Overcoming Excuses not to Obey the Gospel. “Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!” (Luke 14:15-24). “Please consider me excused.”. Only a person with a “good and honest heart” (Luke 8:15) will set aside their excuses. The Gospel is to be Believed and Obeyed.
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7 … the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them"; - cf. Gal. 6:7
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
“I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Thy precepts.”
"But go and learn what this means, 'I desire compassion, and not sacrifice, 'for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.“ – cf. Gal. 3:27
Acts 9:5-7 (NASB) 5 And he said, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but rise, and enter the city, and it shall be told you what you must do. “ – cf. 1 Tim. 1:12-15
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Many use their work or career as a continual excuse not to obey (Luke 14:18-19)
Others occupy their time with worldly activities that choke the Word out of their hearts (Lk 8:14).
4 "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." … 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”
2 Cor 6:14 (NASB) Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.- cf. Mat. 5:10-12
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, 4 and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. "
"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." - cf. Rom. 6:23a; 2 Thes. 1:9