Consequences of Disobedience
By A Giles
A man who remains stiff necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy. (Proverbs 29:1)
Stiffed neck means to be stubborn; inflexible, obstinacy; contumacy. Obstinacy is the refusal to listen; unwilling to pay attention. Disobedient, Rebellious.
So therefore, a man who remains stubborn in his ways after being corrected many times, will suddenly be destroyed without remedy or broken beyond healing.
Continuing to do wrong and make wrong choices have consequences. And we have from time to time unknowingly chosen a wrong path. And have made choices without seeking God's help for guidance. But to continue to do wrong after you have been warned not to, has detrimental consequences. Just think, you have thousands and thousands of "hard-headed" people in prisons. Over half of them can say that someone told them to get their life on the right path. And a great number of them are repeat offenders. So therefore, they were punished for a crime and either did it again or committed another crime and got sent right back to prison. Many prisoners are doing life terms. Yet their crimes are usually theft, murder, and rape. The Word of God is so clear about not committing those crimes.
Being stubborn can not only ruin your life, but can destroy your soul. And at times your choices don't only affect you, but can affect those around you.
You can tell someone not to have premarital or adulterous relations, and that even the bible instructs us not to do so. And that the consequences are children out of wedlock, sexually transmitted diseases, single parent homes, baby mama & daddy drama, child support issues (such as garnishments, and not enough money to take care of personal expenses). You can lose your spouse in adulterous relationships. Proverbs 6:32 states: "But a man who commits adultery lack judgment; whosoever does so destroys himself. So you can endure one or two of these or all of the above.
The person warned about fornication & adultery, has possibly gotten away with it many times and nothing happened, and there are some people that it only took one time. Nevertheless, God sees it all. And it is all a snare of the enemy, and he hopes that you will get so far involved into it, that there is not turning back, and you lose everything. Or you think you are getting away with something, and it comes back to destroy you later on in your life.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve was told they could eat of ANY of the trees in the garden, all expect ONE (Genesis 1:15). With all they were blessed with, they still chose not only to disobey God's instruction and ate of that ONE tree that they were told not to. (Romans 5:19 - The Disobedience of One many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One many shall be made righteous)
Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. The sin came because she violated the law or command of God. The fruit was not good for her, it brought death to the spirit and life to the flesh, which was the deception because there is only life in the spirit and has the capacity to live forever, the flesh does not.
They were told that they would die. And they did, they were spiritually dead, and so were their offspring after them. They had a son who murdered his brother. They endured pain, grief, suffering, and allow themselves to be manipulated by a Being they were superior to (the devil). Romans 6:16: Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin which leads to death, or of obedience which leads to righteousness.James 1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
1 John 2:16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of
what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
The kind of tomorrow you want, is determined by the decisions of today. Because although you are currently reaping the decisions that were made yesterday, you can still either consistently make better decisions to make for a better tomorrow or you can continue to make your future dim by making foolish decisions. The same goes with determining where you will spend your eternity, it is by choices we make now. We can choose to to live for the one true God now and our future is an eternal dwelling in heaven or we can live for the God of this world and spend eternity in his dwelling in hell. Either way, it is a choice, and it begins now. Not tomorrow, and not yesterday.
Our yesterday could have been full of righteous living and we fall into sin today, and go to hell tomorrow.
Or we could have had a sinful past and ask the Lord for his forgiveness today and go to heaven tomorrow.
The bible says no one knows the day nor the hour in which the son of man shall come. Nor do you know
the day nor the hour that your own soul will leave your body.
Narrow is the way to righteousness and broad is the way to destruction. So many is not willing to forsake sin for the sake of holiness, and what they are truly doing is forsaking (turning their backs) on righteousness for the sake of sin. Because people think sin makes them feel good. The saying is: just because it feels good, doesn't make it good. Example eating sweets and the foods that taste good, but isn't good for us. Let's examine the word good. Morally excellent, virtuous, righteous. Synonyms for sin is wrong, wickedness, transgression, and violation of law. So although sin may feel good it is in fact not good.
Satan is the father of lies, there is no truth in him. It is time to stop being deceived by him.
The thief comes ONLY to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).
Notice the word 'only'. So that thing or that sin that feels good it assigned to ONLY steal. Steal what? Your joy, love, peace, all of the Fruits of the spirit.). And to Kill you and to destroy you. The deception is that it feels good, it taste good. The reality is that you have no love, no joy, no peace. Your flesh is dying , and the end result is your eternal destruction.
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful
desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9).
Christ has come that we might have have life. Notice the word "Might" because you have to choose life, just like death was brought into this world by a choice.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal - Matthew 6:19
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Matthew 6:20
if you are living for what makes you feel good and to please the flesh;
you're feeding a vessel that was created to die and be left here on earth,
for things that will be left here on earth, you can't take any of it with
Hebrews 13:5, says to Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Like a predator, Satan and is demons set traps for you to get caught up in.
Addictions, relationships, distractions, self-gain, ect, all to ONLY
steal, kill, and destroy you.
There is freedom in Jesus. It's like opening the cell of a prison, the prison Satan set up in your mind.
Your decisions begin in your mind. In your mind is where it began and that is were it has to end.
Start by changing your environment. If you have a problem with drugs stop hanging around drug dealers and drug using friends. If you have a drinking problem stop hanging in bars, and with other alcoholics.
The "Word" (Bible) is our instruction so read it.
asking for forgiveness may not change your circumstances immediately,
but can offer you eternal life after you leave this earth. Everything has a price now and or in the here after.
(2 Corinthians 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear.)
Turn away from sin and have peace of mind.