DISOBEDIENCE LEADS TO DARKNESS
But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. —Psalm 81:11-12
To not listen to what our Lord says or submit to Him will not end well. If and when He gives a people over to their stubborn hearts then they end up following their own counsels. Now really, is it better to follow the counsel of the Lord or man’s counsel?
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”—I Samuel 15:23
Look what happens when our Lord gives a people over to follow their own ways.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen…. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error… Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. —Romans 1:24-25, 26-27, 28
When you read Romans 1:18-32 you will see the downward, corrupt decay of a people who do not want to follow God, but instead follow after their own counsels.
First, their thinking is affected. They think they are wise, but God says they are fools. They worship creation instead of the Creator.
Second, degrading sexual immorality becomes accepted as people accept lies instead of the truth of God.
Third, homosexuality becomes acceptable.
Fourth, their minds become depraved and “they do what ought not be done.” Read the list of wicked attitudes and actions that follow this statement.
Be honest, doesn’t this sound like our nation’s present attitudes toward God? Are not these actions taking place? This is what happens when a people do not want to retain the knowledge of God. A nation does not become more enlightened as some would claim. No, it slides further and further into darkness. A sinful world system can only decay. But again, praise God brother and sister that we belong to a kingdom that does not decay and “cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtgIaMxrojw
Thank You Father that I am in that kingdom of Yours that will never be shaken. Help me to be a light in this dark world for Your honor and glory. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.