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POSTED: April 16, 2012 10:30 p.m.

God’s word cannot be ignored. One day, each person will give an accounting. On that day, it will be too late to change what we have done.
Our destiny in eternity is set by what we do here and now.
Jonah realized his mistake and was given opportunity to change. Why not take the time to study God’s word, believe it and obey it? God has blessed you with the opportunity to follow him.
You may ignore him today if that is your desire, but one day you plainly will see, “you cannot get away from God.”
Knowing that we will all stand accountable for the way we react to God should make everyone search for the truth in all religious matters. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).  It is popular in some circles to not believe in God. David wrote, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). They reject the evidence they see each day and choose to believe a theory of how man evolved from an ape. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
God’s word has been given to man that we might come to understand God’s love and God’s terms for forgiveness.
James wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). Those who refuse to listen and obey God now will find that God will not listen to them. “Therefore, it is come to pass  that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 7:13). Luke tells of one who ignored God during his lifetime and realized too late what he had done. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence’” (Luke 16:23-26).
God loves everyone and wants all to be saved, but he created us to have our own will so that we determine what we are going to do.
If a person looks into what it takes to obey God, it readily is seen that obedience is a must, and it is not too much to be asked by God to obey him.
Don’t turn your back on God; search his word and obey it while time is on your side.

 

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