Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson Ten: by turtle

Can one rebel against God and still be saved. Anyone that ever done the opposite of what God said to do probably ask this
question. Jonah ran from God, yet God had a big fish swallow him up and spew him out on the shore. I am often amazed how
often we accuse others of sin when we ourselves has sin in our life. Some sin is easy to see. One being homosexuality, another
being adultery and another sleeping with someone that is not your spouse. Yet people forget about gossip, lying, cheating,
stealing, hatred and so forth. Most can probably say they never cheated. I actually can say I was in school probably fourth
grade in Texas, I was tempt to cheat when I could not remember what it meant to bisect a triangle. I actually seen the paper
next to me. I had to make a choice whether to copy or not to copy. Truth is I can not remember what I landed up doing. Yet I
remember that was the only time I was ever tempted to cheat. Gossip is speaking evil or lies about someone. Often people
assume something that is not true and they spread it. Only to find out later it was a lie. That is gossip. To lie is tell a false
statement. Hatred is something we all had to deal with to some degree. I know in my own life I had to deal with hatred in the
since of anger. I remember kneeling at the bed over anger I had over a situation years ago. Recognizing I could do nothing
about the situation or dealing with my anger. I had to let it go. Only way to let it go was to tell God I could not let go of my
anger and that He would have to help me. By myself it was impossible task, with God’s help the anger dissipated.

James 1:19-21 KJV
(19)  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
(20)  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
(21)  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is
able to save your souls.

Some say Christians can not sin. I argue that point. As a believer we deal with sin. It might not be something seeable on the
outside, but inward we deal with it. Jonah wrestled with the mercy God would show Nineveh. Yet God makes it clear to
Jonah it is not his place to judge, but his place to do what God says do.

Jonah 4:1-11 KJV
(1)  But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
(2)  And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?
Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great
kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
(3)  Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
(4)  Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
(5)  So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the
shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
(6)  And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to
deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
(7)  But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
(8)  And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of
Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
(9)  And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
(10)  Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow;
which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
(11)  And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern
between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Why when God shows mercy to someone we become angry about it? It is in our nature to want revenge on our enemies.

Romans 11:29-32 KJV
(29)  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
(30)  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
(31)  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
(32)  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Something we do not understand is God mercy even to His enemies. I personally believe God grace is more then sufficient for
us. Yet we are often about commendation. We can not take advantage of God’s mercy. However with this said there is only
one unpardonable sin. And yet we look at the verse about we have to ask what is the difference in the unpardonable sin of
blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. Let’s take a look at Mark.

Mark 3:29-30 KJV
(29)  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
(30)  Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Verse nine confirms blaspheme of the Holy Spirit has no forgiveness. Most scholars would rather never talk about this and I
am no exception, but I want to examine the following verse. Verse thirty, when Christ spoke these words he followed with
“because they said.” One has to look above to see what was going on, what did these people say concerning the man who
Christ cast out demons. Lets take a look

Mark 3:22-30 KJV
(22)  And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he
out devils.
(23)  And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables,  How can Satan cast out Satan?
(24)  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
(25)  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
(26)  And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
(27)  No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he
will spoil his house.
(28)  Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall
(29)  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
(30)  Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

One can not serve to masters. A devil can not cast out a devil. If he does then he is dividing the house. If you ever watch the
old cop and robber shows, evil men never won, they always landed up in jail, however in the new cop and robber movies
often display two groups of gangs against the cops. The bad guys in these movies always land up loosing because of a divider.
One can not serve two masters. Either you serve God or you serve the devil. It your choice, but if you choose the loosing
team which is the devil, will then you will not see God. To choose the enemy of God is to choose hell.

We all are tempted with sin. We all have to make a choice how we deal with sin. Sometimes we do disobey God and some
might call it running like Jonah. As we face temptation we have to make a choice on what we will do with it. Christ already
paid for our sin if we are a believer. I John 2:1,2 speaks of Christ being like a lawyer when we sin. Yet we can not continue in
sin if we are a believer. That sounds like two complete opposites. Yet we all are working through the sanctification process.
We are sanctified at the time we get saved, but there is also a process we go through. Cleaning out dead wood in our lives,
being pruned and clipped.

What I like to call my rebellion years which has young adults we all go through or most of us do. Some never rebel and praise
God they don’t, but some of us are not so lucky to claim that, I ran across of verse that I wrestled with for a long time. Yet I
was looking only at the verse that brough condemnation to me, and not the surrounding verses. Here let me show that verse.

Hebrews 6:4-6 KJV
(4)  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers
of the Holy Ghost,
(5)  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
(6)  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
put him to an open shame.

I believe God was warning me. I could not live in sin and serve Him. Christ had already paid the price for my sin according to
I John 2. But I also had a responsibility to live for God. I had already surrender to God, but I never had to deal with
temptation before. By the time I surrender all to Christ the third time, I knew the price I was paying for that surrender. To
surrender is to say it is to say I give my all to Jesus. The first time that commitment was my desire, the second time, it was my
will, and third time it was not just desire or will but both. This was a process for me, not instance decision. Sure there those to
surrender all at one time. They understand the choice. Those raised in church and in a very religious atmosphere often do not
grasp the full choice. One can get saved as a child but one has a child like understanding. When one becomes an adult one
learns from adult point of view. That surrender becomes complete if it is real. To rebel for me was not to change who was in
charge of my life, but to struggle with temptation, much like Jonah.

Now looking at the verse beyond verse 6 of Hebrews 6.

Hebrews 6:7-11 KJV
(7)  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
(8)  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
(9)  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
(10)  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye
have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
(11)  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Remember this do not judge a book by its cover. One might be just struggling in faith, and God might use you to encourage
someone that is running. Are you going to tear them apart or encourage them, it is your choice. And if you are struggling in
your walk with God do not be discourage, this is normal, just keep looking up and ask God to help you. We all sin and fall
short of the glory of God. God gives us the Holy Spirit when we believe. The Holy Spirit teaches us all truths.

1 John 2:27-29 KJV
(27)  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the
same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
(28)  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before
him at his coming.
(29)  If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

And not least but just as important if you do not know Christ and want to make Him Lord of your life. Just say this simple

Dear Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner, I ask you to forgive me and I want you to be Lord of my life? I believe because
I ask you will do, because .
John 4:14 KJV
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a
well of water springing up into everlasting life.
In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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