LIGHT in the Midst of Darkness: From Repentance to Joy

         People blame God for a lot of things though He is never to blame for anything. Some blame Him for everything. But we certainly cannot blame Him for not warning us.

         We are living in a time characterized on many fronts as the quick approach of a point of no return. Correction is no longer merely suggested but demanded. The actions of rebellious sinful humanity on this planet can no longer be sustained. Sinful people have gotten away with so much sin for so long it remains incredible that the Lord has not yet brought great judgment to some.

ABORTION—THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (IN THE NATION)

         As I’ve said many times before, one can gauge the incredible sin content in America by merely taking a look at abortion statistics. The heart of America as a country has grown so cold and so weak that only a relative handful of folks acknowledge the incredible evil regarding over 50 million innocent lives murdered in cold blood with no refrain and little remorse.

         The vast majority of those in elected or appointed office in Washington DC—the people with all the power—never does anything about ending abortion on demand and haven’t in 42 years. A few talk about it but that’s as far as it gets. And the people who elect them obviously don’t care because they keep electing them.

         The vast majority of “Christians” don’t care either. And rather than get the required number doing the right thing to fix this incredible evil, many Christians spend their quality time instead doing things like wondering if they should vote for pro-abortion candidates who mean business and keep the killing going, or voting for liars—those who merely talk but never do and are just as complicit in the evil.

         The Lord may say at the judgment, “Why did you keep voting for baby killers?”

         Abortion not only kills innocent lives, it panders to the raw lust of people who can’t control themselves and use abortion as their main method of contraception. It creates dark selfish hearts with righteous exteriors, and as such people gain the majority, they exhibit less resistance toward applying the necessary corrective.

         The point here is that any nation who routinely kills its innocents in vast quantities with no remorse is worse—WAY WORSE—than the pure evil of mass murderers like Mao (40 million), Stalin (30 million), and Hitler (untold millions).

         And the people of such a nation will keep not correcting a very clear gigantic obvious wrong because they simply do not see the problem in it, will not do what it takes to fix it, or are benefitting from it.

         Think about that. The babies cannot defend themselves in any way and the babies’ defenders are seen by the majority as deviant idiots. The babies are classified as non-persons and thus have no rights. These multiple murders are NEVER broadcast on the news which results in an “out of sight out of mind” scenario. The majority in America prefers this head-in-the-sand status quo and unless proper change is affected in this society by the comparative few the whole thing will continue on until seconds before going completely off the cliff.

         Many people know better but are emboldened in their sin because there is no current reaction to their illicit action.

         Yet.

         It is always a matter of time for things to get sorted out. Payment will always be made. It is a sad thing, therefore, to see people allowing themselves to be lifted up in pride and taking on a bulletproof attitude. They incorrectly discern that nothing bad will ever happen to them as a result of their sin since nothing bad has happened to them so far. The only reason they appear to be bulletproof, though, is simply because there are no karma blowback bullets heading in their direction.

         Yet.

         History tells us what always happens.

         But beyond that, and much more importantly, God always warns us what will happen if we take the wrong road.

THE ANSWER ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL

         The following passage from the prophet Ezekiel, who lived in the sixth century BC, teaches us that some things never change. The Lord used this man and spoke through him not only to warn His people of what will happen to them because of their wicked actions, but also to differentiate between right and wrong, and reveal that blessings will follow righteousness.

         He warned His people as a way to correct them and get them on the right road. The last thing God wants to do is bring judgment. He is loving, kind, and extremely patient.

         Read the following carefully. It contains much truth and many answers that can be applied to our present situation:

         And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

         “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,

         and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people,

         then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.

         ‘He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.

         ‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

         “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.

         “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.

         “But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.

         “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”’

         “Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

         “And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’

         “When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.

         “But when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness,

         if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

         “None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live.

         “Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right.

         “When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it.

         “But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.

         “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.” [Ezekiel 33:1-20]

SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND

         We are in a sense living in the best of times and the worst of times. Bad things are piling up because of so much sin and rebellion. All of this stuff will have to be paid for. Judgment has come and must continue, and more is certainly on the way.

         But at the same time many millions of real Christians in America are doing the right thing and blessings follow them. They have favor with God. They are blessed with grace. They love the Lord Jesus and obey Him. It does not mean that God spoils them or indulges them, but that He loves them, protects them, and strengthens them

         If you find yourself in a place where you feel you just don’t have the strength or the faith to get beyond not so pleasant circumstances even though you have tried and continue trying, it does not necessarily mean you cannot. It could be a timing issue. It could be that you are making progress but you don’t see it or are not satisfied with the progress you have made.

