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Go Away

November 19, 2017

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Go Away

The apostle Paul  was under arrest  on trumped up charges.     In a Roman prison  he had to wait  for a hearing  to present his case  before the Roman authorities.     The governor,  Felix,  had heard a little bit  from Paul,  but put him off  for awhile.     Then in Acts 24:24-27, we read a bit more  about this case.

But some days later,  Felix arrived  with Drusilla,  his wife   who was a Jewess,  and sent for Paul,  and heard him speak  about faith  in Christ Jesus.

And as Paul was discussing righteousness,  self-control  and  the judgment  to come,  Felix became frightened  and said,  “Go away  for the present,  and when I find time,  I will summon you.”

At the same time too,  he was hoping  that money would be given him  by Paul;  therefore he also  used to send for him  quite often  and converse with him.     But  after two years had passed,  Felix was succeeded  by Porcius Festus;  and wishing to do the Jews a favor,  Felix left Paul imprisoned.

Isn’t that just like  elected officials.

In spite of greed  being partially the reason  for talking to Paul  quite often,  the fact still stands  that Felix was frightened  when hearing  about the truths  of “righteousness,  self-control  and the judgment to come.”     Every one of those truths  pricked his conscience.

As we read any  of Paul’s letters  to the churches,  we can see  he laid the facts right  on the line.     Paul did not mince words.      Paul did not skirt around the truth  because he fully realized  that the eternal salvation  of everyone he spoke to  was in jeopardy.

Love for the souls  of others  led Paul  to be straightforward  about judgment,  grace  and mercy.     But,  Paul’s truthfulness caused Felix  to say,   “Go away…”

It’s sad  when people are afraid  of the truth.     Surely,  aspects of the truth  are scary  —  but,  not facing the truth  is even more scary.     We cannot run away  forever.     We only have this life time  to face the truth  and act on it.     And,  we don’t know  when this life time  will end  for us.     It might be sooner  than later.

From all of Paul’s letters  to the churches  in the New Testament,   it is very obvious  that Paul stressed the love  and mercy  of God  towards all those  who put their trust  in Jesus.     If Felix  would only have continued listening  to Paul,  all of his fears regarding “righteousness,  self-control  and the judgment  to come” would have been comforted  by the good news  that Jesus would be  his righteousness  —  Jesus would help guide him  in self-control  —  and everyone  who puts their trust  in Jesus does not have to fear judgment  of any sort,  simply because  Jesus has already paid the penalty  for all  of our sins.

We don’t have to tell preachers  of the truth  to “Go away”.     The fact of the matter is  that we need  to hear about the grossness  of our sins  so that we will be led  to repent  and turn back  to God  as we should  —  before it’s too late.

God knows how vital it is  that everyone be made aware  of their sins,  so that they will have an opportunity  to repent.     Only those who have repented   in faith  can be saved.    So,  in Jeremiah 23:21-24  God speaks  about the false preachers  who would not point out the sins  of the people.    The LORD says,

“I did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak  to them,
But they prophesied.
But  if they had stood  in My council,
Then they would have announced My words  to My people,
And would have turned them back  from their evil way.
Am I a God  who is near,”  declares the LORD,
“And not a God  far off?
Can a man hide himself  in hiding places,
So I do not see him?”  declares the LORD.
“Do I not fill  the heavens  and the earth?”  declares the LORD.

Any preacher  who does not point out sins  is not sent by God.     But,  in the same breath,  any preacher who does not preach  about the immediate  and full forgiveness we have  by faith  in Jesus Christ i s also a preacher  who is not sent  by God.

When we hear  about both our sins  and the forgiveness we have  in Christ,  we are hearing  the word  of God.     Then,  we can repent  and rejoice  in God’s forgiving love  for each  and every one of us.

As we repent  and rest  in the love of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for showing us our sins  and opening up  Your heart  to wash all those sins away.     Now we  can rest  in Your love  and don’t have to be afraid  any more  as You guide us in Your righteousness.”

Love,
Margaret

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

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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