Ecclesiastes 12:13 ¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Our duty, our assignment, our calling as followers of Jesus Christ is to take up our cross and to follow His ways, His teachings, and His instructions to deliver the truth to set those who are in bondage to sin free.
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
You’re not worthy of Christ if you do not lay your will and self motivations down and pick up the burdensome cross of Christianity.
Matthew 16:24-26 24 ¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If your born again of the spirit and you have repented of your sins and you have forsaken the ways of the world and are seeking Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Ghost to convict, sanctify and restore you to who the Lord has called you to be then you have victory over sin and you have the power of Jesus Christ ruling and raining in your life.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Why is the Church of Jesus Christ so overwhelmed with sin? Why is the enemy conquering the houses of God?
Satan is conquering the houses of God because he has already conquered your home, your mind, your life because of your free will choice to choose what you want!
No one has put you into bondage, but yourself. You choose the sin. You choose to walk away from Jesus Christ. You choose the pornography and fornication, the adultery, you choose it. The alcohol, you choose the drugs, you choose the lying cheating and stealing! No one but you!
Oh sure you can blame Satan for the setup, but you caused yourself to hurdle the moral barriers of your mind and approach the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:1-5 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Adam and Eve were given bad council, bad advice, and the result was sin and death.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
There is nothing new and the choice for sin instead of righteousness is chosen.
We have chosen pleasure over prayer, worldliness in our worship, seduction over sanctification, pride over piety, and we have abused the grace, sacrifice and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Opposition, gossip, slander, sewing discord, rebellion to authority and the infiltration of the worlds methods will cause the judgments of God to follow.
Jeremiah 12:7 ¶ I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
When we choose to turn from God and choose to listen to another source, then we are allowing ourselves to be guided by that source, and any source that is outside of God’s wisdom and Word is deception, and will lead to death.
Matthew 7:13-14 ¶ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
They despise it because it confronts the sin in their life, and nobody wants to hear rebuke anymore.
Accountability to the un-accountability is not accountability, and there will be no restoration.
Jeremiah 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
We are to blame nothing but ourselves because we allow the things in our lives that the Lord says have nothing to do with.
Jeremiah 5:19 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.