         Be strong. Seek the Lord. Stand in faith. Continue to pray. You will either successfully climb over the mountain, journey around the mountain, or possibly tunnel right through the mountain. All of this takes much effort and time. It might take a while. But one thing is always true:

         So He told them this parable, saying,

         “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

         “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

         “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’

         “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” [Luke 15:3-10] [1]

         Notice that finding the lost sheep and the lost coin took effort. It took unending effort until the discovery was made. The operative phrase from the preceding passage is “until he/she finds it.”

         The effort must be extended until the objective is achieved.

         It begins with repentance.

         It ends in great JOY.

         © 2015 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on January 26, 2015, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Indeed, the days ahead are going to try the mettle of the people of the LORD, as Satan tries to wear out the saints. It is often very tiring and even discouraging when we see ourselves surrounded by so much evil, rebellion and unbelief. The country and the nations are churning in turmoil. Gross darkness has covered the land.
    Judgment is surely falling and will increase until at last God finally has a stomach full, and says enough is enough. It’s not going to be an easy thing for Christians to be strong during the coming tribulation, but all will have to keep their eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ with all their strength. As the Lord Jesus imparted to me several years ago as I pondered these things, “You will see many things that disturb you, but look up, for your redemption draws nigh”. Amen! Praise our Mighty Savior God.

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    • Thanks Scarlett. The great thing about the kingdom of God on this planet is that we can essentially have heaven on earth even in the midst of the tribulation present here from the beginning until now, and into the future.

      The Lord Jesus brought the kingdom with Him. He told people back then that the kingdom was now among them. One could enter or one could not enter. For those who entered, they experienced an incredible change. On that first Day of Pentecost, we see the full fruition of the kingdom on earth, when the Spirit of the Lord came among those present and filled them with Himself, with His love, with His power, with great faith, and wonderful joy and peace.

      The Lord Jesus is always the answer, but His real presence and authority is what is required. It is why a great nation like America can go from being what it once was to what it has become, in that the authority and respect for the Lord Jesus has become diminished by the very ones who claim Him. Unreal Christianity has put forth a counterfeit substitute and the majority of “Christians” have become satisfied with it.

      But when the Lord is allowed to be the Boss through our repentance and surrender to Him and His authority, and by actually doing what He says and obeying His teachings and commandments, GREAT things happen. It is certainly cause and effect. It is the difference between obedience and disobedience, between striving and persevering and being determined to do it His way and not. When we do it right, when He is in charge, it can be the Day of Pentecost essentially every day.

      Then, it doesn’t matter so much about all the evil and sin in the world, even to the point of direct persecution, because people can be filled with His Spirit and love and joy to overflowing. This is the real kingdom. This is what everyone longs for, and it is up to those who know this to spread the word and practice the real thing.

      People with hungry hearts are attracted to the LIGHT and the real thing.

      Be blessed. Praise our Savior God indeed!

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  2. One of my most-asked questions (by clients) in my counseling office: “Why does God allow. . . . . .He could have stopped it!”

    Clearly God’s fault. All the time, every time. But the question gives me a wide-open door to sharing the gospel or, if the person is a believer, helping him rethink his theology 🙂

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    • Yes. Thank you Linda, Excellent comment. It certainly gives an eye-opening and consistent clue into human nature and proves at once that people without the Lord are essentially selfish and unwilling to surrender to the truth—

      Criminals on the run—lawbreakers running from authority knowing they did wrong but refusing to admit it or repent, and thus blaming God. It is as if we all want God to just leave us alone so we can live without Him, do things our way, live whatever way we want, and insist on our independence as if we were God, even though we do bad things that hurt others and mess up the planet.

      In such convoluted thinking we judge God as guilty and ourselves as innocent, though the facts are clearly the opposite unless one is deceived…

      And when things don’t work out in our favor according to our own Godship and we can’t figure out why we don’t have the power to continue doing whatever we want with good results, as some idiot teenager who knows everything, and everyone else is a moron, and the whole world revolves around him or her—

      Then God must certainly be the blame. (“I should be able to do stupid stuff and get away with it forever…”)

      A very sad fact of life is that older people who never repented must be felt sorry for and coddled, and none should ever bring up anything uncomfortable around them, because they deserve respect and honor, and…

      Of course, they must be honored like anyone else but if they die without God…

      Isn’t it amazing that when we stop blaming God and take responsibility for our own sinful actions that our actions get better? That we clean up our act?

      Making a better life at any point in our life young or old begins with real repentance and surrender to God. It begins with acknowledging that we are air-breathing idiot sinners in a very temporary life lost in sin who need a Savior, and that—

      Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son…” [Genesis 22:7-8]

      Keep up the great work!

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