Far from this last Tuesday’s elections being a “saving experience” for our nation, I think that Ezra says it best in the beginning of Ezra 9:8
“But now, for a brief moment, grace has come from Yahweh. . . “
By application, this is a message for the church! Regardless, let me say that more clearly, REGARDLESS of the side of the aisle you prefer, this is a wake-up call to the church! God is “giving us new life, so that we can rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins. . . ” (Ezra 9:9m)
But remember how this prayer from Ezra started. Look at verse 6
“My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You. . . “
And here is my question to you, to myself, to all of us, REGARDLESS of our party affiliation, are we willing, like Ezra, to honestly view our sins as he did? I would remind many of you that you have been praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 for our nation. But have you forgotten the main point of the verse? The main point IS NOT the healing of our land, it is the forgiveness of our sins!
And finally, there will be those who will want to ignore this passage because they wrongly apply the first two verses of this chapter. They will read it and WRONGLY assume that God is against mixed marriages. My friends, my bigoted friends, on both sides of the aisle, the meaning of these two verses is found in the center of verse 1:
“. . . whose detestable practices. . . “
The reason for the asking of forgiveness was NOT because of mixed marriages but because the people of God turned from God. If you still wonder about God’s view of mixed marriages just check out Jesus’ lineage.
My friends, hear the Word of our Lord, thru Ezra’s prayer:
“. . . You, our God, have punished us less than our sins deserve. . . . no one can stand in Your presence because of this [guilt]. See Ezra 9:13e and 15e.”
I like to end my posts with a simple, “Blessings my friends” but may I end it a bit differently, in light of my message today?
Expect blessings my friends, but only as you come humbly before your God,
I awoke this morning with the question of the church running thru my mind.
I’m bombarded on FB by Christian friends who are scared for themselves, their family and their friends. And I have other Christian friends who sound like salvation has now come.
Will you indulge me to state the obvious? Your protection does not come from Washington DC and nor does your salvation come from Washington DC.
Regardless of which side of the aisle you are most comfortable with, we need to ask ourselves if we have ignored God. I suspect that at the very least, we have ignored John 15:7 by not abiding in Him. And therefore He doesn’t abide in us. So when we pray, well, we are merely, “throwing up a hope and a prayer.”
If you are scared to death, I would ask, where is your humble, trusting cry to the Lord for grace?
If you are euphoric with joy, I would ask, where is your humble, submissive cry to the Lord for mercy?
This election result, whether you consider it a loss or a victory, does not change God’s sovereignty. It does not change God’s desire for an intimate relationship with you.
And satan’s role in this? It is the same. He is a liar and a deceiver (John 8:44).
One more thought needs to be addressed here. And that has to do with who your enemy is and who your enemy is not. Ephesians 6:12 says that your struggle IS NOT with flesh and blood. Romans 15:5 implies that if you have a sense of disunity with anyone, it is on you.
We are good at pointing out who our human enemy is, aren’t we? Because of that propensity to point our finger at our human “enemy” would you accept this practical take-away?
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will take care of the details in your life, which is why we need not worry about tomorrow, even though challenges come each day, (Matthew 6:33-34). And remember, the same One who said He’ll take care of the details of our life, holds today and tomorrow in His hands.
So what will you do? Will you focus on the flesh or the Spirit? Romans 8:6 tells us which we are doing when it declares that if we do not have peace it is because we are focusing on the things of the flesh, and NOT the Spirit. Your peace or lack of peace will tell you what you are doing.
Blessings my friend,
Such a sweet time with these folks at Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville GA. Pastor Terry caught me in front of my new business card up on the screen.
At the end of the church service I asked everyone to “suspend” the normal view of the alter call which is that, “only those with BIG sounds confess to the alter.”
They agreed, and 90% of the church came to the alter. I was at the alter praying and kept hearing people walk down the aisle behind me. It was so special.
I finally went to the pastor and asked him to close. I them went and sat in one of the pews.
Looking forward to tonight!