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Why Does God Give Us Rules and Will We Face Consequences for Refusing to Listen?

I have been reading in Hosea, again. I chose to write down a few verses from Hosea and I will link to the whole book here and also put them at the end of this blog post.

Background: Hosea was a prophet of God in the Old Testament and the Lord told Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman and to have children with her and that she would cheat on him and even have children with another man – and then Hosea was to take her back unto himself and love her, again. Does that sound messed up and convoluted? Well, it does!

One thing that I have learned through studying God’s Word and even playing out in my own life is that God’s ways truly are higher than our ways and His thoughts are way higher than our own. He knows all and He also knows how to reach us. God knew that a personal example, a true life picture of His love for Israel was more powerful than just hearing about it or talking about it. God knew that seeing Hosea go through being cheated on and left for another man and then taking her back, forgiving her and loving her again would speak volumes to His people, Israel.

You see, Israel had done the same with God. God was Israel’s husbandman. Israel had grown rich and happy and strong and decided that they as a people did not need God and His rules any longer. This is where the title of this post comes from: Why does God give us rules and will we face consequences for refusing to listen?

As I was reading Hosea and seeing the similarities between Israel and America, and even between Israel and me and Jerry, I again saw a loving Father who gives rules for His people’s protection and guidance who is very hurt when His people turn from Him and reject Him. He is hurt not just by being forsaken, but also because our rejection of Him and His rules brings great pain, distress and destruction upon ourselves.

In Hosea, God spells out so much of what Israel is doing wrong and how they will be punished, but His love and compassion are also highlighted in this book. Do not miss this point! God is certainly not all about punishment!

In Hosea 11:1-11 God’s compassion is fully aroused for His people – God’s love is unfailing. He punishes/allows sin’s fullness to destruction to happen so that we repent and turn from evil and know that evil is not pretty or pleasant for ourselves. God does want us to understand that He doesn’t tell us to turn from evil and reject evil for no reason. He allows us to experience evil so that we see how ugly and painful it is for ourselves so that we know that God’s way is better and higher and beautiful. Just like we really learn not to touch something hot by getting burned – when we sin and reap the consequences, we begin to understand why it is wrong and why we want to avoid doing wrong.

Free will is about our loving Heavenly Father allowing us to grow up and mature into eternal beings created in His image who know through experience why and how that God’s way, love and purity and His Word are the best and only way. We are to carry into eternity all that we learn here on earth as God’s children.

He, Almighty God, Creator and Father, is all powerful, all knowing, pure, holy, righteous, just, merciful, gracious, loving and true – never failing and always present – to those who love Him and seek Him. To those who reject Him, they will reap eternal judgment because they choose to ignore and reject Him.

Our Lord does not wish for any human being to follow the devil into that eternal punishment. God came Himself in the flesh, the Word incarnate, as Jesus Christ, God’s Son – all God and all human, to show us the Way, to show us the possibilities, to show us just how much He loves us, to show us that He understands, to show us His compassion and tenderness and forgiveness and to redeem us all from the darkness and to set us free from this evil world and evil in the world and evil, even the devil – to bring the Light of the world into the world to dispel all fear and free us from the curse of sin and death.

God has spoken throughout all of history and has made His Word known to us. Just as Paul said in Romans – we are without excuse. Our own consciences prove this because within each man’s heart is a sense and knowledge of the difference between good and evil, what is right and what is wrong. We choose to follow our flesh and human desires because it is easier, it comes naturally and we want to experience our own version of pleasure. But we know that what we desire is wrong at times – and we want to ignore that knowledge.

We say to ourselves that those rules are stupid.

We say that those rules don’t apply to me, or this situation, or this one time…

We somehow think that because we say that right and wrong or God’s Word is not applicable – or we just don’t believe in it, makes it go away or null and void.

NO!

This is NOT true.

God’s Word is the truth no matter how much any man or woman tries to say that it is not.

No Congress or government can ever rise above God’s Word and the TRUTH that it is! And as long as our nation continues to speak lies about God and to God’s people and rejects Him and takes credit for the blessing that He has bestowed upon this country then we are sowing the wind and will reap the whirlwind. Instead of sowing righteousness and reaping the fruit of unfailing love we are planting wickedness, reaping evil and eating the fruit of deception! Because we have depended upon our own strength, wisdom and knowledge and sought after other ways of doing things and foundations of truth and have turned away from God – the roar of battle will also rise against us just as God told Israel through Hosea. O my Lord.

Yet, the Lord loves His people and we need to wake up and sound the alarm – if we yet repent and seek Him – He will yet save us!

Those who love the Lord and have ears to hear let us come together in unity and in love and fall down and seek His face. Let us repent from resting on what we thought we knew and not hearing a fresh word from the Lord and continually seeking His face. Let us repent from electing or allowing to be elected those who do not recognize God as the One who blesses and keeps us and as the One who built this country and made it great. Let us repent from seeking our own way, our own comfort and forgetting our neighbors as they struggle to find peace and hope.

It is no longer about the 9-5.

It is no longer about the “being a good and productive member of society.”

Status quo has got to go!

Do we love our neighbor as we love ourselves?

Do we really speak the truth in love?

Are we our brother’s keeper?

Do we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?

Are we storing up treasures in heaven?

Have we set our soul’s attention on eternal blessings and things above?

Are we concerned about the souls of others and where they will spend eternity?

Have we also grown so richly blessed that we are spoiled, complacent, comfortable and resting on our own strength and understanding/

Do we recognize that everything comes from the Lord?

Do we only blame God for the bad things and not thank Him for everything?

Do we think that God is supposed to serve us? Do our prayers sound like to do lists for Him?

How serious are we about God?

How well do we know Jesus?

Do we hear Jesus speak to our heart – on our own – or do we depend on our pastor or the latest best-selling devotional?

When are we going to wake up from our comfortable – lukewarm – slumber? He will spew us out of His mouth!

A return! A return to Jesus and the gospel!

A call to unity in Christ! Drop the titles, drop the lines drawn by denomination, drop the programs, drop the studies and proclaim: REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND!

Jesus is returning – do you know Him?

Does your neighbor know Him?

Have you been forgiven? Have you heard His voice? Turn away from your own plans and understanding! Turn away from all of the other voices and the lies! Turn to Jesus! Turn to the Word!

Lord, set our hearts on fire for You, today. May we choose to be on fire for You and not asleep in a lukewarm slumber.

Awaken all whom have been given to Your hand, Lord, to do that which You have purposed for them to do. Lord, we know that Your plans will come to pass and we know that those who love You are on the side that wins and overcomes. We see so much suffering today due to sin just as You told us. Lord we don’t want to do it our way. We know that Your way is best. We do cry out for the ones who are suffering under the consequences of sin. We know that you will not allow evil to continue forever and that You will return and ultimately that evil will be hurled into the pit of fire forever and will never again come against Your people. And we know that no more sin, no more tears and no more pain will be in that place. We cannot wait to be there with You. Continue to set us apart for that day, Lord, and prepare us for it. We do not want sin to have any part in us any longer and we do long to see our salvation come to pass where we are freed once and for all from the fleshly desires. Thank You Lord that You have done all of this for us, put these desires in us and shown us the Way to salvation and to living lives freed from the curse of sin and death. Help us to walk in Your power and victory more and more every day as You minister to us by Your Spirit. Speak to those who do come across this post and take the time to read it or skim through it, Lord, bless your servants to represent Your words… Lord, thank You for who You are and for Your rules!!! By experience, I know that You are a loving Father who just wants to grow up and mature His children. Thank You.

Hosea 4:6, Hosea 6:3, Hosea 7:13-14, Hosea 8:2-4, Hosea 8:7, Hosea 9:7-9, Hosea 11:1-11 are the verses that I wrote out but I read all of Hosea yesterday and today. The above post is just what I wrote out and typed it here to share because I really felt the Lord’s presence and see such a similarity between America and Israel.

Bottom line: God gives us rules because He is our Father! He knows what is good for us and what is bad for us. There is no way around this! God gives us rules to protect us and to grow us, just like a loving earthly father does for his own children. God is much greater than any earthly father. If we do not repent, then YES, we will face consequences as a nation for refusing to listen to God. Like it or not, if you were born in America or live here, now… America was founded upon Biblical principles by men who were led by God. They may not have been perfect, but they were God-fearing men who sought to form a better government than the ones they came from… And this country, no matter who tries to turn it away from God or deny the history of it being founded upon the Bible, will face the consequences of refusing to listen to God. If we do not have men and women in leadership positions to reaffirm that this is a nation of people who put their trust in God, alone, then we will see consequences.

Enough said, for now….. God bless you in the name of Jesus!

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Another Disturbing Dream! And a Warning Against Sexual Sin!

