Summary: DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS CURSES!
Leviticus 26:18 “And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.”
The above scripture opens with the words, ‘after all this’, which set me thinking! The Lord said: ‘AFTER ALL THIS, if you continue to sin then I will do this to you:
19 ‘I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20-And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.’
Are you shocked? Do you still want to continue reading? Good! Choice is yours! The Sunday school teacher after teaching several lessons on Heaven and Hell, enthusiastically asked her class kids, ‘what does one have to do, to go to heaven?’, there was silence, she repeats, ’come on, what is essential in order to enter Heaven?’ Bang came the reply: ‘one has to necessarily die to go to Heaven.’ I bet she fainted!
God has a point in crying, ‘after all this’; He has given us 66 books of the Bible, with several repetitions of rules and regulations, He keeps reiterating certain facts over and over again in order for us to understand, and when we throw all this to the wind and continue to walk in our ways; then we need to face the final wrath of God! Before I delve deeper into the subject, I want to scoop out certain important scriptures which would form a strong foundation for this message. Listen friends, the Word has to be the instruction manual of our life; any decision outside the Word of God is not correct. We need to have a Holy fear for God and His Word!
Proverbs 29:1-‘He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.’ Mark the word suddenly! You will never get a phone call cautioning you of the sudden calamity that might strike you, your family, your kids, your job, your health; it would just engulf you, because you failed to give heed to the umpteen cautioning that came to you in the form of DEVOTIONS (mine, especially) sermon or counsel!
Proverbs 6:12 ‘A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.” Again observe the word suddenly here!
We need to hear His Word and keep our life from getting tarnished by this sin-corroded society. In July a two year ban was slapped on Indian athletes and Gold medalist Sini Jose, Tiana Mary Thomas and Jauna Murumu who were found guilty of taking anabolic steroids. It is not only just the doping scandal, but more and more skeletons seem to fall out of the cupboard each day; the reason being: greed for fame, money, power and position. Corruption is fuelled by greed and not by need! These sins are ubiquitous! Sin crept into the attitudes of the people and began to whittle away at the morality of the people. Child of God, stay away from all this! God keeps over and over again sending His prophets and His Word to caution, but if we still persist to remain in sin; then the sword is hanging over our head. Beware!