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Isaiah 3:9-11

“The expressions on their faces give them away. They parade their sin around like Sodom; they don’t even try to hide it. How horrible it will be for them, because they have brought disaster on themselves!” 10  “Tell the righteous that things will go well, because they will enjoy the fruit of their actions.” 11  “How terrible it will be for the wicked! Disaster is headed their way, because what they did with their hand will be repaid to them.


The people were proud of their sins, flaunting them openly.  The same thing is going on today in the world.  A perfect example is just this morning my family and I were listening to christmas music.  My kids were dancing around and laughing and then the commercials came on.  Almost all the commercials were talking about sex or something improper for children to hear.  It is a christmas station for families to hear music…  However, the talk of sin is open for everyone to hear, even children.  They are panting a negative seed in our minds and worse yet the children that can also hear it.  


In today’s world, sinful living is often looked at as glamorous and exciting.  Sin is wrong though, no matter how society perceives it.  In the long run, sin will destroy us all.  Since when does pride, vanity, and malice replace love and humility in our hearts?  God warns us about the dangers of sinning.  We only hurt ourselves when we sin. Those who flaunt their sins will be punished in the end, just like they deserve.  Not rejoicing in God’s plans to prosper us will only lead to an alternate plan of destruction.


In the middle of this scripture, God gives us hope.  Eventually the righteous will receive God’s reward and the wicked will receive their punishment.  This is very important because it can hurt our hearts to see the wicked prosper while the faithful struggle while obeying God’s commands.  Follow His commands my brothers and sisters! Keep His words deep in your hearts for comfort.  We will be rewarded in the end for our faithfulness.  As the farmer who sows his fields and cultivates his farm, eats the fruits of his labor, so shall it be for the righteous.  I cannot think of a better illustration to share with everyone today.  Reading Isaiah 3:9-11 reminds me of Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:4-6 to keep the righteous motivated.


Romans 5:1-5


Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the Messiah. 2  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace by which we have been established, and we boast because of our hope in God’s glory. 3  Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4  endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5  Now this hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


Romans 8:4-6


so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to human nature but according to the Spirit. 5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6  To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.


Please keep your eyes on the scriptures I have shared with everyone today and keep your eyes and heart on the Lord and not the world.  Rejoice in the scriptures and know that there is a reward to your hard work and dedication.  As it is written, so will it be.  I pray that this message reaches who needs it the most.  Please have a blessed day!