Week of: November 5, 2012 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing by: Pam Crawford
"Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God."
In light of the direction that our country appears to be heading; I believe we may need to know how to answer some pretty tough questions in the future. Several people asked me yesterday if I was surprised by the outcome of the Presidential Election here in the United States? With all honesty, I responded "not at all, I actually expected it." We may have to agree that the President's strategy to draw in select groups of people by telling them exactly what they wanted to hear was brilliant. In case you haven't noticed; today in America we have a new minority and I'm not sure I'm going to like the benefits that come along with the status.
Although I was on my knees in prayer throughout this whole election process, I did not expect we would receive a heavenly bailout. "We the people" of this country appear to be depicting a people who have turned away from doing things God's way. There is undeniable evidence that we have become a true "entitlement society" and its quite likely we are now heading towards the path of self destruction. This "it's all about me" mentality is contrary to God's plan and the Word is crystal clear, God is not going to stand for it forever.
Yes, the majority has spoken; but pardon my candid nature when I give my opinion that the majority just may have gotten it wrong! I encourage you to pay close attention to the devastation all around us; that of which has already occurred on our soil and that of which will occur in the future. Let us not overlook this truth, GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED (Galatians 6:7)! We cannot discard human life, redefine the family unit, and turn our backs on the nation of Israel and expect to live as a prosperous, safe nation. It's just not going to happen!
As I was reflecting on how we got to this place I came across this article by Dave Brannon. Coincidence, I think not. One day there will be no more time for excuses. May I encourage you to keep the Word open to avoid the temptation to compromise. In the end winning the popular vote over what God values will prove deadly. Pay attention the instructions have been given. Chose the blessing.
How Was I to Know?
by Dave Brannon
Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
"It was high-school concert season, and the music students were preparing for the big Christmas extravaganza. The teacher had clearly communicated every detail to the students and to the parents - on two separate occasions - and the time for mandatory rehearsal was clearly spelled out.
But on rehearsal day one panicky mother called during practice to see what time her teenager was supposed to show up. Another called to say; "Oh, we're taking Tommy to Grandma's. It's okay if he misses rehearsal, right?" When the teacher reminded the parents that this required practice had already started, she heard, "Why didn't somebody tell me? How was I to know?".
Just at this teacher was troubled that her clear instructions were ignored, is it possible that God is troubled by our tendency to ignore His clear instructions? In 1 Thessalonians, Paul reminds us that his God-inspired message tells us "how to live in order to please God" and that those instructions have "the authority of the Lord Jesus" (4:1-2 NIV). The Lord is grieved, Paul explains when we ignore His teachings and live our own way (Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2).
Let's make a point to read God's instructions and then live by them - with no excuses." - DB
God's Word was given for our good
And we are to obey,
Not choose the parts that we like best,
Then live in our own way. - Hess
"There is no good excuse for ignoring God."
In Christ by grace,