By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Breathing room is sufficient space to permit freedom of movement. It gives a person room to study the situation at hand. In our society today there is a tendency to allow others to evaluate and persuade rather than each individual coming to their own conclusion.
When the President or some other official gives a speech; or makes a comment, there is the immediate interpretation of what was said. There is little room to allow it to settle in one's own heart and mind; before being dissected by others.
We are seeing the evilness of man being escalated; offering little breathing room towards a relaxation from such. Scripture reveals of a time that evil men, and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
It speaks of Lot who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked. For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).
Scripture reveals that God rained brimstone and fire from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24). Just prior to the coming destruction Lot attempted to warn others, of the coming destruction, but was mocked and ridiculed.
When destruction came there was no longer any breathing room offered to change one's course of action; for judgment came swiftly; after Lot his wife and two daughters, were led out. Scripture reveals the reason for the destruction of Sodom in that the men of Sodom were wicked and sinful before the Lord exceedingly (Genesis 13:13).
Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come. It describes some of the characteristics of that day: Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:1-7).
We readily see these things happening today; but there is breathing room to escape, through acceptance of Jesus as one's Lord and Savior, with a change of heart and attitude. I believe many see the evilness that has surfaced; some relish it (as those in Sodom), others are disturbed by it (as in Lot's case).
Scripture warns the believer to beware; lest you also, being lead away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness (2 Peter 3:17). There are many today whose conscience has been seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2); they breathe in the evilness of the land, and become attached to it, as a magnetic with its drawing power.
There are those who allow deception to rule their lives rather than embrace the Word of God. Worldliness has crept into the lives of many believers rather than the separation God's Word encourages. The concept of sanctification (being set apart unto God) is losing traction as worldliness; rather than godliness, is enhanced in our modern day culture.
We live in a world of sin; being entertained by sinful mannerisms, which is exploding to dynamic proportions in these latter days, with little breathing room offered. Scripture admonishes one to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Scripture further reveals that God gave some up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies and themselves (Romans 1:24). Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication (sex outside biblical marriage), wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, haters of God, violent, and inventors of evil things (Romans 1:29-30).
That the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). That it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Those who relish ungodliness; who help persuade others to such a life, will not escape the wrath of God on the Day of Judgment. There will be no breathing room towards repentance on that day (Revelation 20:12-15).
Scripture reveals that one walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes, because darkness has blinded his eyes (1 John 2:11). The apostle Paul wrote: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. In whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto them (1 Corinthians 4:3-4).
Scripture reveals that light (or Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (John 3:19-20).
God's Word gives plenty of breathing room for the salvation of the soul; unless it has become so darken through the evilness of man, that one will not allow the light to overshadow the darkness.
God has given His best towards the salvation of man; in allowing His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to shed His blood on the Cross for the remission (or forgiveness) of sins. Thank God, that Jesus, as Lord and Savior, was willing to die that through Him we might have everlasting life; as He himself, being resurrected from the dead, sits on the right hand of God in Heaven!
Thank God, that the glorious light of the gospel is shinning forth in the hour in which we live; to those who will acknowledge and receive the salvation message! God's handiwork lies in restoration; for He is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
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