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I John 2:1 ” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

As it tells us in Romans 8:34, at this very moment, Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.  Jesus is our advocate…one who comes forward on behalf and as the representative for another.  He is then also our intercessor and substitute…standing in our place before God…intervening in our defense.  We have no greater advocate than Jesus…no greater champion and friend.

John 9:1-2 ” As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ “

Jesus saw this blind beggar as an opportunity to heal a broken human being. But His disciples only saw him as a chance to debate the beggar’s situation…totally ignoring the man…they gathered around, talking about him rather than to him.  As Believers,  we love to talk about ministry work, out reach into the community, and other things we should be doing for the Lord.  We’ll debate, plan, and call together committees…always talking about but never actually getting around to doing.   The Lord is calling all of us to personal ministry…to rolling up our sleeves and ministering to that blind beggar sitting in front of us.  He wants us to stop just talking about it and start doing something.

Psalm 56:8 ” Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll – are they not on Your record? “

The Lord hears and puts down in writing all my mourning and outcries.  He keeps a record of every tear I have shed and places them in His wine-skin…or some translations say places them in a bottle.  We may think that our grief and weeping goes unnoticed…but it’s never beyond the compassionate eye of God.

Job 17:11 “My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.”

Time waits for no one.  With each passing day, we are a little older and unfortunately, the hopes and dreams we have a little less likely to happen.  When we’re young, we look at time and the future as something with limitless possibilities…but when we’re older, or disease overtakes our body…time suddenly  becomes very precious.  Each one of us has been allotted a certain amount of time here on the earth…time we can choose to use productively or rashly.  So how are you managing your time today?  Are you using it to forward God’s Kingdom…or are you aimlessly pilfering it away?  Time is getting short…make the very most of it today.

Romans 2: 28-29 ” A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”

Circumcision of the heart is what the Lord is calling all of us to.  Deuteronomy 30:6 states, ” The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul and live.”  This circumcision of the heart is literally a removing of the flesh…our fleshly self, our carnal nature, to show loyalty and obedience towards our Lord.  This inward work of the Holy Spirit is then outwardly manifested…apparent and plain to all, as the love of God shines forth in our life.

Psalm 38:19-20 ” Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous. Those who repay my good with evil and slander me when I pursue what is good.”

To quote I John 3:13,  “Don’t be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”  And we shouldn’t as evil abounds in the world and the boundaries between right and wrong become blurred.  We shouldn’t be surprised when our Christian walk is met with opposition…or we are attacked for trying to do what’s right…or we are accused of not being “politically correct and inclusive” in our thinking.  Those who repay evil for good will always be around, so don’t be surprised…for it’s your reaction to hatred that really counts.  Jesus encountered many haters and those who disagreed with Him…but Jesus chose to never be disagreeable or nasty back.

Romans 9:20 ” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “

I’m not accusing anyone of flagrant disrespect towards the Lord…for we’d all be quick to deny it.  But what I’m asking  is more about the covert and secretive disrespect we show the Lord…the brashness that no one seldom  knows of.   The sin of omission is simply not doing what God wants us to do.  It’s apathy and neglect on our part, but also thinking we know more than He does.  Now we’re not brazenly telling God we refuse…we’re just quietly ignoring it…hoping it’ll just go away.  But one of the most glaring signs of covert disrespect we can show God is to declare to Him, ” I can’t do that!”    So as the verse asks…just who are you to talk back to God?