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Complaints and Unity

Legitimate complaints, if handled properly with fairness and tact, are a vital part of church unity and growth. Honestly, I do not like the word ‘complaint’ because it conjures up a whole truck load of bad feelings. I would rather use the term ‘righteous accusation’, but even the word ‘accusation’ brings up a whole truck load of bad feelings. So for ease of this article I will stick with ‘complaint’.

I learned a lot from the following account in the Book of Acts, when the Early Church was in its infant stages of growth:

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:1‭-‬7 ESV)

Notice these eight vital points in the above account:

1. There was a ‘legitimate complaint’, or in better words, a ‘righteous accusation’, because neglect was involved.

2. It was brought out in the open, not in whispers or gossip.

3. Leadership did not try to squash it and label those who had the complaint ‘divisive’.

4. It was handled quickly and properly before it had time to fester.

5. It was conducted in fairness.

6. There was oneness and unity in their decision.

7. Individuals who were full of the Holy Spirit were appointed, through laying on of hands, to carry out the duties of resolving the complaint. This set a precedent that all positions are vital in the church, even ones that seem menial, like waiting on tables.

8. Because it was handled correctly, the Early Church continued to grow at a phenomenal rate.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, John the Apostle gives us an example of how evil accusations were trying to undermine the church:

I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church. (3 John 1:9‭-‬10 NLT)

I was in a church for a while that would not deal with complaints, no matter how legitimate they were. You were stifled and labeled ‘divisive’. The problems were left to fester. They tried to portray a perfect church to the world, while deep down underneath they were engaged in illegal activities. They didn’t fool the FBI, though. It took years, but in the end the whole thing came crashing down. The senior pastor was stripped of his credentials by the denomination. Those under him were found guilty and convicted in Federal Court of crimes. God will not be mocked. If judgment doesn’t come in this world, it will in the next!

Please keep in mind that what is pointed out in this article, does not give us a license to complain. Even with legitimate complaints, we must be careful to seek Holy Spirit discernment. God may have another avenue to resolve the situation or the timing may not be right. Remember that love is patient.

We are never to step over the line that goes between legitimate complaint and bad tempered grumbling:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14‭-‬15 ESV)

One thing that makes me very sad is when Christians do not take their positions or duties at church seriously. It is heartbreaking to hear, “Well I am not being paid, so what difference does it matter.”

“Oh Lord, help us to remember, who we are really working for!”

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Abundant Life and Practicing Real Love

I really enjoy the painting of the prairie dogs with outstretched paws because it reminds me that as Christians, we are to possess ‘the abundant life where we are to be bold and free before God, able to stretch out our hands and receive’.

One of the greatest promises of the bible is that Jesus offers us the abundant life:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV)

Gary Wilkerson writes, “The problem is that most of us don’t believe the abundant life is the norm for the Christian life. We consider those promises and say, ‘Would God actually promise those things to me? Come on, really?’ When we do this, we put ourselves back into bondage under a kind of mental slavery. We don’t recognize the devil’s voice persuading us, ‘You can’t attain that. God didn’t mean it literally. Do you actually think you can have that? Really?’ Tragically, a lot of Christians become convinced, ‘I don’t deserve to have everything God promises. It’s too good to be true for someone like me. I’m just glad to be saved and free from sin, to have a little joy every once in a while. I don’t need to be some super-blessed Christian.’ That isn’t enough! Why? It falls short of what God says He wants for us. The promises of God aren’t just high aspirations; they are bedrock realities for every single believer. They always have been and always will be. We face continual conflicts in this life, but we are not in a war we’ll never win. We are meant to have every victory He promised. Are you still under a mental bondage of some kind? Have you stopped believing the promises of God? Don’t let the enemy rob your expectation of what God can do. The Lord’s promises aren’t a question mark but an exclamation point.”

But I do not want to stop where Gary’s encouragement leaves off. The bible goes on to tell us that there is an ingredient that is vital to seizing the abundant life, and that ingredient is practicing real love:

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what He said, doing what pleases Him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in His personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep His commands, we live deeply and surely in Him, and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit He gave us. (1 John 3:18‭-‬24 MSG)

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. (1 John 4:18 NLT)

I witness too many Christians who are not experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promises. How do I know? Because they are not ‘bold and free before God and able to stretch out their hands and receive’ as the verses above proclaim. They battle anxiety, fear, anger, and bouts of depression. Could it be, as the verses proclaim, that they are not ‘practicing real love’ as they should? Each of us needs to examine ourselves deeply and take the necessary steps to grasp the abundant life fully. Thank God there is the miracle cure of love! Isn’t it time that you stretch out your arms boldly and receive what your loving God has for you?

