A Spiritual Revival on Halloween?!
God's people dressed up, listened up, fessed up, stood up, prayed up and lifted up on what we call Halloween!
Nehemiah 9:1-6 (NLT) On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the LORD their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the LORD their God. 4 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Kenani—stood on the stairway of the Levites and cried out to the LORD their God with loud voices. 5 Then the leaders of the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the LORD your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed: “May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! 6 “You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
...That will preach!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
When Jesus was asked about the controversial marriage issue of His time He went back to Genesis (2:24) and..."He answered, 'Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.'" (Matthew 19:4-6 ESV)
Jesus was saying it's best to stick to God's plan from the beginning even though there are great cultural temptations not to do so. Whether the issue is divorce or same sex marriage, God's design for us is always right.
The Creator loves us and knows what is best for us. He even makes a Way for us to get right again when we miss the mark. I am thankful for His Grace and Mercy, that He cares enough to tell me the boundaries to live within and provides a Way of grace in Jesus Christ to come back when I have crossed them.
I can't argue anything from my own rightness because, except for the righteousness of Christ, I am not right. That is why I have to turn to the Word of God for His instruction and rules and pray for His continued Grace and Mercy as I inevitably mess up. I put myself in an awkward situation however, when I decide that my ways and the ways of the world are better than His ways.
Can God continue to bless and protect a country that continually makes choices that are contrary to His Word and His Ways? God will eventually give us what we keep asking for, which is a world without the rules He, the Designer, gave us. The consequences will not be good. A world with no moral absolutes turns into a world whose rules are made by those who carry the biggest stick and wield the most power. If I have to trust my God of Grace and Truth and Righteousness or another human's ideas about what is right, I choose God's Word and His Way and ask for His Grace. The Destroyer will lead us all to our own destruction if we choose our plan over God's plan.