The world is moving to a place where we must decide who we serve, either God or the god of this world. No more fence-riding.
(26) Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
This verse is my stance on all things political when it comes to moral hot-buttons: Abortion, LBGT…xyz, Euthanasia, marijuana, the lottery and gambling in general, etc. There is a deciding factor in all our decisions which is, “What will bring the most glory to the Father?” Whether or not “we win” in whatever election is going on, I must do what brings Him the most glory.
Yesterday, we read these verses: (11) Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. (12) If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done? Proverbs 24:11-12
I realize that this passage is Old Covenant and our relationship with God is NOT based on what we do. At the same time, He has given us the assignment to be His ambassadors in this world. We MUST take our job seriously!
(18) All this [us being new creations] is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: (19) that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (20) We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
What I find most difficult is having the righteous anger of God concerning how sin is destroying the people I love, but using that anger righteously. How do I be loving, peaceful, joyful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and use self-control when I am angry? I must turn quickly to the Father. He will validate my anger, but give me wisdom and discernment along with direction according to what He wants me to do about it. I must remember that God is MIGHTY, but He is also GOOD. I must be good, too.
This morning’s choir special is, “Is He Worthy,” and asks if God is worth following. Is He TRUSTWORTHY?
“Do you feel the world is broken? Do you feel the shadows deepen? But, do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? Do you wish that you could see it all made new? WE DO.”
“Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole? Is anyone able to break the seals and open the scroll? The Lion of Judah, who opened the grave! He is David’s Root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave! Is He worthy? Is He worthy of all blessing and honor and glory? Is He worthy of this? HE IS.”
Dear LORD Jesus, I come to You this morning once again pledging my life to You for You to use however You please. You have done so much for me; may I be part of Your plan for reaching the world–even at the cost of my own life. What is there to lose? I have SO MUCH waiting for me on the other side!!! Just the prospect of standing in Your presence is enough! As I sing today, may I worship You and lift You up. Draw all people to Yourself, O LORD. Amen.
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot