By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
False sense of security is a real issue as one sees man's feeble efforts to bring peace as we live in dangerous times that eludes peace in many countries in the world.
We are seeing the corruption of man that far outweighs previous times; leadership in many lands of an ungodly nature, with the evilness of man becoming more deplorable with each passing day. We are in a revolutionary change in many nations with little value placed on human life.
Many today place their hope in a leader; bank account assets safely tucked away, material possessions, relying upon one's own strength or ability; which gives a false sense of security, oftentimes with the most important element left out.
For Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). One needs to come to the realization that there is a false sense of security being offered; that has no real and lasting value, as placing one's hope in Jesus Christ.
Security is the state of being free from fear of danger, or injury; from apprehension or anxiety. One can have fervent hope, stability, and an unshakable faith in a time it is much needed.
King Asa, the ruler of Judah, was given such an assurance by a prophet of God, who said to him: Hear you me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while you be with him; and if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if your forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel has been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn to the Lord of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them (2 Chronicles 15:2-4).
One needs to note the conditional part of that verse: If one walks away from God; no longer seeking after Him; allowing ungodliness, there is a price to pay. Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).
A Bible commentary noted: Sowing to the flesh is to conduct oneself by the evil dictates and desires of the sinful nature, practicing the deeds of the flesh. Such a person will be requited with eternal destruction. Sowing to the Spirit means to live by God's enabling Spirit in accordance with His prompting and leading. Such a person will reap life everlasting, that is, rewarded with eternal life.
Jesus said: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake (Matthew 24:9). We are seeing this happening in many lands today; demanding acceptance of a particular religion; or face persecution or death.
I believe as Christianity takes a stand, against the evils of our day, we will see more persecution against the believer in Christ. Those who presently live under threats for their belief in Christ, in many nations, know in whom their real security lies.
Scripture reveals: Because iniquity (or lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax (or grow) cold (Matthew 24:12). Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time; No, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22).
This know also, that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times will come. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (or without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (or reckless), high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5). A Bible commentary noted: A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life (a false sense of security).
God's Word reveals the nature of the ungodly: They walk after (or according to) the lust in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (or authority). Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries (2 Peter 2:10). They utter words that deceive (bringing a false sense of security), that will increase only in more ungodliness.
In many once godly nations we are seeing a promotion of ungodliness that has seduced many towards a false sense of security. Laws are being passed, and judicial rulings made, that continue to promote the ungodliness of man; with many being blinded towards acceptance.
Scripture reveals: You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil (or bad) fruit. (Matthew 7:16-17). Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. Whereby by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:19-20). Such illustrates a picture of the future of the ungodly, unless repentance comes, a picture of eternal punishment.
Scripture gives warning: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15). A Bible commentary noted: False prophets (or those who led in deception) appear in sheep's clothing but are in reality ravening wolves. This is a perfect description of those preachers who have denied or distorted the truth of the Gospel. The look like lambs but act like wolves.
In speaking to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul wrote: I marvel that you are so soon removed (or turning away) from him that called you to the grace of Christ, to another gospel: which is not another, but there be some that trouble you and would (or want to) pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7). A false sense of security begin to play into effect in that certain of the Galatians were in the initial stages of deflect from God go another gospel.
In an attempt to advert such false teaching, Apostle Paul repeated twice, words of warning, to those who were guilt of such action: If any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:9).
Jesus asked: 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 (Matthew 17:26)? In addition in regards to a false sense of security are these words: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt (or ruin), and where thieves break through and steal.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal: For where your treasure is their will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21). A Bible commentary noted: The concept of laying up treasures in heaven is not pictured as one of meritorious benefits but rather rather for faithful service.
Scripture reveals: God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (or remains) on him (John 3:26). One's real security lies in acceptance of Jesus as one's Lord and Savior; not the false sense of security the world offers.
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