“22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.” Luke 16:25
For the children of the world and many carnal Christians, their ‘all’ lies in their hand. That which they currently possess or are striving to possess, their ‘good things’ is their all. Sadly, they have no hope.
“14 Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:14-18
The Child of God, we who look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our ‘All’ is eternal and is not yet seen. Our ‘All’ has gone before us and has prepared a place for us and it is there where our treasures are laid up.
While we look at the world and their current possessions, we must realize that IS their ‘all’. Their best life is in fact now. Their ‘all’ is in their hands. This should break the heart of the born again Believer and not exalt their religious pride. We too were once without hope. Our ‘all’ was once our current possessions or the possessions we were striving night and day to gain.
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt. 16:19-21
Where is your ‘All’? Do you currently possess your all? Are you striving to possess your all? …or does your All possess you? Are you IN Him and He IN you?
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:19
-Donna Clark Warren
“1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin (a sin offering) lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” Genesis 4:1-8
Persecution against the Saints of God has and will always come from apostate religion. If the preacher is not preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the answer to man’s dilemma and have embraced the commandments of men as biblical doctrine, they are apostate and will persecute those who choose to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the Grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9
The Atoning Work of Christ Jesus on Calvary’s Cross was and is the only Sacrifice God will accept. The works of our hands; our talents, intellect, abilities, etc. will always be rejected by God…no matter the sincerity behind the offering. Religion points us to ourselves, who we are and what we have done for the Lord. Grace points us to Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe.
When our faith begins to waver to and fro with every wind of doctrine, the Cross of Christ becomes of no effect and the Grace of God is interrupted at which point many will make the mistake of engaging their willpower and ‘staying the course’ of which they have chosen…not matter the difficulties. Instead of liberty, they are bound. Their yoke is hard and their burden heavy, yet their religion motivates them weekly to stay the course.
“6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?
7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin (a sin offering) lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him.” Genesis 4:6-7
Friend, there remains a sin offering at the door knocking. If any man hears His Voice and opens the door, He will come.
“20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne.
22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22
There remains a Sin Offering at the door. How long will you continue tilling the ground of dead works? Come out from among them and be ye separate. There is joy unspeakable in the Cross of Christ; peace beyond all understanding. The answer to life and living is in the Cross of Christ Jesus…be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren