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May Honey From The Rock

Psalms 81:16

He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

Deuteronomy 32:13

13 “He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock…

Dear Friends and Family,

I trust that you had a blessed Resurrection Sunday with your families. I love this time of year because it is always a reminder of His resurrection, the victory he won and the price he paid for our redemption. Just as His creation blossoms before us so too we see the hope of our own resurrection in Him because of His finished work at the cross. May we always be found praising His wonderful Name and rejoicing in His finished work on Calvary. What words could man ever say that would express the gratitude in our hearts for all he suffered and accomplished on our behalf. What can you say to a Savior who died in your place and suffered a death that you should have suffered and paid a price you should have paid. Without His finished work we would all be on our way to Hell.

Romans 3:10-12

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He redeemed us from the fires of hell and the eternal suffering we would have experienced there. We don’t often recognize that we were sinners on our way to a firey eternal grave before we accepted Christ as our Savior and Lord; but a quick look at the Scriptures will soon open our eyes to that fact. So, what words can we ever say to thank Him. There are none strong enough to express the gratitude and worship he deserves. This wonderful Holy God who took upon himself all our sin, sickness, and death and went to the cross and paid the price for it in his own body allowing us to escape by just believing in what He did and accepting Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. Lord – supreme authority, leader, ruler; and Savior – loving, merciful, grace giving redeemer of our souls. What a wonderful God we serve. We will never be able to comprehend to the fullest just how much he loves us and the terrible price he paid to redeem us back from death and hell. In light of this truth let’s continue to examine the way back when we’ve fallen prey to the cares and distractions of this world. Last month we ended by saying that we can’t have two spirits, two waivering voices within.  We have to make quality decisions, strong commitments to go God’s way and submit to Him.  We cannot allow the circumstances of life to cause us to waiver from the path He set us on.  We can’t change course in the middle because our circumstances change.  If we don’t know what to do in a situation then we should ask the Lord for HIS wisdom, but we must not waiver from our stand of obedience, commitment, and righteousness in the Lord.

 Man’s flesh will suffer because of undealt with sin. Let’s take a look at this truth in the Word of God:

(1) Rebellion

Lamentations 1:20

Behold, O LORD; for I [am] in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled:

1 Samuel 5:6

Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories.

The word for tumors is also used for hemmorrhoids. It simply means growths in any part of the body. The Philistines had taken the Ark of the Lord. These were people who worshipped the God Dagon and refused to do the will of God. They had hardened hearts and wouldn’t obey God’s people when they sent word to them to bring back the Ark of the Lord. Rebellion against God without true repentance can open us to so many awful things. That’s why God says DON’T DO IT!

Proverbs 17:11

A rebellious man seeks only evil (foolishness and rebellion) so a cruel messenger will be sent against him

 1 Corninthians 3:17

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (NIV)

Not taking proper care of our bodies, is sin. Smoking, drinking, overeating, eating the wrong kinds of foods or not eating the right kinds of foods; or doing anything else that would be harmful to your body is rebellion against the direct command of the Lord to care for our bodies. Sugar is one of the only things on the market today that is legally addictive. It’s as addictive as heroine. It makes you depressed and lethargic, and it makes your body corrode because the body cannot get rid of refined white sugar in the same way that it can get rid of honey or fructose. Alcohol turns to refined sugar when it enters your body. We suffer lethargy and fatigue from wrong eating and drinking habits. When the Lord says watch your diet, don’t drink, don’t smoke, it’s not to keep you from pleasure, but to keep you from harm and destruction. To rebel against those commands is to harm yourself.

Psalm 6:6-7

Because I did not obey the Lord….6 I am weary with sighing; every night I make my bed sweim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. 7 My eye has wasted away with grief; it has become old because of my adversaries.  (NAS)

We’ve seen in these Scriptures that some of the results of not obeying God are depression (sorrow of mind) trembling or failing heart, tumors, skin disorders, hemmorrhoids, cancers, bowel problems, and failing eyes. We don’t take these things seriously, but we should. When we don’t deal with our sin we open to depression and all these things. These are warnings from God. We need to take action against sin in our lives. Jesus is coming back. If sin is left unrepented, you will pay a price in your body. Even the smallest sin in your life can sprout forth and destroy you if you do not master it—–anger, worry, fear, unforgiveness, jealousy, resentment, self-pity, rejection and on and on it goes. When Jesus healed the paralyzed man in the temple He told him:

 John 5:14

14 “Behold you have become well; do not sin anymore so that nothing worse may befall you.” NAS

God describes being forgiven and then going deliberately back into sin this way:

 Proverbs 26:11

 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. NIV

 2 Peter 2:22

 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” NIV

 Rebellion is as the sin of witchraft and stubborness as idolatry

 1Samuel 15:23

For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king

 This was a word from the Prophet Samuel to King Saul who had rejected God’s word regarding the offering of the sacrifice because he feared the people. But in the New Testament we are Kings and Priests unto the Lord (See Revelation 1:6) so this applies to us as well. Search your hearts is there any rebellion lingering there? If so repent and ask the Lord for the grace and the strength to walk out of it and leave it behind.

 As believers in Christ we don’t want sin to remain in our lives in any area. We want to be free from its destructive cycles and free from its bondage so that we can be totally free to serve and worship Jesus Christ. Our walk on earth is an opportune time (Kairos time) give to us by the Father in which we can be transformed from the earthy, carnal man to the heavenly, spiritual man. We only have this lifetime to allow God to accomplish this transformation in our lives. Our eternity depends on how much of ourselves we yield to him in this life. If you have made him your Savior and Lord, eternity is secured for you as long as you continue to walk in that truth; however, there is more to eternity than getting to heaven. The Bible teaches that there are degrees of transformation that correspond to degrees of placement in eternity. The more transformed you are the closer to the Throne you may come, the less transformed you are the further from the Throne you remain. Outside the city where the Throne of God resides there are varying degrees of light. Scripture describes the “outer darkness.” That is a place far from the Throne and it tells us that those who find themselves in that place (which is NOT hell), weep and gnash their teeth when they realize what they threw away in order to walk in the comforts of their flesh and their own self-will in this life. They are saved, yes, but they do not receive the fullness of that salvation and there is much they miss out on because of the way they chose to live here. Most of all, to stand in God’s presence with selfishness, rebellion, and unbelief in your soul would be devastating. In that state, standing in the light of His Glory, we would burn up. So, in his mercy he would have to keep us far from the fullness of that presence. We have no idea what awaits us there, what wonderful things (Romans says) he has planned for those who love him. Don’t give it all up for a fleeting moment of fleshy pleasure here. It’s not worth the trade off. Submit yourselves wholly to Him. Evil times are ahead, and we need to abide IN HIM today more than ever before. He is worthy of your total devotion. No one and nothing else is!

Next month we will continue our study of the deceitfulness and destruction of sin in our lives as we look into the subject of sexual sin; a sin that is running rampant in our world today.

In His Love,

Solid Rock Ministries