Sunday, August 29, 2021

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 Where do we look in the midst of heartbreak. When the pain is all consuming? When we look at the world and see such atrocious injustices, where human life is dismissed from the unborn to the elderly, or when a pronoun, a mask, and vaccine has more power over a society than all humanity combined? Revelation in the Bible has been very controversial in its interpretation, so I read books to help me wrap my mind around its meaning of the future. When I did the study I kept reading there will be thousands and thousands in the battle against those who become Christians during what is called the end times. It was not until the division of the outcome of this pandemic did I realize how many people truly do not believe in God or even a higher power or that there is life after death, so the fear of death has people justifying their anger and self sanctimonious lecturing allowing the government take-over mandates truly believing the government is the savior of this world. It is hard to watch so many drawn into this false belief system or see the overwhelming weight of suffering that proves evil does exist and all it wants is to devour this world. Evil causes a void that has to be filled with something and its impact is trampling over lives, hearts, minds, and souls.

This is not Christ’s story whose strength is enough to hold the course of humanity. The inner sense of what is right and wrong comes from somewhere? It was not some evolutionary process. People are hardwired to know God. People are wired to seek out justice. In my Theology class, I read that problems arise when we separate moral action from the doctrinal teachings of Jesus. Jesus did not offer a revised view of the Israelite God or forge his own path to God. His teachings were steeped in the tradition of the Old Testament law and covenant. In Matthew 5:17, He declared that He did not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them. The old testament covenant with its laws was like a map leading God’s people to know how to be like him. The new testament covenant and the law of Christ just meant the map was replaced by a guide. That doesn’t make the map wrong, but Jesus made the destination easier. Christ fulfilled the law by serving as the climax of God’s revelation of his character.

“For truly I tell you, until the earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10: 9-10).

The tremendous pressure building between good and evil throughout the world is exposing the decay of many moral compasses. The impact can’t be ignored or swept aside. May we prayerfully seek out the repairing of the damage being done. Christ’s story never ends, but it is up to each individual to choose their destination when the battle is finished. While we are in the midst of the battle may we pray:

Psalm 7:6-9
“Arise, Lord in your anger,
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.”

The bottom line is that believers can either be wrong or they could very right. The choice belongs to you:

“The high priest as to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God. You have said so, Jesus replied, but I say to you: from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26: 63-64).

Heard a song “God You Are” by We Are Messengers, so let the words speak to you today:

It’s in the empty tomb
It’s on the rugged cross
Your death-defying love
Is written in Your scars
You’ll always hold my heart
Cause that’s the kind of God You are

Prayers for our military and their families and the great sadness that has fallen upon them and America. Prayers for those behind those enemy lines. Prayers for those in the eye of this hurricane for safety. Prayers for the hearts, minds, and souls of every person who is seeking to find or in the midst of faithfulness.

God Bless you all,


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