March 18, 2015

Nahum 1: 7:  7The LORD is (S)good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And (T)He knows those who take refuge in Him.

The Father is a gracious and loving Father. He is the Rock where we can seek solace. He is the Rock where we can seek refuge. He is the Rock on whom we can make our stand when He calls us to stand firm against the storm. He knows our hearts. He knows our acts. He hears our words. He understands our problems. He provides for our needs. He knows who helps the needy, the naked and the downtrodden. He knows who His true children are, the true sheep of His flock. We know His voice.

He knows those who have compromised His standards to make them more appealing to this world. He knows those who have changed His gospel to be less offensive. He knows those who have blunted the edges of His Sword because His Truth cut too deep. He knows those who have left His teaching to teach their own. He knows those who seek their own glory instead of His glory. He knows those who have basked in the praise of men, swelling their pride, and did not deflect that praise to the Lord. They ignore the message God sent to King Herod when he was eaten by worms. He knows those who teach about His mercy, grace and love but neglect the teaching of His justice, judgment and eternal wrath.

He knows those who are His. He knows those who are not. They may say and do acts in His name but He does not know. We need to strip ourselves of our false pride. We gained nothing that did not come from the Father. Like Jesus told Pilate that he position as ruler in the Roman Empire was given from above. We need to turn away from the softening of truth, the fear of rejection and faithless cowering in our safe cocoons and trust in the name of the Lord.

We are bond-servants of the Living Savior. A servant seeks to do the will of the Master before serving himself. We need to live a life of servitude so we will be recognized on that day we are judged. The Lord knows who takes refuge in Him and who seeks His guidance during their storms, and those who do not honor Him and seek their own glory.

Proverbs 16: 25: 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Matthew 7: 21-34:  21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Matthew 25: 41-46:  41“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘(AN)Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the (AO)eternal fire which has been prepared for (AP)the devil and his angels;  42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’  45“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  46“These will go away into (AQ)eternal punishment, but the righteous into (AR)eternal life.”

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