The Door Of Hope & Power

August 10, 2012

Friends,
Why do the arrogant and wicked continue to rage against God and His servants? The Lord asks them, “Why are you angry? Why is your face sullen? If you do what is righteous, will you not be accepted?” (Gen. 4:6,7a) These people refuse to learn from their sorrows, from the punishments God gives them. God tries to get them to see the folly of their ways, but instead they go on in their rebellion, blaming others for the consequences of their own sin. Yet if they’d but turn and do righteously will not the Lord forgive? Will He not turn from His anger and grant them forgiveness and blessing and healing and restoration? Must they continue to refuse correction so that they are crushed completely?

The Lord commands His saints to warn them. His love compels them. But those bent on their own ways will not listen. The Word of God is offensive to them. (Jer. 6:10) They are not ashamed of their deeds, nor of their perverse thoughts or words. They go on in their sin, unaware or without care that it will cost them their lives, their souls.

Even now God still warns them, “But if you do not do what is righteous, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to own you, but you must master it.” (Gen. 4:7b) If a person gives in to the lure of sin, the power of sin then overtakes that person, but at the end of the rope is actually the devil. He’ll take that rope and tie his victim up so tightly that there will be no way of escape, and the demons will carry their prisoner on down their road –that road marked, “Misery, Grief, Anguish, and Hell.”

But the Lord has provided a Door of hope and power. He’s done this by the sacrifice of His own blood. If anyone calls out from their hopeless condition, Christ will set before him the Door, while also granting that person His own supernatural power by which to walk through. If that person walks through this Door by faith, he is cleansed and made whiter than snow. His mind and his heart is washed by the living water, the Spirit, and the blood. (1 John 5:6-8)

Why would anyone not take this Door of hope, this Door of cleansing, this Door of life abundant (John 10:9,10) where the evil one has no more control? (John 12:31 w/ Luke 10:18-20 and 1 John 3:8 & 5:18) Is there such arrogance that the captives can’t even muster out one genuinely humble cry for help? Is it simple stupidity –the rationalization that there will always be “a little more time” to repent and cry out for mercy? What benefit does the prisoner receive in remaining bound in the evil realm, only to be, with every passing day, carried further into the blackness? Does he not realize that there does come a point of no return? (Heb. 6:4-6 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12)

God is waiting, ready to pardon, ready to forgive, ready to lavish the repentant one with His love and a share in His inheritance. He will not speak of, or remember, the sin anymore, for He throws it all away –as far as the east is from the west. (Ps. 103:12 // Heb. 8:12)

Should there then be any reason for the wicked to rage against this loving, merciful, compassionate God? Do they have any right to fume against those who have, at His command, and because of Love, continued to say “to the prisoners caught in the darkness, ‘Come out! Be free!'” –? (See Isa. 49:9)

But, sin is crouching at the door of each human heart. We cannot let it overtake us, but instead nullify its power by submitting to being slaves of righteousness, thus slaves of the God who is Love. (Rom. 6:16-22 // 1 John 4:16)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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