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The Word of the Lord Stands Forever

By Watchman | August 12, 2011

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”  (2 Cor. 4:3-4)

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”  (2 Cor. 4:8-9)

“The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God shall stand forever.”  (Isaiah 40:8)

My dear brothers and sisters, people are perishing for lack of the gospel.  Some are perishing because the god of this world has blinded them to the glory of the great Lord Jehovah, and made them believe that He has been replaced by technology and scientific paradigms.  Some are perishing because their hearts are evil and they have actively made the decision to live in the presence of darkness and hell.  And some, my friends, are perishing because we Christians have failed them.  We have failed to take the gospel to those who are unsaved, and we have failed to tell the truth concerning God’s commandments and the ultimate destination of those who do not turn to the Lord Jesus for salvation.  We have failed to show His love to those who are living in less fortunate circumstances than we may be, and we have failed to lift up His name in praise and thanksgiving in the public square.

Please understand, God’s word is unchanging.  That was what Isaiah meant when he said “the word of the Lord stands forever.”   What He wants us to be and what He wants for us to do has never changed.  His laws have never changed.  What He loved before He loves now; what He hated before He hates still.   He loves good and abominates evil.  We have gotten so used to believing that good and evil are relative terms that we no longer seem to fully comprehend either the difference between the two or God’s true aversion to evil.  He made it quite clear throughout all of scripture that evil will never be allowed to invade heaven.  It cannot be allowed into His presence, and those  persons who are not His belong automatically to the evil one.  Jesus said that any person who was not with Him was against Him (Luke 11:23).  This is in direct contradiction of what is being preached today:  that all paths lead to God and that (as our President told a Muslim contingent at a Ramadan dinner) we are all children of a loving God, regardless of to whom we pray .  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life; and NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)

Throughout time, God has shown His displeasure with His people by lifting His hand of protection from the nations that disregard His authority.  The United States had been especially blessed over the last 200 years because the cause of Christ had been made paramount in the nation.  Now, severe weather patterns are devastating the country; flooding has ruined crops in the mid-west, heat has annihilated crops in the south, tornadoes have wiped out several towns and hurricanes have ruined a major southern city and several smaller rural areas, and a huge amount of people are asking why!  Is it our deodorant’s fluorocarbons or global warming due to our refusal to revere Mother Earth properly?  And why did our economy fall?  Was it because “the Rich” sucked the nation dry, or because the politicians spent too much on social programs?  While a lot of factors entered into the economic equation, very few people  look at the real truth–that God is lifting His hand of mercy from us because we as a nation have sinned against Him.

We are commanded by God to be a holy and righteous nation, and to share the gospel.  We are commanded by an ungodly government to not annoy others who might be offended by hearing the name of God in public.  We are commanded to keep the laws of God but we are encouraged by television, advertising, political activism and even by some people of God to be greedy, blasphemous, covetous and even to allow the killing of our unborn children.  We are commanded to love His chosen people the Jews in the nation in which He has regathered them as He had promised a couple of thousand years ago He would do, but now we support Israel’s enemies financially while trying to bring peace to the middle east by trying to force Israel into giving up more of her God-given territory than she already has.  God said clearly He would bless those that bless Israel, and curse those who curse her.   Much of our nation’s prosperity has been predicated on the aid we have been to Israel and on the part we played in her rebirth.  Are we now to become another cursed nation because we are allowing those who want the annihilation of Israel to gain in strength and power?

A group of mid-western pastors recently signed a statement that homosexuality is no longer to be considered a sin.  New York recently became the most populous state to allow homosexual marriages.  A move is being made in California to require the teaching of the contributions of homosexuals in the public schools.  A new television ad features well-known actors and actresses bemoaning the fact that homosexuals are the subjects of prejudice and suffer from depression not because they are gay, but because they are not accepted.  While we should never treat others unkindly for any reason, the truth is that most of that depression is due to the fact that gays are living lifestyles that are strictly forbidden by God.  We can sign all the statements in the world denying this; we can ordain homosexual pastors and lesbian bishops all we want, but we cannot change the word of God concerning homosexuality: a practice that He refers to as an abomination.

