"WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING"
Reading Daniel 5:1-6,25
(a) In one of the corps in which we were stationed, a number of the ladies went to Weight Watchers, and one of them especially, who was quite tubby, became the champion weight watcher, and ended up with a beautiful figure.
(b) I'm sure the scales were much used during that period of time when the pounds were rolling off.
(c) I'm sure none of the ladies wanted to be like the fat lady in the joke who stood on the speaking scale, and was asked if one of them would please get off.
(d) Jokes are all very well, but I wonder how often we weigh ourselves spiritually??
If and when we do; what do we place on the other end of the mental scale. WHAT DO WE WEIGH OURSELVES AGAINST ??
(a) In our Bible Reading, we find that Belshazzar the King thought he could live without God, and do as he pleased. He was blown up with his own importance.
So much so that he decided to desecrate that which was holy - the temple vessels which his father had stolen from Jerusalem - IT WAS NO LESS THAN A MOCKERY OF GOD!!
(b) But in the middle of all his festivities, a fearful event takes place. A HAND APPEARS OUT OF THIN AIR, AND PROCEEDS TO WRITE UPON THE WALL!!
(c) Belshazzar knew it was the hand of God with a message for him!! AND HE WAS TERRIFIED!!
GOD SAID HE WAS "WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING"!!
(d) I wonder how WE react WHEN GOD SPEAKS TO US??
(e) Many Christians today reject the Word of God, because it doesn't suit their behaviour, or because it's standards are too stringent!!
(f) There was a time not so long ago, and when someone knew God was calling them to salvation, or a deeper commitment, or a calling out from something they knew to have ungodly links, or to holier living, or a specific form of service -
THEN THEY DID NOT DARE TO DISOBEY!!
(g) Perhaps, in days past, some of us have been aware of God's will and His way for our lives, and perhaps the conviction of the wrong things in which we were involved:
PERHAPS THAT AWARENESS HAS BEEN JUST AS REAL, AS IF IT WERE WRITTEN ON THE WALL THERE!! YET PERHAPS, WE HAVE SIMPLY REFUSED TO OBEY!!
DO WE THINK WE KNOW BETTER THAN GOD WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES ??
LET US NEVER BE GUILTY OF TREATING HIS WORD AS UNIMPORTANT!!
(a) I am constantly amazed at the number of Salvationists who know NOTHING of our 10th doctrine!
It states very clearly, that we believe that it is "THE PRIVILEDGE OF ALL BELIEVERS TO BE WHOLLY SANCTIFIED".
(b) The Apostle Paul says, "And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly." (1 Thes.5:23)
(c) In the Orders and Regulations for Soldiers, it says, "Entire sanctification is complete deliverance from sin, and dedication of the whole being, with all it's gifts and capacities, to the love, will, and service of God".
(d) "Sanctify" means to "set apart as sacred or holy" according to the dictionary. SANCTIFICATION MEANS TO BE SET APART FOR GOD - IT MEANS SEPARATION!!
(e) I wonder if God's finger came and wrote on this wall just now - WOULD IT WRITE THAT YOUR SALVATION, HAS BEEN WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING!!?
ARE YOU TRULY SEPARATE FROM THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT OF HIM !!
(f) What are you weighing your salvation against?? More than likely, you are looking at someone else! Perhaps giving yourself a pat on the back, because you feel you are better than they are!!
GOD SAYS OUR HOLY LIVING IS NOT TO BE WEIGHED AGAINST OTHERS - BUT AGAINST HIS OWN HOLINESS - FOR HE SAYS - BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY
(g) God says in Leviticus 20:26,
" And ye shall be holy unto me: For I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine".
God weighs us against His Own holiness and separation - NO ONE ELSES!!
(a) We are meant to reflect, His Love, His Power, His Holiness, in this sinful world in which we live, for what is after all, in comparison with eternity a very short time.
(b) As we look at our own lives, can we honestly say that we are fulfilling the purpose of God day by day.
(c) Or do we find that WE ARE WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES OF HEAVEN AND FOUND WANTING??
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