38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from You.
39 But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the Prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Matthew 12:38-41
There will be many religious who continue looking for signs as the wicked repent of their wicked ways and turn to the Cross of Christ Jesus for victory over death, hell and the grave. As the believing sinners come to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour; washed in the Blood of the Lamb, they will be more righteous than the religious who continue in their sanctimonious ceremonies and religious rites in order to receive God’s Grace.
“13 If I shut up Heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My People;
14 If My Pople, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
The pestilence has come, we have humbled ourselves and prayed…but have we turned from our wicked ways? Do we continue to seek signs? Do we want deliverance from sin and it’s effects or from the Roman Empire for temporal satisfaction?
At Calvary, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner AND broke the power of sin for the believing Saint. The problem remains, just as it was in Israel, there are far too many Saints who do not believe the Blood of Christ is sufficient and instead, choose to rely on their religious rites. Seeing they see not. Hearing they hear not and neither do they understand their wicked ways before the Lord in order to turn from them. They are crying out before the Lord. They are praying for our land to be healed but they have not yet repented of their wicked ways because they know not their wicked ways.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against Thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:21-24
Search our hearts O’Lord and show us our wicked ways…lead us in the way everlasting.
Pray this prayer and He is faithful and just to do just that. The Lord WANTS to sup with us and us with Him but we must come out from among the religious and be ye separate.
-Donna Clark Warren

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