Sept 14 Be what you really are

sept-14-rev22-11-be-what-you-areRev 22: 11 The evildoer must continue to do evil*~, and the one who is morally filthy must continue to be filthy*~. The one who is righteous must continue to act righteously*~, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy*~.”

An amazing characteristic of God is that He allows a person to be whatever he wants to be. If he wants to live without God, He will grant him his desire, now and forever. Of course, the opposite is also true.

In Revelation, an angel told John, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches” (1:11). Two thousand years ago, he wrote describing events—-some quite terrifying—-that remain in the future to this day. This message is certain; we who believe this prophecy owe it to the world to make it known to them.

In spite of cataclysmic global events that will nearly bring an end to mankind in a brief period (seven years), and even though men will recognize that God is behind the judgments, they will refuse to repent, ask for mercy, or recognize their own wickedness. Rather, men will persist in increasing wickedness until they are destroyed. Unbelievers will refuse to believe God’s prophecies and “continue to do evil.”

The “one who is morally filthy must continue to be filthy.” Men will harden their hearts as they determine to be increasingly wicked, persuading others to join them in their filthy living. They will continue in their sin, knowing that what God says about the future will come to pass. Their lostness will become increasingly evident.

On the other hand, those who have put their trust in Christ, receiving His perfect righteousness as the free gift of God, will continue to practice righteousness and “continue to be [or keep themselves] holy.”

Depending on our response to God’s warnings, our character is progressively fixed forever. In a sense, we determine our own destiny. Sinners are warned not to rebel and harden their hearts (Heb 3:15; 4:7), but if they consistently reject the truth, God will abandon them to their “reprobate mind” (Rom 1:18–-32) and the eternal consequences of their own choices (1 Cor 1:18).

People must hear the truth while there is time. Are you making it possible for them to hear?

“Dear Jesus, because of Your saving grace in me, I can rely on You for the power to live righteously, honoring You by setting apart my life for Your purposes. I know I can trust You as I do my best to show others the way to eternal life in You.

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