Monday, November 23, 2009

Great displays of Gods grace/wrath IGNORED

It would only seem reasonable and logical, to say the least, that a miraculous experience of deliverance from judgment would produce lasting conversion and gratitude towards the Lord! Right? Yet how have the great majority of unregenerate/lost/wicked men responded to the most astounding rescues in history? With sin-filled arrogance, self-righteousness, and self-indulgence.

Consider with me some the many great deliverance's chronicled in the scriptures.
Deliverance from SODOM

  • Lot's wife only regretted having to leave
  • His daughters devised and follow through on a plan of incest

Deliverance from EGYPT

  • The Israelites complain about everything
  • The Israelites despise the rescue and long for Egypt
  • The Israelites worship false gods in the very presence of a manifestation of God

Deliverance from Babylonian/Medo-Persian CAPTIVITY

  • The remnant spend their time seeking their own gain (building their houses)
  • The remnant despise God with worthless sacrifices
  • The remnant return to their rebellious ways

Shouldn't these events have caused a dramatic change of heart??? What about the CROSS??? Isn't the CROSS OF CHRIST the ultimate display of grace toward the wicked, isn't the CROSS OF CHRIST the most dramatic event in ALL of history. isn't it the CROSS OF CHRIST the most powerful and unthinkable display of the grace of God? It should go without saying, that it indeed was!! Yet man has maintained his consistency in rejecting and rebelling against the grace and power of God!

These few instance that I have cited are events that displayed both the wrath of God and the grace of God! Well what then can be gathered or gleamed from this? Well what I desired to point out is the absolute necessity of understanding that a 'change of heart' (conversion) is a MIRACLE of God. Something that requires much more than LOGIC, FEAR, EXCITEMENT, GRATITUDE, SHOCK, UNDERSTANDING, SIGHT, or any other feelings, thoughts or experiences. The bible is CRYSTAL clear about man's INABILITY to seek or respond to God UNLESS He does something IN them. Surely if man COULD do anything of himself, if salvation was simply a 'decision' or an 'accepting' of what God offers, then we should expect these times to effect the majority. This is precisely why we DO NOT read of mass conversions during the MOST (from our view) EXPECTED times. Let it be remembered that for every 'I hit rock bottom, then....' testimony (via drugs, poverty, sickness, tragedy, disaster etc) there are millions of stories of people who (though they 'called' to God or promised something or thanked Him) quickly forgot God and only increased in their pursuit of wickedness.

If this is the case then where must we give our attention? Where should we focus our energies, if man is in such a state that a undeniable manifestation of God cannot change him???

Well like some Evangelical teachers today, there was a man, a wealthy man who thought that the great need of men is to see/experience 'PROOF' and surely then, they would repent! Now of course you ARE saying that 'well that's ridiculous because that's isn't what Roms 1 says of man, he's not suffering from lack of 'proof', but a lack of LIFE!" Trust me, I hear you, but seriously there ARE people who STILL think this, and then as is expected you say 'But Jesus said the reason men don't come to the Light is because they LOVE their SINS' Amen! Yet let's quickly show the passage of this wealthy man.

(Luke 16:19-31)......27"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 28for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' 30" 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 31"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "

Nuff said?

Well you should know that 'Moses and the Prophets' mean the Word of God, which means that the most effective, the most powerful weapon we have (ever heard of the 'sword of the Spirit') is the very WORD of God.

WE DESPERATELY NEED in this our day MEN OF ONE BOOK!!!! (women too!)

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