SORT BY Relevancy
As the world continues its departure from all that is decent amnong human beings, it is inreasingly clear that there is a group that has chosen not to go with them in their excess of riot, but neither has it much interest in "reading the riot act" to those in obvious danger.
Everything the saint of God does to work out his own salvation is a conscious and volitional act, accompanied by fear and trembling. Simply put, "If you ain't scared, then you likely ain't saved". While many avoid acknowledging fears, reminding themselves that perfect love casts them out (1 John 4:18), they purposely overlook Paul's acknowledgement of his own fears (2 Corinthians 7:5). With all there was for God's child to fear in Paul's day, there is doubtless more today as we watch more prophecies fulfilled, both in the natural world, and by the natural man.
Nevertheless, the Church remains called to make and, more importatntly, show a difference in the world - not that our fears are less or different, but that our responses are purposely different. And God will help us show and maintain the distinction, though we may not always prefer His methods,
The immutability of God is known but underappreciated. It should be among the most comforting aspects of anyone's relationship with the Most High; knowing that God's hand is always available, and also knowing where to find it, should provide everyone with a spiritual North Star for guidance.
However, the more likely scenario for many is that they will see God's faithfulness as intransigence, and consider His truth to be archaic: "It's 2015. Times have changed. We have evolved. How can you still think that way when so many have outgrown those outdated beliefs?"
Truth is, time does not operate on God. Rather, time is a reminder that only part of us is like Him. Bodies age. Arms and legs weaken. Eyes and sometimes minds grow dim. But the spirit that animates is not subject to degeneration or decay. However it is subject to change.
The constraints of the flesh run counter to the spirit. Many, if not most, will compromise their spiritual intelligence to fit the limitations of their bodies...then be absolutely amazed by the reality that they are NOT their bodies, and that their spirits can, and do, go on without a material housing.
The spirit always seeks a connection with Him Who gave it, while the body is inextricably bound to the dust from which it came. The "you" that resides in the middle of that tug of war will have to decide with whom you will pull.
Once you know the truth, which does not change, if you depart from it, then you made an eternally flawed decision
Our world today is increasingly filled with protest and rebellion, so much so that it is easy to become numb to, or jaded about, those with a cause. It also becomes difficult to tell legitimate grievance from mere passionate political discourse.
Often the hardest thing to do is to understand, when everyone seems to be against something, is when someone has made no change. Consistency can seem like rebellion, when people discover that they are consistent about different things. Faithfulness will look like revolt when the objects of faith no longer travel closely together
From time to time, religious leaders wring their hands over the church's diminishing appeal to the culture, and fret about what they can do.
The problem is most approaches are more Madison Avenue, trying to give the people what THEY want, rather the Highway of Heaven, offering what only God can provide.
If the lost in the world does not see the church as a departure from the world, then why should they come; they can do bad all by themselves?
Discussions of right and wrong, "on the margins", as it were have gone on since Eve and the serpent in Eden. The simple fact is that people will introduce things into their own personal "canon", either to augment God's word, or to replace it, sometimes in its entirety.
But that is a strange thing to do, often runs counter to His will and even common sense, and leaves those who shape their own moral code devoid of any morality at all.
With all the cries of racism, and the confession that stated inciting a race war as motive, many are buzzing about the black-white aspects of the shooting that left 9 dead at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
Nevertheless, just as the church took the unexpected hit, it also gave the unexpected response, at least by those who know not God.
Here in the US, and around the globe, the homosexual rage against God, and in favor of lust, masquerading as love, gains momentum. In America, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban homosexuals from marrying one another.
And the people of God moan...but why? Have you forgotten what He told you? Luke 17:
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
The times are exciting and now is not a time for mourning. As He is soon to be revealed, it is our task to prepare for Him, and help others, who wish to see Him in peace, to do the same.
?The world, and cultures, in which we live make every effort to set standards for success and failure...and they fall short consistently. Why? The primary reason: they only hold sway in the realm through which we pass and not the one in which we will reside.
?Once any man sets his sights on the place where his success matters, and those things which make success possible, eveything about him will change...
?One of the hallmarks of Christianity in particular, and of faith in God in general, is its lawlessness, by human standards.
Many make the effort to "Romans 13" their way into subservience to human authority, saying that is what pleases God....Oh, but so much scripture (and history) they do ignore.
Among the more dangerous thoughts we can have about human government is not that we should be free from it, but that it should ever have had charge over us at all.
?What man was given, from the outset was a responsibility of self-control...and obedience to God. But though "God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions", including the many forms of human government.
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