Andy Hollifield 4-12-17
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obiedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (20) But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
So what is that you’re eating? Is it good? If you are willing and obedient to God it is. Isn’t it funny how simple God’s word is and how complicated we can make it when we are trying to justify whatever we are wanting to do. Aw, I don’t do it much just every now and then. Oh preacher everyone’s doing it. But preacher, I’m not going to force my kids to do something they don’t want to do. News flash; when they get to prison; they will force them. If you keep eating that slop that is exactly where your family will wind up, devoured. You say, I thought this was supposed to be an encouraging post. There is a big difference between a feel good post and encouragement. This may not give you the warm fuzzies but if you be willing and obedient it will help and encourage you.
In the book of Jude chapter 1 verse 3, Jude got right to the point and said; “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemanation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” He goes on to warn them of the ones that came out of Egypt that had been delivered but later on when they didn’t believe they were destroyed. Look back at why it was needful for Jude to write this letter and who he wrote it to. He didn’t write to a bunch of heathens, he was writing to God’s people. He was writing because apparently some were in question of the common salvation. Common salvation. Not anything new about it. It was still the same as always. Still only one door to heaven and one savior which is Christ the Lord. Salvation has not changed and neither have the conditions to receive it and the life you have to live to enjoy it. Jude saw the need as time went on to encourage folk to get right into church and follow sound doctrine. We often hear of folks that complain about preachers “getting on doctrine”. The fact is that if we don’t preach it the way God has said it, we will stand in judgment of God for not telling the truth. Also, these false teachers that complain in this regard are the ones most of the time spreading false doctrine and trying to get the saints into a watered down plan where almost anything goes for a dollar. There are no absolutes. Bible doctrine has been replaced with a warm fuzzy feeling that has no power. Hymns have been replaced with a good sound that has no conviction or spirit-filled words. Jude warned of these people that, may draw a big crowd, but know nothing about the working of the Holy Ghost. Jude was trying to warn the saints of all that would happen and how to aviod the pit falls of it.
The problem is always men that have crept in, not someone who is going full bore and announcing his intention. Little by little, the Spirit of the Lord has been lost and replaced by people who have never even accepted Christ as their savior. Men that seemingly always have a new and better way of worshipping God. He said in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever. In Malachi 3:6 He said “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” There is no new way.
Jude encourages the saints in verse 3 to “earnestly contend for the faith.” How do we do that? verse 20 says “building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (21) keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” It hasn’t changed any. It is still the common salvation that was first delivered unto us. It still takes work on our part to build up our faith and keep ourselves in the love of God. So if we are doing that, why are we not satisfied with the Lord and eating the good of the land? Are we willing and obedient or refusing and rebelling? Something to think about and do something about isn’t it? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 4-12-17