The Old Testament is filled with declarations which seem harsh to us. We, New Testament Christians, enjoy focusing on God’s love. Even so, it is dangerous to teach a cheap grace. God does love us and is a gracious God. He will, however, not tolerate rebellion and requires repentance. As we read today (September 1st), we come across a section of Scripture in Ezekiel where God is declaring He will restore Israel, His chosen people. In that very section of Scripture, God also talks about “purging out the rebels”.
Rebellious hearts are a problem. As you read that, do not picture another person in your mind whom you believe might have a rebellious heart. It is our tendency to think of somebody else. Instead, examine your own heart as I examine mine. See if rebellion exists within your heart, or within your thoughts. Do you know of something you should not be doing, but you’re doing it anyway? Repentance is needed.
Our nation needs repentance. Churches across our land need repentance. Our own church probably could do some soul searching to see if we need to repent. Now, I hope you will do what I must do. I hope we each will look in the mirror first and try to pull the log out of our own eye. Allow God to cast away that which does not belong.
We have seen a move of God lately in our church as people surrender to Jesus by faith and others join our mission. The move of God continues as we will have a time of “revival”. Revival is a type of restoration. Restoration will only happen in God’s people as we are purged of the rebels and purged of our own rebelliousness. The only question is, will we be a person purged out or will we allow our rebellious attitudes to be purged out?
In the fire of refining,