The distance between east and west.

Often the godly remind the Lord of His promises, as an act of faith on their part rather than forgetfulness by God. The only thing He truly forgets is the sins that are covered by the blood of Christ. According to Scripture, He has cast them as far as the east is from the west (see Psa. 103:12).We can locate “north” on the earth, and say that it is a certain distance from “south” (there are approximately 22,000 miles between the two poles). However, we can’t locate “east” or “west” and define how far they are from each other. East is an infinite distance from west.

Nehemiah 1:8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.

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Repentance toward God.

Esther had the ten sons of Haman hanged. This is a picture of “repentance toward God,” when we rid ourselves of the enemy by putting to death the works of the flesh—the nature received from our father, the devil (see John 8:44; Eph. 2:2).

The works of the flesh are traced to transgression of the Ten Commandments (see 1 John 3:4). The ten sons of Haman (the ten sins of humanity) are rebellion against God, idolatry, blasphemy, Sabbath breaking, dishonoring parents, murder, adultery, theft, lying, and covetousness.

Esther 9:13 Then Esther said, If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to todays decree, and let Hamans ten sons be hanged on the gallows.

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When God doesn’t hear.

Many of the ungodly are disillusioned when God doesn’t answer their prayers. They need to know that He often doesn’t hear them because of their proud and sinful hearts. The psalmist warns that if we regard iniquity in our heart, the Lord will not hear (see Psa. 66:18). We must continually confess and forsake sin, and keep intimate communion with God. See also 1:15; Mic. 3:4; John 9:31.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lords hand is not shortened, Behold, the Lords hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

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The Christian message to this world…

The Christian message to this world is that all its pleasures are but for a season. This life is a vapor; it is vanity. There is only One who is eternal, the Word of God, and He will grant eternal life to all who trust in Him.

“For had they but their thoughts well exercised about the shortness of this life, and the danger that will befall such as do miss of the Lord Jesus Christ, it would make them more wary and sober, and spend more time in the service of God, and be more delighted and diligent in inquiring after the Lord Jesus, who is the deliverer ‘from the wrath to come.’” John Bunyan 

Isaiah 40:6 The voice said, Cry out! And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

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Could have been different.

How different things would have been if God’s people had been faithful to Him. He set before them the way of life and the way of death (21:8; Deut. 30:15,19). He told them to choose which they would have. He spoke to them of incredible blessings if they would obey His voice, and warned them of terrible curses for rebellion (see Deut. 28).

Jeremiah 50:4 In those days and in that time, says the Lord, The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the Lord their God.5 They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying, Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten.6 My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.7 All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, The Lord, the hope of their fathers.

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Trying to make ourselves more acceptable.

In our presentation of the gospel, many of us are guilty of diminishing the significance of biblical words, such as “repentance,” “hell,” “Judgment Day,” and “sin.” Perhaps we downplay these words because we fear persecution and are trying to make ourselves more acceptable to the unsaved.

Jeremiah 26:2 Thus says the Lord: Stand in the court of the Lords house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lords house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word.

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“Why is there pain and suffering?”

“In one-on-one witnessing encounters, a common question asked is, ‘Why is there pain and suffering?’ If you have your Bible with you at the time, open to Isaiah 24:5-6, and have the person you’re talking with read it aloud. When he finishes reading, explain that the Bible tells us that because human beings have broken God’s holy Laws, the entire earth is suffering under a curse. You can then redirect the conversation by asking him how many of God’s Laws he thinks he has personally broken.” Anna Jackson

Isaiah 24:5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant.6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left.

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