Brothers, pray for the challenge guys camp this weekend. Pray that these young men would develop closer relationships with Jesus and each other. Relationships that transcend this world and life. Pray that the devotionals would instruct and encourage to have a kingdom impact.
Also pray for health in our community. Pray for healing for the sick.
I would encourage loving graceful response to members of our churches that may be concerned about the coming government education mandates. We need to band together to love and serve others if they feel the need to make new educational choices. Pray for the young souls that will be exposed to deviant messages. They need Jesus! Pray for the teachers that would have to make career choices, and those that celebrate deviant education of children. They need Jesus too! (In the competition for “wokest school system of all,” Illinois just might be the winner. https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20210122/woke-broke)
Read Galatians 5:19-24
BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!
Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Darkside, Spirit vs Flesh… there is a battle of good and evil.
Evil, the darkside
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Good, the Jedi
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:10-18
Practical application: Confronting the Mob
How would you respond if confronted by the mob demanding compliance and submission? [BLM Mob https://youtu.be/dSnTTND0UcM ]
The dark side, the mob
They may want justice, but their actions and the justice they demand are not biblical Godly actions and demands for justice. This example is full of…
Enmity: hatred or ill will.
Strife: bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension.
Jealousy: envious, hostile to those with perceived advantage.
Fits of anger…
The good, the Gospel
How should a disciple of Jesus Christ and witness to the Kingdom of God respond?
Love: Love them. Do not bend to the will of the wicked. Protect innocent life from violence. But understand that they are image bearers of God that have been taken captive by godlessness, so love them.
Peace and Self Control: Do not fear or be incited to anger or strife.
Faithfulness: Share God’s truth and grace with them.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!””
Romans 10:14-15 ESV
What message are we sharing and bearing witness to?
Hear this! If you desire true reconciliation and justice.
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth, and we are not Him.
He created mankind, the one human race, in His image, male and female He created them.
God determines what is true, good, and just.
We are sinners, we have rebelled against Him, we are liars, thieves, fornicators, adulterers, and blasphemers, and justly deserve our due punishment of death and damnation.
Our sin has created division and racism.
But God is merciful and loving.
Jesus Christ is God the only begotten Son and He was punished and died upon the cross for our sins.
He was buried and three days later rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess and repent of our sins, believe Jesus is lord and savior, and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
“The blood of Christ is sufficient to reconcile us. It is the only thing that can reconcile us. We are one in Christ.”
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia in “By What Standard? God’s World… God’s Rules”