By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Consumption on the rise is easily detected as many are ushering in vulgarity, profanity, and nudity; along with political disunity, racism, and other areas of consumption. There is a weakness in the government, and churches, to countermand the brevity of it all.
Many once godly nations have seen great spiritual revivals; a leaning on the Lord for guidance in troublesome times, being unified rather than divided, and prospering with God's blessings showered upon them. But there has come a need, as in the days of the prophet Haggai, in which the people were reminded:
Therefor thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but are not filled with drink; you cloth you, but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes (Haggai 1:5-6).
A Bible commentary noted: The command, consider your ways, is issued five times throughout the course of this prophecy. It is a plea on the part of God for the people to take note of what they are doing, and amend their ways accordingly.
Prospers times often brings neglect towards the God of creation. Abraham Lincoln stated: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God!
There is an endeavor to "Make America Great Again" but it will never be truly great as long as there is the killing of the unborn; the open flaunting of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, a transgender movement that questions one's God-given identity at birth, and other ungodly ways condemned in God's Word!
Consumption on the rise can be a progressive wasting away, a conspicuous consumption, with continued exposure searing one's conscience. Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit (the Spirit of God) speaks expressly, that in the latter days some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (or deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
This infers a once moral life being scarred by sin; walking away from the truths of God's Word, allowing deception to play into focus rather than strict adherence to the Word of God. Scripture reveals: Because iniquity (or lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax (or grow) cold. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:12-13).
A man of God noted: We are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is tolerant to most any and all kinds of standards and lifestyles. This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society. This man realized that consumption on the rise was taking place and needed to be addressed.
We are living in a permissive society that allows all manner of ungodliness to flourish; accommodated by laws and rulings to enhance such lifestyles. God did not praise the people in Haggai's day; for their forsaking His house while pursuing other paths. He instructed the prophet Haggai, to speak His Word, to awaken the people as to the path they were taking.
A Sunday school commentary noted: The Pentecostal movement is now being tempted to pursue social status rather than sanctification, financial security rather than sacrifice, prestige rather than the presence of God, and respectability rather than the moving of God's Spirit.
Those words were uttered because of seeing consumption on the rise! A church that once bore the characteristics identified on the Day of Pentecost; having manifestations of God's Spirit readily displayed in its services, has become tamed by allowing the traits of the world into its midst! Such terms as sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness, and holiness, are no longer encouraged.
Consumption on the rise was further identified by the prophet Jeremiah: O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain (or offensive) thoughts lodge within you (Jeremiah 4:14)? The contemporary church of today needs to reflect on these words for allowing the secular culture of today to be an influence.
Absorbing immoral movies and television; careless surfing of the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving in to a materialistic worldview, has become an everyday occurrence by some. Will one allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse heart and mind or will one persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?
Consumption on the rise is indicated by this statement: If humanity continues to drift morally and socially during the next century, as it did during this present one, we will sink into the abyss of total corruption and despair.
Those words equate to a trend that has continued to exist with many being blinded to the fact. There are those today who are openly advocating such a climate of immorality. When one thinks that man can go no further into filth and degradation; then arises another on-slaughter of unrighteousness! Thank God for those who are sounding the alarm against such; being a part of God's Watchman!
With consumption on the rise of the evilness of man; it would behoove one to take a closer look at the promises of God towards the repentant in heart! One man said: Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Scripture reveals: Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow (or tomorrow). For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away (James 4:14).
Today is the day of salvation! Scripture reveals: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14). I pray that consumption on the rise will equate towards the salvation of man; not of the evilness of this world!
Scripture reveals a need for an awakening: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober (or self-controlled). For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him (1 Thessalonians 5:6-9). A contrast is given, and with consumption on the rise towards the evils of mankind, it would behoove one to seek salvation, through Christ, with a repentant heart!
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