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To Those Who Are Playing Footsie With The Devil 

This message is not for everyone.

If you are presently playing with Sin, compromising your holy standards, and seeing just how close you can get to the world and still maintain your Christianity, then this message is definitely for you.   

Job 18:5 says - "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine."

Job 21:17 says - "How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in His anger."

Proverbs 13:9 says - "The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out."

Proverbs 20:20 says - "Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness."

Proverbs 24:20 says - "For there shall be no reward to the evil man, the candle of the wicked shall be put out."  

If you are presently "toying with Sin" and think that you are getting away with it, please take note to the miserable condition of every wicked person as illustrated by the Holy Scriptures -  

"Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out..."

"How oft is the candle of the wicked put out!"

"...but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out."

"...his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness."

"...the candle of the wicked shall be put out." 

Sin is no joke! It can and must never be taken lightly in our lives. It has its awful consequences.  

As the above Scriptures indicate, wickedness has a certain destiny. A sinful condition is a sad condition, no doubt. Iniquity always and forevermore brings ruin into one's life - no matter what your age, position, or financial status.  

The Scriptures admonish us, using one little word - "Yea..." This word means truly, certainly, and absolutely.  

Job 18:5 warns - "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out..."  

But what does this really mean? What does it mean that "the light of the wicked shall be put out...the candle of the wicked shall be put out...the lamp of the wicked shall be put out...his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness."?  

What is this "light," "candle," or "lamp" which the Bible talks about?  

The "light" or "lamp" in Scriptures is often used to denote prosperity. This word does not just include financial blessing but can also represent things going well for someone or can include comforts, peace, or happiness in one's life. 

Hence, to say that - "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out.." - is to say that most certainly, the best and brightest part of a sinner's life will come to an abrupt end or that which he rejoices in or makes him happy will definitely fail him.  

Any sign of things going well for him are but a small spark - a little thing - and soon to easily go out, blow out, be extinguished, be taken away, waste away, wither, die, or be brought to total desolation. 

What a depressing, melancholic, and miserable state! Wouldn't you agree?  

To think that any comforts, joys, or happiness easily slip away the moment you get your hands on them! Any relationship that should dare to bring you "joy"...any circumstance that seemingly brings great  prosperity...or any position that brings a certain fulfillment will be cut off and extinguished from your life.  

In other words, your "happiness" is not lasting! Any "good" in your life will be swiftly snatched from you. 

How very tormenting is the state of the wicked man or woman who chooses to walk in rebellion toward God - who chooses to go his or her own way! 

The Scriptures tell us - "...and the spark of his fire shall not shine...and how oft cometh their destruction upon them...For there shall be no reward to the evil man."  

"...the spark of his fire shall not shine"(Job 18:5) refers to an Arabian custom of hospitality whereby a person kindled a fire outside of his dwelling or even in his tent to draw or welcome strangers to his abode. The inability to show hospitality to another was equal to undergoing abject poverty or the most trying of afflictions.  

"...how oft cometh their destruction upon them"(Job 21:17) - How unnerving and frightening to think that instead of "goodness and mercy" following you as it does the righteous, "destruction" is constantly pursuing you in all of your endeavors!  

There is "no reward to the evil man"(Proverbs 24:20) - that is, there is no blessing, no true happiness, or no future that amounts to anything.   

Why? 

Because "God distributeth sorrows in His anger"(Job 21:17) to every man, woman, boy, or girl who live in rebellion to His law and statutes. In other words, He gives them exactly what they deserve. He overwhelms them with their due share of calamities, miseries, vexations, and woes.  

This is the outcome of all who desire to "play footsie with the devil" and toy with Sin! It's not a very inviting picture, is it?  

No, it's not meant to be!  

Sad but true, the devil makes sure that the Preachers do not present this ominous view to the sinner, lest he would come to his senses and forsake his sinful ways.  

In closing, we would like to draw your attention to one class of sinners which the Scriptures single out in these verses that discuss the brevity of the wicked man's "prosperity" - "his lamp" being easily put out or extinguished. 

Proverbs 20:20 says - "Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness."  

To "curse" one's father or mother was a serious charge in the Bible - one which required that the guilty party would be put to death. 

You may be a young man or woman who wouldn't dare to "curse" your parents, but perhaps you are "despising them" by slighting their instructions, disobeying their commands, or throwing a temper tantrum every time that they "cross" your way of sin and worldly pleasure. 

You need to take heed to God's warnings here. If you keep up this sinful behavior, your "lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness." A life devoid of all peace and comfort awaits you. Misery, poverty, calamity, confusion, sorrow, woe, and affliction will be your portion in this life. 

If you refuse to turn around from your sinful course, the "lamp" of your life can be swiftly snuffed out through tragedy and the "obscure darkness" of this life will then give place to "utter darkness" in an Eternal place of torment called Hell.  

Heed this warning today! Sin is no joke!

The devil is playing for keeps.

And the Scriptures cannot lie!  

"Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out..." 

And God is no respecter of persons!

May God Bless His Word.

 

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