“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 4
I know that my devotionals are often very hard, strict, firm, if you will. Most of them address sin and our fault in sin. Why? Well because i have sinned much in my life! When i am writing, i am most often writing to myself or about myself! I am very hardheaded and things need to be very direct and to the point for me to get it
Because of my style of writing i get messages all the time about Gods grace and how we are saved by grace and we are all righteous and God loves us no matter what we do blah blah blah! There are many many preachers and teachers out there that are all about Gods grace and love and speak nothing of His discipline and commandment that we workout out our salvation with fear and trembling!
Think for a few minutes, why does proverbs tell us over and over that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom if we were not to be afraid of God? Why does the bible tell us that God disciplines those He loves if we arent to be held accountable for our sin? Why the need for discipline if all there is is grace?
God does love us! We are save by grace! BUT we are to be holy as God is holy! We are to be being sanctified in our faith!
tr.v. sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing, sanc·ti·fies
1. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.
2. To make holy; purify.
The writer of Hebrews tells us “It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? but if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons!.” Hebrews 12:7-8 and then again in verse 10 “but He disciplines us for our good, that we many share His holiness.” and then 12:14 “pursue peace with all men and the sanctification without which no one will see the LORD.” We are to be setting ourselves apart for sacred use! We are to be striving to be holy! We are NOT to be using grace to rationalize our desire to be in sin!
Paul tells the Thessalonians in 4:3-8 “For this is the WILL of God, your sanctification, that is; that you ABSTAIN from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to posses his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity but in sanctification! Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”
Gods love is NOT a pampering love but rather a perfecting love! God wants us to be striving to be more like His Son Jesus! We are NOT to be hanging out with the world and saying that we are covered by the grace of God! If your faith isnt changing you, it isnt saving you!!
The bible warns us that there will be people who preach all grace and give a people a license to sin because of it but notice that those people are condemned! Are you following a condemned person? Are you on the wide road behind someone who is leading you straight to hell? When you stand before God that person is not going to be there to make any excuses for you! Only you and God and when He pulls out His perfect word and shows you where He told you to be wary of such person and asks you why you never read His word, what then? Is your sin worth going to hell for?
Jesus, thank you that you came and shed your blood that i might be saved! Thank you that i am saved by grace! Thank you for showing me your truth! Thank you that as i follow your word and workout my salvation that you increase the peace and blessings in my life! There is no sin that is worth losing that over!