Deuteronomy 11:26-28 – “Behold, today I am setting before you a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing, if you listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following (acknowledging, worshiping) other gods which you have not known.” Amplified
I am going to mix the political and the spiritual in this devotional. It may not sit well with some and others will see it as truth. I believe that the reason we, in America and much of the world, are in the mess we are in morally, societally, socially, politically, and spiritually is self-caused. We have done it through Disobedience!
That is not a popular topic in today’s Christian world and one that is seldom heard from many pulpits today. I believe it is that absence in preaching that has helped to create the monster that we now face in declension and depravity that is growing exponentially in our midst. The text I used can be summed up quite simply. “Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed.”
Before someone argues that a Loving God would never curse people, I suggest that you read the Bible and consider the requirements of God for Obedience. His holiness demands that we be holy. Jesus did not give the disciples the model for prayer to make life difficult but to open the door to the Presence of God and Abundant Life. His instruction for us to “seek first” the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God was to enable us to come into His presence where there is the fullness of joy. Everything God has done has been to bring us back into a relationship with Him and through our obedience, we learn His person and as we learn His ways and witness His acts we learn to Love Him completely.
Christians today need to stop fretting, whimpering and acting as though evil is more powerful than truth and God. IT IS NOT! I believe that we, the born-again believers stand at a pivotal time and how we respond will determine our future on this planet. No, I am not talking about climate change or anything of the like. I am talking about Freedom, Liberty, and Relationship with our Heavenly Father. I am talking about our ability to fulfill our Commission and Mission in Life. I am talking about becoming One with God and realizing the objective Jesus placed before us to “abide in Him” and have His Words “abide in us.”
I do not believe that our societal problems can be solely blamed on liberalism, paganism, neo-Leninism, socialism, a corrupt judicial system, or those on the other side of the political aisle who cowardly refuse to stand against evil. I believe it is because we have “Believed A Lie” and bought into the idea that there are acceptable and excusable sins. THERE ARE NOT! Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Paul told us in Romans 12:1, that obedience was an act of worship or spiritual service. The Bible is filled with references to obedience and blessing. I refer you to Genesis 22:18; Exodus 19:5; Luke 11:28; and James 1:22-25.
We are told by the apostle John that Obedience proves our Love for God and that Obedience demonstrates our faith in Him. Samuel chastised Saul and reminded him and us that Obedience, in God’s eyes is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22-23). Paul again reminded us that Disobedience leads to sin and death. (Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:22). It is the desire of the Father, according to Jesus to “give us the Kingdom.” God wants to bless us and give us peace.
I am concerned that Christians have ceased to fear God more than they fear man. I am concerned that the prevailing mood through the erosion of our convictions is to allow the ‘little foxes to spoil the vine’ and we are allowing things morally and spiritually wrong to have accepted status in our society. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). Sadly, too many homes have abdicated that responsibility, lost that perspective, and in their pursuit of being tolerant and understanding allowed their children to be stolen from them. Now, they wonder why their adult children are spiritual train wrecks.
America is becoming the murder capitol of the world through abortion and senseless violence that is driven by selfishness. Preachers and churches today are mistakenly attempting to make magnanimous statements of love, inclusiveness, and tolerance for lifestyles the Bible calls an abomination.
God has not called us to be popular but preachers of truth and demonstrations of His Righteousness. Love does not justify sin, it covers it. Covers it, not in hiding it but with Grace, Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness.
I have preachers tell me, “If I preach what you are suggesting, I will run off half my congregation.” I contend, “It would be better to have half a congregation than a congregation that is so filled with leaven the purtifying stench of sin is repulsive.” If what the church is and what the world is, is not different the Gospel has no appeal and power.
I conclude with this “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now [a]salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us [b]behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” (Romans 13:11-14 NASB.)
If we could not impact the world and make a difference God would not have left us here. We have a mission and a commission. We are to be Salt and Light in this world. It is time that we “come out from among them and be separate.” It is time that we not only represent Jesus but manifest Him.”
God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!