(James Smith, “CONSIDER!” 1859) Play Audio! Download Audio
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!” Haggai 1:7
God commands you to consider, and you cannot neglect to do so, but you sin. Your circumstances require it of you, and you cannot neglect to do so, but you must be losers thereby. God complains, “My people do not consider!”
Inconsideration has ruined thousands and will ruin thousands more. But shall it ruin you? It will if you give way to it. Let me entreat you to do so no longer.
Consider that you are immortal, and must live forever.
Your BODY will die, and perhaps soon.
But not so your SOUL, it never dies.
Death changes its place, but not its nature.
It is conscious and capable of enjoying the highest pleasures, or of enduring the most dreadful torments! And one or the other will be its lot.
Heaven, or Hell,
happiness, or misery,
always follows upon death!
Surely an immortal being ought to consider:
Where shall I be after death?
What shall I be?
Among whom shall I have my eternal portion?
Consider that you are a sinner:
You have broken God’s law;
incurred God’s displeasure;
are condemned by God’s Word;
deserve God’s wrath.
Your heart is alienated from God.
You act in opposition to God;
lie absolutely at God’s mercy, and at any moment He could cut you down, and send you to Hell.
You have no right to expect anything but justice at His hands! And if He dealt with you after your sins, and rewarded you according to your iniquities, your doom would be indescribably dreadful!
Reader! “Consider your ways!”
Because You are a sinner and you cannot live in Heaven as such!
You may be saved, for the Lord Jesus Christ is both able and willing to save sinners but
you can only be saved by sincere faith in Christ!
Therefore you must denounce your own righteousness, and rely solely on His finished work!
Consider that if you are saved by Christ, you will live to Christ.
He will be your Lord, as well as your Savior, your example, as well as your atoning sacrifice!
Faith is the root of holiness, and a holy life alone proves our faith to be genuine.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!”
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