Those of you have done this, need to read this.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek Yahweh while he may be found. Call on him while he is near.
This implies that you may not always be able to get an answer when you want it.
God is not like a candy machine; put in a quarter of prayer and out comes an answer.
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Proverbs 1:22 …
How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn at my reproof.
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you.
I will make known my words to you.
24 Because I have called, and you have refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
25 but you have ignored all my counsel,
and wanted none of my reproof;
26 I also will laugh at your disaster.
I will mock when calamity overtakes you,
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come on you.
28 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer.
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me,
29 because they hated knowledge,
and didn’t choose the fear of Yahweh.
30 They wanted none of my counsel.
They despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be filled with their own schemes.
32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
The kingdom of heaven is now. God’s laws are in operation now. There can be settling of accounts now.
You are dealing with God, the King, the Lord of the universe. Fear God and keep his commandments.
Matthew 18:23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he had begun to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’ 27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him and forgave him the debt.
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
29 “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison until he should pay back that which was due. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord called him in and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 34 His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”
There is a spiritual principle of reparation. The principle is that even when God forgives the sin, there is still a residue of temporal reaping to go through. That’s the “payment to be made”.
Here’s an illustration.
Someone has a one-night stand, commits adultery, the woman gets pregnant. God can forgive the sin, but then there is a baby, maybe a divorce or a broken family. There are repercussions even if God forgives the sin.
King David experienced this. He committed adultery. The woman got pregnant. The woman’s husband, Uriah, who served in David’s army, David sent to the front line to get killed. The baby ended up dying after it was born. II Samuel 11-12 And if you keep reading, there were other family problems.
Here’s another illustration.
In the Old Testament, if there is theft, the thief has to restore fourfold.
II Samuel 12:6 He must restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity!”
This is why Zacchaeus in the New Testament, when he converted, said this:
Luke 19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.”
So maybe by now if you are thinking that you want to make some reparations for having been on the wrong team, you might consider helping with Owen Shroyer’s legal expenses.
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