The Messenger - March/April 2012

 

Found Out

 

 

How alarming have the pictures been of the recent serious rioting in London and other cities; the true face of democracy: uncontrolled anarchy. Scenes of wanton destruction were depicted on television screens and in all the newspapers. It was headline news that we would rather not have seen; shocking and embarrassing. Those who should have known better, and youngsters, not yet in their teens joined in frightening and frenzied rampages through the streets, burning, attacking and looting. Businesses that had thrived for decades, the livelihood of honest, hard-working people, were reduced to smouldering rubble in hours.


But as the mobs rampaged, the cameras rolled, recording the atrocities of those who have nothing to offer society. In the darkness and secrecy of night and in the vainly imagined security of numbers, they went about their destruction with no thought of the consequences and no fear of punishment. Little did many of them realise that their faces would appear on the pages of the press and on large screens in city centres, for all to see, in the days that followed. They were found out and already many have paid a high price for their crimes.

 

My friend, I want to assure you that every moment of every hour of every day and night you are in God's sights. You may draw the curtains, close the blinds and put out the light but God sees you clearly. You may take every precaution to ensure that you are alone and that no one has witnessed your activities, but God has seen it all. Psalm 50.21 reminds us "These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes."

 

There are many examples recorded in the Scriptures of those who thought they were private, discovering that God had witnessed everything: Eve in the case of her sin in succumbing to the suggestions of the devil as recorded in Genesis 3; David in his sin with Bathsheba as found in 2Samuel 11; Achan who was singled out in Joshua 7, after taking items that were forbidden by God, from Jericho. You cannot hide from God, the daylight and night are alike to Him and king David, speaking from experience, reminds us in Psalm 139 that every attempt to flee and hide from God, is futile and doomed to failure.

 

My friend, do not try to cover your sins but confess them. Do not wait until that inevitable day when you must stand before the Judge of all the earth, the Lord Jesus and be faced with the incriminating evidence of your sin, with no place then to hide; to hear the dread sentence and be consigned to the lake of fire. Today, there is mercy and forgiveness – all this is possible because that same Judge Himself "bare our sins in His own body on the tree …" 1Peter 2.24. He bore the punishment our crimes deserved and, the penalty having been borne, God is righteously able to pardon the guilty, so that we will never have to face the eternal consequences of our serious sins. Own your sin and trust Christ as your personal Saviour that your sins may be blotted out.


I ask you – will you wait until you are found out or will you accept Christ as your Saviour and be forgiven? You alone can make the all-important choice.

 

Good news in brief

 

What is your life?

 

This is your life - it is...
"It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" James 4:14

 

Do not depend on it for ever. When it is gone - "man goeth to his long home" - death. Ecclesiastes 12:5
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Hebrews 9:27 - after death.
"Every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12

 

All will be found wanting on their own account. "There is none righteous no not one" Romans 3:10
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31

 

Who then can be saved ?
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4
"Christ died for our sins" 1 Corinthians 15:3

 

 

Reproduced from "Assembly Testimony" obtainable from W. Neill,
109 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4NG, N. Ireland

 

Bible Verse

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1.16)

 

 

 

 

 

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