WORST PUNISHMENT FROM GOD TO HIS PEOPLE: to the Genuinely Born Again Christians!
What is the worst punishment from God to the genuinely born again Christians (His people)?
To answer the question, first and foremost let us look at the three (3) principal sources where someone can get punishment from:
Punishment can come to self by the reason of sin or mistake/error you make or commit.
Punishment can come to a person from Satan. And the end result of Satan’s punishment is to destroy – John 10:10 KJV “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” The word “thief” in this scripture means “Satan”.
Punishment can come to a person from God: Apostle Paul said it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God – Hebrews 10:31 KJV”It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
When Satan wants to punish you, if God permits it, he (Satan) would use man (human being). In case you have a choice to choose from whom you should receive punishment between man and God, it is advisable to choose God because of His mercy – for the reason that a wicked man lacks mercy: 1 Chronicles 21:1,7, 8 , 13 KJV “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel…..And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel…And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly….And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
Now, what is the worst punishment from God to the genuinely born again Christians?
The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of His word (the word of God).
THE FAMINE OF THE WORD OF GOD
What we need most in life as genuine Christian believers is the word of God.
The very first thing needed the moment, the day anyone is genuinely born again or saved is sincere milk of the word of God to grow spiritually – 1 Peter 2:2 KJV “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
To be built up into spiritual maturity, you need the word of God – Acts 20:32 KJV “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
For emphasis sake, the first thing we need in life after our salvation is the word of God. Worldly goods, riches and wealth – all is good, in fact money is good but not the best because it has capacity to fail; money fails but the word of God cannot and will never fail – Genesis 47:15-16 KJV “And when money failed….. for the money faileth…money fail.’ You see that money can fail but the word of God will NEVER fail.
Therefore, you need to desire the word of God FIRST more than silver and gold (money) in your Christian life – Psalms 19:7-11 KJV “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”
Man can do nothing without water – we cannot do anything without water, the same with the word of God. The word of God is exactly like water to us –John 3:5 KJV and Ephesians 5:26 KJV “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God…. “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” The word “water” in these two scriptures means “the word of God”.
It is only the human spirit that is born again, regenerated. But the soul of man is never born again. It is in the soul that the sense of the mind is located. Thus, it is required of a genuinely born again Christian to constantly renew his/her mind with the word of God – Romans 12:2 KJV “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” It is the word of God that will keep and sustain you to ensure that you are NOT conformed to this world.
Having said that the soul of man is NEVER born again, therefore it is your responsibility to save your soul with implanted/engrafted word of God – James 1:21 KJV “….receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” God will save your spirit by giving your life to Jesus Christ but you have to save your soul by constantly feeding on the word of God.
Your born again spirit is called the new man or inner man – Colossians 3:10 KJV “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”
You need the word of God to strengthen your inner man – Ephesians 3:16 KJV “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”
Also your born again spirit (regenerated spirit) is known as the inward man which requires the law of God (the word of God) for living and life – Romans 7:22 KJV “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” The phrase “the law of God” means “the word of God”.
The food of your born again spirit (regenerated spirit) which is the new man/inner man/inward man is the word of God and this inward man must be renewed every day with the word of God – 2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” The phrase “outward man” in this scripture means “your human body”.
The word of God is spirit and life as God Himself is the spirit as well, therefore to communicate with you through your heart (spirit), the word of God is used as the only spiritual resource to the heart: John 6:63 KJV and Proverbs 20:27 KJV “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life…, The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Your born again spirit is the candle of God – and it requires the word of God to search it. The phrase “the inward parts of the belly” in this scripture talks of “your spirit”.
You need the word of God to be nourished up as a good minister of Jesus Christ in the words of faith and of good doctrine – 1 Timothy 4:6 KJV “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”
The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of the words of God: Amos 8:11-12 KJV “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
The lack of knowledge of the word of God (Bible study) leads to the season of you being without the true God in your life: 2 Chronicles 15:3 KJV “Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.” The phrases “teaching priest” and “law” mean “teaching ministry” and “the word of God”
In the Bible days, God didn’t joke with His word at all even now – 1 Samuel 3:1 “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” Remember that even all vision from God has its foundation in the word of God.
When you lack the knowledge of the word of God, you will be brainwashed and manipulated, scammed, in fact you will be famished and go into captivity – Isaiah 5:13 KJV *Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of the words of God. It is the word of God that will help you not to a Christian life that practices the lifestyle of spinning. – 1 John 3:9 KJV “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
Ît is the word of God that will make you not to sin against God – Psalms 119:9, 11 KJV “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
It is only the word of God that is the truth – and also it is only the word of God that sanctifies the Christian believers – John 17:17 KJV “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Every true (genuine) church is NOT built on miracles, signs and wonders; ît is NEVER built on the foundation and pillars of miracles, signs and wonders but built on the foundation and pillars of the messages of the truth of the word of God KJV ” 1 Timothy 3:15 KJV “….the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” That is, the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the word of God (the truth)”.
The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of the truth of the word of God!
We are saved by grace through faith – Ephesians 2:8 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” To grow in grace according to 2 Peter 3:18 KJV (But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ….”), the knowledge of the word of God is essential.
For the grace of God to multiply in your Christian life, you need the knowledge of the word of God – 2 Peter 1:2 KJV “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,”
The worst punishment from God to His people is the famine of the knowledge of the word of God because every genuinely born again Christian shall live by the word of God only – Matthew 4:4 KJV “But he ) Jesus Christ) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
The famine of the word of God results in no faith –and you can never please God without faith – Hebrews 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him,..”
The source of faith is absolutely hearing and hearing of the word of God – Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The famine of the word of God leads to inability or failure of a Christian believer to live by faith because the just (believer) can only live by faith – Romans 1:17 KJV “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
If you read, study and meditate on the above points mentioned, you would see, know and understand that the worst punishment from God to His people (the genuinely born again) is the famine of His word (the word of God).
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Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”
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