"Before the Lord : for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth."
(Psalms 96:13 KJV)
Our Awesome God is holy and righteous, merciful and loving. He made us in His image and we will be held accountable for our words and actions. This means that God will judge each of us for what we do and say and there will be consequences for all our actions. Once we, through Adam, had eaten the "the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil," we knew what was good and what was evil and we became responsible for doing only good things because we were made in God's image. We need to see that our fall into sin was not just a moral lapse but a deliberate turning away from God and a rejection of Him by man (Genesis 3). We inherited this rejection of God from Adam even though we really know that God's way is the only way that makes right and makes sense.
If a man does the wrong things and sins, there must be consequences for those sins, so Our Awesome God or Jesus Christ, the perfect one, must judge him. After physical death, that judgment will always yield the sentence of hell for eternity. But those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and will follow Him have already been judged by Jesus and won't have to go through this judgment because He has already suffered the consequences for us.
Yes, the good news is that Jesus Christ has come to earth, died on the cross, taking our sins on Himself, arose the third day and is now sitting by Our Awesome God, interceding for you when you sin. The only way you can get to heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ, God's son, did this.
This means that it is very important that Christians tell other people about our Savior, Jesus Christ. Those that accept Jesus Christ as their Savior will be forgiven their sins and allowed to come into heaven for eternity and some will even get rewards called golden crowns for their help in furthering God's kingdom on earth. All others who reject Jesus will suffer in hell for eternity. So Our Awesome God has given us the choice of heaven or hell.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by joining us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, there is also a Bible Study hour along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? "
(Micah 6:8 KJV)
"The author, Micah, was of the town called Moresheth which may be the same town mentioned in 1:14, Moresheth-gath. If so, Micah came from a little town not far from Jerusalem (25 miles SW of Jerusalem near the Philistine city of Gath)." This was written by David Malik for bible.Org on the internet (http://bible,org/article/introduction-book-micah) and seems to agree with the thinking of most Bible scholars.
Micah, at Our Awesome God's request, came from a country setting to tell the rich and powerful that they needed to be less abusive to the poor of Israel. He prophesied concerning the upcoming captivity and that a Ruler would come out of Bethlehem. He prophesied during the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah or from 750 to 686 B.C.
He was a contemporary of Isaiah, the prophet. His main theme was that Our Awesome God insists that His people must reflect His holy character in the way they live; if they refuse, judgment is the inevitable result. Yet God will never abandon His covenant people and He sent Jesus Christ, the Messiah to save us from our sins if we will accept Him as our savior.
Micah says Our Awesome God gives us warnings so that we will not have to suffer His wrath if we obey. But judgment is certain to happen if His warnings are not obeyed and Jesus Christ's salvation is rejected. Though God may need to chastise us, it will be in love if we have accepted Christ's salvation. Our Awesome God has had a plan to redeem us since before the foundation of the world. He knew we would sin and still He created us. He loves us!
Micah was Our Awesome God's Prophet giving warning about what needed to be done. Just like His covenant people, we, His adopted children, need to reflect His holy character in the way we live, what we say and do. Do you? You need to know Him well. So read His Word in His Holy Bible, pray to Him and listen to His pastors. His Bible and His pastors have already told us about the coming judgment but we must believe them, repent of our sins and accept His salvation by grace through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study from 6:00 to 7:00 PM along with AWANA for children lasting until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill