The Inevitable Penalty

There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged you to come to judgment immediately when He convicted you, but you did not obey. Then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. Now you have been “thrown into prison, [and]…you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny” (5:25-26). Yet you ask, “Is this a God of mercy and love?” When seen from God’s perspective, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure, spotless, and undefiled, but He wants you to recognize the nature you were exhibiting— the nature of demanding your right to yourself. The moment you are willing for God to change your nature, His recreating forces will begin to work. And the moment you realize that God’s purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Himself and then with others, He will reach to the very limits of the universe to help you take the right road. Decide to do it right now, saying, “Yes, Lord, I will write that letter,” or, “I will be reconciled to that person now.”

These sermons of Jesus Christ are meant for your will and your conscience, not for your head. If you dispute these verses from the Sermon on the Mount with your head, you will dull the appeal to your heart.

If you find yourself asking, “I wonder why I’m not growing spiritually with God?”— then ask yourself if you are paying your debts from God’s standpoint. Do now what you will have to do someday. Every moral question or call comes with an “ought” behind it— the knowledge of knowing what we ought to do.

Bible in One Year: Job 20-21; Acts 10:24-48

One thought on “The Inevitable Penalty”

  1. kassa70x7 says:

    I went through many trails and tribulations for being me, Christian, American, Activist for the persecuted Church of Christ, uncompromising to my convictions, hated, threatend, marginalized, lack of means and ways, diabeteic, oppressed, existing in the life of job, pain and suffering; and much more…

    Why I am telling you this, It is because your life is not that bad and I want you to count your blessings and keep on going in God’s strength. As Oswald Chambers teachs us, You cannot be weak in God’s Strength, if you do, kick it out!

    Theefore, be encouraged and keep on going and going energized in God’s strength. The devil is a lier and he is under your feet!
    Ye are of God, little Children, and have overcome them: because
    greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1John 4:4

    Please pray for me, for the continuation of my strength, to do God’s will as a salt of the Earth and the light of the World. Please read Mathew 5:13-16
    In Jesus name, my Savior and Lord.

    Immanuel.

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