If there's someone you ought to fear, it is the Lord! In 2Chronicles 7:19 it starts to say, "But if you turn away and leave my laws and my word which I have given you, if you go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will take you from the land I have given you. And I will turn my eyes away from this house which I have set apart for my name. I will make it so all people speak of it in shame. Eveyone will look with wonder at this house that was once honored, They will say, "Why has the Lord done this to this land and to this house?" They will say, 'It's because they turn away from the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They have taken other gods and worship them and serve them. So the Lord has brought all this trouble on them.'" I joined a 12 step recovery group and was asked to write a testimony about my past. I was reluctant to do so, but I was led to do it by the Lord, I like to believe, and write it on a blog a the same time. Once upon a time in my distant past, I became involved in religion that was not based on grace but legalism. I knew absolutely nothing about the bible, so everything I was told I believed and took it at face value. I became more and more involved in that religion and started to support them finacially. I would attend all their meetings, read all their magazines and books, and I was in. I gave a lot of money to that organization and love them practically more than I loved my wife or kids. Sounds scriptural doesn't it? I lost my wife and kids, became divorced, lost my job and finally lost my mind. Then as the bible promised, I lost my dignity and became to others a shame and a byword. Homeless, dignityless, penniless, perverted, lost. I must of stumble a lot people with what I and the religion preached on a wide scale. To be continued. Amen
I am looking forward to the continuation of this story. It is so true that sometimes we have to stumble, fall and lay down flat on our back to realize what we missed. Amen brother.