What do you think about hard preaching? Is it something you can or cannot bear? Do we want to hear a preacher tell us how good we are, how rich God is going to make us, how God is okay with our disobedience and sinful ways? Or do we want a preacher to tell us the truth about God's will for our lives. Do we want a preacher who will PREACH GOD's WORD fully or beat around it and pick and choose ONLY those scriptures that make us FEEL GOOD? Do we want a preacher who truly loves us and cares whether or not we go to heaven or hell?
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Let me tell you folks, it is time to hear the truth....the full message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to know that we are a chosen people, a peculiar people who are to be obedient and faithful to God. The days of sinning in a believer's life should be over. That's not to say, a believer won't ever make a mistake...but a true believer KNOWS when they sin, and IMMEDIATELY repent and seek forgiveness.
Too many times, people say I can't quit this or that...I can't quit smoking, drinking, lusting or whatever sin they are committing. I tell you the truth....YOU CAN quit sinning. For greater is He that is in you than he that is in this world. There is nothing too hard for our Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is most people LOVE that thing too much to put it down. You ask people to pray for you to give up something you're holding on to, but the truth is that God can't deliver you from something if you are NOT WILLING to put it down. Hard preaching? Yes, it is. Live by God's standards? Live my life fully devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, commit myself to a prayer life, read the Bible every single day? Is that what I am supposed to do? Yes, the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!
So the real message is this:
Go ahead Preacher, Step on my toes!
The world will tell you all kinds of lies to keep you out of the will of God. The world does NOT CARE that you are going to hell.
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Praise God for those preachers who aren't afraid to preach the TRUTH! Praise God that they don't care about winning popularity contests, making lots of money or having the largest congregation. Praise God for those preachers who watch their congregation diminish week after week and STILL keep preaching the Word of God...the blessed Truth....the Living Word. The way is straight and narrow and only through Jesus Christ...He is the ONLY Way to get to heaven. You better listen up and pay attention. Find a preacher who preaches the truth. If you are listening to a message that doesn't "step on your toes" or convict your heart, then you better search for a man of God who will preach such messages. The rapture could come anytime....it could happen next year, next month, next week or even RIGHT NOW! Are you ready? When the Lord Jesus Christ comes in the clouds to "catch up" those who are His, will you be one of them?
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
In the book of Jeremiah, the 17th chapter, the scripture talks about Judah's sins being listed. What about our sins? Don't we know that our sins are listed? God knows the heart of man. (Jeremiah 17:1 - The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars.)
Jeremiah 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
America has been blessed with the Gospel through numerous churches where we have the "FREEDOM" to worship. My, my, how we take this for granted. We as Christians, should be running every time the doors are open to attend church.
We can read and hear the Gospel in many ways; through media, television, stores devoted completely to the Gospel, internet, books, and the list goes on. How much more will we be held accountable for rejecting or not doing our part in sharing the blessed truth of Jesus Christ? I believe America will be held MORE accountable than any nation in the world. There are people in this world who are dying to know Jesus. There are people in this world who are persecuted, tortured and even killed for confessing Jesus as their Saviour. If only, we could be as passionate for our Lord Jesus Christ; if only we were willing to die to know Him. But the sad truth is that most of us find any excuse to miss church. We claim a headache or we are too tired or we have too much to do or we really want to go fishing or play golf or see a movie. There will come a day when we will be out of excuses for Jesus will say...."Depart from me for I NEVER knew you."
Hard preaching? Step on my toes?
Yes, preach the truth to me and go ahead, step on my toes. I do not want to spend eternity in hell. I want to live forever with the Lord in heaven. I want to be obedient and faithful to God and live every single second for Jesus Christ.
Thank you Lord for those preachers who proclaim your glorious truths to a lost and dying world. Thank you Lord for the man of God who does not lay treasures upon this earth, but seeks the face of God, the will of God; therefore laying for himself treasures up in heaven. Thank you God for the blessed shepherds you have anointed that are willing to pray, sacrifice and devote their lives to the sheep that are lost. Thank you God for filling them with your Holy Spirit and allowing them to be a living testimony to encourage others in following the blessed Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen