Line in the Sand

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve." Joshua 24:15

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“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” Exodus 32:26
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Unlike so many false prophets today, Moses was a true servant of the LORD who threw down the gauntlet, presenting the life or death message  – “WHO is on the LORD’s side?”

Jesus says:

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33

“And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” John 12:23-25

Every individual must choose – to serve the Savior or to continue serving the false god of self. Repentance and faith is where it all starts – where the individual chooses to put Jesus first by turn away from his own life to Christ. Making Peace with God

In His hour of great testing, leading to His blessed cross, Jesus cried “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42) Of this life or death decision and truth, Eliset Igat writes:

“The history of the Israelites is a vivid reminder of how dangerous it is to insist that God give us what our own will desires—demanding that He give us what we want—instead of surrendering our will to Him. One of my greatest fears is that God will give me everything I want! When God gives us what we want, we may also get ‘leanness in our soul’ (Psalms 106:15). True joy is not the result of having everything I want but of gratefully receiving exactly what God has given me. When God says ‘No’, don’t belabor the point. God knows and will give you what you need—and not what you want. We must obey what the Lord says in His Word.”

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14

If we will truly follow Christ, it will be according to His prescription, and no other.

“And he (Christ) said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24

Do we truly want to know the LORD? DO WE want God to give us what WE want OR what HE wants for us (adversity)?

Recounting the deliverance of God’s people from the Egyptian bondage, the Psalmist records:

“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

15 And he gave them their request; BUT SENT LEANNESS INTO THEIR SOUL.”

Psalms 106:12-15

After the LORD split the Red Sea and brought the children of Israel through on dry land (represents our salvation), they believed Him and sang His praised. Then, they “lusted exceedingly” for the things they had while in Egypt (the world). They believed for a while and then in time of temptation fell away (Luke 8:13). They weren’t enduring to the end in an abiding relationship. They did not choose to earnestly love and serve the LORD obediently and therefore began to “fall away,” departing from the faith (Luke 8:12-15; Galatians 5:4; 1 Timothy 4:1-3, etc.). God then “gave them THEIR request (what they wanted) but with that lustful desire for the things of this world, they reaped “leanness” (scantness) of soul. Those who choose to love the things of this fleeting world, will be emptied of the blessed divine virtue of God grace in their hearts and lives and like the 5 foolish virgins, “fall away.” (Matthew 25:1-13; Luke 8:13).

Many today whom Christ at one point saved, have gone back to loving this world. They are living in sin and not ready to meet the LORD who is “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8) Instead of continuing in the Word and being made free, they’ve bought the “ye shall not surely die” lie Satan is still preaching through false leaders in the modern church world (Genesis 2:17; 3:4; Jude 3-4).

Paul told us (New Testament saints) that this account in the history of Israel, as well as every story of the Old Testament Scriptures, are written “for our learning” and warned us to beware lest we repeat this same rebellion against our LORD:

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:11-12

After being saved, when a person does not diligently continue in the truth, refusing to continue to receive the love of the truth, the LORD Himself will allow “strong delusion” to overtake that person.
 
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
 
Jesus told us that His Father Word is truth and any person who does not studying the truth daily – deny self to elevate Christ – will fall away (John 17:17).
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