Saturday, January 9th, 2021. 12:00 AM, Midnight
“Waking-Up the Wicked – To the Righteousness of God”
Are we not all – every one of us — wicked?
It is written in the Scriptures inspired by God’s own Holy Spirit:
“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
“No one understands;
“No one seeks for God.
“All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
“No one does good,
“Not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.
“The venom of asps is under their lips.
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
“In their paths are ruin and misery,
“And the way of peace they have not known.
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.
“Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by the works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
“Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one – who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.” -Romans 3:9-31. ESV Study Bible. .
For example: Isn’t Abortion Wicked?
Is it not an abomination to God that lawmakers have written and passed laws legalizing this killing of unborn babies? Is it not an abomination that healthcare workers and facilities are permitted to do this homicidal violence to the most vulnerable and defenseless of all human beings – and that health insurance is permitted to pay those who commit this atrocity millions of times? Is it not an abomination that a nation is proud of their freedom to kill their own unborn children?
Returning to the Epistle to the Romans . . . it is written:
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” -Romans 10:1-4. ESV Study Bible.
Please bear with me: “there is a method to my madness” – to quote an old saying.
This writing may be of a psychological and spiritual nature.
Like the world we are living and suffering in, it has many layers.
It is a mysterious thing, these human lives we are all living.
In order to rightly appreciate this vast human experience that we are journeying through, we must seriously consider what is going on and how we ought to respond to it – and in order to respond well, we must see clearly – and become disillusioned from the illusions that confuse our minds and leave us feeling helpless as mere victims in a horrible scenario that is overtaking us like a global storm.
We need a beacon for our eyes – the eyes of our understanding, that is – and we need an anchor for our souls – so that the global storm does not overtake us and overwhelm us and drive us away into oblivion.
This post is intended to give light to those who need light; and to give a sure anchor to those who need an anchor.
The following may seem like a change of subject from what has just been written above. Please bear with the writer; there is a reason for this diversion. It is to help you understand – so that you can rightly appreciate more of this mystery of life that we are all embarked on – like the passengers aboard The Titanic. Remember, many of them survived by doing the right thing; others just gave up and sunk with that glamorous and very impressive-looking doomed ship. The survivors were the ones who were willing to get out of that seemingly unsinkable and magnificent ship and get into the humble little lifeboats.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” -Matthew 7:13, 14. ESV Study Bible.
“In the Kitchen”
I was in my kitchen very early this morning – about 3:30 – beginning to cook my simple little breakfast: oatmeal and Cheerios. And I was not only doing the cooking; I was also aware that I was “in the tradition” of cooking. That awareness of what I was doing made a difference in my appreciation of the activity of making breakfast. What I mean is this: we can do things unconsciously or we can do things in the awareness – the light of understanding — of what is really going on. I felt better as I was cooking “in the light” of the tradition of cooking than I would have felt if I had merely and unconsciously cooked it. Being in the awareness of the tradition of cooking made me feel like I was not all alone in my pantry – I was also, spiritually-speaking, with the likes of Martha Stewart and Julia Child and every mother cooking breakfast for all her little ones to help them be ready and able to live their lives that day with the strength and nourishment they need to do what they are called upon to do today.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” -John 8:12. ESV Study Bible.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:1-5. ESV Study Bible.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” -John 3:19-21. ESV Study Bible.
HELP! SAVE ME!
The bread of life
An anchor for the soul [verse 19 of Hebrews 6]
WHERE TO FIND HOPE
The wicked need to be awakened so they can see themselves as God sees us wicked folks; so they can realize why it will do them no good to remain as they are in their merely natural-born state of being – trusting in themselves – or in worldly things – and being deceived by “the god of this age” by listening to him – rather than listening to the true God and believing in the Savior of all men, especially believers [believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that is].
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” -Titus 2:11-15. ESV Study Bible.
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” -Ephesians 5:14b ESV Study Bible.
False religion won’t save you.
Trusting in your sinful self won’t save you.
Hardening your heart and being stubborn and silent will not save you.
Your friends will not save you.
Being smart and educated won’t save you.
Having money won’t save you.
Your wife can’t save you.
Your husband can’t save you.
Your children can’t save you.
Good works can’t save you.
Talking back against God and His Word can’t save you.
