The Price Is So Very High! (Part One)
By Don twobears
I come here today with a few things I need to get off my chest. There are also some things that need to be aired, redesigned, reconditioned, remade, whatever adjective suits the situation, actually. I am fully aware that we are presently living in the end times. According to the Word of God and this just seems to be the best time of all to discuss these subjects.
God told Adam and Eve what this life would expect of them as they continued to live on this planet. God told Adam that by sweat of his brow, he would work the land, in other words, life was now going to be a whole lot worse for them. God told Eve, that she would bear her children in pain and suffering and as of today that is still the case.
People go to work and “labor” at everything they do. They must concentrate and go to great lengths to make things happen. The farmer must endure day after day of continual heat with or without rain in order to have a crop to harvest and only today is a lot easier than it was just fifty years ago.
Children must labor in their studies at school, year after year until they graduate or they never get to go into higher schools of learning. No higher learning, then they are stuck with the minimal paying jobs! Millions of babies are born every year and it is still through pain and suffering, sometimes even death, to do so. So now, I believe you are beginning to understand what I am talking about here.
God said, “In the beginning” and all of it is still going on just as HE said it would. The first thing you must understand is this: God made these things so because Adam and Eve decided to “sin” against God, to do something God told them NOT to do─that is SIN. God having said that, we are still in the same predicament as when Adam and Eve were here. Since that is the case, since we have not been able to change a single thing about that, do you think that God meant what HE said?
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
When we look at the previous verse, God is saying when you’re having a hard time, when you’re getting frustrated, BEFORE you get angry, bring the situation to HIM. It says HE will give you rest, that means a type of respite concerning said situation, a change of direction, with you or another. It did NOT say HE would make it go away!
The Lord emphasizes:
“My Yoke is easy and my burden is light.” See that? You’re still going to work it all out, the Lord will help you, but you must ask for HIS help.
Here’s another one:
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
here is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Where does it tell you, that there is nothing for you to do in your situation? You are still going to have to work it out, one of the reasons it’s called “work.” Life is now and always will be work. Since effort is still going to be required of each of us, just to live, wouldn't it be better if you had help?
So now we get to the “Not so fun part!” What is with all this complaining? What is it with everyone running around, going from church to church, until someone says what you have been begging to hear? Just the good stuff and never the bad stuff!
Well...it’s all about this sin stuff, you know, sin this and sin that and everyone is bad!” Adam and Eve walked with God on a daily basis, knew God well and yet they still got in trouble when they committed their sin. What makes anyone now days think that they are above all that? Our sin is just as bad now as it was back then. Nothing has changed!
Sometimes I begin to think we have just become, either better at committing sin, or we are more vocal about it. Looking at the population of the world, as compared to back when it was Just God, Adam and Eve, I must say there is a considerable larger amount of sin going on now than then, wouldn't you?
At least we can dive into the blood of Jesus Christ and beg HIS forgiveness, what else could you possibly ask for, that would be better? Evidently, that is not enough for most. They want or I should say, they expect God to receive them simply because of who they think they are. My friends, that is plain and simple blasphemy to God.
What is so unexpected though is the sheer numbers of people that already know what the first sin was and never see their own sin. They believe they are too good a person to think God would count their sin against them, but they are dead wrong!
James 4:1-7, emphasis added:
“From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses know ye not that the friendship of the worldis enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
That is GOD talking to all of us and since the first sin we still work by the “sweat of our brow” nothing is going to change! WE, as in you and me, must come to HIM first and deal with our sin first otherwise there is NO Salvation!
I am finding it so difficult now days. Where are all the born-again believers, the followers of Jesus Christ, why are there so few getting the message out? People, this is NOT rocket science. We have the Holy Scriptures, Gods holy Word to us, the Bible─to rely on, to show and reprove and rebuke with and God said that. What else could we possibly need more than that? It is the absolute TRUTH. It is the only truth that will bring people together, with the only God that can save them from eternal destruction!
We need to be out in force, proving to people that God is who HE says HE is and that HE will do exactly what HE said in HIS Holy Word. That’s the bottom line here. Everything else in this life comes after that, without exception.
My brothers and sisters, we are at the threshold of time, right here and right now. The Rapture is so close, that if you were to put out your hand you could touch the hem of our Lord and Savior’s garment! Time is of the essence! Hell is NOT half full and heaven continues to expand according to the Word of God.
Our daily lives and the work we must produce, proves the very Word of God─the Bible─is without error. It is the whole truth and all the truth! God has HIS stamp of approval on it! That being the case we need to be out there amongst the people of this lost world, telling them everything we know about Jesus Christ and HIS Godly love for them as much as for us.
We humans are the ultimate picture of procrastination, we wait until the very last moment to get done what we should have been doing along; ringing the bells, setting off the sirens and waking people up! Preferably, before the Rapture catches everyone asleep!
If you believe the Bible, from the first verse to the last, then you already know what has been and what is to come. You are holding the ultimate book in your hands that will change the world!
Think on this for a moment: If the bureaucrats of this world knew what was in the Bible, if they understood the Scriptures and believed them with every fiber of their being, can you imagine for one moment, how different this world would be RIGHT NOW?
I know I wouldn’t be able to recognize it, that’s for sure! And we’re just talking about the bureaucrats here! Honestly, I’m wondering what I am going to say to my Lord and Savior, IF HE chooses to ask me, if HE asks me if I did everything that I could think of to bring the lost to HIM?
I PRAY that I am doing my best for HIM because HE deserves more than that from me, more than I could ever imagine in my little finite mind. Looking in HIS eyes, not saying a word, will HE smile and welcome me home? I KNOW HE WILL, but the question is “How about all the others in this world?”
IF we had to face them, what excuse would we give them that we were too busy to tell them? There wasn’t enough time? We don’t speak their language? We were afraid of them? What about all those that are hearing everything but what they need to be saved to Jesus Christ? What would we say to them?
How could we ever say a word that would be sufficient enough to excuse ourselves from bringing them to the knowledge that Jesus Christ and HIS blood on the cross, the ONLY way to heaven and eternal life? Excuses never work, when the price is very high! To be continued in (Part Two).
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