God’s mercy is not cancelled – yet. As I referred to in my last blog, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn warns, “We are at a dangerous moment in our nation’s history. Will we return to God and His ways, or pass the point of no return?”
What does it mean to pass the point of no return? Here is an example from scripture:
Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods… Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NLT (click to tweet)
America has rejected God’s commands. We have turned away from Him who previously blessed our nation because we followed His ways. Furthermore, we have worshiped the gods of whatever feels good to self – comfort, desire, prosperity, entertainment, sexual indulgences and so many immoralities. We have even sacrificed our children on the alter of convenience and pleasure.
This message is burning in my heart, but it’s a hard one to write. We don’t like to talk about sin and God’s judgment. We’d rather focus on His love, mercy and grace, which are all extraordinary truths.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV
So it’s true God is merciful, but He also judges sin.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV
Let’s not forget, God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
God still hates sin.
He hates sin because He loves us. He hates sin because sin separates us from Him. Sin has many dire consequences. It not only separates us from Him and the abundant life He has for us in this life (John 10:10), sin will separate us from Him for all eternity if not dealt with in this life with the blood of Jesus (Romans 3:23-26). And He wishes no one to perish without him (2 Peter 3:9).
Like any good parent, when our Father God deals with wrongdoing, it’s done in love to get us to return to the right path. Sometimes as parents, we must do the hard thing, the “tough love” thing – the this-hurts-me-more-than-it-hurts-you thing – to help a child learn. That’s a difficult idea to grasp in our society. In this day of being easily offended and “tolerance” and “everyone gets a trophy,” we’ve become soft on sin and light on discipline. But God is not tolerant of or soft on sin. We do not get a trophy just for being part of a team (religion) or showing up to the game (church). We’re blessed by obedience. And obedience means the hard work of self-discipline, sacrifice and devotion.
“If you love me you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 ESV
But we’ve been pulled away, distracted by the enemy’s lure to love the things of the world more than God, who loves us more than we could comprehend. We have opened wide the door for evil by ignoring God’s laws and kicking Him out of our society. We now call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). It is even celebrated. satan dangled the proverbial apple in front of us and we’ve become addicted to its taste. We’ve now eaten til we’re bloated and intoxicated by it.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17 ESV
A day came when we had to demonstrate tough love for our son. He had been addicted to drugs for many years. We gave him an ultimatum: mend his ways or we would file charges against him. Sadly, we had to file those charges against our own son – BECAUSE we love him. It was an act of mercy. Unfortunately, he ran from those charges for a couple of years until it all caught up to him. (Thankfully, God answered our prayers and our prodigal son returned to the Lord.)
We can be sure God will do the same. I believe that in His mercy and love, the events of 2020 have been God’s ultimatum. Will He have to file the charges against us? Will we run to His forgiving arms and embrace His love and be saved from His ultimate judgment? Or will we run from Him? The choice is ours, but we will experience the results of our actions, whichever we choose. There is always a day of reckoning.
Has our day of reckoning come for America?
Will we choose obedience to God? We cannot have so many other gods before us and expect God to fix us. We the people must get right with God. America will not be blessed apart from honoring God’s commandments (2Chron7:14,Psalm33:12). (click to tweet)
No man can fix us. Our problems are not political, they are spiritual at the core. Only God can fix us. We must return to His ways. Only then will He “hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal their land,” if we truly “humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The question remains: Will we return to God and His ways, or pass the point of no return?
I do believe time is short. His mercy has not been cancelled – yet.
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NKJV
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:28 NKJV
Let’s pray this prayer together:
Father God, forgive us for any part we may have played in allowing America to get to this point. We are sorry for not loving You with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:36-37). We now see how important You are to the existence and blessing of our lives and our country. Without You, we are nothing (John 15:5). Help us to stand boldly for Your Truth. Help us to speak up and not be silenced by the enemy. Help our churches to stand and not cower to those who would try to close them. Instead, we pray for You to silence those who would oppose us (Psalm 35:1). Let them not succeed who plot schemes against us (Psalm 21:11).
Lord, guide us how to vote in the upcoming election. Help us to review the candidates carefully and vote according to Your ways, not our feelings or preferences. Give us Your wisdom (James 1:5). Guide us (Psalm 32:8). Father, thank You for Your wisdom and guidance.
God, we need You! We are in trouble and we cry out to you to deliver us (Psalm 107:28). Have mercy on us as we put our hope in You (Isaiah 33:2). Thank You for Your mercy. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
For further reading: Deuteronomy 28:1-15
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