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Unless You Believe That I Am He

November 8, 2018

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Unless You Believe That I Am He

God makes many promises  that people love  and hold dear.     There are promises  of full forgiveness  for all our sins — promises to always be with us  and never leave us — promises to carry our heavy burdens  and give us rest — promises to free us  from our sins — promises to comfort us  in our sorrows — promises to lead us  through this world  to eternal life.

Right along side  of these wonderful promises is  a promise  that people would rather not think about.     After all,  we know from history,  that God surely keeps all  of His promises.      One unpopular promise  of our Lord Jesus is  in John 8:24, where He says,

I said therefore to you  that you shall die  in your sins;  for unless you believe  that I am He,  you shall die  in your sins.

People of the world hate this kind  of talk.     They don’t want anyone telling them  they’re headed  for hell — not even Jesus,  our Savior.      So,  they mock and reject  such promises,  sneering at anyone  who tells them about it.     But,  none of that will negate  the promise.     God keeps His promises.

The world shouts out  that it’s not fair,  or tolerant,  or loving,  or kind.     In other words,  they boldly think  they have a right to cheat,  lie,  steal,  commit adultery,  curse,  kill,  mock God,  and do anything else  their little ol’ heart desires.     No matter how much they rant  and rave  against this promise  of God Almighty,  God will not change His mind.

God cannot change His mind  on this  because He is holy,  just,  and righteous  in all His being.     God cannot go against what is holy and right.     In the very beginning  in the Garden of Eden,  Adam and Eve were warned  that sin brings death.     That truth is repeated  throughout the Bible  to help us remember  the utter seriousness  of our sins.

Ezekiel 18:20  puts it this way,

The person  who sins  will die.     The son will not bear the punishment  for the father’s iniquity,  nor will the father  bear the punishment  for the son’s iniquity;  the righteousness  of the righteous will be upon himself,  and the wickedness  of the wicked  will be upon himself.

That should make us seriously think  about the consequences  of our sins — especially since Romans 3:23  tells us,

For all  have sinned  and fall short  of the glory  of God.

Every single one of us  is guilty.     In our guilt,  we hear Jesus say,

Unless you believe  that I am He,  you shall die  in your sins.

In all our living  on this earth,  there is nothing more important  than believing and trusting  in the salvation Jesus Christ offers us  on the cross.     We need  to hold onto Jesus’ promise  to us  in John 3:16,

For God so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him should not perish,  but have eternal life.

We obey Jesus  because we believe  and trust  in His love  for us.     We can rejoice  in all of God’s promises  because we know  they are all based on love,  truth,  and mercy.     Let us gladly do  what is right  and put our whole trust  in our Creator and Redeemer,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your holiness is so perfect  and merciful  and good.     Let me always remember Your love  and live  according to Your promises.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

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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