Sin, lies, and the wrath of God is not among many conversations today. We try our best to ignore talking about sin, lies we are living, and His wrath or discipline. We bury our heads in the sand when it comes to discussing what each of us truly should be dealing with among ourselves. There are many more conversations we desire to talk about that helps us keep burying the one we should be facing and talking about. Most people are willingly committing sins and ignoring His truth, and some maybe experiencing His discipline but they bury their minds and heart and do not face His truth, nor do they look to Him to tell them.
Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
What happens to people who continue to ignore His truth, hold it back, or suppress it?
Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but there thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like man and birds and animals and reptiles.
This tells us that when we continue to ignore God and who He truly is because we are not glorifying Him in all we do and in who we are by His given image in Christ, and we also are not thanking Him for who we are and in what we are doing our thinking will become futile, our hearts will become foolish, and be darkened. We will claim to be wise but we will become fools because we glorify other gods as Him. This could be man in his own image, or anything we are putting above Him.
Let us look at some words to help us understand His meaning
Glorified – This word in Hebrew means to honor, celebrate, to praise higher than any other person or thing in word, and deed.
Thanks – being grateful for all you have has come from Him.
Because these people did practice either of these two principles through His given Spirit, they became….
Futile – this word in the Greek language means foolish, vain or empty. This means their “thinking” became foolish, vain, or empty.
Foolish – this word in the Greek language means without understanding, no intelligence, stupid. This means your heart will become without any understanding of who you truly are, your heart will become stupid.
Darken – without any of his light, can’t see through His sight, and can’t understand through His thoughts
Since God has told us what happens to us if we do not live by His truth, what then does He do?
Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over to their sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity of the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped served created things rather than he Creator- who is forever praised, Amen.
This scripture tells us if we continue to bury our heads in the sand and not acknowledge God in who He truly is, and if we continue not giving Him thanks for all we are and what we have been given He will give our minds and hearts over or up to whatever we are desiring above him. In this case these people in this scripture He is telling us about desired sexual impurity of degrading their bodies with one another, they exchanged the truth of God for a lie they believed so He gave them that lie they desired. A woman having unnatural sexual relations with a woman, and a man desiring to have unnatural sexual relations being with a man. They worshiped and served what they were creating rather than Him the Creator in what He created, who is supposed to be forever praised, Amen.
These people Paul is talking about through the Spirit of God desired a lie instead of God’s truth, this does not only mean sexual relations, it could be any desire that is not his truth. A hidden desire to steal, get rich, glorify yourself for all your accomplishments, or desiring things and pleasures of this world more than Him. It could be people desiring to please people above pleasing Him, and their own good works.
There are many lies we could each be desiring that are not God’s truth. What He desires for us is to be fully sanctified in knowing Him through Christ His Holy Son. Knowing His truth in who He is for all of us is eternal life, now and forever!
John 17:2 For you granted him (Jesus) authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
The true image of ourselves He can only give and reveal to us through His Spirit as we follow Him through the faith He continually gives us through each of our own relationships and circumstances. God’s truth is always revealed to us through His Word and Spirit we are suppose to follow. The Spirit of God will teach us all things and give us His understanding of His word that can never be shaken.
John 14: 25 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
If you have been given the truth of who God is through Christ, and you do not glorify Him, thank Him or praise Him for all His truth of who you truly are, and you are desiring other things above getting to know Him then today you can change that!!
You can go to the Cross and truly give yourself to Christ, and ask Him for forgiveness for not glorifying Him and His truth, and not praising Him in words and deeds in all that you do and say. He will forgive you and give you a true and clear understanding of him through His Spirit, that is not futile, and you will be given a full heart of love to purely glorify Him above all else in your life!! You can begin being the real true person you are, and experience true freedom in the abundant life He can only give you through His Spirit of truth! Today is your day to quit burying or suppressing his truth deep within you, and put all the lies behind you through His forgiveness, mercy and grace!
May His love keep you from burying your mind and heart in the sand, so you can live truthfully in His presence!!