Joshua 24:14 -15 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Why did Joshua make this statement?
He feared for Israel.
He started to see Israel become lazy and they were choosing the apostate ways of the Canaanites, the false ways, the ways of the world.
Israel was become complacent.
Fast forward to today and what do we see? The same thing, people making excuses so that they can indulge in their pet sins. They wallow in the ways of the Canaanites, the ways of the world, the ways God has told us to stay clear of.
Like Joshua, we too must choose this day, whom we are going to serve.
But that is just the beginning.
Once we have chosen, we must take action on it.
Christ said in John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
But have we?
I don’t think so. I believe we are moving in the opposite direction instead of living how Scripture tells us.
We are driven by self interest
Scripture says… Matthew 5:44
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
We are consumed about Material Things –
But scripture says… Matthew 6:31-33
Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We worry about what tomorrow brings –
Scripture says… Philippians 4:6
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
We are a nation of self-indulgence and debauchery –
Scripture says… 1 Corinthians 10:7-8
1 Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Wanting what the “Jones” have and keeping up with the Jones is all important –
Scripture says.. Exodus 20:17
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.
Jesus Christ The Word says… If ye love me, keep my commandments.
But are we doing that?
But more than that, do we really care what the bible says anymore anyways?
Do we really love Christ?
If we do, why don’t we heed His word?
One of the most common questions I get is the following… Is America in Bible Prophecy?
Look around and what do you see?
2 Timothy 3:2-7 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Sounds like today
Sounds like America
It may even sound like some of us sitting here right now.
Have you really committed your life to Jesus Christ or are you just paying lip service?
I keep hearing the same petty excuses from many Christian folks.
Oh we go to church on Sunday mornings…
Keep the Ten Commandments…
I am a good person; I even give to the poor…
But I ask, does He live within your heart?
1John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Isaiah 8:20 to the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
Man is spiraling out of control through the lust of the flesh and his rebellion to God.
If you are reading this I ask, are you truly born again or are you paying a bunch of lip service?
Are self-interest, material things and keeping up with the Jones more important?
Who do you really serve?
We opened this with Joshua asking Israel to make the choice.
He said “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”
Is America in Bible Prophecy?
Figuratively yes she is, you will find her in Isaiah 5:8-23, Romans 1:18 – 32 and as I have shown, 2 Tim 3:1-7.
But we find her in yet another scripture.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
But here is another question; do you see yourself in this?
Have you chosen this day whom you will serve and if so are you doing it with all your heart, soul and mind?
Christ says… If you love me, keep my commandments.
Do you love Him?
Really or is it just lip service?
Who Do You Serve?
Jesus stated the following…
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
If you do not have Christ in your life, you will spend eternity in hell. This is a fact. It does not matter if you believe this or not, it is the truth spoken by Jesus himself. If your name is not written in the Lambs Book of Life you will go to hell for what you have not done and that is accepting Christ as your personal savior. To be placed in the Lamb Book of Life, you need to turn your life completely over to Him. Having “head” knowledge or “just believing in Christ” is not the same as having “heart” knowledge with Christ living in your heart. We know that even the devils believe in Him, where are they spending eternity?
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
We work hard at Prophezine to show that Bible Prophecy is coming to pass. Because of this fact, the Bible is true. Since the Bible is the true and inerrant word of God, there is a heaven and there is a hell.
If you claim the title of “Christian” then take account of yourself this day. Many claim the title, but we read in God’s Word that the title does not get you into heaven.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Who you serve will determine where you will spend eternity. If you are not serving Christ and a true child of God, then you are serving Satan and a child of the enemy.
If you are not 110% sure, then take account of yourself, your very life depends upon it.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
By Ray Gano