Sunday, January 6, 2019

Worse than a Thorn Patch!

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I feel so empty inside-- like someone starving for grapes or figs, after the vines and trees have all been picked clean.  No one is loyal to God; no one does right. Everyone is brutal and eager to deceive everyone else.  People cooperate to commit crime. Judges and leaders demand bribes, and rulers cheat in court.  The most honest of them is worse than a thorn patch. Your doom has come! Lookouts sound the warning, and everyone panics.

Micah 7:1-4

The downfall of a nation is certain when people "cooperate to commit crime."  Of course, you can live as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, even in a nation that is rebellious to God and ultimately doomed as a society!  That is a wonderful reality of the Gospel of Jesus!  

But the suffering, pain and heartache that comes to citizens of any nation that turns against God is real.  As a citizen of the United States, I suppose the most troubling sign that we are far down the path toward the judgement of God is that our elected leaders are actively encouraging our citizens to ignore and even break the laws that they wrote!  

Can Jesus's Followers remain faithful to Him even when their country falls apart?  Of course they can!  But it will be a time when every Christian must seek the Lord all the time.  When any society uses the Word of God as the model for it's laws and principles there are blessings that fall on all it's people, even those who don't know Jesus.  

No matter what happens in your nation, never turn your heart away from God.  And pray that the country in which you live will turn to God and honor Him again, or for the first time, if they have never before done that.

"Lord Jesus, it seems "the most honest" of the leaders in my country are worse than a thorn patch.  May Your Holy Spirit light a fire of revival and turn us back to You before it is too late!  Praise Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen."


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