Too Late

Inspirational Moment – Don’t Let It Be Said Too Late
Many feel that God will not punish nor hold them accountable for the sin(s) they commit, condone, or are in their power to prevent. But, nothing can be farther from the truth.

Let’s look at the life of Esau:

Genesis 25:29 Jacob boiled stew. Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob. Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils. He ate and drank, rose up, and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright.

Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of stew. He no doubt thought that he would not actually lose his birthright. After all, no one witnessed what he had done. Esau despised his birthright. As the firstborn he was promised a double portion inheritance from his father, but he thought the promises of his father were insignificant to his current desires.

God said that He hated Esau for his actions. Let’s read what was prophesied through Malachi:

Malachi 1:2 I have loved you,” says Yahweh. Yet you say, “How have you loved us?” “Wasn’t Esau Jacob’s brother?” says Yahweh, “Yet I loved Jacob; but Esau I hated, and made his mountains a desolation, and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness.

Wow!!! God hated Esau, because Esau hated his birthright. God said Esau was profane.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up ooking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be detrouble you, and thereby the many be defiled; lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, as Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.

When Esau realized what he had done, it was too late. Esau cried and asked for repentance, but he didn’t receive it.

Hebrews 12:17 For you know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for a change of mind (repentance) though he sought it diligently with tears.

I didn’t know that repentance was not up to me, but God. Caution – sin IS dangerous, and you can reach a pointed that you are hated by God. Esau was hated by God, because God hates sin.

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Don’t Be The Walking Dead

Don’t Be The Walking Dead
The most sobering thought I have as a Christian is that I may have good works outwardly, but inwardly I can be dead. I can be the walking dead. Let’s examine the Scriptures:

Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 

Jesus said that He knew this church’s deeds (works). He also said that He knew they had a name. They had made a names (titles) for themselves in the eyes of the public, but in the sight of God, their works didn’t match their names. Jesus said because of the antithesis (opposite) between their names and their works, many were the walking dead. Let’s read on.

2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 

Jesus said for them to wake up. They were walking, dead, and asleep. In essence, they were spiritual zombies. We can be walking dead sleep and not know it. We can preach the most electrifying messages, sing the most mellifluous (great sounding) songs, and pray the loudest and longest prayer, and still be a spiritual zombie, because our deeds are not pleasing to God.

3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

Jesus gave the church in Sardis four instructions, and these for instructions are applicable for the Church today:

1. Remember what you have received. The assignment and charge that you received from God are not to be compromised or aborted.

2. Remember what you have heard. Keep hearing God. Remember the Word that God has spoken to you. Especially the Word relating to holiness and staying free from sin.

3. Keep the Word!!! Don’t compromise.

4. Repent!!! If there are areas in your life that are not pleasing to God, repent now. Repent means to turn from walking one way and walk in another.

Jesus warned: Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

My friend, if this commentary finds you as a spiritual zombie…WAKE UP! Don’t think that there will not be an account for sin. Jesus says He will come and hold you accountable for your misdeeds at a time you don’t expect.

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Hypocrites in The Church 

Inspirational Moment 
Did you know that there are hypocrites and the sin of hypocrisy rampant in the Church?

Hypocrisy is a noun and it means: a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc. that one does not really possess. A hypocrite is someone who practices hypocrisy. 

Let’s examine Peter (also known as Cephas). Peter was one the 12 Apostles of Jesus, he was the one who walked on water, and he was the first mega preacher who preached the watershed message on the day of Pentacost. He was the first to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles (non Jews), but Peter was also a hypocrite. Let’s go to Galatians:

Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? 

Peter ate with the Gentiles when the Jewish dignitary were not around, but when the Jewish dignitary came around, he did not eat with the Gentiles.

The Apostle Paul said to Peter that his hypocrisy was wrong. Peter was not above being called out for hypocrisy.

My friend, is there hypocrisy in your life? Do you say one thing and live another? Are you condemning others. Do you stand to be condemned yourself?

Hypocrisy comes mostly from the clergy who have the titles, the ecclesiastical habiliments (robes), and have the special seats in the Church.

Enough said!!!!

The Purpose of Government

What is the purpose of human government?

As an ardent Progressive Dispensationalist, I see seven dispensations in which God  brought about salvation for man. The third dispensatition is known as the dispensation of human government. This dispensation began when Noah and his family exited the ark. Let’s examine what God said to them:

Genesis 9:1 – God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth. 2 All the wild animals, large and small, and all the birds and fish will be afraid of you. I have placed them in your power. 3 I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. 4 But you must never eat animals that still have their lifeblood in them. 5 And murder is forbidden. Animals that kill people must die, and any person who murders must be killed. 6 Yes, you must execute anyone who murders another person, for to kill a person is to kill a living being made in God’s image. 7 Now you must have many children and repopulate the earth. Yes, multiply and fill the earth!”

God had devolved (delegated) the government of man to men, but the governoring man IS to do it as He instructs.

Governoring officials are God’s ministers. Dwight Pentecost called Gods officials “theocratic administrators.” Let’s examine what Paul said about theocratic administrators.

Romans 13:1 – Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. 3 For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well. 4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong. 5 So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.

You see, government is a tool of God. Now, two questions are to be answered:

1. How does government get into position? In the United States, government is elected by the people, but I posit that the people are to pray to God and ask God for whom should they elect.

2. What do you do when the government is not led by God? Answer? Pray!!! Let’s examine Paul’s exhortation to Timothy.

1st Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. 2 Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

Our responsibility is to pray for ALL who are in authority. When we are faithful in praying for the government, we will live a quiet and peaceful life.

Summary: We are to pray for those running for political office. We are not to deride the person in government, because they are God’s ministers. Now, if the government is not Godly, we are to still pray for them. After all, it’s not all about government…it’s about us.