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God of Separation

Did I catch your attention with the title of this article? I must apologize for not being more theologically in-line with my wording. Hopefully nobody will equate ‘separation’ with ‘divisiveness’, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. This article should more properly be entitled ‘God Who Must Separate’. But please bear with me as you read on.

I was reciting the creation account in Genesis chapter 1 today, as I have done countless times over many decades, and realized something that I never realized before. For the first half of the creation week, beginning in Genesis 1:3, God was separating. Day 1, He separated light from darkness. Keep in mind that God is light (1 John 1:5). Day 2, He separated the waters above from the waters below, thus framing our atmosphere. Day 3, He separated the land from the seas, thus framing our shorelines that separate the two. These separations paved the way for His creation of the plants and trees, the heavenly bodies of the universe, the creatures of the sea, the birds of the air, the animals of the land, and finally man during the second half of the creation week.

We normally do not think of God and separation together because we normally think of our God as a God of unity:

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:3 NLT)

But when you look from one end of the Bible to the other, after creation, the theme of separation runs throughout it (sin being the main cause for it). Here are only a dozen of the many examples:

So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24 NKJV)

So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:7‭-‬8 NKJV)

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1‭-‬2 NKJV)

Then a loud wail will rise throughout the land of Egypt, a wail like no one has heard before or will ever hear again. But among the Israelites it will be so peaceful that not even a dog will bark. Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. (Exodus 11:6‭-‬7 NLT)

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” (Exodus 14:21‭-‬23‭, ‬26 ESV)

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’” (Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 NLT)

Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The Bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with Him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, “Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!” But He called back, “Believe Me, I don’t know you!” (Matthew 25:1‭-‬2‭, ‬10‭-‬12 NLT)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. Let both grow together until the harvest lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Matthew 13:24‭-‬25‭, ‬29‭-‬30 NKJV)

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’”(Luke 16:19‭-‬26 NKJV)

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” (John 3:18‭-‬19 NLT)

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.’ Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.'” (Matthew 25:31‭-‬34‭, ‬41 NLT)

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11‭-‬15 NKJV)

Along with the theme of separation, God definitely makes a distinction between the world and those in His church. Here are a half dozen of the many examples:

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. (2 Corinthians 2:15‭-‬16a NLT)

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.” (2 Corinthians 6:14‭-‬17 NLT)

Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:15‭, ‬19‭-‬20 NLT)

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? (1 Peter 4:17 NLT)

It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:12‭-‬13 NLT)

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16‭-‬18 NLT)

You may wonder why I would choose such an offbeat subject as ‘separation’ for this article. As I search myself, I would have to say it is because of some of the crazy theology that is out there today about the afterlife. What it all boils down to for me is that I do not want to be separated from my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; not in this life, nor in the next! I can’t help but get excited about the thief on the cross who believed in Jesus just before he took his last breath and was reassured he would never be separated from Jesus:

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43 NKJV)

Because God cannot have sin in His presence, He must be a God of separation, or should I more properly say a God who must separate:

You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. (Habakkuk 1:13a NKJV)

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1‭-‬2 NKJV)

But God does not want anyone to be separated from Him:

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)

How do we come to repentance? By simply allowing Jesus Christ to wash our sins away so that we are spotless before God the Father!

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Identifying With Christ

‘Identify’ is a trendy word in our culture. Biological men want to ‘identify’ as women. Biological women want to ‘identify’ as men. Men and women have dressed up as animals in order to ‘identify’ themselves as that animal and try to act like that animal. For them, it is not a publicity stunt. In a strange way, they truly believe they are that animal.

As Christians, we must seek to ‘identify’ ourselves as united to Christ. Romans chapter 6 is devoted to getting the message across to us that we can be united with Christ, and thus our identification will be with Christ:

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:5‭-‬6‭, ‬11 NKJV)

But what does that union to Christ mean? How should that identification play out in our lives? The following verses speak volumes:

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His Glory. (Colossians 1:27 NLT)

And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory. (Colossians 3:4 NLT)

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT)

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29 NLT)

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (Galatians 5:24 NLT)

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. (Colossians 2:12 NLT)

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. (Galatians 6:14 NLT)

You have died with Christ, and He has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. (Colossians 2:20a NLT)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:22‭-‬25 NLT)

Who do you identify with? Are you united with Jesus Christ, who is the only one that we can identify with that really matters:

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NLT)

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God of The Nations

Genesis 11 gives us the story of how and why nations began:

At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. (Genesis 11:1‭-‬9 NLT)

From the time of the tower of babel until the second coming of Christ, nations have a role and the Bible tells us that nations will be judged according to how they played out that role and especially how they treated the nation of Israel:

