Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"If Only"

“If Only”



This is what Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says:  “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go.   If only you had paid attention to My commands.  Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”          Isaiah 48:17-18


These two verses of Scripture are a part of God’s message to the nation of Israel concerning their DISOBEDIENCE to His laws and the experience of being exiled from their beloved land, because of that DISOBEDIENCE. 


“IF ONLY” they had been OBEDIENT to His laws and TRUSTED His judgments.   They would have experienced PEACE like a river, and their RIGHTEOUSNESS would have been like the waves of the sea, “IF ONLY!”


What a compelling message for us, today, “IF ONLY” we would practice OBEDIENCE to the Lord God and His commands.   “IF ONLY” we would YIELD to the leadership of His Holy Spirit.  “IF ONLY” we would SEEK His face DAILY, and follow His direction.  “IF ONLY” we would turn from our sinful ways and turn to Him for the SALVATION of our souls.  “IF ONLY” we would LIVE for HIM, and receive RIGHTEOUSNESS that would be like the waves of the sea.  “IF ONLY” our nation would surrender to HIS leadership, and be OBEDIENT to His commands.  “IF ONLY!”


We don’t know what lies ahead for our great nation, but this thing I know is that we live in a nation that has been drenched in sin, depravity, hatred, debauchery, selfishness, greed and many other debasing activities.  We NEED JESUS in this land, in this world, to cleanse us from the filth and decaying matter that is eroding our livelihood.   “IF ONLY” America would turn to God for her SALVATION, before we go beyond His deadline.  It is a FEARFUL thing to continue to DISOBEY the Almighty God, Creator of ALL things.  “IF ONLY!”


If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are being DISOBEDIENT to Him and are facing His judgment.  However, He is giving you the opportunity NOW, to come to Him with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, “IF ONLY”, you would ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become His OBEDIENT CHILD, receiving PEACE like a river, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!



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