Friday, December 22, 2006

Your Enemy!

An excerpt from Joseph Alleine’s, Alarm to the Unconverted (1671)
note to Pastors: try preaching this one next Sunday!

"I myself, the Sovereign Lord, am now your enemy!"
Ezekiel 5:8

"O consider this, you who forget God, lest He tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver!" (Psalm 50:22)

Submit to mercy. Let not dust and stubble battle against the Almighty. "Woe to him who strives with his Maker!" (Isaiah 45:9)

You who neglect God and revel in unbelief, know that you are not only against God--but God is against you!

As there is no friend like Him--so there is no enemy like Him. As much as heaven is above the earth, so is His omnipotence above your powerlessness. How terrible it is to fall into the hands of the living God, a consuming fire. Who or what will deliver you when God Himself becomes your tormentor!? If He sends you strong delusion, how will you return?

The infinite God is engaged against you! He hates all workers of iniquity. Doesn't your heart tremble to think of your being an object of God's hatred as you store up wrath for the Day of Wrath?

"As surely as I live, when I sharpen My flashing sword and begin to carry out justice, I will bring vengeance on My enemies and repay those who hate Me!" (Deuteronomy 32:40-41)

The power of God is mounted like a mighty cannon against you--and omnipotent power and anger together make fearful work. Fear Him and plead for love to Him, thankfulness, for repentence and to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ.

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