Resigning yourself to damnation and going to hell can’t save you.
Giving up to drugs – even prescription drugs can’t save you.
Sex can’t save you.
Cigarettes and wine and beer and whiskey can’t save you.
Being careless and heartless can’t save you.
Getting mad won’t save you.
Being a loner won’t save you.
Being miserable won’t save you.
Suicide won’t save you.
Becoming cruel won’t save you.
Being hateful and vengeful toward others won’t save you.
Teaching others lies – like religious doctrines of demons – or Evolution and the philosophies of men – will not save you.
Yoga won’t save you.
Nirvana can’t save you.
Entertainment won’t save you.
Reading endless books won’t save you.
Being well-informed about what is going on in the world will not save you.
Politics will not save you.
Politics will not save our Country.
So-called healthcare and prescription drugs will not save you.
Worldly wisdom will not save you.
Man cannot save himself.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:9-11. ESV Study Bible.
GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)
Rejecting the Gospel of God will not save you.
Rejecting the Gospel will only lead to your eternal damnation — by your own decision.
You alone will suffer, eternally, if you don’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”
-Peter declared by the Holy Spirit of the only true God. -Acts 2:40b. ESV Study Bible.
Waking up the worldly wicked by shining the light in “the living room” of their hearts and minds.
The light of the world is the Messiah. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12. ESV Study Bible.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness; on them has light shined.” -Isaiah 9:2 ESV.
Zechariah’s Prophecy at the birth of John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ:
“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” -Matthew 12:18-21. ESV Study Bible.
The Gentiles will walk by His Light
“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’ to a nation that was not called by my name.” -Isaiah 65:1. ESV Study Bible.
“If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” -Matthew 6:23b. ESV.
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” -Ephesians 5:14b. ESV.
A gospel tract
BAD NEWS FOR GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD NEWS FOR BAD PEOPLE
Raise A Hallelujah (Lyrics) ~ Bethel Music
Jesus at the Center by DARLENE ZSCHECH
We don’t need the world anymore than Adam & Eve needed the serpent in the garden of Eden tempting them, deceiving them; leading them away from listening to The True God; and leading them away from eating from the tree of life in the center of the garden.
Revelation 22 [concerning the tree of life]
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” -1 John 2:15-17. ESV Study Bible.
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” -James 4:4 ESV Study Bible.
Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown (with Lyrics)
Hey, you wicked ones! Wake up to the righteousness of Almighty God!
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:33, 34. ESV Study Bible.
1 Corinthians 1-4
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:10-12. ESV Study Bible
Vinesong – Peace Like a River (Original Version w/ Lyrics) – LIVE
Vinesong – Our God Reigns (Original Version w/ Lyrics)
Vinesong – Holy Spirit Move Me Now – LIVE
Vinesong – Let Your Living Water Flow/Thank You Lord (Original Version w/ Lyrics)
Vinesong – Christmas Album
COMING SOON (EXPANDED VERSION, KJV)
GOD’S WAY OF SALVATION (JOHN 3:16)
Being merely a strong and wise man cannot save you.
Leonard Cohen – Democracy
God Moves in A Mysterious Way with Lyrics
God Moves in a Mysterious Way (Grace Community Church)
Hillsong-This Kingdom (with lyrics)
“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here am I, here am I,” to a nation that was not called by my name. -Isaiah 65:1. ESV Study Bible.
Isaiah 65 and 66
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17. ESV Study Bible.
In the name of the Lord Jesus, thank you God the Father through him.
Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever . . .
Jesus Christ is Lord
“Even so, Come Lord Jesus.”
And welcome Holy Spirit
Be Sovereign here, if You please, over this spirit, soul, and body
And over these thoughts, words and deeds, always and forever belonging to You
In the name of the Lord Jesus our Savior and Good Shepherd
To the glory of God the Father
May His Kingdom Come and Increase everyday as we await His Glorious Appearing
God bless the Heavenly Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven at the appointed time
God bless the Church of the Living God
God bless the Body of Christ, those who believe in Him as our Lord, who believe in the gospel, as he taught us to do.
Sweet Beulah Land – Squire Parsons
“No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.” -Isaiah 62:4. NIV Study Bible.
2 Peter 1-3
1 Peter 1-5