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The Consequences Of Transgressing Against God

You must understand the need to not let down your guard or walk willfully in sin. It is when you do this, is when God allows the enemy to strike us down. We are no longer under His defense, but under the power of Satan the day that we turn our hearts from God and walk in our own ways instead. And you may think that you are not doing this, but if you are not humbling yourself before God, praying often, seeking the Lord’s face, repenting of your sins, read the Bible, or out doing God’s will, then your faith is not alive and active, but dead. This is what is called transgressing against the Lord and turning our hearts to the lusts of our flesh instead. This happened to Rehoboam, while he was ruling as the king of Judah, and because he forsook the Lord, Even the house of the Lord was left unguarded and a man named 1“Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem,” (2 Chronicles 12:2) while taking 1“away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.” (2 Chronicles 12:9) It is said that 1“when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.” (2 Chronicles 12:1) This is why God’s temple was left wide open to be ransacked. If Rehoboam would have just remembered the Lord this would not have happened, but instead, his own desires trumped God’s, which is so sad. It is even sadder to think that many people are forsaking God’s laws today and still call themselves Christians in word, but not in deed. Instead, these people live secret lives, while indulging in pornography, fornication, and even alcohol and drug addictions, which the Lord hates. God can see all and his wrath is upon such people who commit sin willfully.

The same thing that happened to Rehoboam happens to us as well, because we allow things in our lives to defile the temple of God in us. You may not realize this, but your body is 2“not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) Do you need a wakeup call, in order to repent of your sins, as Rehoboam did? He had the prophet Shemiah come to him and say, 1“thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak,” his enemy. (2 Chronicles 12:5) This is the same as if a person in your church or an evangelist came to you. It is said that 1“the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous. And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.” (2 Chronicles 12:6,7) Praise God that they did humble themselves before God. However, it was said of Rehoboam, at his death, that 1“he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 12:14) How do you want to be remembered? A person that humbled him or herself before God and endured in the faith of Christ or a person that humbled themselves, but then again walked in him or her own ways? The one person that kept following Jesus is saved, but the latter person that left him is not. Therefore, you have a choice to make. Will you humble yourself, while repenting of your sins, and then live your life for Jesus? Please know that if you ignore this call, that there will be consequences come judgment day, as you are sentenced to be cast into the lake of fire.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love Your laws and commandments for my life. To do Your will is what brings me joy in this life. Even Your counsel is food for my soul. I am so happy that You have looked into my life and seen the wickedness that was therein, in order for me to repent of it. Whatever is keeping me apart from Your presence is not needed any longer, for living for You is my top priority. I’d rather live in faith, then to have the pleasures of this world fall upon me. I do not need wealth and security in this life, but only what You would bless me with. Even my flesh is better suited for Your kingdom, then to be turned over to the lusts therein, that only lead me to be burdened in sadness, guilt, and shame. I have tested the waters of sin and death, and have found them to be wretched, as I was once wretched inside. Surely, You saw inside of me a person that I never knew existed. A person that was destined for more than what I thought was possible. I may have thought that I had experienced the best this world offered already, but I was so blinded. I did not have ears to hear You or eyes to see You until I was fully surrendered to You. It felt so good to remove the porn, adulterous thoughts, and other lustful intents from my heart. It was a cleansing of my heart and mind, that I had never experienced before. I was renewed through Your blood. Thank You, Jesus. I may have walked apart from You for many years of my life, but now I am Yours. People can say all they want about me, but their opinions do not matter, for my heart is for You only. I am Your humble servant, fully repented, and am here to lean on You for the understanding I need in this life and the next. I love You, Jesus. You are everything to me. I give You the glory and praise. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

2 Chronicles 12
12 Chronicles 12 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.
2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous.
7 And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lord, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.
13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Corinthians 6
21 Corinthians 6 (KJV)
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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