Forget about comfort, for Heaven’s Sake!

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Forget about comfort, for Heaven’s Sake!

“Then you will know that I AM the LORD”
This exact phrase is found 19 times in the NIV Bible, all in Old Testament, 16 of those times are in the book of Ezekiel. These verses are in the context of judgment on Israel and her surrounding nations. Even with the warnings of the punishment to come, God tells the people that if they will turn from their wickedness, He will protect them from calamity (18:21, 27, 28, 33:14).
The New Testament tells us when the final judgment comes, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess (Romans 14:11, Philippians
2:10). During His ministry on earth, Jesus warned the disciples, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather obey God’s will NOW and maybe face some *uncomfortable* days on earth, than suffer an eternity out of His presence in unrelenting anguish (Matthew 8:12, 13:42 & 50, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30; Luke 13:28). Our preacher recently wrote the following, with which I will conclude: God oftentimes asks that we do things that are outside of our “comfort zone” but He
never promised that doing His will would be easy. He did promise it would be worth it. Throughout this week, let’s strive not to have a grudging or complaining spirit; instead, let’s understand that it is a privilege to be delivered from our sins. Whatever difficulties we face while living right, are a small price to pay for the freedom and the joy that await us at the end on heaven’s shores.