Breaking the Cycle: July 21, 2016

Praise the Lord.

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Why is it that today’s so-called “Christians” believe that God in His infinite wisdom and power, has now, today decided to go against everything He has stood for so many, no over 2,000 years.

All we hear is how He is a God of Love and He Loves everyone, as though if you say it enough times you can bypass all that the world is practicing that totally contradicts everything He stands for and has made it quite clear, He hates it.

For example read Prov 6:16- Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 These six things the Lord hates;

Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:

17 A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue,

And hands that shed innocent blood,

18 A heart that creates wicked plans,

Feet that run swiftly to evil,

19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths],

And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.

He hates them.

Also Acts 17:30-31 Amplified Bible (AMP)

30 Therefore God overlooked and disregarded the former ages of ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old way of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], 31 because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed and destined for that task, and He has provided credible proof to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

Ignorance is no longer a credible excuse

I’m gonna let the Word shut this one down.

Isaiah 1:2 – Amp

2  Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth; For the Lord has spoken:

“I have reared and brought up sons,

But they have rebelled against Me and have broken away.

3 “The ox [instinctively] knows its owner,

And the donkey its master’s feeding trough,

But Israel does not know [Me as Lord],

My people do not understand.”

4 Ah, sinful nation,

A people loaded down with wickedness [with sin, with injustice, with wrongdoing],

Offspring of evildoers,

Sons who behave corruptly!

They have abandoned (rejected) the Lord,

They have despised the Holy One of Israel [provoking Him to anger],

They have turned away from Him.

5 Why should you be stricken and punished again [since no change results from it]?

You [only] continue to rebel.

The whole head is sick

And the whole heart is faint and sick.

6 From the sole of the foot even to the head

There is nothing healthy in the nation’s body,

Only bruises, welts, and raw wounds,

Not pressed out or bandaged,

Nor softened with oil [as a remedy].

7 Your land lies desolate [because of your disobedience],

Your cities are burned with fire,

Your fields—strangers are devouring them in your very presence;

It is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

8 The Daughter of Zion (Jerusalem) is left like a [deserted] shelter in a vineyard,

Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city [isolated, surrounded by devastation].

9 If the Lord of hosts

Had not left us a few survivors,

We would be like Sodom,

We would be like Gomorrah.

God Has Had Enough

10 Hear the word of the Lord [rulers of Jerusalem],

You rulers of [another] Sodom,

Listen to the law and instruction of our God,

You people of [another] Gomorrah.

11 “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me [without your repentance]?”

Says the Lord.

“I have had enough of [your] burnt offerings of rams

And the fat of well-fed cattle [without your obedience];

And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls or lambs or goats [offered without repentance].

12 “When you come to appear before Me,

Who requires this of you, this trampling of My [temple] courts [by your sinful feet]?

13 “Do not bring worthless offerings again,

[Your] incense is repulsive to Me;

[Your] New Moon and Sabbath [observances], the calling of assemblies—

I cannot endure wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] and [the squalor of] the festive assembly.

14 “I hate [the hypocrisy of] your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts.

They have become a burden to Me;

I am weary of bearing them.

15 “So when you spread out your hands [in prayer, pleading for My help],

I will hide My eyes from you;

Yes, even though you offer many prayers,

I will not be listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Get your evil deeds out of My sight.

Stop doing evil,

17 Learn to do good.

Seek justice,

Rebuke the ruthless,

Defend the fatherless,

Plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].

Till next week,

God Bless.

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD –, @drrobharrison (Twitter), Robert Bob Harrison (Facebook)

Pastor – The Apostolic Open Door Church of God & True Holiness – 2800 41st Ave. N, St. Pete  –  | Church of God and True Holiness, Intl.

First Vice President – NAACP St. Petersburg Branch

Chaplain – Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Pinellas

Parent Support for Education Board | Chaplain – Dept. Juvenile Justice for Circuit 6

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