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Summary: Now, now faith? The fire is going to reveal the real truth. The fire is coming. Our society and much of the church has lost the fear of God. Seems we love to build cardboard houses?

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NOW: ONE DAY! THE FIRE WILL TELL!!!

THE PENDULUM SWINGS: WE HAVE LOST THE FEAR OF GOD...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

HOW IMPORTANT IS NOW? ONE DAY THE FIRE WILL TELL?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

NOW: The present time or moment.

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? WHERE IS YOUR FAMILY? ONE DAY THE FIRE WILL REVEAL?

The pendulum swings... a stick with a weigh at the bottom that swings back and forth.

Today our society believes "AN ANYTHING GOES" and "ALL ROADS LEAD TO GOD."

WE SEE A RE-DEFINING OF TRUTH AND THE NORM IS ACCEPTANCE AND SEEKER FRIENDLY.

We see God as ALL ACCEPTING and there is NO JUDGMENT OR CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES.

Our theme song is quiet simple: IF THIS IS WRONG I DO NOT WANT TO BE RIGHT. Therefore we define sin as acceptable.

SEEMS WE DESIRE TO MAKE OUR OWN RULES OF RIGHT AND WE HAVE 50 SHADES OF GRAY. We find there is no more BLACK & WHITE... We have a rainbow of many colors.

WE HAVE LOST ALL SENSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY, CONSEQUENCES AND FEAR OF GOD...

GOD IS LOVE...

Once in college I had a professor that kept building on THE THEME GOD OF LOVE. He said: Does God love you? Does God love your family? Does God love the USA? Does God love us unconditionally? The class was cheering: YES! YES! He then concluded: IF GOD SO LOVES US --- HE WOULD NEVER SEND US TO HELL!!! The class agrees. I did not! He said: HUGHES, WHAT DO YOU SAY? I said: YES, SIR. NO WOMAN, MAN, GIRL OR BOY IN HELL CAN SAY GOD SENT THEM TO HELL. ALL IN HELL WILL HAVE TO SAY: THEY SENT THEMSELVES. GOD MADE A FIRE ESCAPE. IT IS PERSONAL CHOICES THAT LEAD TO HELL!

FEAR: A PROFOUND REVERENCE AND AWE TOWARD GOD.

A FEELING OF RESPECT AND WONDER FOR SOMETHING VERY POWERFUL.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

THE WORD FOOL WAS NOT ALLOWED IN OUR HOUSE GROWING UP...

We were taught the word FOOL used improperly was a dangerous attitude.

But the Bible gives a good definition of what a real fool is:

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

I never was afraid of my Dad, but I had a healthy respect and fear of the consequences of poor choices.

WE ALL HAVE TWO APPOINTMENTS SET --- ONE DAY THE FIRE IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE. THERE IS AN ESTABLISHED END....

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Genesis 5 has a list of the Patriarchs of the human race...

There are FOUR WORDS PENNED AFTER EVERY NAME:

HE LIVED... and HE DIED...

Your appointment with death is coming...

BUT IT IS THE APPOINTMENT AT THE BEMA SEAT ... THE PLACE WHERE THE JUDGMENT IS GIVEN.

DO WE SEE WE ARE IN CONTROL OF OUR CHOICES?

THE FIRE WILL REVEAL OUR HEART AND OUR REINS.

REIN: The power to guide something. The ability to limit or control.

A strap that is attached to the bridle that is used to control the animal.

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

THE FIRE WILL TELL! GOD HAS THE PLAN AND THE BLUEPRINTS ... NOT YOUR PLANS, HIS. THERE COMES A GREAT INSPECTION DAY AND IT WILL BE THOROUGH AND RIGOROUS... THE NO EFFORT, NO WORKS, THE CHEAP INFERIOR MATERIAL WILL TELL IN THE WINDS AND STORMS OF TIME. BUILD VERY CAREFULLY, CHOOSE THE MATERIALS YOU BUILD WITH WISELY.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

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