Today’s bible reading very much reminded me of the state of things in, not only America, but in our world today. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are clever in their own eyes and clever in their own sight…………Who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! Isaiah 5:20, 21, 23.
The continuing verses go on to speak of God’s wrath being poured out because of the people’s thinking and behaviors.
Imagine a very large dam like the Hoover Dam. This dam is a phenomenal concrete behemoth! It measures 1,244 feet in length, is 644 feet thick and 726 feet high. It’s said to hold back such a great volume of water that it has deformed the earths crust and it caused around 600 earthquakes in the 10 years after it was built. Wow!
I cannot begin to fathom what would happen if the strong materials of the walls of that dam became weakened or compromised and the extreme weight of the waters behind it eventually won out. The floodgates would be opened to a roaring fury of waters that would annihilate anything and everything in it’s path, leaving behind nothing but chaos, destruction and heartache.
Our nation, our world, is sitting below a humongous dam itself. A dam much larger and more threatening than the little ole Hoover Dam. We are precariously sitting below a dam in which the waters of God’s wrath are beating furiously upon the dam of His grace.
Sadly, our delusional, misguided society has begun to poke holes in and weaken the infrastructure of the dam of God’s grace through denying and even foolishly attempting to change God’s created order of male and female and the legalization of same sex marriage and abortion, just to name a few.
Do they really believe they can spit in the face of our perfect holy Creator by changing His familial foundation for society? ? Do they think they can try to strip believers of their right to live their lives and conduct their jobs according to God’s holy and true word and not be held accountable for their destructive and hateful attitudes and actions toward God and those who are His?
The great and mighty dam of God’s grace has been compromised. It’s been weakened. How long before the torrent of furious waters begin rushing out no one knows, except for God.
I do know that I’m so very glad to know that as a believer, when that dam does burst, I will still be the recipient of God’s unmerited grace and not His wrath, thanks to my dear sweet Jesus and His sacrifice made on my behalf.
Tragically, the same can’t be said for unbelievers. Instead of being children of God’s grace, they are children of God’s wrath. They need repentance. They need our heartfelt prayers. They need the good news of the gospel of Christ Jesus. They need us. As believers we are to be God’s mouths, hands and feet. That responsibility lies with us.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19,20
I thought I’d share this blog post to my own blog. It’s sad that in many ways the church has been more influenced by the world than the world has been influenced by the church.
Week 2, “Tearing Down Lies”
Sometimes, that which we consider harmless fantasy isn’t harmless or fantasy.
Around 10 years old, my parents decided to purchase our dream home in the country. The home rested on a hill surrounded by a white picket fence, and each of us kids had our own bedrooms for the first time. The biggest incentive, however, was we were finally going to get that dog and cat we’d asked for. It was idyllic!
However, soon after moving in, each of us began to notice frightening phenomenon that couldn’t be explained. We were just an ordinary Midwestern family from an ordinary local Baptist church. We’d never heard of nor experienced supernatural activity before. All we knew–it was frightening. My parents contacted church family. They came to the house and prayed through each room, acknowledging the authority given us in Christ. Immediately the frightening activity…
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Thank you Father, for my job. Please help me to have a good attitude about going to work.
God, I don’t want to be a silent Christian. Please give me the wisdom as to when to speak up, especially in the workplace.
When Your Holy Spirit does nudge me to speak up, please bestow upon me Your courage, grace and wisdom.
Help me Lord, not to seek man’s approval or fear his rejection, but to seek only Your approval God, for You are on my side.
In Jesus holy and precious name,
I sat there, alone in my room, trying to cope with the stinging pain of rejection. Rejection from my own precious child, pregnant with child, still so young and in need at this difficult time in her life, who I felt now more than ever, needed us, her mom and dad. Yet, she chose to leave. She left to be with people who in no way loved her anywhere near as much as her dad and I did.
As I sat there on my bed feeling hopelessly consumed by my grief, it hit me. I took a deep breath and exhaled long and slow. “She doesn’t feel as though she needs me right now, Lord”, I cried through swollen tear stained eyes. “There have been times when I’ve felt I didn’t need you.”
“She pushes me away. I’ve pushed you away too.”
“She turns to people who don’t have the right answers or who don’t even care for her or love her as much as I do. Oh dear Lord! How often have I run to other people instead of you?”
“She doesn’t trust my guidance and direction in this situation. How many times have I not trusted you?”
“I feel so unwanted, unneeded by her. How many times have I made you feel unwanted, not needed?”
“Oh Father!” I sobbed. “Please forgive me! I’m beginning to realize how You must feel. I’ve done the very same thing to you that my child has done to me! I want to help her, to be there for her, but she won’t let me. How many times have You wanted to be there for me but I wouldn’t let you? I too, have been a prodigal!”
If you are the parent of a prodigal child, you know the pain I have spoken of. It’s heart wrenching, being forced to wait in the wings, knowing you can help the child that you love so much, yet he/she refuses your loving guidance and direction.
How many times though, have we made the foolish mistake of leaving our loving heavenly Father waiting in the wings to help us? It’s painful for Him to be left to wait in the wings for us as well.
Please forgive us God, for there have been times that we ourselves have been the prodigal.
As I sit in my bed stroking the soft blonde hair of my precious sleeping 7 year old laying next to me, I am overcome by my feelings of love for him that are welling up within me. “Thank you, Father, for blessing me with him”, I whisper softly. “Thank you God, for all of my children.”
At that moment I’m reminded of God’s love for me. My love for my little boy is so strong, yet, God’s love for me makes mine look like nothing. I know this, yet I still cannot comprehend it.
“Love. It’s a reflection of God. It IS God. God is love and He created us to love as well.
Love itself is proof that we were created by a higher power. Are we supposed to believe that love is some sort of by product of evolution? That the ability to love is just happenstance? How absurd!
I think about the atheist, who, like the Christian, feels love and I wonder how someone can feel the kind of love like one feels for their child and yet not believe in God’s existence. How can one not see the connection? Even if all the many ways in which God reveals His existence and His presence among us were removed, love alone would be proof positive of God’s existence.
As for the atheist, I’m reminded that sadly, it’s their choice not to believe. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them, for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20
Next time you feel the overwhelming sense of love flowing through your heart as you look at your precious child, multiply that by a million times and you still haven’t even begun to come close to God’s love for you!
The Christian ought to be like a big sponge that soaks up the refreshing, life giving waters of God’s word, revelation and wisdom, that at the appointed time can be squeezed out over those thirsty, lost and in need.