Have You Turned From Your Wicked Way?

“Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.” Ezekiel 13:22″

It is clear from the above verse, that “the wicked”, whoever they might be, must “turn from his wicked way to save his life.”

Now, most of us really don’t think of ourselves as wicked, right? The bible even says “All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord tests the motives.” Proverbs 16:2

So, what we need is a proper context in which to rightly view ourselves, because if we measure according to our own standards that we have set for ourselves, we’ll always come up looking pretty good.

However, if we look at ourselves in the light of God’s standards, then we all come up way short.

Proverbs 30:12 says this; “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their own filthiness.” (ASV)

As much as we might like to think so, none of us can make ourselves clean or approach God by our own merit. If He does not cleanse us, then we are not cleansed. Salvation is only from the God, and then only by the way that He has determined, and that is by His only Son.

He is the author and finisher of salvation, but we still have the responsibility to choose to accept or reject the salvation He offers.

If I’m about to go over a waterfall and some offers me a life-preserver attached to a rope, I’d be extremely foolish to choose to hold on to the piece of wood I’m clinging to… but it is my choice.

It is absurd to suggest that our choosing is “works”, when it is actually simple wisdom by which we make the right choices with regard to life and eternity, and that is of itself a gift from God.

Ezekiel 14:13 refers to sinning “by persistent unfaithfulness.”

“Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.”

~ “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes…” ~

Does this sound anything like our country today? Notice in the verse above, that God does not name a specific land, but “a land”, meaning “any” or “every” land that sins against Him in a persistently unfaithful way will at some time experience His judgments.

When you make an honest assessment of your life, what would you say is true? Have you by your actions and words turned people away from their sinful lifestyles, or have you encouraged them in it and even joined them?

Is there anything that distinguishes your life from theirs?

Have you personally made decisions against sinful practices in your life that have resulted in a different lifestyle and different associations that would encourage others to turn to God and “save their life” (By choosing the salvation that is being offered to them by God)?

Is your life characterized by consistent faithfulness to God, or persistent unfaithfulness?

If you’ve never been in a church, read a bible, or been raised in a Christian or even a “religious” environment, then some of the ideas presented here in these brief few paragraphs may be entirely foreign to you.

But know this – there is surely a God in heaven who cares for your soul. He is absolutely holy, pure, righteous and just; and therefore He must judge sin.

There is not one human being who ever lived apart from sin, for “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”, and that is why God sent His own Son to be born of a virgin, in the likeness of sinful flesh, but utterly without sin. He lived a sinless life and suffered God’s punishment for your sin on a Roman cross over 2,000 years ago and was raised from the dead by the power of God.

All this so that you might believe in Him, and that in believing can place your faith and hope in God who raises the dead, and receive the forgiveness for your sin that was purchased by the blood of His Son, Jesus the Messiah.

If you believe this, and ask God to forgive your sin and cleanse you of all unrighteousness, you will be saved from the wrath to come according to the promise of God who does not and cannot lie. (ref 1 John 1:9).

If you do not yet believe (that fact will not change the reality of the truth), but would like to see if these things are so, I encourage you to get a bible and read the book of John and find out for yourself. Ask God yourself to tell you if these things are so.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. May the God who created all things be with you in all your seeking, that in all your seeking that you will find Him who is true.

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