Judgment Still Falls

“And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel‬ ‭15:7-8‬ ‭

The bible says that because the punishment for sin does not come quickly, it is in the heart of men to do evil. I’m other words, because people think they are getting away with it they set their heart to do it. Yet eventually judgment will fall for God is just.

However, the truth is that God does not desire judgment. The very reason that He takes so long to act in judgment is because He is allotting time for repentance in hopes that His judgement not have to come. 

“And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.” – Jonah‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭

So if God does not desire judgment, then why does it come at all? Because God is just, and He is not a man that He should lie. If He has said that the wages of sin are death then one who continues to work iniquity must be paid the wage they have been promised. Once God speaks something, it becomes law and His justice requires that He honor His words for better or for worse. This is why He sent Jesus to atone for our sin with His own life, to pay the price for us, that we might be given a clean slate, a new life, and escape the curse of the law.

However. A simple truth that few seem to realize is that unless you have been atoned for by the blood of Jesus, washed clean, born again into a new life, have repented and turned away from sin, and empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to walk no more there in, then you are actually still under a law and condemned by that law.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans‬ ‭8:1-4‬ ‭‬‬

The law did not pass away, it was simply atoned for, paid for, and fulfilled by a better covenant. There is no law for those who are in Christ but for those who are not, the law remains, and the judgment of that law remains. Though God may tarry in hopes of your repentance that you might escape the wrath of the law, if you do not take the atonement that He has provided, judgment will eventually find you. 

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:9-11‬ ‭

God has been more then merciful, but we are not promised tomorrow, nor is He obligated to continue turning a blind eye forever. However, He is obligated to judge the sins of the unrighteous who have refused His mercy and done despite to the Spirit of Grace. Don’t push your luck, don’t waste God’s mercy, don’t mock His grace. He took your place that you might escape. Don’t take it for granted, for eventually judgment will fall. Whether God wants it to or not, He must pay out the wages of unrepented sin, because He said He would and therefor He must, for He is just. 

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” – John‬ ‭3:18-20‬ 

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” – Ecclesiastes‬ ‭8:11-13‬ ‭

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” -Hebrews‬ ‭10:26-31‬ ‭

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Where Are The Spiritual Mother’s and Father’s?

“Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:11-15‬ ‭

This was true in Paul’s time and it is still true today. There are many “instructors” in the faith but not many spiritual mothers and fathers because while all want the glam of having students and followers, very few are willing to selflessly sacrifice to parent someone in the faith. That is to say, to truly invest into bringing others into the faith, disciple, teach them through their growing process until they are able to stand and walk this walk of faith, and help to equip them to venture out into their callings and to be good disciplers themselves. 

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” – 1 Peter‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭

This has always been the true call of every Christian. Jesus never said, “go out and make converts“, or “go out and get people to join your church or denomination“. He said, “go out and make disciples”. In the early church it was every single person who got saved’s job to first willingly be discipled, then to willingly disciple others. This is actually where the term “God parents” comes from. When someone was “born again” they were considered babes in Christ, therefor someone more mature in the faith would be assigned to take them in as spiritual parents and raise them up in the faith until matured. These were their “God parents“. If the young believer failed, the babe in Christ was not looked poorly upon, their God parents were for not doing their job as a parent and neglecting or not looking after or tending to the new member of the family of God. For a baby is not at fault for falling down, yet it’s parents are if they do not pick it back up and teach it to walk. 

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me (new believer/babe in Christ), it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” – Matthew‬ ‭18:6‬ ‭

Simply instructing others from a stage, camera, or from a distance is glamorous, simply coming to church and warming a pew is easy, but being a spiritual mother or father to someone is laboring, selfless, and sacrificial. Therefor has it always been the least done but the most needed, for though it is the least glamorous, it is the most effective. Choose to step up and fill the void and see lives, homes, families, and even whole communities changed by the power of God. Most of all, see yourself changed as you begin to move in true faith doing what Jesus said to do and seeing Him back up His own commandment with His own power. 

Yes as any natural parent can tell you, it will not be easy. You will get attached and they will rebel at times, you will be selfless and they will be selfish at times, you will give and they will take, you will be over worked and under appreciated just as every parent is. Yet good parents endure in the bonds of love and hope that one day the lessons and wisdom you sowed into them and the example you set before them will produce good fruits in them once they have grown up in the faith and matured. You see, because of your willingness to be a vessel of the Holy Spirit of God sowing these good seeds into their lives, they will (not right away but eventually) stand and begin to raise up disciples of their own one day, at which point they will finally understand and be grateful for all that you endured to raise up and disciple them. This is the way of parenting, both physical and spiritual, and because of your steadfastness, will they be steadfast also. This is the way God designed and intended for ministry to be. This is the way it works, the way it really works, the only way it really works.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old (mature), he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭

“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.” – Isaiah‬ ‭54:1‬ ‭

A Revival In Waiting 

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.” – Jonah‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

Jonah finally makes it to Nineveh, walks in, and proclaims the word of God. Here is what would seem to be a very strange looking crazy little man walking through the streets crying that in forty days this city will be overthrown. Who would believe that? This was a great city, it took three days to walk across it (about 60 miles wide), with a population of about 120,000 and that is likely only the men. 

Nineveh was founded by Nimrod, one of the most wicked characters in the bible being the first antichrist archetype that appears in scripture. Nineveh was a center for Ishtar (Asherah) worship, who was the female counterpart of Baal. This was always greatly condemned by God throughout scripture. This city, from its founding was evil. Everything about it was evil. Everything it had ever been or done was evil. It was immoral, it was violent, it was vial. Who would want to save this people? No man, not even Jonah (that’s why he ran) wanted this wicked people who covered their walls with human skins and lit their streets with blazing human heads, to be saved. Surely they were too evil, surely they were a lost cause, surely they deserved annihilation. Yet in this we see God’s great love and justice shine forth. That even though all that would count themselves good saw no good in this people (including Jonah), yet God who is just still made a way for them to choose. 

These people were wicked from birth, they were founded in wickedness, they knew no truth, so God sent them a preacher. God made a way where there was no way to get the truth to them that they would be without excuse. For how can judgment justly come less a warning first be given and the choice to reject it be made? Yet we see here what no one expected, they did what no one thought they would! They made the right choice! They repented! Their sin was pointed out and the judgment for it was made clear and they truly and sincerely repented. This was probably the largest revival recorded in scripture and Jonah (this assuming preacher) had run from it! 

How many times have we given up on someone, or a group of someone’s and deemed them too evil to be saved? Immoral people, politically wicked people, violent people, people that worship false and evil gods, people just like the Ninavite’s or maybe not even as bad as they. Yet God sent a preacher to the Ninavite’s, to offer salvation, and they were saved. Is God calling you to do the same yet you are turning and going the other way like Jonah did? Are you making yourself their judge before they have even been given the justice of the truth? God is a just God and he will bring judgment on the unjust, however for that judgment to be just He must first provide a warning and a way of escape that they might choose whom they will serve.

Too often we decide that someone is hopeless or useless to God when they are the very people that God is calling us to minister to. We think they deserve judgment, we think they are too far gone, but God knows the truth. Often times the people and places that we see as a waste of time, God sees as a revival in the waiting. After all, what is your purpose but to reach to and preach to the lost? Then we’re is your mission field but among the hopeless, for who needs hope more then they? 

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority…” – Titus‬ ‭2:11-15‬ ‭