I often wonder why so many people begin to follow Jesus and do as He says for a time, but then, later on, go on and do their own things apart from the Lord, our God. This is crazy to think that people would rather have the good things they see in life, but be willing to also give away their own salvation with God at the same time. Don’t people understand that there are consequences to every action we take in life? How about eternal destruction for those who walk apart from God? The road to God is straight and narrow. We can’t be seeking other paths, for they do not lead to God. Even Jesus said, 3“enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14) So what path are you on? Are you seeking God daily? Do you love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself? How about your thoughts and actions? Are they continually for God or on other things? Jesus said, 2“for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:21-24) Who is your master? Is it God or the things of this world? If it is God, then live your life for Him also.
My friends, I mention all this because I know that many people have already died without God really knowing them. Because they were not for Him, they were against Him. Therefore, I wish that you would endure in the faith and be saved. Do not fall off the path and be damned to hell. So many people have once lived for God and are now fallen away, so destruction is waiting in death. One such man was King Amaziah. 1“He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.” (2 Chronicles 25:2) Now, please underline where it says “not with a perfect heart”. This means that he did God’s will at times, but not always. And also note that this is the beginning of his reign as king. However, in times of war he was not relying upon God, but his mighty men instead, so God sent a man of God to warn. It is recorded, 1“but there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the Lord is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down. And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.” (2 Chronicles 25:7-10) So he listened to God’s servant at this point, but did he continue later on in life? We shall see as we continue to read.
It is said that after the Edomites were destroyed, that he went to their city and got caught up in their idolatry. This is what took him down. So 1“it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them. Wherefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand? And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.” (2 Chronicles 25:14-16) However, 1“Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.” (2 Chronicles 25:20) And so it happened that after 1“Amaziah did turn away from following the Lord they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.” (2 Chronicles 25:27) Could he have repented before his death? Yes. Did he? No Did he have time to repent? Yes. Everyone has time to repent and get right with God again, but this does take our own willingness to give up things like our idols, addictions, sexual sin, unbelief, and other things. We then give it all to God, in order to serve Him faithfully.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will awake these people that have once followed You but are now on their own path which leads to destruction. Surely, when You mention destruction in scripture, this can only mean hell, come death. So my heart is burdened for people that I know and love who are also on this wicked path. In this time that we live in, people have made unto themselves their own idols. It may not be in the form of a graven image, but still an idol in the sense of the word. For people have lifted up sports stars, music artists, and tv and movie actors ahead of you. People look them up on the internet more than they seek Your face in prayer. Even their phones have become a substitute for actually visiting people and even sadly calling them. What is very sad, Lord, is that people spend hours on end on these devices and even gaming consoles, where the Bible is not even opened. Lord, I can’t believe what I am seeing. Asking people the amount of time spent on their devices is a lot, but their time with You is very little. How can this be, Lord? What a wicked and abominable generation I am living in. People have become zombies in what they watch on television and what they do on their electronic devices. This is idolatry, where they are giving these things over to worship and praise. May this begin to stop in Your mighty Name, Jesus. I am pleading that if only a dozen people out of a thousand stopped, this would be glorious for Your kingdom. I’d rather see twelve more people be saved, then to know that they died in their sins. I love You, Lord. With all my heart do I follow and do as You say, God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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