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Who Warned You?

December 29, 2015

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Who Warned You?

When John the Baptist  started his ministry,  he was fulfilling a prophecy  in Isaiah  to make the hearts  and minds  of the people ready  for the Lord Jesus  and His gospel message.     No one can really be sorry  for their sins  if they don’t feel like they’ve been doing  anything wrong  —  anything that would surely condemn them  to hell forever.    So,  John’s message  of repentance  was greatly needed  because the people  had become very comfortable  with their sinful life styles  —  feeling no need  to change.

But,  as those who heard John’s preaching  about the necessity  of repentance  started telling others  about John,  more and more people  went to hear him,  just wanting to be baptized  so they wouldn’t end up  in hell.     Luke 3:7-9 then says,

So he began saying  to the crowds  who were going out  to be baptized  by him,  “You brood  of vipers,  who warned you  to flee  from the wrath  to come?     Therefore  bear fruits  in keeping  with repentance,  and do not begin  to say  to yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham  for our father,’  for I say  to you  that from these stones  God is able  to raise up children  to Abraham.     Indeed  the axe  is already laid  at the root  of the trees;  so every tree  that does not bear good fruit  is cut down  and thrown  into the fire.”

Baptism  and a fake repentance  do not cut it  with God Almighty.     We need  to show a sincere repentance  by changing our life styles.     God wants us to be loving,  kind,  sharing,  honest,  and content with what we have.     So John gave the people instructions for doing what is right  in life.

Just getting baptized  will not save anyone  from being eternally condemned.     We must live as loving and faithful children  of God.     Our lives are very short,  so we need  to realize our sins  and repent.     To repent  is to actually change our ways.     We need  to understand  that every sin  condemns eternally.     Sin blocks us out  of heaven  where everything must be holy  and pure.

“Who warned you?”     God warns us  throughout the Bible.     Are we willing to change?

Ever glad  for God’s warnings  and leading,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  the way  to a true faith  in Jesus  and Your salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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