Saturday, March 15, 2008
Times Have Changed -- and yet, God's Law remains the same!
Exodus 20:15 says
You shall not steal.
Jeremiah 7:9-11 says
Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord.
Ephesians 4:28 says
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous  will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,  10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 13:9 says
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 19:17-22 says
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
1 John 2:4 says
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1 John 3:4 says
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
Acts 17:31 says
Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?"
23 And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness."
So what have you stolen? Are you a thief? You don't have to steal a car to be a thief in God's eyes. Just taking something that does not belong to you, is stealing. It is covetous and it is breaking the 8th and the 10th Commandments.
When you die, will you face God as your Judge or as your Savior?
When you die, if you have not repented of your sins and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you will face God the Judge. If you face God the Judge, you will go to hell.
If you face God the Savior, you will gain your rewards in heaven!
Which will it be?
If you have not repented of your sins, if you are still living in your sins, if you are still mocking God and others for trying to warn you to flee from sin, then you will face God the Judge. You will not have a jury of your hamburgers (peers), you will not have Ronald McDonald as your prosecuting attorney (it will be Satan bringing up all your sins as he is the accuser) and your judge will not be Mayor McCheese, it will be God Himself! And His Judgment is a righteous judgment. His standards are higher than ours are. Do you realize this?
Why do you still live in your sins?
Why do you still mock the living God?
Why do you still desire to live for the flesh?
As a born-again Christian, you should have put off the old self, the old sin nature. You shall have no desire to sin and no desire to live in your sins. As a repentant follower of Christ, you will have new life. You will become a new creature in Christ. If you have not received the gift of repentance, then there is a good chance you are not saved.
Is it my place to say whether you will go to heaven or hell? NO!
But, wouldn't you rather have someone warn you of impending danger? Or would you rather fall off the cliff with no warning?
God as your Savior...
God as your Judge...
which will it be for you?
Repent and put your faith and trust in Jesus to save you!