Recently, I watched a political debate. One participant calmly with no emotion and no words played a recording of his opponent’s statement taken out of context of a two hour conversation. The bold opponent came forth with emotion and fact, with conviction and purpose.
I know it is hard to look at any situation these days without judgment of who is right and who is wrong.
Is that our job?
Opinions are not facts.
Feelings, particularly negative ones, do not reflect faith in Our Holy God.
You and I are not on the judgment seat. That seat is already taken.
For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Keep seeking God first as His Word instructs. Keep believing Our Lord’s story for the world is redemptive and holy. Jesus is the Mighty Savior who defeated death.
What makes you think He won’t save you now?
We need to ask ourselves hard questions. We need to humble ourselves no matter the answers.
What the wicked dread will overtake them, what the righteous desire will be granted (Proverbs 10:24).
If God counts us as righteous, it is because we follow Him, we believe Him, we obey Him.
If God counts us as righteous, it does not give us power to lord over others; it gives us power to share the gospel in a bold way which He will use to bring more to Himself.
What would happen if today all believers stripped away self-made plans, all sense of pride and were clay in the Potter’s hands?
Do we trust Him to bring us through?
Do we know He wants to use us to redeem the world rather than fight the world?
The wise in heart accepts commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin (Proverbs 10:8).
Join me in this prayer:
Oh Holy One, Lord and Creator,
We praise Your name, the name above all names, Father. We praise You and proclaim Your goodness to those with ears to hear.
Help us, Oh Lord, help us lower ourselves. Help us surrender all our judgment at your dusty feet. Help us release any control we are grasping for in fear, in self-righteousness.
Help our unbelief, Lord, that You have turned away. Help us see Your glory, Your love in all things.
Lord, we thank You that we are not alone. We thank You that You are the perfect teacher to all our hearts who stray. We thank You that You are working all things for the good of those who love You and who are called according to Your purpose. We thank You that You love us and want us to look like You.
It is in Jesus’ ever-powerful name we pray,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
Thank you to all readers. I welcome your comments and open conversations here. For this is one way for us to learn and grow in Him.
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Have a beauty-full and productive day in the Lord.
Love in Christ,