I remember as a child there were certain rules in our home that were steadfast. For example, my father gave me a curfew. If I was told to be home at a certain time, 30 minutes later was unacceptable. There was no watering down my father’s word. Obedience brought joy and reward. Disobedience brought undesired consequences.
It’s the same in spiritual relationship with our Heavenly Father. God has given us His Word. We have the guidebook. In Psalm 119:89 we read, “Forever, Oh Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven.” Therefore, there is no watering it down. Obedience will bring blessings. Disobedience will bring undesired consequences. We see this today on a larger scale. Look at America. Once a nation founded with the goal of obedience to God’s Word. This endeavor brought great joy and reward. Today, those in government seats have watered down God’s Word. They’ve inserted their own philosophies which are blatantly against what God has already declared in heaven to be so.
In Revelation 22:18 we read, “…If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book.” What is happening in that western super power of a country called
America? Evil roams the streets. Mass shootings, once a shocking horror, are commonplace. Today is January 27, 2023. How many mass shootings has there been thus far this year? 38. Why? Men and women in roles of governmental leadership have embraced a watered down version of God’s Word. Such embracing has trickled down into cities and towns, schools and homes. In fact, God has been told to take a backseat. When mankind turns away from the Light, there is only darkness. There is no grey area of acceptance in disobeying God’s Word, because His Word is already settled in heaven.
Mankind has added to God’s Word, saying it’s okay to accept what was once evil as good, but God’s Word can never be changed. It’s steadfast. A light to guide our way. It is perfection. Until Jesus returns, because mankind has turned away from God’s Word, evil will grow. It will be harder to stand strong in the teachings of God’s Word. Persecution will grow in the guise of hate crime, just for standing on the truth of God’s unchangeable Word. Take heart! Be strong! Be courageous! You have the Holy Spirit to fill you with God’s peace and stamina. Never forget — obedience brings blessings that will last for eternity. Refusing to walk in the ways of God will bring unwanted consequences.
May we each one pray for one another as we see a majority turning from the Light to walk in darkness. Hold each other up. As we are reminded in Hebrews 10:24-25, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return in drawing near.” Be kind. Help the poor and homeless. Support the sick and hungry. Speak the truth. Share the Good News. Seize every opportunity to be the love of God in action.
In these days of darkness, remember brothers and sisters — obedience brings blessings.