Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happiness Is Staying Close to Him

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
"The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God; nor indeed can be" (Rom. 8:7). And "the carnal mind" is what every human has who has not subjected his "mind" to the "faith of Jesus." Disturbing thought: we are all at war with God and with His holy law or we are by choice "crucified with Christ" with "the world ... crucified to me, and I to the world" (Gal. 2:20; 6:14). It's either/or; no fence to sit on.

And "enmity" has murder automatically wrapped up within it, for "whoever hates his brother is a murderer" (1 John 3:15). The ancient Jewish leaders were possessed of that same carnal mind that was "enmity" against Jesus Christ. And indeed, the "nor-indeed-can-be" applied to them. They felt they just had to yield to an ongoing rush of evil emotion that drove them to crucify Him. Their hatred of Him just had to blossom out in His murder!

In the last days (which are just upon us!) that same "enmity against God" will reveal itself in "all who dwell on the earth ... whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). But this time the Son of God is not present physically in person as He was two millennia ago; therefore that pent-up "rage against God" will burst forth against those who are loyal to Christ in the closing scenes of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. Jesus told us, "You will be hated by all for My name's sake. ... A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. ... Do not fear them" (Matt. 10:22, 24, 26).

Some wonderful people are tempted to wish they could "sleep" before the coming of "the time of trouble," and get to heaven escaping this trauma. Be careful! Do you wish yourself "above [your] Teacher, ... above [your] Master"? Happiness is staying close to Him!

--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: November 8, 2005.
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