THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

OPPOSITION TO THE WALL by Earl Sutton

 

In Babylon at the end of March 444 B.C., an opportunity presented itself for Nehemiah to go the Jerusalem to rebuild the walls. Opposition to rebuilding the walls started immediately. San ballet and Tobiah, two enemies of this good work, were greatly disturbed when they found out that Nehemiah had come to do this work. They would go on to create much trouble and try to stop this project which would give security and protection to the Israelites living in Judea.

The opposition by San ballet, Geshem and Tobiah developed in several stages: (1) laughter and scorn (Neh. 2:19) (2) mockery (4:1) (3) conspiracy and threats (4:8) (4) request for a conference (6:2) (5) attempts to frame and smear Nehemiah (6:10). The same techniques have been used by the enemies of the United States to oppose a wall to keep drug smugglers, human traffickers, and illegals from entering.

The Democratic Party, deep state players and Rinos goal is to allow these illegals to vote and sway the election to their advantage. Another goal of these traitors is to destroy our sense of nationality – that we are no longer Americans but citizens of the world. Another goal is to overwhelm our welfare system to move the United States to third world status. Another goal of these people is to bring in young men who see nothing wrong with rape, bestiality, homosexuality, pedophilia, assault and even murder. In time these deviances will be accepted as normal, and laws will be abolished that make these deviances illegal.

As is most always the case when a good work begins, opposition arises, and enemies appear. The enemies realize the wall would make it difficult or impossible for them to take advantage of the citizens of Jerusalem any more.

When San ballet, a Moabite chief, and Tobiah, a chief of a trans-Jordan tribe of Ammonites, and the Arabians, Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being built, they were very wroth, became exceedingly angry; and they conspired together. They simply did all they could do to hinder, and if possible, stop the work.

When the enemies of Jerusalem observed that the work proceeded and was being carried forward to completion, they admitted that it would succeed if they didn’t take more drastic steps of scorn and ridicule. They decided to combine their forces and stop the work on the walls by force. San ballet and Tobiah entered into an agreement with their heathen neighbors to march against the wall and put an end to efforts to build it.

 Why were these people so determined to keep the leaders of the people in Jerusalem from building the wall? They did not wish to see them erect a wall which would make them strong with security and keep undesirables out of their country.

 Why is the left so opposed to President Trump’s wall? For the same reason. A wall would keep illegals out which the left is registering to vote for them to keep them in office/power. Also, the drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human organ trafficking would be hindered for those making billions of dollars in these illegal enterprises. These illegals are costing billions a year to feed, house, clothe, provide medical care, education and prison space. Many illegals are criminals, have serious mental health issues  and are immoral characters.

Nehemiah’s response to this effort on the part of those who opposed to the wall involved two things: (1) prayer to God for protection and with God’s help the enemy was helpless. (2) A watch maintained day and night. Prayer, work and watchfulness made his efforts invincible. “So build we the wall” (Nah. 4:6).

 In spite of all opposition, the wall was built! Why? The people had a mind to work. The will was there, and the scorn and ridicule only served to make them more determined  --  not less.

The bottom line is if we follow the pattern of Nehemiah when opposition arises, we will be successful. Prayer, faith and determination are requisites to success.