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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

A PRAYER OF FAITH FOR OUR NATION by Earl Sutton

 

If Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we would be speechless. It is quite evident, both in the teaching of Jesus and in the life which He lived, that He believed in prayer. The people whom Jesus left behind believed in prayer. Midway in the ministry of Jesus, an incident occurred of which we read about, “And it came to pass as He was praying in a certain place, that when He ceased, one of the disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Jesus gave them the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.

          There is now a group of Christians organizing a time to pray every evening at 8:00 P.M., Central time, from one to five minutes, and pray especially for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.

          From a biblical standpoint, the scriptures teach us that prayer should be addressed to God and offered through the name of Christ (John 14:14). Our prayers should contain praise for God, include thanksgiving, confession of sins, request for those four things mentioned above (which are underlined).

          In order for our prayers to be heard, they must be prayed in faith (Matt. 21:22). A faith in God’s promise that He will hear our prayers. For without faith, our prayers have no assurance of being heard. A second basic requirement is that the one who prays must be living a life of humble obedience to God (John 15:7). “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Notice how big an “IF” is involved. If ye abide in Christ and if His teaching abides in us, He promises to answer our prayers.

          There is also a passage in the final chapter of the book of James which has instructions concerning prayer (James 5:13-18). While it may not be possible to prove conclusively to a person who is a skeptic or a doubter that prayers are answered, when you turn to those who know, to Christ, the apostles, and others mentioned in God’s word, we have the assurance that prayers will be answered. God has promised that when faithful Christians pray, He will cause things to happen that would not have happened otherwise. God has promised to hear and to respond, according to His infinite wisdom, to the petitions of His children. God doesn’t always say yes, but He does give an answer to every Christian’s prayer.

          Would you join me in prayer at this time. Heavenly Father, in whom we live, move and have our very being, we thank thee for all the many blessings of life, both temporal and spiritual. We humbly ask that You look into our hearts and forgive us of any sin that we have committed, both omission and commission. We pray at this time if it be in accordance to thy will that you will keep America safe from the enemies who are trying to destroy her. We pray that you will continue to bless America. We know that You can save a nation through one person, Esther, and spare a multitude through the prayers of Moses. Help us as Christians to cry out against the evils going on in our society – the evils of abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, corruption in government, adversity against Christians, killing the innocent babies, and the horrible abuse of children put into the sex industry. We pray for our troops that you will look over them, guard and guide them safely. We pray for our citizens that they may come to realize that righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people. We pray for a return to a Godly nation and realize that America’s hope lies in these words, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then you will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” We close by praying for our president, his safety and his ability to defeat the evil powers working against us,  our nation, and everything that is moral and decent. In the name of Christ, we pray, Amen.