DEPLORABLE STATE

INTRODUCTION

A deplorable state is being in a condition of contempt.  Life's evils are of such a nature; if one allows themselves to embrace such a lifestyle.  Scripture reveals:  Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Scripture informs us that one does not have to stay in such a condition:  "And such were some of you: but you are washed, you are sanctified (or set apart), you are declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 6:11).

DEPLORABLE STATE
LIFE OF SIN

A deplorable state is not a happy one.  A life of sin may seem pleasurable at the moment but in the end it dooms one's soul to the pits of darkness for eternity.  It's consequences are irreversible unless realization comes into focus as to who the giver of LIFE is.  Scripture reveals that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).  

The gloomy dark regions of eternal punishment offer no such hope; confinement in such a place offers only torment (Luke 16:24).  Scripture confirms that whatsoever condition one finds himself, when the last breath of life is taken; is how he will be judged (Revelations 22:11).

MY OWN DEPLORABLE STATE

As a young man I was in a deplorable state of a sin-filled life; as I faced three military judges.  I learned what it is like to stand before those who judge you for your actions.  I was as the repentant thief on the cross who owed up to the deeds committed (Luke 23:41).  It was a bitter pill to swallow when the charges were stated and sentence pronounced.

Through the mercy of the reviewing authority the pronounced sentence that day was reduced somewhat.  I was to spend almost two months in a Marine Brig, originally was four months, had a fine imposed on me, with no reduction in pay grade.  I will never forget that day as I stood facing the judges to hear the sentence pronounced!  Scripture reveals a future judgment that all will face:  It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). 

I thank God that later in life I made a commitment to our heavenly Father; and the saving grace of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; no longer in a deplorable state.  I finished my military career of 20 years with honor.

ABUNDANTLY BLESSED

We have been abundantly blessed by the availability of God's Word; in America and many other countries.  We have been blessed by abundance of the preaching of God's Word; yet are seeing many still in a state of rebellion.

Scripture reveals that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).  This scripture reveals the rejection of God's provision for man; with failure to escape the place called Hell,  to find eternal life through Christ Jesus.  

GOD'S MERCY

Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9).  One who accepts what God has provided is indeed blessed in that they no longer fall in the category of a "sinner" and are headed for a heavenly reward!

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