12.14.2013

May my desires become my reality!

The older I get, and the more I learn of the godless, immoral acts of our country, leadership, individuals, and the world at large ... the more I understand why God weeps over nations who have turned against Him.  And, why He judges nations who turn against Him and refuse to yield or submit to His holy authority.
Scripture is clear that God hates sin, and He disciplines both the righteous and the unrighteous. Yet we sit in a state of shock after reading headlines declaring horrific abuses, godlessness, immoralities, slander, lies, the celebration of passions and the flesh and wonder, "How did this happen?"

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if He did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.  II Peter 2

The Lord is teaching me that I cannot let my mind, or heart, engage in continual conversation, research, and thought about the state of our country, or the world.  As Ecclesiastes says, "Nothing is new under the sun."  The sins of our nation and the sins of individuals around the world are not unique, creative, or shocking to the Lord.  He has seen the darkness and depravity of men and women through hundreds of generations over thousands of years. 
As Peter reminds us, the Lord has also judged the depravity of man, including His own heavenly angels, over and over again.

We love and serve a patient, long-suffering, and gracious God.
We love and serve a jealous, righteous, holy, and just God.
His justice administers discipline as a consequence of our sins.
His mercy keeps us from getting what we rightly deserve.  Eternity in hell, with no hope of escape.
His LOVE gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly walked the road to Calvary, taking our sins upon His shoulders so that we can find FORGIVENESS … and appease the wrath of a holy God.  It is only because of the blood of Jesus Christ that we may stand before the Father and have His eyes look upon us.  He does not see US … He sees the blood of His Son that washed away our sin and made us whiter than snow.  Jesus Christ IS the way, the truth, and the life, and the only way to get to the Father - is to believe in the Son.

I cannot continue to focus on the godless evil of our country and the world.  It does not mature, encourage, or edify me.  It stirs up sinful anger, worry, and fear, and worst of all – it takes my eyes off of Christ and lets them rest on the selfish passions and pursuits of the world.  The world that I am supposed to be passing through – not settling in

What I can do … what I should be doing … is PRAY.
Pray for my country.
Pray for my leaders.
Pray for the enemies of the Gospel.
Pray for those with power and influence.
Pray for our American freedoms to remain freedoms.
Pray for Christians to stand firm instead of swaying with the ever-changing winds of culture.
Pray for our nation to turn back to the God we once loved and obeyed.
Pray for myself.  I am the only one who will stand before the Lord to give an account for my every thought, action, word, and motive.  Therefore, I must pray fervently, with sincerity, and without ceasing that …
my mind would stay focused on Christ. 
my heart will be steadfast and in love with the Savior. 
my convictions will strengthen, and my feet will remain firmly planted in Biblical truth.
my passion for Scripture and prayer will continually increase.
my commitment to Biblical truth will not waiver.
my love for the body of Christ will grow stronger day by day.
my compassion for the world will cause me to love them as Christ loves them remembering that the things of the Cross are foolishness to them – and they need a Savior!
my sin will be ever before me so I will be quick to repent, and then restored to the Lord so I can be used to accomplish His plans, rather than my own.

Oh, Lord, how much work I have to do!  Make the desires of my heart become the REALITY of my living!

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