STANDING ON THE PROMISES

TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE

I have been noticing something as I have been reading the Bible.  There seems to be one thing that keeps jumping out at me  over and over and over.  And that one thing is this - God promises that He will bless those who are sincerely trying their best to trust Him and believe in Him and do what He tells us to do.  They are called the righteous.  Righteous does not mean perfect, because we all know only Jesus was, and is, perfect.  But the righteous are those who value what is good, and right, and true.

But God also promises that those who are determined to do evil, and will not trust and believe His Word, He will destroy.  That may sound harsh to some, but I did not write the Bible.  I am only telling you what it says.

I Peter, chapter 3,  verses 10-12,  provide a good example.

      "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to his prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."          

THOSE WHO DO EVIL

There are some people who are just not interested in God,   Jesus,  the Bible,  or church.  They are probably not reading this because they have already figured out what this article is about.  There are also some people who may not "appear" to be God-haters, but they do not truly value the things of God.  A good example of this was Esau (Genesis 25).   When Esau came in from a hunting expedition, starving for something to eat, his brother Jacob would not give him any of his stew unless Esau promised to give him his birthright, which belonged to Esau because  he was the firstborn.  Because Esau was so hungry, he said ok.  He didn't have to do that.  He could surely have found something to eat somewhere else, but he did not value his God-given rights enough to do so.   Esau also married women from the heathen Canannite nations when he had to have known that this was a terrible offense to his parents - Issac and Rebekah.

Another example is Cain, one of the sons of Adam and Eve.  Genesis tells us that God was pleased with Abel's sacrifice of animals from his flock, but not with Cain's gift of fruits from the soil.  In Genesis 4, God asked Cain why he was so angry and told him that he would be accepted if he did what was right.  But Cain was full of jealousy and murdered his brother instead of obeying God.  God had offered him a chance to draw close to Him, but Cain refused.

We all know people like Cain and Esau.    When the Bible talks about this group of people, it is talking about those who have determined that they enjoy all of the things God calls evil, and are not at all  interested in righteousness.

THE RIGHTEOUS

In the story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob valued the birthright of his brother.   Jacob was not a sinless man.  The Scripture says he was a deceiver and conniver, who was willing to do whatever it took to get what he wanted. But at least he valued the things of God and he showed this when he listened to his mother and went to find a wife from her family instead of from the ungodly, as Esau had done.

We are all a lot like Jacob.  We have done our share of dirty deeds in the past.  God would be just in sending all of us to hell.  But God did not create us for such an end.  Hell was created for the devil and his demons and  God has no desire to send any of us there.

So, in His great mercy, and love, God  sent His own Son to suffer and die for our sins.  And He is now offering to us the opportunity to be freed from the dungeon of sin and death.   But He leaves the choice up to us.  Will we accept His kind and gracious offer?

This is the truth of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The good news that eternal life awaits all who will humble themselves and accept it.  If you read the Bible, you will find it over and over again.

"The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you."    II Chronicles 15:2

"The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;  he hears their cry and saves them.  The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy."             Psalm 145:17-20

I could go on and on. ( I have included a list of Scriptures at the bottom - please check them out.)  The choice is yours.  Who will you stand with?  With God?  With the righteous?  Are you for the truth, or do you stand with the evil one?  Some people will ultimately choose to ignore the whole issue,  but to ignore God is to reject Him! Yes, that's right. You must choose to stand with God, or be considered His enemy.

How do you stand with God?  What do you need to do?  Simply pray.  You can pray right where you are.   You may want to find a quiet place, but God can hear you even in a crowded room.  You can pray at home, or at an altar in a church.  You can call a friend to pray with you, or a pastor.  Simply confess your sin, believe in  Jesus, and accept His Spirit into your heart.

If you are still reading, it is not by mistake.  I believe God's Spirit is calling you to come to Him.  The devil will tell you not to listen, but if you cry out to God with all your heart, and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, Satan cannot stop you.  All the joys of heaven are there for anyone who will turn from his sin and trust in the Son of God.  Don't listen to the devil's lies anymore.  Please put your faith in Jesus today!

(Promises of God:)  -  Psalm 1, Psalm 34:8-22; Proverbs 3; Proverbs 15:3,8,9,26,29;  I Chronicles  28:9;  Jeremiah 28:9;  Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 112;  Deuteronomy 7:9,10;  Deuteronomy 28;  Deuteronomy 30;  I Samuel 2:6-10;  Psalm 145:17-20;  Psalm 146:5-9;  Psalm 147:6  Psalm 33:18,19; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Psalm 9:9,10; Isaiah 55:6-7; Lamentations 3:25;   II Chronicles 15:2;  I Peter 3:10-12

 

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