We are commanded to care for the poor, the needy, the hopeless and the down-trodden.  I cannot tell you how many e-mails I have received over the past year suggesting that we allow the homeless to starve since they’re in the trouble they are in due to their own negligence, that we should not allow foodstamps to women on welfare for too long or without testing them for drugs regardless of whether or not their children would go hungry without help, etc.  I have said before that I do not believe that it is the government’s place to force its citizens to work and pay for those who will not;  however, God commands us to care for widows and orphans, to take care of needy children, and to show our neighbors the right way to live.  I realize that there are welfare recipients who are third generation recipients and yes, that is annoying.  However, if we do not show these people a better way to live, then we cannot blame them for making the poor decisions they tend to make.  If we do not teach them God’s laws for purity, for work, for righteous living, how can we blame them for not following the way of the cross?  Do you not believe, brothers and sisters, that God will not judge us for how we relate to those around us in need?

God commands us to forgive our enemies, yet we revel in hatred as long as it is something or someone it is politically correct to hate.  Every time a youthful gang member is arrested on an assault charge, the internet posts are full of people suggesting the best thing to do is kill them quickly.  They suggest ten-year-olds who kill be thrown away like garbage.  While I by no means think violent people should be allowed to continue their crimes, I know that God has a better plan for these people.  As  a Christian, I know that His love can redeem those we consider irredeemable, and that we must make the effort to share both the knowledge of His grace and the knowledge that they will spend an eternity in hell if they do not accept the salvation of Jesus with those who we consider to be damned.  We give money to missionaries who go spread the gospel overseas, but we don’t want to share that gospel ourselves in our own jails and prisons and hospitals or with our next door neighbor.

There is good news in all of this, dear ones.  2 Corinthians 4:8 and 9 says we are hard-pressed but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  This is because we know that the word of the Lord stands forever.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  God loves us all so much that He sent His only Son to die for our redemption, so that we need not pay the eternal price for our sins.  God is judging America and the world, and His judgment is both harsh and righteous.  It is time to stand up for Him and His word.  It is time to share the gospel as we never have before. Time is running out and people, including some that we know and love, will perish for lack of knowledge of the gospel of Christ.  We must not fail them.

If you have not accepted the Lord as your savior, it’s not too late—–yet.   Read the scriptures, and see all the wonderful things that the Lord has in store for those who love Him.  Read also the fate of those who ultimately will reject His offer of love and an eternity in His presence.  Heaven is real; so is hell.  Make the choice while you can.


Topics: A Special Word for Today, According to Scripture, Current Events and the End of the Age | 1 Comment »

One Response to “The Word of the Lord Stands Forever”

  1. Susan Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Excellent Melissa! You have done it again! The Lord uses your postings of the Truth in these last days as both a guide to the lost and unsaved, and a place for those who are “in Christ” where He is exalted through the ministry He has so clearly given to you. I sincerely applaud your effort!

    Sometimes I forget that except for “grieve not the Holy Spirit – {the unforgivable sin} – sin is all the same to God. Meaning all sin, ANY sin, unrepented of – will keep people away from all that He has planned for them and all that He wants to do though His own, whether they be Messianic Jews or Christians. There will, in the end be, only two “groups” – Either Christ Followers or Satan followers.

    Thank you Melissa, for your friendship and knowing that what you allow God’s Spirit to speak through your spirit – is always the truth and not a lie. Thank you as well for the integrity that I know lives inside of your heart. It comes across clearly in every posting that you do.

    We too can see that Satan has been working overtime. “running to and fro on the earth, seeking whom he may, with relish. devour.” {paraphrased}

    He knows his time is short….
    God bless you! 🙂