Friday, 5 September 2014

When Mercy is Rejected...

As I was on my book-worming venture, I came across this thought-provoking passage from the book 'The Great Controversy' by Ellen G. White. 


"We cannot know how much we owe to Christ for the peace and protection which we enjoy. It is the restraining power of God that prevents mankind from passing fully under the control of Satan. The disobedient and unthankful have great reason for gratitude for God’s mercy and long-suffering in holding in check the cruel, malignant power of the evil one. BUT when men PASS THE LIMITS of divine forbearance, that RESTRAINT IS REMOVED. God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of the sentence against transgression; but He leaves the rejectors of His mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown. Every ray of light rejected, every warning despised or unheeded, every passion indulged, every transgression of the law of God, is a seed sown which yields its unfailing harvest. The Spirit of God, PERSISTENTLY RESISTED, is at last withdrawn from the sinner, and then there is left no power to control the evil passions of the soul, and no protection from the malice and enmity of Satan." - {GC 36.1}

In closing - "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." - {Isaiah 55: 6-7}


3 comments:

  1. Visiting from Booknificent Thursdays and Mommynificent.

    I remember once in my much younger days, awakening from sleep with the feeling of evil all around me. I closed my eyes tight and recited every Bible verse I could think of. It took a while, but the feeling gradually went away.

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    1. The saddest reality, the devil is constantly at work, employing all his energies to scare us away from God but as long as we remain faithful he will flee from us. Thanks for sharing your experience. Remain in The Lord!

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  2. I like the verse you chose to share with that quote. I hadn't heard of this author before. Thanks for much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com! Hope to see you again soon!
    Tina

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