Devotion for the Week of August 8, 2016 - LAST CALL – AMERICA!!!


Isaiah 1:2-7, Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.  3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.  4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.  5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.  6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.  7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.”
          IF YOU DO – THEN PROVE IT BY YOUR ACTIONS.  AWAKE FROM YOUR SLEEP OF DEATH!  For so long we have been indifferent to the things that have multiplied our wickedness, until God’s judgments are falling upon us from within and from without.  Can’t you see that God is angry with us?  Crime and vice have not only been tolerated, but encouraged and taught throughout our nation for many years.  God’s mercy is fast turning to wrath – yes fierce wrath that shall not only take away our most cherished blessings of life, but also plaque us with most grievous and unspeakable tortures.
          With slight protest, the citizens of this country have permitted wicked agencies, such as degrading movies, filthy magazines, corrupting funnies, tempting newspaper and billboard ads, gambling devices, etc. to be exposed to the public eye, degenerating our youth until juvenile crime is on a rampage.  Then to defy God further, millions of our precious children have unlimited access to the glamorous, lustful, criminal and degenerating entertainment of radio and television.  These damnable agencies of the devil are intended to arouse and stimulate the baser lusts of all who will use them, to the point at which the conscience is smothered, the will against evil broken, and temptation toward evil is irresistible.  By these various methods of attraction, murders, thieves, adulterers, fornicators, rapists, gamblers, infidels, liars, traitors, usurers, prostitutes, drunkards, sluggards, gluttons, blasphemers, tobacco addicts, dope fiends, money-lovers, pleasure worshipers and so forth, are being manufactured by the millions.  Yes, millions, old and young, rich and poor, are being seized by these snake-like enemies of all that is good, pure and true.
          These agencies are the preparatory training schools and courses for instruction in vice, before lauching out fully in Satan’s service in saloons, dives, houses of prostitution, jazz dance pavilions, road-houses, resorts, and various crime syndicates.
          Jesus foretold of the perilous times just preceding His coming to judge the world.  He said that, because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12).  Our Christian founded schools and universities are corrupted, our government is tottering, our churches are anemic, our penal institutions are overcrowded, our bodies are defiled and diseased through many forms of intemperance and sin, and our souls are lost.  The whole nation has become sick, fromhead to foot, from the sting of these unrestrained vices.  Are we going to let them destroy us completely?  Oh, people!! Oh, Christians!!  Work and pray for the destruction of these deadly foes with all the faith and love that God will bestow.
          Oh, America!  Oh, America!  Oh, America!  Our cup of iniquity is almost filled to the brim, and the cup of God’s displeasure is filled accordingly.  America is fast  being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  (Romans 1:29-32).
          Oh, Sinner!!  Oh, Sinner!!  Oh, Sinner!!  The subtle serpent has charmed you.  He has lied to you.  He has told you to eat, drink and be merry with wine, women and song; to get all you can of money and pleasure and fame.  He has told you to make this life a celebration, for tomorrow you die.  But he has never said a word about the resurrection and the judgment when everyone must answer for our words spoken and deeds committed in these bodies.
          Oh, dear soul, don’t let the devil deceive you any longer – listen to what God says: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8).  Repent, therefore, that your sins may be blotted out.  He that saves his life shall lose it, but he that loses his life for Christ and the gospel, shall gain eternal life.  You cannot love both God and money; you cannot love both God and lust; you cannot love god and hate your fellowman; you cannot love both Godiness and fashion, you cannot love both God and popularity.
          Lost soul, cast all your filthy idols from you.  Abhor them, and abhor yourself.  Be afflicted and mourn and weep.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and will pardon him freely, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
We were condemned before he came to bear our condemnation in His own body on the cross that we might be free from condemnation.  He was made a curse for us that we might not be accursed; “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9).  He that puts his trust in Christ has everlasting life.  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,” (Acts 16:31).  He died that you might live.  He arose again from the dead three days later that you might have hope of resurrection and everlasting life.  He is now at God’s right hand.  All power is his.
He is coming again to punish those who have rejected him and done wickedly, but to reward His redeemed children.  Jesus pleads; Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29).  If you will repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you of those sins and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, He will save you. (Romans 10:9).  Ephesians 2:8-9, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

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