FEAR AND THE COMING JUDGMENT

EZEKIEL 14:21-23: “For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it? 22 Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it. 23 And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done in it,” says the Lord GOD.”

OBSERVATION: How should a believer view the coming Judgment of the Lord? When you read the Book of Revelation, when you see the increasing sinfulness of our society and our world, it is clear that we are on the pathway to judgment. Will it be immediate? Will a revival once again delay this judgment as it did many times in the history of Israel? Or, is judgment imminent, knocking at the door?

Regardless of where we actually are on the prophetic timetable there are two truths that are sure. First, God will judge this world in His righteousness. His longsuffering with man will reach an end. Judgment will come. The second truth is equally as true. The Lord will keep the righteous from His wrath. There is a definite difference between the suffering of Christians today for their faith and the outpouring of the wrath of God on an ungodly world. Like the judgment of Judah at the hands of Babylon, the Lord will preserve the remnant of His faithful – “Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters…” Peter echoes this truth in his second epistle – “…then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.” (‭II Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

So many today are trying to instill fear into the hearts of believers. Surely we should be stirred to repent and get our houses in order. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that judgment must begin with the house of God. Yet, we are not called to walk around in fear of God’s coming judgment. Jesus said – “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (‭Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭28‬ NKJV). Some may say that this is a false hope. Yet, for the believer who trusts in God’s Word, it is their blessed hope.

The enemy will try to get us to focus on everything we should be doing to prepare for the impending doom – TO KEEP US FROM THE VERY THING WE SHOULD BE DOING – PREACHING THE GOSPEL! If he can get us paralyzed with fear and focused on the impending doom he wins. Yet the Word of God is clear – THE ENEMY IS THE ONE WHO LOSES! We will overcome him by the “word of our testimony” and by the “blood of the lamb”. In life or in death we are more than conquerors. We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus and fulfill our call of taking the Gospel to the world! The only hope for this world is Jesus Christ! The only escape from the judgment to come is Jesus Christ! He has promised that He will be with us until the end of the age. If God is with us – who can be against us?!

Lord, help me to walk in faith and not fear. Help me to listen to Your Word rather than the constant sounding of those who are fostering fear in the hearts of believers. Help me to be faithful even unto death for my faith in Christ. Help me to know that You are with me and You will provide all of my needs until the day you call me home or I meet you in the air in the blessed rapture of the saints. You are coming for your bride. Help me to keep looking up – for my redemption is drawing nigh. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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