Monthly Archives: May 2015

Reaping What’s Been Sown

As America celebrates another Memorial Day remembering those who have given their lives for our precious freedoms, our once great nation finds itself in the throes of reaping what has been sown over the last 50 years. Since 1962 prayer has been thrown out of our public schools, the killing of innocent babies in the womb has been legalized, free love and mind-altering drugs of the 60s generation are rampant throughout the culture, and God-ordained marriage is witnessing its demise per those who seek to destroy its 6,000 years of history. For a country that seemingly has turned its back on God upon Whose Word it was founded, may we repent and return to our First Love before it is too late, knowing it is written in His Word, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” (Galatians 6:7).

God warned the Children of Israel before taking possession of the Promised Land that if after they had remained long in the land and they were to forget His covenant with them by corrupting themselves and doing evil in the sight of God to provoke Him to anger, they would soon perish from off the land and be destroyed (Deuteronomy 4). It was first King Nebuchadnezzar and his army who conquered and destroyed Jerusalem 850 years later, taking all but those who were sick and feeble captive back to Babylon including the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the Hebrew prophet Daniel. After 70 years of captivity and the Jews return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls, it is recorded in A.D. 70 the Roman General Titus overthrew the city again, burning it to the ground with the people scattering to the four corners of the earth as God had warned them would happen for their disobedience (v.27). It was not until Israel’s rebirth on May 14, 1948, “a nation born in a day,” that God has allowed the Children of Israel to return to the Promised Land where they will remain in preparation for His Second Coming, never to be scattered again (Isaiah 66).

If God brought destruction to the people of Israel for their disobedience to Him, “provoking Him to jealousy with strange gods… with abominations provoked they Him to anger. They sacrificed unto devils, not to God… and hast forgotten God that formed thee,” He said, “I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very forward generation, children in whom is no faith” (Deuteronomy 32:15-20), how shall America escape His judgments that are sure to come if we neglect so great salvation? We are doomed as all nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).

“And that, knowing the time,

That now it is high time to awake out of sleep;

The night is far spent, the day is at hand:

Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,

And let us put on the Armour of Light.

Romans 13:11-12

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No Sin Preached, No Revival

It has been the prayer of many for decades of the Lord granting another Great Awakening to America and beyond. It was during the 1730s into the 1740s the First Great Awakening took place, with the Second Great Awakening following fifty years later during the 1790s into the early decades of the 1800s. Lives were dramatically changed, along with communities, as sin was repented of within a person’s heart and their utmost desire became to live for God by obeying His Word.

“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God as the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10. It was by the preaching of a young pastor named Jonathan Edwards in Massachusetts that sparked the First Great Awakening. Edwards was greatly concerned that those who sat under his preaching were prepared for what lie ahead of them in Eternity, either Heaven above or Hell beneath. In order for them to make their decision they needed to know of their lost condition, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23); they needed to know of God’s wrath concerning their sin, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men(Romans 1:18); they needed to know of God’s provision through His Son’s death on the cross to pay for their sin, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord(Romans 6:23). Jonathan Edwards preached powerful sermons that caused men and women, boys and girls to grip their church pews tightly with their hands, cry out to God for forgiveness and fall on their knees in total surrender to Him.

Jonathan Edwards is noted for his greatest sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” taking his text from Deuteronomy 32:35, “Their foot shall slide in due time.” Other sermons preached by Edwards to reveal through Scripture the reality of “the place of torment” (Luke 16: 19:31) awaiting those who reject the Son of God, were titled:

  • “The End of the Wicked Contemplated by the Righteous”Revelation 18:20, “Rejoice over her thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
  • “The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable” – Ezekiel 22:14, “Can thine heart endure… in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it.”
  • “The Wicked Useful in Their Destruction Only” – Ezekiel 15:2-4, “What is the vine tree more than any tree…Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel… Is it meet for any work?”
  • “The Eternity of Hell Torments” – Matthew 25:46,“These shall go away into everlasting punishment.”
  • “The Unreasonableness of Indetermination in Religion” – I Kings 18:21, “How long halt ye between two opinions?”
  • “The Folly of Looking Back in Fleeing Out of Sodom” – Luke 17:32, “Remember Lot’s wife.”
  • “When the Wicked Shall Have Filled Up the Measure of Their Sin, Wrath Will Come Upon Them to the Uttermost” – I Thessalonians 2:16, “To fill up their sins alway.”

Not until the pulpits of our churches begin to proclaim the full counsel of God concerning sin that so easily besets us all and His wrath that is to come upon sinful people, will revival break forth. Man must first realize his lost condition before God in his inability to keep the Ten Commandments, “for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all,” (James 2:10). Once man is presented with his total depravity before God and his weakness to do anything about it by himself, will he cry out with the Philippian jailer in Acts 16, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”…saved from God’s wrath that is to come.

Blessings & Cursings

The LORD has written in His Word the blessings He will bring upon those who listen to His voice through His Word, to observe and to do all He commands. He promises His blessings will come UPON them and OVERTAKE them. But for those who choose not to read God’s Word and be obedient unto Him, curses will be what comes upon them and overtakes them in their daily lives (Deuteronomy 28).

HIS BLESSINGS

  • Blessed will you be in the city, and in the field.
  • Blessed will be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground.
  • Blessed will be the fruit of your cattle, your oxen, and the flocks of your sheep.
  • Blessed will be your basket and your store.
  • Blessed will you be when you come in, and when you go out.
  • Blessed will you be when your enemies are brought down.
  • Blessed will be your storehouses.
  • Blessed will be all you do.
  • Blessed will be your land.
  • Blessed will be the rain that falls on your land in season.
  • Blessed will you be to lend and not to borrow.

All these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, IF thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 28:2

HIS CURSES

  • Cursed you will be in the city, and in the field.
  • Cursed will be your basket and your store.
  • Cursed will be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land.
  • Cursed will be the increase of your cattle, and the flocks of your sheep.
  • Cursed will be when you come in, and when you go out.
  • Cursed, vexation and rebuke will come upon all that you do.
  • Cursed with pestilence, consumption, fever, inflammation, and extreme burning.
  • Cursed with the sword, blasting, and mildew.
  • Cursed with heaven as brass and earth as iron under your feet.
  • Cursed with rain as powder and dust coming down upon the land.
  • Cursed with enemies smiting you.
  • Cursed with diseases, madness, astonishment of heart.
  • Cursed with children given to others.
  • Cursed with others getting what you produce.
  • Cursed with oppression.
  • Cursed with sowing much seed, reaping little.
  • Cursed with destruction of vineyard by worms.
  • Cursed with children given to captivity.
  • Cursed with trees and fruit eaten by locust.
  • Cursed with being brought low.
  • Cursed with having to borrow, and not lend.

“Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed: Because thou hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded theeBecause you served not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things. Deuteronomy 28:45,47