BEING FOR OTHERS
by Tony Alamo
The Psalmist David was not terrified, filled with horror, or distressed by the fear of what he might have to suffer at the hands of evil men, but he had a foreboding sense of the awful punishment awaiting the transgressors of God’s holy law, as described through the Word of God: “Upon the wicked He [God] shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup” (Psa. 11:6).
In the pride of their hearts, sinners not only cast God’s moral absolutes behind their backs, they also make an open show of their wickedness, as when Isaiah lamented the fall of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem. “Because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves” (Isa. 3:8-9).
A real, true Christian who is surrounded by such lawlessness cannot be anything other than as Lot was in Sodom. “(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.)” (II Pet. 2:8). Scripture recounts that in Noah’s day, “… God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Noah, who “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8) was anything but carefree and happy in the days before the flood, but “being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house” (Heb. 11:7).
Because he believes God’s Word, a Christian cannot help but be troubled as he sees wicked men after their hard and impenitent hearts treasuring up God’s wrath unto themselves (Rom. 2:5).1 How does the insidiousness of evil infect, pervade, and finally corrupt an entire society, as it has the entire world today, except by imperceptible degrees at first, then with greater boldness, and at last, with impunity, as men depart from God by rejecting the precepts connected or enjoined to the Ten Commandments? As it was with Israel of old, so it is with twenty-first century man. A conscientious observance of God’s Sabbath has been forsaken, for we are to Sabbath or rest in the Lord and walk accordingly all the time, 365 days of the year.2 Along with this, people are being introduced to a human-centered and adulterous worship of God in His church.3 “Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). The world has grown accustomed to the public parading of sin until the evil one arises in a population which “call[s] evil good, and good evil; that put[s] darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put[s] bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isa. 5:20).
Part of our taking up our cross, denying ourselves, and following Jesus is fearing for the eternal lives and souls of the people of the world, our loved ones, friends, and everyone who doesn’t know the fear of the Lord for their own souls, and seeing if they might be won to Christ by any means. The Lord has given His people His own example of this, as well as “the supply of the [Holy life-giving] Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19), by which they are enabled to drink that which is to them a “cup of trembling” (Isa. 51:22) for the benefit of the lost.
Christ’s own prayer from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24), is a rebuke to all vindictiveness for wrong treatment received from others who may even consider the Christian an enthusiast or a fanatic for his concern. At such times he is to remind himself, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin” (Heb. 12:4). And it is the Christian’s prayer and hope that his Godly fear for others will not prove to be a fruitless waste of his efforts, but that he will come to the experience the Apostle Paul described as travailing in birth until Christ was formed in his spiritual children (Gal. 4:19). Pray always, pray now:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Being For Others footnotes:
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return