Until they were stuffed: Psalm 78.29-31

“They ate until they were stuffed;
he gave them what they desired.
They were not yet filled up,
their food was still in their mouths,
when the anger of God flared up against them.”

Psalm 78.29-31

The psalmist told things that fathers were to tell their children, so that they would keep God’s commandments. Because God chose a people did not mean that they could do what they want. On the contrary!

Our desires may be killers, not only because they bring bad consequences, but also because they bring upon us God’s judgment. The church must learn from Israel’s history.

#votd #desire #judgment

The Lord knows how: 2 Peter 2.9 VOTD

“…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment,”

2 Peter 2.9

Peter assures his readers that the Lord will act, both on their behalf and against the unrighteous. One entails the other.

What kind of reaction can we have toward this double-sided truth?

#salvation #judgment #VOTD

According to works: Romans 2.6-8 VOTD

“He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”

Romans 2.6-8

Paul’s concept of faith takes in one’s works toward God. Eternal life is for those who persevere in good works, not of merit, but of faith.

Works that are good are defined by God, not by man. Those who do good works are in contrast to those who do not obey the truth. What is it we should seek that Paul describes as “glory and honor and immortality”?

#judgment #God #VOTD

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11-9/10-2017 Persecution May Come

“At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1 NKJV). Saul of Tarsus “made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3 NKJV). God does not promise Christians that no evil will happen to them. David rightly prayed: “Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve” (Psalm 28:4 NKJV). The Apostle John “saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9 NKJV). God promises Judgment to come.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #judgment, #persecution

Disaster: Amos 9.10 VOTD

“All the sinners among my people will die by the sword—
the ones who say, ‘Disaster will not come near, it will not confront us.’”

Amos 9.10

Many rebellious people among the Israelites denied the prophet’s message of judgment for the nation’s sins.

Even today some deny they will reap what they sow, or that Jesus will return to judge those who do good and who do evil, Gal 6.6-10; Rom 2.4-11; 2 Pet 3.3-15.

#denial #judgment #VOTD

The unpopular subject

“Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth” Isaiah 2:19.

Judgment’s coming! That’s not a popular subject today. It’s not a popular subject in any age. It certainly wasn’t popular in Isaiah’s time of the eighth century B.C. when people lived and worshiped whatever and however they wanted. But, a just God warned of judgment then just as He warns now. For Israel, they were brutally overrun by the Assyrians, never to return to the promised land, the promise of which their conduct had spurned. For us, many will deceive themselves into believing that they are heirs of the promise of eternal like only to find their conduct has spurned heaven. Isaiah was Israel’s ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher at a time when the people only wanted to hear sermons of God’s great mercy and love. The ‘fire and brimstone’ sermons of a century ago are rarely heard today, but God is still a just God and still warns us of judgment through His Word. Perhaps the themes of Isaiah are exactly what we need to hear to once again become a prepared people.

Are you ready for that Day to come?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#judgment #Isaiah #prepare

‘Fear God’ Ecclesiastes 12.13-14 VOTD

“Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12.13-14

The book sounds like an adolescent trying out all kinds of ideas. God lets us see Solomon’s experiments in life.

Solomon’s life started out well and went downhill. His book starts at the bottom and finishes at the top.

#VOTD #fear-of-God #judgment

From bad to worse (1 Kings 16)

That might be an appropriate title for chapter 16 of 1 Kings: “From Bad to Worse.” Abandonment of the Lord produced debauchery, murder, division, idolatry. The chapter shows divine justice being carried out in the midst of a nation’s perfidy. Here are a few lessons from the chapter. Continue reading

#1-kings, #alcohol, #bible-lessons, #judgment, #worship

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11-18-2016 Jesus Saves Believers Only

“And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48 NKJV).  Jesus is simply stating that while He lived on earth, He did not make a final judgment against anyone, but He will one day!  The warnings against, and descriptions of, sin are to help us make the right choice. Before He left this earth and went back into Heaven, Jesus also said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#judgment

The town of Madmen

In Jeremiah’s condemnation of Moab, he mentions a number of its cities along the length of the nation, which lay to the east of the Dead Sea. Among them, this one:

City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed.
A destructive army will march against you.
Jer 48.2b

Madmen is a Hebrew word, not English. It is not where mad men live. Continue reading

#bible-versions, #jeremiah, #judgment

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10-19-2016 In The Midst Of Sinners

John wrote: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 NKJV).  Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  John described what it will mean to remain an “unbeliever.”  Jesus said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:11-12 NKJV).  John showed what will happen to “adulterers and adulteresses.” Jesus said of the devil, “he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV).  John gave the end result for liars. Standing in the midst of sinners without repenting will not pass the Day of Judgment!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#judgment, #unbeliever

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2-23-2016 All Discrimination Is Not Condemned

According to the dictionary, discrimination involves our “power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent.” In other words, discrimination is our ability to make good judgments. Because it has been tied to the word “racial,” many people are afraid to have it. Discrimination is a non-racial, non-sexual word, and those who make it that way are bullying people from making good moral decisions. God’s Wisdom says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13 NKJV). Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV). We must discriminate!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#discrimination, #judgment, #racial, #sexual

I See It Not

I see it not, but feel it on my skin,
The clouds roll back, to let the sunshine in,
And then they close, and shut the sunshine out,
I see and feel the drops that fall about.

I cannot see the Holy Spirit move,
His presence by his fruit the saint can prove;
In clouds the Son will turn our faith to sight,
And all will feel the judgment God will write.

JRMatheny

#faith, #judgment, #poetry, #sight

The One spurned

Ron Thomas makes an important point in one of his articles:

We must never forget that God is judge and his word is supreme. He will not bend to our preferences nor bow to our desires.

God will react to us in the way we react to him. If we spurn him, he will spurn us. If we seek him, we will discover that he has sought to receive us into his arms.

#god, #judgment, #quotes

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8-14-2015 Truly Neglected Orphans

Christians can now pray David’s prayer: the wicked “have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:3-5 NKJV). Judgment upon the wicked may thus be: “Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow. Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places (Psalm 109:9-10 NKJV). While fathers fiddle with their iphones and ipads, with email, LinkedIn, YouTube or Fantasy Sports, their children are “fatherless.” While mothers use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest, their children are “vagabonds, and beg” for love and attention. Children of the wicked, need parenting!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#judgment, #parenting, #social-media, #wicked