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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Is this spring?
By Norma OGrady
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"But if the watchman sees rain coming and doesn't blow the trumpet, warning the people, and floods come and takes anyone off, I'll hold the watchman responsible for the bloodshed of any unwarned.'
You are the watchman. I made you a watchman for my people. The minute you hear a message from me, warn them. If I say to the wicked, "Wicked man, wicked woman, you're on the fast track to death!' and you don't speak up and warn the wicked to change their ways, the wicked will die unwarned in their sins and I'll hold you responsible for their bloodshed. But if you warn the wicked to change their ways and they don't do it, they'll die in their sins well-warned and at least you will have saved your own life.
"Tell them, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn their life around! Reverse their evil ways! Why die,?'
"There's more,. Tell the people: "A good person's good life won't save him,and a bad person's bad life won't prevent him from repenting of his rebellion.
A good person who sins can't expect to live when he chooses to sin.
It's true that I tell good people, "Live! But if they trust in their good deeds and turn to evil, that good life won't amount to a hill of beans. They'll die for their sinful life.
"If I tell a wicked person, "You'll die for your wicked life," and he repents of his sin and starts living a righteous and just life -being generous to the down-and-out, restoring what he had stolen, cultivating life--nourishing ways that don't hurt others--he'll live. He won't die. None of his sins will be kept on the books. He's doing what's right, living a good life. He'll live.
"The people will say, "The Master's way isn't fair." But it's the way they're living that isn't fair. When good people turn back from living good lives and plunge into sin, they'll die for it. And when a wicked person turns away from his wicked life and starts living a just and righteous life, he'll come alive.
"Still, you say "The Master's way isn't fair." "Abraham was only one man and he owned the whole country. We are followers of Yeshua the Christ and there are a lot of us. Our ownership is even more certain.'
"GOD says, I'll decide on each of you exactly according to how you live.'" you worship <no-god idols> Boats, cars, materialism, anything that keeps you from Me. You murder at will even the unborn--and you expect? You rely on the sword, you engage in obscenities, you indulge in sex at random--anyone, anytime. And you still expect?'
As sure as I am the living God, those who are still alive will be killed. Anyone out in the field I'll give to wild animals for food. Anyone hiding out in mountain forts and caves will die of disease. I'll make this an empty wasteland--no more arrogant bullying! Your mountains will become dangerously desolate. No one will dare pass through them.'
"They'll realize then that I am GOD when I devastate because of all the obscenities they've practiced.
"The people meet on street corners and in front of their houses and say, "Let's go hear the latest news from GOD.'
They show up, as people tend to do, and sit in your company. They'll listen to you speak, but won't do a thing you say. They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead. To them you're merely entertainment--a country singer of sad love songs, playing a guitar. They love to hear you talk, but nothing comes of it.
"But when all this happens--and it is going to happen!-they'll realize that it is winter when it seem like spring."
Word count 750
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