Spirit & Life Devotional
Thursday, November 14
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
1 Samuel 4:22 NKJV "And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”
How were the Philistines able to kill over 34,000 Israelites and capture the Ark of God? This was the same Ark which a man touched and died! What happened? I'll tell you; it was because God was grieved with the people.
Now I've heard people argue that nothing we do can break our fellowship with God, others say that sin breaks fellowship but doesn't affect sonship, that we are forever sons irrespective of what we do. Sounds really nice and I wish I could believe it and preach it too. But I'm not convinced because the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are full of Scriptures warning against sin and the consequences of continuing to sin.
Ephesians 4:30 says, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." 2 Timothy 2:19 says, "Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Paul said, "I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won't lose out after telling the good news to others." 1 Corinthians 9:27. The choice is yours. When you sin, please repent immediately, and do not take it for granted. Hebrews 10:28-29, 31 says, "If two or more witnesses accused someone of breaking the Law of Moses, that person could be put to death. But it is much worse to dishonor God's Son and to disgrace the blood of the promise that made us holy. And it is just as bad to insult the Holy Spirit, who shows us mercy. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God!"