GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 11
GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 11 ~ ~ PART ONE ~ ~ Isaiah 9:16
“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”
“And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.”
It is clear that the United States is under the judgment of God for her many many evil sins. This nation has been slapping the Almighty across the face. It is as bad or worse than Sodom, Nineveh, or the tower or Babel, yet, He is holding His wrath. We are on the edge, and we need to pay attention!!!
Pride is rampant in our society, and is the mother of all sins. That was Lucifer’s sin. While I wouldn’t put any man on the level of Lucifer, there are many other avenues for pride..
Finding reasons not to submit totally to Jesus Christ to accept His substitution for us for our punishment is a result of pride. That’s seeing oneself as good enough to make it to heaven alone, without His intervention. If that were possible, why did He suffer and die? This is idol worship. It is worshipping ourselves.
Part of that is poor foundational teaching. Many people think that just “being human”, committing small sins, that God will wink at, as long as we don’t do the big ones. Some churches teach that. We have to study the Word and meditate on the attributes of God. Many church teachings have minimized Him, and attempted to bring Him down to our level to avoid the fear of judgment for sin.
His ways are so far above our ways, we can’t begin to imagine them, much less understand them. But we DO need to obey Him, and we are without excuse for not doing that.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
That general thought (that we are “good enough” to get to heaven) opens the door to a certain internal haughtiness that we maybe aren’t aware of, but that speaks loudly to the ears of the Almighty. It’s idolatry, the worship of a false god—-and that false God is ourselves. Idolatry was dealt with awe-ful terror in times past, and God never changes.
“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”
Our society teaches the haughtiness to our children from youngsters….First, that they are so good, and important in and of themselves. We are valuable, not because of ourselves, but because we are made in the image of God, and because He loved us enough, despite our rejection of Him, to suffer and die for us.
Children are taught that their looks, their bodies, their likes and dislikes, their social status, all are raised as monuments to the idol of self. They are told, “You can be anything you want to be.” “You can do anything you want to do”
None of these are Biblical teachings. They are pumping up their sense of pride.
We do children a terrible disservice to pump up their selfishness like this. We are making it difficult, if not impossible, for them to submit to their Creator and Savior, having been raised to such a lofty level themselves in their own eyes by their adults.
In God’s Word, however, we are told to esteem others as better than ourselves, to seek the will of God in our lives, not our own, and that we can do all things, not of ourselves, but through Christ. in:
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Read these verses, and compare to what the world system teaches the younger generation. They are hearing lies everyday!!!
Many Christians are just shaking their heads, saying how terrible things are getting, but they’re doing nothing to bring their lives totally into submission to the Word of God. That’s all it will take, if EACH Christian will do that!
This nation will be judged if the Church doesn’t turn things around. This is up to EACH ONE OF US……….we MUST get back to the Word of God!!!!
PART 2 TOMORROW
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