Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cup of the Lord

 8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. 

Cup of the Lord

What is this cup of the Lord, and why is it filled with red wine? This is not a popular subject; we love the great stories of the love of God, and indeed, His love is great, it is unsurpassed by any other. However, God's love does not stop at His blessings upon His children. Truly, there is no love if there is no justice.

The cup of the Lord is filled with wine, the color of blood--blood that has been shed through the centuries by those who have opposed the God of heaven. From the time of Adam and Eve, Satan has been on a rampage against the children of God. No amount of the shed blood of the people of God will ever satisfy the bloodthirsty longings of Satan and his minions.

Surely, we cannot be speaking of the 21st century, can we? In this day of peace and prosperity, religious freedom is practiced throughout the world, is it not? I No! As many Christians in the west live in apathy and indifference, their brothers and sisters in Christ from other lands are giving their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. Does God turn His back on these martyrs for Christ? Would justice be served if, in the name of love, God simply ignored His suffering saints?

Sadly, America is rushing as quickly as it can away from God, as His Word is trampled under the feet of polished liberals who despise the Word of God. Christians who have lived lives permeated with love for this life and the things of the world, will soon be shaken when persecution against true believers becomes the norm. How will they respond when their Bible is taken away, and their pastors and teachers are no longer allowed to preach and teach Biblical truths?

How will they respond when God removes His protection from this land that once stood proudly declaring its trust in Him? Do we honestly believe that God, who allowed His own people to suffer total defeat due to their own turning away from Him, would not do the same thing to America? Is this country so great and so strong that it can continue to dominate the world in its own power apart from the help of God?

It is time that we, as Christians, take seriously our charge from God. We are not here to heap treasures for ourselves, but are here as servants of God, placed exactly where we are to be a light and a beacon for the truth of the Gospel. We should not be surprised when the day comes that God shatters the peace and prosperity of this nation--when the cup of the Lord is poured out upon the sin of this land.

There is only one hope for American--indeed there is only one hope for all countries of the world--and that is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, King James Version)
Amen, so let it be!

God Bless You,
Linda


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