Know What You Believe
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was nine, I have never doubted at anytime that I was going to spend eternity with Jesus. However, I have questioned and even been down right pushy with Him about certain situations and circumstances in my life since I made my profession of faith.
Luke 18:1-8 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
I not only believe in prayer but I KNOW it works. I have taken what I know to be true and constantly bring my prayers before a loving, caring, compassionate God. Most of the time, I have had to pray for days, weeks, months and even years, but I have no doubt even though God has delayed in bringing my prayers to complete fulfillment that He will answer them with the promises He has given me.
Besides standing on God’s promises in His Word, I have experienced certain situations in my life to prove that God’s Word is reliable and trustworthy.
Revelation 18:5-8 – for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.
Through the horrifying pain and tragedy of my mother’s childhood, I saw what covetousness will do to a family.
Covetousness is not just about an adulterous affair. Covetousness is setting your desire on anything or someone that does not rightfully belong to you.
Deuteronomy 5:21 – “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
A certain individual that came into my mother and her siblings lives did so by way of covetousness. This broken commandment cost them their mother and the child she was pregnant with. The cost did not stop there. One of my mother’s siblings learned to play the blame game from that point. Another of my mother’s siblings turned to the homosexual lifestyle. However, for my mother and another sibling, they turned to Jesus and looked for the road of forgiveness and left retaliation and vengeance to God.
My mother and one of her sibling’s forgave but the consequences they saw from that person’s covetousness confirms God’s Word about Him giving back a double portion of pain and evil from that individuals own cup.
God is very clear in His Word that we reap what we sow. Psalm 7:14-16 – He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head: Proverbs 26:24-28, Galatians 6:7, Ezekiel 26:21
A time comes when God must dispense justice; sin brings its own bitter reward. This individual never repented for the sins nor did this individual ever show any sorrow for the sins.
What this individual reaped was the death of her child’s spouse and their children were in the bed with their mother when she died. After this happened, the parent left for the children committed suicide. After the parent committed suicide, one of the children turned to drugs which led to selling herself and her child to buy the drugs, and in the end of the individuals life that started the rolling of the covetousness stone died in a nursing home with no worldly possessions and all alone.
When God tells me that when individuals break His commandments and continue in their evil, selfish ways of sin with no repentance and remorse for the pain they have caused, they will be paid back double for that pain and suffering from their own cup. I truly believe Him.
Psalm 27:13 – I am still confident of this. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 37:34 – Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I am confident that God will see us through our present trial and the individuals that have caused our pain and suffering will receive back double the pain from their own cup just as the individual that caused my mother and her siblings suffering and pain.
God is extremely merciful, and He gives us enormous amounts of time to confess and repent.
2 Corinthians 7:10 – Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Godly sorrow brings repentance. True repentance results in changed behavior. Peter was truly remorseful for denying Christ before the crucifixion. He repented and was restored to faith and became a strong leader for Christ.
However, many people are only sorry that their sins were brought to the light. These individuals have no true remorse for the pain and suffering they have caused and they continue on their rebellious and selfish path. Judas is our example of an individual who did not want to change his behavior. He took his own life.