By Faith We Are Prepared (2)

Genesis Chapter 3, Psalm 119:160

"Thy word is true from the beginning..."

God is holy and righteous, so He has to deal with sins and judge and condemn unrepentant sinners. Because of His great love, grace and mercy, God always gives sinners several warnings so that they may fear Him and obey Him to be blessed. God's first warning to human beings was, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen 2:16-17). God means what He says. His warnings are always true and serious! Sadly, Eve failed to heed God's warning, so she believed Satan's lie and fell into his trap (Gen 3:4-6). And what happened to Adam and Eve when they ignored God's warning, listened to Satan's lie and disobeyed God's Word? They were cursed and punished.

God still warns of His coming judgment through His Word and through the faithful preaching of His true servants. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Rev 21:8). However, Satan still continues to cast doubt on God's Word and warning, and many are deceived. So they are not scared of God's coming judgment, saying, "There is no hell. It is only human imagination. Where is hell? Have you been there? Can you show me?" Others say, "God is a loving God, so He never creates hell nor puts any human being there. It is impossible to have hell. Hell in the Bible only refers to figurative suffering, not a literal place of fire for eternal punishment." Do you want to hear God's Word and warning or Satan's lie? Let us seriously learn the costly lesson from Adam and Eve so that we may fear God and His warnings and prepare ourselves by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and God's Word and living a sanctified life (Heb 12:14).

THOUGHT: It is always wise to take God's Word seriously.

PRAYER: Lord, help me always take Thy Word seriously.

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