I had another disturbing dream that I awakened from just a little bit earlier. I awoke around 3 a.m. again, this morning, just like yesterday morning. This time I had a dream that was more like a movie, except that I was in the movie and felt all of the emotion of every scene. It was almost as if I felt the emotions of everyone in each scene as it came their time for their part to be played.

Well, the dream was so disturbing because the dream had to do with sexual sin.

For some reason, in the dream, my husband and I were at a gathering of family and friends and someone handed us a flyer and invited us to a “real” party. On the paper there was a picture of a man and some women. It showed very explicit pictures of the women and as we were looking at this paper it appeared that the man’s looks changed from an obvious pimp-type person into a man obviously influenced by demons.

The paper did say explicit terms about having a “good time” and sex any way that you wanted to have sex and made sure to say that they had men and women who were ready for any and everything possible that you could want. While my husband and I were looking at this paper, in the dream, we were saying: “What on earth is this world coming to when you can just hand out flyers to people and try to sell them sex?” And at the same time, in this dream, we were feeling strongly tempted, both of us, to see what we might be interested in – since it was so accepted to do so and everything – in the dream.

As those feelings came along, that is when the man on the flyer really looked devilish and the words on the paper actually said: “My name is _____(?)___ and I work for the devil. I am one of his main men when it comes to selling sexual sin. God is a liar. Keep reading this paper and prove it. Ignore Him, ignore God. Turn this paper over and see more pictures of what we offer and ignore God. Ignore Him again. He is a liar.”

In the dream, we were horrified at what we had been feeling tempted about and we wadded up the paper and we began vowing to find a way to put this to an end and to stop people from being tempted by this man that was on the flyer. But then the dream jumped to where we were with a woman, who seemed like a lonely housewife whose husband had left her for another woman. She seemed like she needed someone to talk to and we were with her in someone’s basement and talking to her. Then, all of us in the room began to feel a strong sexual temptation, a stirring of lust. We could feel each other almost flirting with the idea like being drawn into a spell the temptation was so heavy in the room. But we came to our senses just in time, like we all were snapping out of a dream – in this dream.

So, I awakened with strong feelings of warning against sexual sin and warning of my husband and myself to keep our marriage bed pure and to not even think evil or lustful thoughts in any way shape or form. Which is what we have vowed to the Lord and to one another, but we have had issue with this in the past, when we were addicted to alcohol and drugs. And we have been set free from those things now, but God’s Word says to be alert! God’s Word says to stand in His strength and might and to be alert and to watch and to pray! I am sure that when God reveals something to me, He would like for me to share this with others.

Also, another reason that I may have had such a strong dream with warning about sexual sin is that I know of several in my life right now that are dealing with sexual sin – yet they do not see how it is hurting them or anyone else. I read Ezekiel 23 and 24 yesterday. Let me tell you! God hates sexual sin for many reasons and the main reason that God hates any sin is because of the pain and destruction and death that sin causes. One sin God hates is for innocent blood to be shed and there have been over 56 million abortions in this country since they were made legal by our Supreme Court.

Sexual sin is sin to God because He created man and he created woman. God knows how our bodies work. He knows that when two people have sex, that they are exchanging bodily fluids and coming together as ONE. It’s like becoming “blood brothers.” I remember seeing that on the Lone Ranger or old western movies as I was growing up. It seems like it was usually a cowboy that made friends with the Indians and they would make a pact to always be like brothers to one another. Then they would each cut their hand to make themselves bleed and then they would put the cuts to each other so that their blood mingled. Could you imagine that happening today???? Would you ever trust some stranger to come up and mingle your blood with theirs in an open wound???? NO! So why would anyone sleep around with complete strangers – and don’t say that a super thin little piece of plastic wrap is going to offer much protection even 99% of the time.

I have been there. My husband has been there. We have had unprotected sex, we have had unmarried sex, we have been with different people before we met and had a lifestyle of debauchery even while married at one point when our drinking and drug abuse was at its highest point. I understand why this lifestyle is pursued and accepted and why people do commit sexual sin. Because at the time, you are blinded to what it is that you are doing, by the lust in your body, in your flesh, and or, by the toxins and the demonic influence that you allow into your life.