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings. (Acts 17:26 NKJV)

This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. (Isaiah 14:26 NKJV)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Psalms 33:12 NKJV)

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34 NKJV)

The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God. (Psalms 9:17 NLT)

“I will bless those who bless you (Abraham’s descendants) and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NLT)

For I am with you (Israel) and will save you,” says the Lord . “I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished.” (Jeremiah 30:11 NLT)

Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see Him— even those who pierced Him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for Him. Yes! Amen! (Revelation 1:7 NLT)

“At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued.” (Daniel 12:1 NLT)

A good portion of the Old Testament is about God judging nations. Many times God used evil kingdoms as an instrument to punish other evil nations. Then God turned it around and had that evil instrument destroyed in return. At other times, God used His chosen nation, Israel, to administer justice:

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys. (1 Samuel 15:2‭-‬3 NLT)

It may seem harsh, but what is amazing is that God rejected Saul as King because he did not fully destroy the Amalekite nation as commanded.

Before God pulled the rug out from the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel, He gave them a season of prosperity, making their downfall even more catastrophic. I can’t help but think of the United States. We are enjoying a time of prosperity, yet depravity is increasing every day. Will God judge us and pull the rug out from under us? We enjoyed a time of prosperity in the 1920’s. Then suddenly the US was plunged into the great depression, the dust bowl, and WWII.

When you take a look at the world map above and the flags of the nations, realize that their names and their borders have continuously shifted thru time and wars. For any nation not to do its best to protect its people and borders is against it’s very purpose as a nation. Jesus gives us this insight:

“Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.” (Luke 14:31‭-‬32 NLT)

When Jesus sets foot back on this earth at His second coming, He will set up His millennial kingdom and throne for 1,000 years and show how the nations were meant to exist and to rule:

He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4 NKJV)

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:31‭-‬32 NLT)

The Apostle Paul informs us that even though we are living in the time of the Gentiles, God has not forgotten the Israelites:

I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25‭-‬27 NLT)

Many Christians believe that even though the following verse was given to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, it also refers to our time since we are living in the time of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. They also believe that it especially refers to the United States of America, which was the only nation on earth founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)

But do not confuse when God judges nations with the judgment of each individual:

The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. (Psalms 33:13‭-‬15 NKJV)

Christians may be exposed to the judgements of living in a wicked nation or the blessings of living in a godly nation, but their eternal salvation is solely based upon individual belief in the Lord Jesus Christ:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:16‭-‬19 NKJV)

“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11‭-‬12 NLT)

It is the same at the family level as it is for the national level:

The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done. “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. (Ezekiel 18:20‭-‬23 NLT)

No matter what nation or what family you come from, Jesus is there to take your sins away! All you need to do is step aside and allow Him to take full control of your life!

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Where Are You Going?

I had a dream that I had to preach to a stadium of nonbelievers. I woke up suddenly and thought, “What would I preach about and what would be the title?” I went to church early that day because I had to troubleshoot some sound issues. While in the process, I looked up and saw a saying on the wall. It was there to make a person think about where they were going.

To ask, “Where are you going?” can be a very ambiguous question. Is it where are you in the process of going right now today, where are you going tomorrow, where are you going in the years to come, or where are you going for eternity?

The Bible gives us insight into all of these areas and more importantly coupled with it is “Where is a person’s heart?” Here are some key portions of Scripture that deal with where we are going today, tomorrow, and eternity:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13‭-‬16 NKJV)

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:31‭-‬34 NLT)

Then He (Jesus) told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, ‘My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:16‭-‬21 NLT)

“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” (Matthew 25:6‭-‬13 NLT)

So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (Proverbs 24:6 NLT)

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?” (Luke 14:28‭, ‬31 NLT)

So what can we learn from these Scriptures? As far as earth is concerned, we would be very unwise not to plan ahead. It is when we become anxious, not relying on God, or when we become arrogant in our attitude where we go astray.

Where we are going on this earth pales in comparison to where we are going for eternity. Everyone is concerned about where they are going on this earth. But, because of Satan blinding people, very few are concerned with the only destination that really matters and that is, “Where are you going for eternity?”

This brings me back to what I would entitle a sermon to a stadium of unbelievers: “Where are you going for eternity?”

So, to conclude my article, my all important question to you is, “Where are you going for eternity?” Are you traveling through the narrow gate, which is Jesus, and headed along the narrow and difficult path?

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13‭-‬14 NLT)

There are only a few, not because the Lord puts limits on the amount of souls that will make heaven their home, but because of people’s hardness of heart. Don’t be left out like the 5 foolish bridesmaids. May you choose eternal life through Jesus Christ and become one of the few!

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