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And Yet…

January 21, 2019

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And Yet…

We’ve heard of people  who are “two-faced”  or  “say one thing  and do another”.     People are often that way  because of our sinful natures,  our fears,  and plain ol’ unbelief.     But,  God is exactly opposite  in that He is holy,  truthful,  and  totally faithful  to His word.

God often states His hatred  of lies  and those who love  to tell lies.     Those are really strong words  because we know God keeps His words  and promises.     The book of Zephaniah tells  about God’s wrath  towards Judah.     There God says He will remove all  who are wicked,  and then He lists some  of the wickedness  He will cut off.    In that list  in Zephaniah 1:5-6,  God says,

And those  who bow down and swear  to the LORD  and yet swear  by Milcom,   
And those  who have turned back  from following the LORD,   
And those  who have not sought the LORD  or inquired of Him.

Milcom was a chief Ammonite god,  that was also known as Molech.     The worshipers of Milcom were known  for sacrificing their children.     Any and everyone  who worshiped the LORD  “and yet”  swore by Milcom  was being two-faced.     All the ways  of honoring Milcom  were gross abominations.     So,  how can anyone live  in righteousness  according to the LORD God Almighty — and yet”,  honor what is abominable?     It cannot be done honestly.

Fast forward to today.     Today people claim to be Christians  and follow the Lord — but,  in the same breath  take part in honoring heathen superstitions,  witchcraft,  sorcery, and gore of all sorts.     It’s called Halloween — a day for trick ‘n treating,  scary stories,  and the casting of fearful spells.     How can that be?     We need  to think about these things  during times  when we are not being pushed  into taking part in them,  so we can have a better chance  of thinking  about God’s word clearly,  and realize God’s judgment  against these godless traditions.

How can someone say,  “I love Jesus,  my Lord and Savior,”  and then turn right around and revel  in the superstition and witchcraft  that Jesus says  will all end up  in hell  because He hates the evils in it?     Just one reference to that is in Revelation 22:14-15,  where Jesus says,

Blessed are those  who wash their robes,  that they may have the right  to the tree of life,  and may enter  by the gates  into the city.     Outside are the dogs  and the sorcerers  and the immoral persons  and the murderers  and the idolaters,  and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Jesus is not spoofing  when He says that.     God hates lies  and everything connected to lying — which includes all the traditions connected with Halloween  and a godless way  of living and thinking.

We know God will keep His promises  of eternal judgment  for those who continue  in their two-faced ways.     But,  what about those  who are sorry  they’ve been disobedient  and want the Lord’s forgiveness?     Can they ever be forgiven?     God exuberantly says,  “Yes!”   in Zephaniah 3:14-15,

Shout for joy,  O daughter of Zion!   
Shout in triumph,  O Israel!   
Rejoice and exult  with all your heart,    
O daughter of Jerusalem!    
The LORD has taken away His judgments  against you,    
He has cleared away  your enemies.    
The King of Israel,  the LORD,  is in your midst;   
You will fear disaster  no more.

When we turn to God  with our whole heart  and ask for forgiveness,  He will most certainly forgive all  of our sins.     Then we can rejoice big time,  as we are set free  from judgment.     We have an almighty Savior.     Let us turn quickly  to Him  and rejoice  in His love and forgiveness.

Set free  from the false ways  of this world,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  there is true freedom  only in You.     With You by our side,  we don’t have to follow the ways  of this wicked world.     Let the freedom we have  in You  bring glory and honor  to Your holy name.”

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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