I see posts with negative comments or jokes on Facebook and YouTube about people praising the Lord at weddings and currently graduations, etc. all the time, and I find it is interesting that some think praise is appropriate only in church. What about “I will bless the Lord at ALL times! Why is it okay to dance and scream about someone carrying a ball across the goal line for a touchdown, but you should be quiet when the Lord has carried you safely through 13 years of school (more if you are graduating from college). It’s okay for schools to blast secular music in the gym for physical education everyday and to hold dances for kids who are only 5 and up (which automatically leads them to talk about dating and boyfriends and girlfriends even in kindergarten), yet Christians should not pray at school or out loud to avoid offending others. Yes, there is a time and season for all things. Yes, all things should be done decently and in order. My only question is why is that time and place becoming less and less while our world is getting worst and worst everyday. To those who want to get your praise on I say celebrate to the fullest, dance like David danced inspite of the ridicule of others, because the world sure enough won’t stop doing their evil to avoid your discomfort or respect your lifestyle and God’s ways. To God be the glory!
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Facing a difficult test on today? Find peace in the word. Praying for a miracle? Believe that God is still doing great things in your life and mine! Have a dire need? Know that God is your provider. Stuck in a difficult situation and can’t see your way out? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God promised to do a new thing in the bible days, and He is still able to do so on today!! Sad, broken, depressed, and/or oppressed? Look to the hills, because your help comes from God who sits high and looks low. He cares about you! He will never leave you nor forsake you! Trust Him and obey what He directs you to do, and everything will turn out right in due season!
You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! No matter what you face on today go forth knowing Jesus is with you. You are not alone. The battle is not yours. Victory is yours!! Rejoice!!
STAND ON THE WORD
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Whenever there is a renovation going on the building looks a wreck. Things are ripped out and torn down. Signs are posted saying “Please excuse the mess” to placate those easily frustrated or uncomfortable with the changes. Some people speculate what the new building will look like while others might wonder if it will be more functional/useful to the community. The process is usually long, drawn out, tiresome, and demanding on those involved, yet the finished product (if completed by capable hands) far exceeds most expectations. The torn up mess is quickly forgotten as the vision is finally realized. As a believer, you might sometimes go through this same process, and while onlookers might look, gossip, and criticize you for your apparent state of disarray do not worry, doubt, or fear. Just go through the process resting in the capable and caring hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He will beautify the meek. He will do a great work in you and through you if you allow Him to do so. Trust Him. Don’t begrudge the process!!
And the people said, “speak unto us smooth things”. Have you noticed the change of times. I remember growing up the old people would tell you to drink the nastiest of concoctions for medicine to heal the body, and in reluctant obedience we would comply. Today everyone wants flavored water, flavored drinks, flavored medicine, and run from the remedies of the old days even if they worked. This makes me think about the changes in our culture over all.
Is the goal for personal pleasure and comfort taking us further and further from the old landmarks and more importantly God? Is the desire to please flesh suppressing the move of the Holy Spirit in our homes, communities, and churches? Has the pursuit of worldly measures to heal the hurting heart, mind, body, and soul taken away the true joy, peace, and deliverance that only Christ can give?
I think we can all sadly agree and answer, “yes” to each of the above. It’s way past time for us to go back to the old landmarks, and train up our children with the understanding of the need for boundaries to protect us and not bind us for the safety of our souls. It’s time for us to swallow the bitter pill of being separate and holy in a world that seemingly has found a better way and an easier way. It’s time to listen to the instructions and wisdom of our elders, those who have gone before us, to show us the way we should go. It’s time to lay aside every weight and every sin, and walk in the truth of the Word of God found in our bibles that many have set aside for an “easier way” sadly forgetting that the road to heaven is a narrow way. It’s time to pursue after God, and to find our way into a church preaching and teaching truth. It’s time to submit ourselves to the word that’s sharper than a two edged sword, and allow it to cut away everything in us that’s not like Christ. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to sting. It’s going to taste bitter at times, but in the end it will be worth it all!!
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: