2 Thessalonians 1:8 Will You Be Punished?

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:8

Punishment is something that no one likes to be on the receiving side of. When punishment occurs, it means that someone was disobedient in some way or another, was caught and must pay for that act of disobedience. The types of punishment are as broad as there are ways to be disobedient.

This is something that happens at all levels in life, from the parent to child, all the way up to nation against nation.

Paul commends the people for going through suffering from others against them and that God will punish those causing the suffering. He tells them that God will punish all who do not know Him, nor obey the gospel of Jesus.

Ignorance is often seen as innocence, clearing a person of wrong doing. Many believe that if a person does not know God, then God cannot or will not punish them.

Others will also hold to the thought that because they believe in Jesus, yet don’t obey Him, that they will not be punished because God is love and would not punish them.

Both of these views are incorrect. God has revealed Himself to everyone through creation. Jesus also said that if one loves Him, he will obey Him. To love is to obey. Anything less than loving God is disobeying God.

The gospel of Jesus is not just about repenting of sin and being saved, but it is about living a holy and righteous life before God and for God. It is obeying every command of God, not to be saved, but because of the salvation that Jesus has provided.

The more one knows God, the more he will know how to live for and obey gospel of Jesus Christ, removing the need for God to punish him.

God wants a relationship with you and does not want to have to punish you. All punishment is being reserved for those who do not know Him and those who do not obey Him.

Read your bible and pray everyday so that you may know God more and more. Understand how God wants you to live your life and than live that way.

Do not give God a reason to have to punish you in the end, because you chose to either ignore Him or disobey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will learn how God wants you to live your life; that you obey the gospel of Jesus; that God will guide you by the Holy Spirit in obeying His word; and that you will trust God as you obey Him.

Romans 9:2 Having Great Sorrow

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. Romans 9:2

Having great sorrow in a heart is very common to many people. Often it is due to a loss of a loved or some other type of loss–such as job loss, health, money, things, or friends.

Many in the world do not know how to deal with extreme sorrow and anguish in the heart. It tears them up and destroys their days. Some will try to end the sorrow by choosing suicide over life.

Paul promises that he has great sorrow and anguish in his heart. This sorrow is over the Jewish Israelites who are rejecting Christ and are cut off from life.

No matter where a person lives in this world, if he is a believer and follower of Jesus, he knows someone who is not a believer. This is something that occurs in every nation, city, town, and countryside around the entire world. No place is immune to it.

Sadly many believers are numb to the fact that most people they meet are not believers. People in the church have grown used to the idea that the world, as a whole, does not believe in Jesus and are dying, going to hell. It does not affect their heart.

The believer who is running after God and has an understanding of His heart, will also have a heart that breaks in sorrow for those who are lost. He will see the lost as dying and with no hope and he will weep over what he is seeing.

That sorrow can be used by God to motivate the believer to be His witness to those dying. It will help him realize that there is a great need to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible, because people are dying with Christ.

As a believer, someone had taken the time to tell you about Jesus. Look around you and see how many more people still need to hear about Jesus. See the world as God sees it, people dying without true life.

You have the message that the world needs to hear and they need to hear it today. Allow your heart to break at the death that is occurring right before your eyes, and then let it motivate you to tell more people about Jesus. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world as God sees it; that you will see the people dying who need Jesus and weep in your heart; and that you will tell everyone you can about Jesus.

Revival: The Gospel Of Soul (movie review)

 

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Revival: The Gospel Of Soul
Director: Danny Green
Writers: Harry Lennix and Holly Carter
Starring: Mali Music, Dawnn Lewis, Roland Buck III, Anthony Azizi, Paula Newsome, Chaka Khan, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah, Wend Raquel Robinson, Harry Lennix, Michelle Williams
Theater release: December 2018
DVD release: TriCoast Entertainment will release REVIVAL onto various digital & DVD platforms March 3 (Amazon, iTunes, FLIXFLING, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, FANDANGO, Google Play), Walmart, Target and Best Buy. **For more information, please visit: https://revivalthemovie.com/

I was given the opportunity to review the movie  Revival right before the release to DVD. This movie was originally released through the theaters in December 2018, though I have never heard of it until now.

It is the work of Harry Lennix, who has been an actor since 1989 in many different movies and television shows.

Harry Lennix himself

Harry Lennix

Revival is a musical retelling of the gospel story of Jesus. The format of the movie is very different from any movie I have seen in the past. It is partially done on stage and primarily done on locations or with CGI graphics.

Without giving the entire story away, Harry Lennix as Pontius Pilate comes out on a stage talking about meeting someone who will change your life. He says that with meeting this person you will have a revival.

Harry LennixHarry Lennix as Pontius Pilate

Most of this story is seen as flashbacks as told through the eyes of the two walking on the road to Emmaus talking to Jesus. It flashes to scenes of the life of Jesus doing various acts that are recorded in the Bible. It does show the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the end. I really enjoyed this connection in the story as seen as a testimony of who Jesus was and is.

While the story does stay true to the gospels for the most part, there are some deviations. One is that the person who appeared in the movie to be the head priest, either Sadducee or Pharisee was a woman. The name of the character is Reba, played by T’Keyah Crystal Keymah. In ancient Jewish culture this would never have been allowed.

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T’Keyah Crystal Keymah as Reba

Another is that the disciples use about three to four curse words in their speaking in one scene. It is the only cursing in the entire movie. It is a scene where the disciples are discussing whether Jesus is the real thing or not and whether they will continue to follow Him or not. The arguments that they had may or may not have occurred and the language may or may not have occurred, but I do not feel it needed to be in the movie. It did not add to the story line anything of value.

The other scene that appeared to deviate some was when Jesus was being tempted by the devil. The devil appears as a woman trying to seduce Him to bow down to him/her. Again this does take some liberty as the bible does not portray the devil as a woman in any spot.

The cast in this movie is a list of many accomplished singers who also do an excellent job at acting. It does include a diverse group of actors of various nationalities, although the majority may have been of African-American descent. Jesus, played by Mali Music, does an excellent job. The music is wonderful and the songs go along with the story line and do not detract from the story.

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Mali Music as Jesus

The costumes of the story were very interesting. In most scenes Jesus and the disciples were dressed in traditional ancient Jewish clothing of robes. However, there are several scenes in which they are dressed in modern clothes, including suits and ties. There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason for the change in clothing, while the setting is still in ancient Israel. There is also one scene with the disciples that they are in modern clothing, sitting around a modern table, with a modern building next to them.

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There are a couple of scenes in which woman are portrayed as scantily dressed, although not revealing anything directly vulgar. It does a great job at portraying what those women may have been like in real life.

One thing that did amaze me was the seamless use of CGI graphics and live video. Most of the movie appeared real. The only scene that was fake looking was the scene of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. It is seen on a stage with people holding blue sheets waving them like waves upon the water. This was definitely a stage scene and not a live, real scene. I think that this could have been done better, though it did show what was occurring.

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Chaka Khan as Herodius

Probably the best point of this movie is that meeting Jesus will cause a revival. He will change the lives of everyone who comes in contact with Him.

Although I cannot highly recommend this movie, I do recommend it. It is not the best telling of the gospel of Jesus, but it is a long ways from the worst that I have seen. If you get the opportunity to see this movie, do so. It will help open your eyes in a new way to what may have occurred in the scenes in the Bible. However, do be aware there is some language and sensual scenes.

(disclaimer: all pictures used are used with permission)