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FAITH BASED ON FEAR AND LOVE OF THE LORD

The story in Acts from the daily Bible reading that talks about some Jews driving out evil spirits, reminds me of a parable from the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Those men were incredulous in the fact that they asked, "Didn’t we prophesy in your name and in your name cast out evil spirits and perform many miracles in your name?"  Jesus answered them, “I never knew you, depart from me.”  God’s pleasure doesn’t come from those who are strong or those who have great abilities or other such things, but from those who fear Him, those who put their hope in Him.  It is not for us to judge another person’s faith, but let’s be sure that our faith is based on our fear and love of the Lord, not on the fact that we just call Him Lord.

 

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DEEP CONSEQUENCES

"He did evil in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them. So the Lord's anger burned against Israel…" 2 Kings 13:2-3a NIV

 

The Lord promised Jeroboam an enduring dynasty as He had given David if Jeroboam would follow after God (1 Kings 11:38). However, Jeroboam chose fear and distrust instead of trusting God's promises, fearing his kingdom would revert to the house of David if the people left Israel to worship God at the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:26-33). Jeroboam led the people away from God, and his sin had repercussions for generations who continued in the sins he had led them into.

 

Our sinful decisions can have deep and far-reaching consequences. Let us instead fully trust in God's promises and fully follow Him!

 

 

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