October 27, 2016

You won't believe until you repent first

Mark 1:15, "....repent, and believe in the gospel."

If you still sin, hate your neighbor, and love God less than anything else, then you don't believe.

To believe in the gospel is to do exactly as it tells you to do.

Do you?

Do you love your neighbor as yourself?

Do you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength?

Do you?

You can answer, "Yes," only if you have repented.

To repent is to agree with God about your sin.

To agree with God about sin is to believe the same way about it as he does.

How does God think about sin?

Do you know?

If you do know, do you comply?

Always?

With God, compliance is not "yes" one day, and "no" the next.

With God, compliance is not "I have a headache, and I'm tired, so my grouchiness, unkind ways, and moodiness, and anything I do when it is that time of the month, all of that is justified."

With God, all things are possible, and the one, who is really with God, complies regardless of any extenuating circumstance, because he does the loving through them, and his yoke is easy.

Loving, for those with God, is easy.

Or would you say that you can go ahead and sin because of any reason?

Or would you say that life is hard?

Or would you find reasons to not obey, even though the Word says that his yoke is easy?

When you truly repent, then you can truly believe.

Till then, you don't, can't, and won't honestly believe the Word.

Those who believe, obey.

Those who believe it love God, and those who love God do as he commands (John 14:15, I John 5:3).

But you can go ahead and proclaim that you love God, and that you believe the Word.

And talk is cheap.

Listen to a two-year-old say that they love you, and then openly defy you.

It's the same as a twenty-five-year-old who expresses love for God, and then tells a lie, worships money, manipulates a husband, refuses to discipline her children, pouts, thinks about sex with other men, has sex with other men, holds tight to her money and ignores a beggar, the neighbor, and anyone else because she serves herself first, and foremost, and she condones her behavior because after all she has put herself on a pedestal, forgetting that those who lay down their lives, find life.

What is the deception that we are warned to guard against when it comes to Christianity?

Do you know?

Do you care?

You won't seek out an understanding, and you can't understand the Word, and you will not love it, until you repent first. The order is important. God's word is "Repent, and believe."

We don't believe, and then repent.

Or will you defy him, and believe it as you wish?

That is rebellion.

Rebellion is to walk contrary to God's design.

It is sin.

Anyone, who sins, has the wrath of God on them.

Repent.

Workers of iniquity will not see heaven.






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