This deception comes upon the thinking of people when they come to believe that when you repent of your sins and transgressions, all the penalties and adverse consequences of those sins are cancelled and taken away by the grace of salvation.
Stated in other words: “When I or those I love turn and begin to do that which is good and right in the sight of God, all the consequences for the wrong that has been done will be taken away.”
It has been over forty years since I repented of all my sins; but, I am still suffering from some of the consequences of those sins. Some of you have raised your children without the proper instruction, training, discipline and correction. In your mind, you are not feeling the great burden you should feel if you fully realized that all the mistakes and failures you made are going to have serious consequences. You may be thinking that one of these days your children will learn the truth and get saved and get delivered from their sin; then, all the mistakes and sins of the past will be wiped away and there will be no more effects of those past things. Wrong! There is a consequence to be reckoned with. There will be the fruit of your deeds and attitudes which will produce pain in your life and in the lives of others.
In Sir Isaac Newton's laws of physics there is a rule that says: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Some people have been led to believe that even though they may not repent of their sins, they will not suffer any consequences because God is such a loving God He will just see the good things we do and overlook the evil.
We live in a society where people seem to be totally unconscious of the influence of their choices and actions on their own life and the lives of others.
Religious beliefs have no consequence. Believe whatever you want to believe. Every religion should have the same liberty. WRONG!
What children are taught in school has no consequence. The teachers and students should be able to teach whatever they think is right in their own eyes. WRONG!
How you live your personal life should not concern anyone else. There is no consequence to how you choose to live. Just live and let live. WRONG!
But the God of all heaven and earth has commanded that there is only one right way to live our life; and, that is according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you choose some other way, you will suffer the consequences.
Hebrews 2:1-41 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape , if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
We have been blessed with an abundance of knowledge of the perfect will of God concerning how we ought to live in this world. These things are the gospel of salvation. These truths are the deliverance we have available to us. How shall we escape the consequences of neglecting so great an understanding of deliverance?
You can not escape the consequence of neglecting the warnings and instructions which you hear over and over in the messages of truth coming to you week after week and year after year. You are not ignorant of these things. You have a great light which has shown upon your pathway. You know when you are straying from the straight and narrow way.
If you will stop and think, if you will consider and analyze what you are doing and saying, you will see that everything you do has an effect on someone.
Your attitude, your tone of voice, the words you use, the clothes you wear, your actions, all these things will have an effect on those around you.
Hebrews 12:22-2622 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
You can not escape the responsibility which goes with hearing this message.
God wants to talk to you about everything in your life. He will talk to you. He will show you the right way. There will be a consequence to what you choose to do with the counsel of God. You can not escape the consequences.
ESCAPE: Webster: Definition1 a : to get away (as by flight)
2 : to avoid a threatening evil
3 : to get free of : break away from
4 : to get or stay out of the way of : AVOID
The message of truth will find you, locate you, identify your needs and make you responsible and accountable. You can not escape the voice of the Holy Spirit which faithfully brings every man into the full understanding of their spiritual condition before God. You may over-ride the Holy Spirit. You may also forget what He has said. But you have been told and you will never escape the consequence of having been told. God will reward you or punish you according to how you handle the truth He has brought to you. Whether you believe the truth or not it will produce an effect upon your life. You will be blest or cursed according to what you do with the Words of Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-31 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
There are many facts in life which we “know perfectly.”
We are not totally ignorant of the will of God concerning our decisions and actions. You will never be able to excuse yourself on the grounds of ignorance.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
If you plant it, you will reap the fruit of the thing you planted.
If you sow corruption in your own life or the life of your child, you will reap corruption. You can not escape the consequences of your actions. You can escape the penalty of eternal punishment if you repent and God forgives you. But there are some inescapable consequences which you will suffer.
If you feed your own mind or the mind of your children with vanity and worldliness then they will be vain and worldly. You will not escape the consequences of what you have done.
If you allow your children to watch violent video and play violent games, then you will not escape the consequences of that evil.
“The Journal of Adolescence recently published a special issue dedicated to the growing body of scientific research documenting the link between violent video games and a number of negative behaviors in children and adolescents who play them.”
“Those effects included increased hostility, an increased likelihood of being involved in fights, increased frequency of arguments with teachers and poorer academic performance.”
“Exposure to violent video games increases aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; increases physiological arousal and decreases helping behavior.”
“Video game players actually participate in and to some extent create the video game actions, rather than simply being a content recipient.” “In order to succeed at a violent video game, players must identify and then choose violent strategies. Repeated violent choices result in a continuous cycle of reward. Violence is presented as justified and fun, without negative consequences.”
One of the many conclusions drawn from the scientific research states: “It is possible that the people who are most affected by violent media are those who are most naturally aggressive, thus putting the most vulnerable at the greatest risk for increased aggression.”
When a person participates in those activities which excite the emotions, there will be a corresponding influence upon the attitudes, values and choices which that person makes.
It is often impossible to undo or erase the effects of an action already carried out.
As the “Watchman on the Wall” and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I must warn you of these things. I must warn you of the sorrow of heart which is coming if you ignore the spiritual needs of your children. I must warn you of the influence of what you see, hear and do.
Ezekiel 33:1-71 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman :
3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
The watchman is the pastor, the evangelist, the teacher who stands before you and faithfully declares unto you what thus saith the Lord. I must warn you of the consequences of not restraining your children. I must preach in such a way as to teach you the restraints which God expects you to observe in your own life. I am not required to restrain you like a child, but I must teach you the godly restraints which the children of God must learn of God. If you love God more than your flesh and the world, then you will hear and obey. You will observe these restraints which the Holy Spirit has taught us are appropriate for Christians.
1 Samuel 3:11-1511 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not .
14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
What sin did Eli commit?“His sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.”
If your children do wrong and you do not restrain them, then you will stand condemned with Eli. Parents must properly restrain their children. If you do not there are inescapable consequences. Your children and grandchildren will test you to see if you have any rules, boundaries or authority. If you do or if you don’t there will be consequences.
If the Holy Spirit has warned you of something that is out of order in your life, you must correct it, or suffer the consequences.
Consistent obedience will make you stronger.
Consistent neglect will make you weaker.
There is an inescapable consequence to all of your decisions and actions.