Those influences reveal a nation’s true soul.
While some leaders are morally superior to others and may seem to offer hope, the real problems which plague society are internal and reflect the deeply rooted sin in human nature.
The Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is the only path and hope for any degree of national restoration.
Anyone who has studied revivals can see this.
So nostalgically looking at the past with a view toward political transformation might not turn you into a pillar of salt but may seriously deflect us from the real hope and task of transformation: the Gospel, which points to the coming Kingdom and the coming King.
Any reclamation of greatness, individual or national, will depend utterly on the transforming power of the Messiah and the profound inner work of His Holy Spirit.
Let us not look back as Lot’s wife did toward whatever the “good life” was in Sodom or America; [Luke 9:62].
Any “greatness” that’s worth regaining will come from looking UP, not back!
Our calling is to make disciples, anticipating the coming Kingdom where politics will not be “as usual” but everlasting righteousness in the presence of our King Yeshua.
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Baht Rivka, Obadiah and Elianna (Going to Christian College in Dallas, Texas)
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