It is also sad to note that many in the Body of Christ have no sense of shame or restraint and have resorted to open and excessive indulgence in sexual sins, hostility, lying, violence, and murder. Many of these social sins are often seen in our Churches today. Not only are they evil in the Lord’s sight, these sins offends the Lord and arouse His anger. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that they are the cause of separation from God. They hinder our prayers!
In his response to those who are angry with the Lord, Isaiah warns, “The Lord is not too weak to save you or too deaf to hear your call for help! It is because of your sins that He doesn’t hear you. It is your sins that separate you from Him when you try to worship Him. For your hands are stained with blood and your fingers with guilt. You tell lies and say evil things. You can’t be trusted, even in court. You lie about each other and depend on false arguments to win your cases. You create pain and produce wickedness. Your feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Your thoughts are evil thoughts; everywhere you go you cause trouble and ruin. Your hands are always busy sinning and hurting others. You don’t know how to live in peace. You don’t do what is right and fair. You are crooked, and anyone who lives like that will never know true peace” (Isaiah 59:1-8).
The above passage obviously is an indictment against our sins. It shows that most problems we encounter in life are not caused by enemies “out there.” Our sinfulness is our own enemy. Nonetheless, there is hope, because God has offered us His mercy, and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 118:1; 136:1).
To all those who worship other gods, the Lord says, “Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth (Jeremiah 10:11). Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols” (Ezekiel 36:25).
No matter who we are, how influential or politically powerful we have become (that is, whether we think ourselves to be wise or powerful or of high social standing), it is time we admit God’s existence and forsake idol worshiping. As prophet Isaiah advised us, we are to simply turn to God and pray to Him now that He is near. We are to forsake our wicked way of life and change our way of thinking. We are to surrender our life completely to the Lord, for He is merciful and quick to forgive. His thoughts are not like ours, and His ways are different from ours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are His ways and thoughts above ours. Moreover, the word that He speaks—it will not fail to do what He planned for it—it will do everything He sends it to do. As a reminder, God’s word is similar to rainfall; it produces fruit. Just as water enlivens and strengthens a withering rose, so God’s word produces life in the hearts of sinners (Isaiah 55:6-11).
God loves us. He is not willing that any should perish (Peter 3:9). In other words, God does not want to see anyone going to hell.
Do not ignore this message! As you read, please think of anything that has been standing between you and God. Pray and confess it and give it up, then God will show mercy to you. Keep in mind, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
May those who are wise understand what is written here, and may they take it to heart. The Lord’s ways are right, and righteous people live by following them, but sinners stumble and fall because they ignore them (Hosea 14:9). We cannot serve both God and idols!
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