Fear God and Keep His Commandments
There was once this city called Nineveh,. The inhabitants of the city were sinning greatly against God. Their sins were so great that God decided to destroy them. God sent His prophet Jonah to warn the people that in 40 days Nineveh would be destroyed. However, the people of Nineveh repented and called urgently on God. The king decreed a fast for the whole city and urged everyone to turn away from their evil ways. He thought, "Who knows? God may yet change His mind and with with compassion turn from His fierce anger from destroying us." Jonah 3:10 says, "When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened." The people of Nineveh decided to fear God and keep His commandments.
In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, the wise King Solomon wrote, "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil," (NIV). God, our Heavenly Father is our Creator and we His creation are to fear Him. To fear God is to have reverence or deep respect for God, which leads us to have an intense love and admiration for Him. God is the King and the Supreme Being in all the earth. Revelation 4:11 says, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being," (NIV). Psalm 24:1-2 says, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it; the world and all who live in it. For he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters," (NIV).
Isaiah 8:13 says, "The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread," (NIV). Every human being belongs to God. Therefore, we have an obligation to fear God our Creator and to obey His Commandments. Our lives are in God's hands. We cannot keep ourselves alive. Therefore, we need to humble ourselves before our Creator and acknowledge Him and obey His commandments. 1John 5:3 says, "Loving God means keeping his commandments and his commandments are not burdensome, (NLT).
In Acts 17:30-31, God commands men everywhere to repent of their sins. It reads, "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead," (NIV). God is calling all people everywhere to repent and change their minds about His Son Jesus. Jesus was not just a perfect man, a religious figure, a prophet, or a god. Jesus Christ was God the Son in human flesh. John 1:1 reads, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made," (NIV).
God loves you and He has made a way for you, like the nation of Nineveh, to repent and receive Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior. John 3:16-18 reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him hall not perish but have eternal life. for God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son," (NIV). Jesus Christ died for your sins. He paid the penalty for your sins with his blood which was shed upon the cross. Because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, every human being has the opportunity to be saved from God's wrath or God's judgment. The Bible says it's appointed once for every man to die and face the judgement. John 3:35-36 says, "The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on Him," (NIV).
Romans 2:5-11 says, "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.," (NIV). If you want to receive eternal life instead of eternal destruction, now is the time for you repent like the nation of Nineveh and fear God and keep His commandments.
If you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please say this prayer. Heavenly Father, I repent of my sins. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe that you raised him from the dead. I receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Please help me to live for you forevermore in Jesus' name. Amen. If you said that prayer, welcome to the family of God. You are now a new creation in Christ. The old has gone; the new has come. Ask the Lord Jesus to lead you to a church fellowship where you can grow with the family of God. Shalom.
- Dionne Cameron