30 Days of Prayer and Praise–26!

30 Days of Prayer and Praise–26!

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evilWhoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD. Psalm 101 NIV

Day 26

Lord Jesus,

Once again, we come to You, humbled by Your Word–realizing that every situation in life that we could possibly experience, You have already addressed.

Even now, with all the evil afoot and the plots and plans to dehumanize the poor and needy and women across this nation, we know that You have a plan for all involved in the wickedness.

Lord, thank You for surrounding us with like-minded people who will obey and silence the evil ones, reminding them on a constant basis of Your Word–especially those who proclaim to know You, but by their actions, we know they do not.

Continue to strengthen our resolve to see justice for all and for giving us the wisdom to engage lawmakers in the fight for what is right. Remind them O, Lord–that in the end, they must still stand before You and Your judgment against them will be as swift as their judgment against those whose voices they refuse to hear and acknowledge.

Thank You, Lord for those who are willing to speak up on behalf of those who are fearful, giving us the courage to say what must be said, calling out lies and liars, evil and truth, without risking our place in heaven.

And on this day, we thank You for being in the chambers of Congress–speaking to the hearts of every person elected to serve the needs of the people, not a party agenda, and bringing them into the light of truth, according to Your Word, not the dictates of man.

You are indeed a mighty God, awesome in power and magnanimous in justice and all Your judgments are just! We praise You for Your might acts of redemption and snatching from the fire those who are endangered because of following wolves in sheep’s clothing. Thank You for exposing for all the world to see–how much darkness resides in the hearts of those who embrace the idea of power, but have no knowledge of how to use it–effectively and with equity for all.

We know, O God, that our work is not in vain and that we are simply the instruments being used to effect Your goals in the land. Thank You for finding us worthy to be used by You.

In Jesus’ name we pray and thank You, Amen!

Flawless vs Flawed

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (I Corinthians 1:21).

God’s Wisdom = Flawless, What He has established and planned, never changes.

Man’s wisdom = flawed, changes God’s intent to gratify flesh, and is constantly changing.

When man makes decisions apart from God’s wisdom, those decisions are always revised and re-established.

When God makes His wisdom known to man–those thoughts last forever–even if some think God’s Word was written by “ignorant and unlearned men” what they wrote has survived them and will continue to thrive in the hearts of those who have a relationship with God.

God’s Wisdom sees things through to the end of time.

Man’s wisdom is shortsighted at best and momentary at worst. We know this because of the constantly changing laws that do not consider the end of the matter, but only the feelings of the moment--feelings that are fleeting and constantly changing.

Apart from being in relationship with God–man cannot claim to have true wisdom because they do not understand God’s wisdom as it pertains to God’s plans for mankind. If man actually understood God’s plans for us, we would have no need for constantly changing laws that actually oppose God’s plans.

God’s wisdom is poured upon all who are in relationship with Him, liberally when they ask for it.

Man’s wisdom is tied up in the deceptive thoughts of the enemy who desires to destroy mankind and the dictates of their flesh. Man’s knowledge of God is limited to the religious teachings of man, not in a relationship with God.

God’s wisdom inspires love and obedience to Him.

Man’s wisdom creates obstacles and motivates hatred for others who do not agree with them.

Lord Jesus, create in us a heart to serve You, desire  and receive Your wisdom, and the courage to obey Your Word.

 

Why We Have Laws!

“We know that the law is good if one uses it properly” (I Timothy 1:8 NIV-Read through v. 16).

In this letter (passage of scripture), Paul is mentoring Timothy to help him in his ministry. Apparently, Timothy has run into some people who want to hold him accountable to the letter of the law given before by Moses, but Paul has taught Timothy about grace–God’s unmerited, impossible to earn–favor.

Think back for a moment.  How many laws govern this land?  Why were the laws written?  It is important to note, that the laws governing most countries are written because of the things that people have done or could do that infringes about the rights of others. Remember the “wild, wild west” in the US?  Everyone had a gun and did exactly as they wanted to do.  Why did townspeople create positions for Marshalls, Sheriffs, Deputies?  Positions/roles of authority were created to control “the lawless” (those without morals or values or understanding or compassion). Are we regressing to the days of the wild, wild west? Lawlessness, where everyone thinks they have a right to do what they want to do, when they want to do it.  Are we yet without morals and values?  Are we yet without compassion and understanding?

As Paul reminds Timothy, laws or rules are good when they are used appropriately.  When laws are twisted to pacify every whim of whatever a person wants to do–creating mass confusion, allowing and promoting immorality, and totally ignoring values that were taught and promoted to maintain a civilized society–lawlessness prevails.  How do we return to a state of being where we can “love”, exercising the greatest commandment or law given so that there is no confusion?

Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to recognize our role on an individual basis as a keeper of the law of love and corporately so we have no need to keep writing laws that get twisted and changed at the whim of man’s fickleness.  Help us to seek You so we might know how to live in this world, recognizing each and every person’s rights to live in harmony, without chaos, or fear of what someone might do.  Help us to see the need for love so we might live a peaceable life, having values and promoting morality for all to eradicate the immorality that abides in the hearts of many. Help us to understand and walk in Your favor! Help us to understand and to be grateful for Your mercy! Help us to understand that Your mercy and grace are not to be used as an excuse to be immoral or commit acts against mankind that are not of You! Amen!