CONSUMING FIRE

Sin will take you further than you want to go, at a higher price than you can afford to pay. As a nation, the USA has become as Sodom and Gomhorrah. The fruit of death rots on our city streets as sin’s dominion reigns in the heart of man.
 
Such fruit was not birthed accidentally. It was allowed to grow. It was even nurtured in our schools and watered by our seeker sensitive churches. Our best life now is playing out before our eyes.
 
As a church we must repent of our wicked ways. We must turn from the worldly precepts and seek the Face of God for His Wisdom. Sincerity and good intentions have fueled the fire of sin as they invoked man made methods and laws for victory over sin. It was not by Grace through faith that expelled sin’s reign in our heart but vain philosophies through works that exhorted our best life now. This gospel corrupted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and made it of no effect in our hearts. Out of our mouths comes the abundance of the heart.
 
Until we as a church repent of OUR wicked ways, we certainly can’t expect the world to repent. It is we who have allowed the worldly ways to prosper as we sat quietly and did not contend for the faith all in the name of “unity”. The church it’s self has provided fertile ground for a root of bitterness to spring up because we have turned our back on the Cross of Christ for daily living for God. Until we, we who are called by HIS Name, find the place of repentance in our heart; our land will not be healed.
 
Judgment begins with us. Repentance begins with us…with those who are called by the Name of Jesus. Until we know the price paid for sin’s dominion by Jesus Christ at Calvary’s Cross we will continue going further and further than we want to go. We may be yelling, screaming and crying all of the way but until our chastisement is met with repentance, the Grace of God is and will remain frustrated…it will be of no effect in OUR hearts. Then and only then, when we find that place of repentant and OUR hearts are changed, will we find that unshakable ground…that strong foundation and we will see the Glory of the Lord manifest before our eyes.
 
Our God is indeed a consuming fire. All that is not faith in the Cross of Christ will be consumed. We must return to our first love. We must be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
“28 Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have Grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear:
 
29 For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
 
-Donna Clark Warren

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