Make no mistake. Sexual sin is sin and God hates it because you are ignoring His commands and His commands are there to protect you. One man joined with one woman because that is the safe and clean way and the way of love. Your brain was even designed to be this way. There are several articles which describe what pornography does to the brain – using porn is like using a drug – it is a short cut and a cheap way to gain the satisfaction that one should be getting from the relationship which God ordained for a person to get sexual satisfaction – marriage. All of man’s shortcuts are showing up to cause so much damage to one’s own self, not even to mention all of humanity. In Biblical days, idol worship involved drunken orgies. One product of these orgies were unwanted babies. Abortion was not like it is today where man has found a way to make it seem less like murder – in those days, the unwanted children were burned on altars to the gods that were made up of stone and wood, etc… The children were too many to be cared for that were born due to the sexual sin involved in the worship of the idols. I am not sure that the people even cared about the idols, surely they knew that these things were man-made and could do nothing for them. They just wanted to keep doing what their lust led them to do and their addictions. They were blinded by these things, the lust and the addictions. And so they gave birth and then sacrificed the children because they could not and did not want to bother with them. How is that any different than today? Other than now, we suck them out piece by piece from a mother’s womb – or we melt them with chemicals – and various other methods which are used to end the life of an unborn child. The remains of the unborn children are often burned in incinerators. Wow. No wonder God hates sexual sin. It leads directly to death, to innocent children and those who practice the sin, and tears apart relationships and lives.

Friends – abstain from sexual sin. Do not ignore God’s teaching regarding this matter. God is protecting you. And stand up and let other people know that God doesn’t like it because people are hurt by all sin and not just sexual sin. God has a reason for what He tells us. He is our loving Father, you know?

Here is a link to one article about how porn affects the brain and behavior of those addicted to it: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/26/brain-scans-porn-addicts-sexual-tastes

Here is a link to resources for fighting sexual sin and remaining sexually pure:

http://www.gospel.com/topics/sexual+purity

These are the links found on page one of the above information:

Just One Click – Robert J Baird, Ronald L VanderBeck
Did you know that one in five Americans (including Christians) uses the Internet for pornography or cybersex? That 37 percent of pastors struggle with pornography? That child pornography is one of the fastest-growing businesses online? And it’s all just one click away.
http://faithaliveresources.org/Products/155249/just-one-click.aspx

Sexual Purity
Here are some practical ways to maintain sexual purity.
http://reviveourhearts.com/topics/downloads/index.php?id=9580

Why We Do the Things We Do…
Literature Ministries began in 1996 to create tools–online and in print–to enable Christians to minister more effectively in areas that lack strategic evangelism or discipleship resources. We call this “kingdom strategy”–publishing and consulting with like-minded ministries at home and abroad to uniquely benefit the kingdom of God in today’s world.
http://litmin.org/index.php

THE S.A.F.E. Site
Welcome to The S.A.F.E. Site! Literature Ministries has always been proactive in the battle for purity. Believing that personal purity has never been harder for the Christian than it is today, we now supplement our own publications with carefully chosen resources. They are right here on The S.A.F.E. Site. Literature Ministies’ biblically-based approach to dealing with online temptations has always included both prescriptive and preventative steps, emphasizing reliance on the Holy Spirit.
http://litmin.org/safe.php

Spiritual Self-Defense and Overcoming Temptation
Sexual purity, discipleship handbooks that are easy to read and handy for constant referral. They offer clear biblical guidance to help men and boys resist sexual temptation, and give practical counsel to develop a lifestyle of purity.
http://litmin.org/store/products.php?catid=1&do=list

“Enticed by Evil”
Temptation is inevitable, but Dr. Jay Waggoner wants believers to know the biblical principles for defeating temptation. 13 practical chapters (138 pages) get to the point. Also includes outlines and questions for group study.
http://litmin.org/store/products.php?prodid=1038&do=list

“Escape the Trap!” 
Highly visual handbook gives young men and boys a biblical basis for resisting temptation and winning battles with sexual temptation. Excellent guidebook for personal use, accountability and discipleship groups, parents with teens. Special emphasis on winning over porn.
http://litmin.org/store/products.php?prodid=1020G&do=list

How to Ruin Your Dating Life: Matthew Paul Turner and Kerri Pomarolli
How to Ruin Your Dating Life Dysfunction? Christian dating? The two shouldn’t go together, but they often do.
http://navpress.com/store/product.aspx?id=9781600061394

My Beautiful Disaster: Michelle Buckman
My Beautiful Disaster A Novel Relationship and pregnancy, what is a girl to do
http://navpress.com/store/product.aspx?id=9781600060830

A United Front for wives at Setting Captives Free
Is your husband involved in pornography or sexual sin? Please understand that you are not alone in this! We are here, and we will be glad to help you and your spouse become a “United Front” against the temptations of pornography.
http://settingcaptivesfree.com/spouses/