By: Lou Yeboah
“After all I’ve done for you. I have loved you, with an everlasting love [Malachi 1:2], but instead of receiving Me with delight, you receive Me not. [John 1:11]. You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart people. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people; A people that provoketh Me to anger continually to My face’. [Isaiah 1:4-6; Jeremiah 7:17-20 Jeremiah 25:7-11; Ezekiel 8:17-19; Deuteronomy 31:29; 2 Kings 22:16-17 Hebrews 3:7-9, 12, 15].
You Ingrates! Don’t you know, that My grace is love which you do not deserve, but yet are given? Don’t you know, that it is My grace that is keeping you alive? [Ephesians 2:1-2]. Prostituting My grace. Taking My goodness for granted. [Romans 6:23]. Listen, and listen good. I WILL NOT allow you to become complacent or neglectful concerning Me. I WILL NOT allow you to take Me for granted. Think lightly of the riches of My kindness, tolerance, and patience, and repent quickly, before I bring My wrath upon you, for my patience is at its limit!” [Romans 2:4-5; 2 Peter 3:8-10].
I want you to know that when God learned of how Israel had betrayed His love and taken His grace for granted, God became furious, and brought His wrath upon Israel. [2 Kings 17:18]. And before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel. [Psalms 78:31]. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid! [Romans 6:2,15] Know that God’s long-suffering will eventually ends. It ended in the days of Noah [Genesis 6:8]. It ended for Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Abraham. [Genesis 19:1-5]. And, it eventually will end for all of us. [2 Peter 3:10]. “One final appeal, and this is it! This is the final call, says the Lord. Repent before I bring My wrath upon you!”
I admonish you to receive Him while you are able. He is a gracious and compassionate God, [Romans 2:4-5; 2 Peter 3:8-10], but He has His limits. For the Lord said in [Genesis 6:3] “My Spirit will not always strive with man. I will proceed no longer in this way, but pass and execute the sentence of condemnation on you…” No one is excluded from Jesus’ demand to repent..” All is included. Don’t delay! The need is urgent! [Acts 17:30]. For Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” [Luke 13:3]. “The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here” [Matthew 12:41].
Jesus, is warning us of the judgment to come, and offering escape if we will repent. If we will not repent, Jesus has one word, “Woe unto you.” “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin” [Ezekiel 18:30; Acts 3:19]. The Bible commands it, our wickedness demands it, justice requires it, Christ preached it and God expects it. Don’t let the verdict be for you as it was for Israel. They saw all the evidence. They heard all the teaching. They saw the miracles. But they refused to repent.
Know that, “If you do not obey Me [take Me for granted and treat Me neglectfully], and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me [if you still take Me for granted and if you still neglect Me], then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit. ‘Then, if you [still take Me for granted] and walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate. ‘And if by these things you [still take Me for granted] are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied. ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me [if you still are complacent and you continue to neglect Me and take Me for granted], but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. But, “If you turn your heart around; if you accept your guilt and change [repent], I will remember My covenant. [Leviticus 4-29; Deuteronomy 28].
They continue in their foolishness. [Proverbs 26:11].
Yet you have not listened to Me, declares the Lord, in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. [Jeremiah 25:7].
Hear, O earth: behold, I am bring disaster on this people, the fruit of their plans, because they have not listed to My words, and as for My law, they have rejected it also. [Jeremiah 6:19].