Given over by God!

Scripture reading for November 18th: Romans 1-3

My wife and I have raised five children and discipline has not been easy.  Children are born with a sin-nature and they want what they want, when they want it!  Part of the job of parenting is to set boundaries and discipline.  Sometimes, having their own way could lead to injury or possibly death.  As parents we instruct our children to make wise choices that bring God’s blessing and favor.

God makes Himself known to all men through nature.  (Romans 1:20)  When men refuse to acknowledge the truth about God as creator of all life they come under God’s wrath.  God’s wrath is His holy anger against sin and rebellion.  God’s wrath is happening on a continual basis and experienced eternally by those who die in a lost state.

As a result of suppressing the truth that was made clear to them by God through nature, men become darkened in their hearts and their thinking becomes futile and empty.  They imagine themselves as the center of all things and think they are wise and intelligent.   When man chooses this route, against all evidence to the contrary, God’s response is to give them over to what they desire in their darkened hearts.  “Have it your way!” might be another way to say it!

As a result of being given over, men exchange the truth of God for a lie and begin to worship created things rather than the creator.  (Romans 1:25)  They give themselves to sexual immorality.  The sexual immorality sometimes takes the form of homosexuality and lesbian activity.  When God withdraws His light from their minds because they ignore His truth, every kind of sin and wickedness comes from their darkened minds!  Those under God’s wrath are ‘given over’ not only participate in this wickedness but they encourage others who also practice this same evil!  (Romans 1:32)

In our nation God has given many people over to their own lusts and darkness.   Much light is available, but God forces no one to follow truth.  He wants none to perish and has made provision for all who will choose salvation.  The power of the Gospel message offers righteousness by faith to all who will believe!  (Romans 1:16-17)  Lord, have mercy on our nation!

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