Sunday, January 13, 2013

Keeping it all together.

Surely, that was God’s plan. After all, God is wiser than man. Surely, He knew that if He didn’t reveal His holiness and define clearly what is good and what is evil, what is right and what is wrong, that mankind would be without hope of ever achieving any degree of order in a world of chaos. You might say that God gave us the glue, the structure, the ingredients, and the ‘proof’ to back it up, that make for a good life on planet earth. Call it a gift. Of course, God and His Word are one and the same. They are inseparable. His Word is just an expression of who He is. Right? That said, that makes God, Himself, the gift that He gave us. Move away from God’s Word, and you move away from God. Move away from God, and you move away from peace and order. Move away from peace and order (God, as defined in his Word) and you begin to see the results…which is chaos. I think this is what is happening in our world. The moral foundation, the glue is breaking down. Many people claim to know and love God, but they don’t adhere to His Word. That’s not loving God. God’s Word clearly states that loving God is following His commands…and to be clear…that’s not just the ‘commands’ that you like or agree with in 2013! Again I say…undermine any of His clear teachings, and you undermine them all. When you do that, you play a part in the unraveling.

Luke 11:28…He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

John 14:15…"If you love me, you will obey what I command.

John 14:21…Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

John 14:23-24…Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

1 John 2:3-4…We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4…Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

2 Timothy 3:1-5…But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God---having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.