Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Holiness or Hell? - February 29th 1998

Altar call in Germany
It's amazing!  Since revival, it seems I learn something new about the Lord daily.  Even if I knew or heard it before, things get brought to a new light.

Here is what I was thinking on today.  I realize that Jesus has grace on those who are his children but does he tolerate sin in a christian's life?  Absolutely not!

"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." - Hebrews10:26-36

There is a verse in the Bible that says;
"But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." - Luke 12:48

I think God expects more from those of us who have lived in revival than those who have not.  Here's what I mean:

Johnny was raised in a dry, religiouse church and it is all he ever knew.  Johnny also had a struggle with sin.

David was apart of an amazing move of God that changed his life.  After the move ended Dave went back to some of his old ways while still claiming to be a Christian.

Who will God be harsher on?

The fact is, we are to live for the Lord no matter what.  We have become to distracted by the world.  We should be living as though our Lord could come for us at any moment.  We should be doing His work no matter the cost.  If the Lord returned right now, would we be happy with our condition?  Would the Lord be happy with our condition?

Jesus will be a wise judge and will judge precisely.  If we remain in His moral, we will have nothing to fear.  If we stray, we need to fear hell fire.

1 comment:

  1. I think that Christians have a hard time with understanding Salvation vs Sanctification. At least that is the hardship for me. I have been saved by faith in Christ and He alone, but I am saved to be saved; to be sanctified that is. I can no longer practice sin because of the one who is in me without strict discipline. I have learned the difference between discipline toward Godliness, and punishment toward death. This is the very reason that we have a foundation of repentance that is built upon in our maturation in Christ. (Hebrews explicitly talks of this too) God does not change His disposition toward sin in any way, but He has changed His disposition toward us, who are in Christ (1 Peter 2:10) God is a loving Father that disciplines us always for our good. I know that He will never stop loving me and drawing me closer to His holiness! Thanks for your encouragements. I have been inspired to begin my own revival journal. God is in the business of revival for us, and He is working in our hearts to bring us to that place of refreshing. Waiting and straining toward Him together! Sheryl