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2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quite-Time Reflections

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Week of: July 6, 2015                                      pmcrawford1@gmail.com
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

2 Peter 3:3
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come,
 scoffing and following their own evil desires.

Some have asked me if I was surprised that the United State's Supreme Court ruled against the Biblical view of marriage. Although I was disappointed on the majority decision, I was not surprised at all. What I am surprised at however is the outpouring of support of that decision by many professed Christ-followers. The allegiance to family and friends over God has opened my eyes to the "slippery slope" so many have been warning about. 

Although I agree with the statement that we are called to love one another, and judgment should be without hypocrisy; I encourage those of us that profess Christianity to evaluate our viewpoint from the Word of God, the Bible, a Christian handbook that man has been gifted with for a purpose. Maybe the time has come when those of us who profess the name of Jesus take a fresh look at what God has to say about the celebrations going on all around us. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, marriage was God's idea and it is clearly explained in the first book of The Holy Bible (Genesis 2:18-25). The question is; do you really believe it? When God created male and female he had a purpose (see Genesis 1:27-28). The institution of marriage and family were created by God; it didn't just evolve from someone's bright idea of how to unite two people for the purpose of companionship, acquiring children in whatever means possible and sharing government benefits because it's the civil right of all mankind to do so. It was a man and a woman at the center of God's design and no ruling by a man-selected court will ever change that. If you're celebrating this new law consider that you are in essence putting your seal of approval on something that God clearly does not. Think about that for a moment and reflect on it when the new wedding invitations arrive in the mail.

God's Word says that there will be consequences in a culture that mocks Him (Galatians 6:7-9), The Lord has given us fair warning and the time is now to decide which side of the truth you will reside on. In the heart of the believer who truly embraces God's Word as His inspired instructions for teaching, rebuking and correcting (2 Timothy 3:16) we should be grieving, not celebrating! We grieve because God Himself is grieved by a creation buying into the lies of the enemy under the cover of deception. When we turn our back on God's instructions for Christian living, we turn our backs on God.

As we stand in the face of persecution for not agreeing with the law of the land, be encouraged by the following article:

The Truth About Post-Christian America
By Kevin Shrum
We knew this day would arrive. The 'slippery slope' of morality has now become a proverbial landslide of moral morass. What seemed to be a slow decline has now exponentially accelerated. The parading and applauding of all things unbiblical and immoral has reached its zenith on the shoulders of the autonomous self, where me, myself, and I are the arbiters of all things truthful and spiritual. Gone is any reference to transcendent authority.
But fear not, dear Christian. Like an athlete out of shape in the off-season layoff, it may take awhile for American Christians to awaken from our 'most-favored-religion-status' we have come to assume in this great country of ours, but I believe we're up to the task. We're not the first Christians to live 'behind enemy lines' nor will we be the last.
How does one live as a Christian in an era where same-sex marriage is now the norm, where homosexuality is openly celebrated, where hypocrisy in the church is consistently exposed, where atheism is not just an alternative intellectual option, but a hostile enemy, where Christianity is viewed as the enemy and not the founder and friend of America, and where the "spiritual shallowness" of many Christians, especially evangelical Christians, is being exposed for what it is - an Americanized version of cultural Christianity that is not authentic, genuine, or biblically orthodox?
The answer is that we learn from our brothers and sisters in other nations who have lived "behind enemy lines" – quite successfully, but sacrificially, I might add – for many years. What do they know that we must know in order to bear witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ? Here's my list of things we must know and live.
1. How sovereign God is. God is aware of our situation, always directing, even designing, and continually undergirding His children through difficult times.
2. How precious and powerful the Word of God is - inspired, sufficient, inerrant, infallible, efficient, and indispensable.
3. How dangerous the gospel is. Our great power is not in politics, but in preaching and living out with joy the gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. How important fellowship is. We need each other for prayer, support, and encouragement.
5. How necessary suffering is. We will demonstrate our faith through our suffering, not absent of it.
6. How miraculous and meaningful the person of the Holy Spirit is – comforter, truth-teller, guide.
7. How important stewardship is – resources "behind enemy lines" will be needed, generosity required, sacrifice demanded.
8. How sweet communion with Jesus is. We will learn that He is not just our Savior, but a friend to the oppressed and suffering.
9. How indispensable prayer is. War-time prayer is like a General communicating with his troops in the midst of the battle - it's essential.
10. How sustaining faith in God is . We will need to choose to believe all over again.
11. How effective and essential preaching and teaching is. Believers will need to rediscover the truth of God's Word through the constant reading of, study of, meditation on, and application of Scripture.
12. How much joy is called for. The joy of knowing that God is with us and that, in the end, this world is not our home ; we have a home in another place.
13. How God-glorifying and powerful persecution is. Persecution will move from being an anomaly to normality.
14. How indestructible the church is. She will stand triumphant in the end.
15. How God will be glorified in all things.


I have read the second to the last page of the Bible and it says:
"Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs - the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie." 
- Revelation 22:14-15

"Wash their robes" - repentance of sin.

Life's Application Commentary: 
This tree of life is like the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9). After Adam and Eve sinned, they were forbidden to eat from the tree of life because they could not have eternal life as long as they were under sin's control. But because of the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus, there will be no evil or sin in this city. We will be able to eat freely from the tree of life when sin's control over us is destroyed and our eternity with God is secure. 

Those "outside" were judged and condemned (Revelation 21:8). The emphasis is that nothing evil and no sinner will be in God's presence to corrupt or harm any of the faithful.

May God in His compassionate and patient Spirit continue to withhold His hand of wrath from America as we intercede for revival in the hearts and minds of those choosing to reject the way of the Lord. Be blessed as you stand on the solid rock of your faith.

In Christ by grace,
Pam



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