The verse I posted with my picture on my fotolog this morning has really stuck with me all day. It’s one of those times when I really feel like the Lord is trying to say something. The questions became, what is He trying to say and who is He trying to say it to. The picture was a range of mountains in North Carolina and the verse the Lord gave me to put with that picture is:
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14
The word decision in this verse in Hebrew is Charuwts (khaw-roots’) and it means a strict decision. The valley of decision is the valley of Jehoshapat (v12). If you look back on Joel 3:2 it says “Then I will enter into judgment with them there.” The Lord will bring His people to the valley and make a strict decision or judgment on them.
So what exactly is the Lord trying to say and who is He trying to say it to?
When I woke up this morning I had a word on my heart. I have had this word on my heart several times this year. The word is sincere. The Lord is crying out to his children now for them to be sincere in their belief.
There are so many people who know who Christ is and know that He died to save them, but they do not truly believe it, in their heart. Knowledge is so different than belief, but many do not see it that way. Oh but there is a huge difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge.
James knew this. That is why he taught that faith without works is dead. James said that even demons believe. He also teaches that genuine faith will produce good works. (James 2:14-26)
Even those who are young in the Lord will have a desire to serve the Lord and do what is right. But there are still others, who have known about Jesus for years and years, and they do not desire to serve or do what is right, nor do they desire to grow.
Now there can be many reasons people come to be like this. Maybe they faced a lot of discouragement from family, friends and even church elders and members, and they just could not handle it and chose to bury themselves. Maybe they were taught wrong by those around them and they don’t really understand what they should be doing. Or maybe they don’t really believe that Jesus died on that cross for them. They know who He is, but don’t honestly believe He died to save them.
Only God knows the truth about what is on a person’s heart. We are not to judge their salvation, but only discern if they are doing right or wrong according to the word of God. But it is the responsibility of each person, born of God, to examine their self and see that they are walking in a way that is acceptable to the Lord.