That time of judgment is coming. It will be like a hot furnace. All the proud people will be punished. All the evil people will burn like straw. At that time they will be like a bush burning in the fire, and there will not be a branch or root left.” This is what the Lord All-Powerful said. “But, for my followers, goodness will shine on you like the rising sun. And it will bring healing power like the sun’s rays. You will be free and happy, like calves freed from their stalls.”
The need to answer the question posed by our topic is not only important, it borders on the verge of being existential in nature. It has deeper meaning than it sounds. I was once told the story of a person while attempting to cast out demon got asked the same question by the demon through its host, his response that he was standing beside the demon possessed individual earned him severe beating by the host, he failed to answer the question correctly, whereas the question was “by what authority are you standing
“he took the question literally, thus earning himself injury in the process.
If you understood where you are standing, then you will be able to what your portion is.
While that is one scenario, another way to answer the question is to consider where your standing is with the Lord and what shall be at the end.
Your standing will determine to a large extent what the future holds for you.
“Every human being is appointed to die once, and then to face God’s judgment.”
The time of judgement is coming indeed, and what accrues to all is according to their doings, the day will be like a hot furnace burning as it were everything, all the works we worked on earth will be tested by fire, will your own work survive the fire?
Not only the works, even the workers as well, depending on each one’s activities while on earth. According to our text, the proud people will be punished, who are the proud? These are they that rebel against the Word of God, who are enticed by
things of the world and swallowed up by greed for what the world can offer, they speak negatives against even what they do not understand and corrupt themselves
thereby, bringing destruction/punishment on themselves.
The evil people will burn like straw in the fire at the last days, these are people that
delight in doing wickedly, completely pulling down everything that is good and
godly. People that cause others to derail in faith. They are the enemies of the
cross. Their end will be utter destruction.
The their category of people are those who follow/stand with the Lord, these will
shine brighter by the day, no wonder Is.40:31 says they shall be renewed in
strength ( physical and spiritual), because the glory of God is risen upon
them( Is.60:1). The ones that stand with the Lord shall be happy and blessed both
now and in the hereafter.
Now we know that there are three possible sides to stand, the question to you
therefore again, is where are you standing? Just in case you’re not standing right,
the fact you’re reading this is a clear indication that the Lord is still very much
interested in you and is hereby giving you another opportunity to change your
location, so you can enter into His rest, failure to heed this call may prove very
costly in the end. Be wise to be in right standing with the Lord.
He is still saying to you today….. Come to me, all of you who are tired and have
heavy loads. I will give you rest.
Where Are You Standing ?