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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.

Luke 18:28 ” Peter said to Him, ‘We have left all we had to follow You!’ “

From the moment Jesus beckoned that rag-tag group of fishermen with, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”… there has been the decision of whether we follow Jesus or not.  For many, it’s a sacrificial decision…knowing that they are at risk of losing everything.  Following Jesus sacrificially means accepting the potential loss of family, employment, and even freedom.  But Jesus assured the disciples, and all of us,  that this sacrifice isn’t without great reward…for in Luke 18: 29-30  He goes on to promise them, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”

Jude 10 ” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do not understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals – these are the very things that destroy them.”

Jude was warning the Church that they had allowed false teachers to infiltrate the Body of Believers.  These men were called Libertines, and their corrupt doctrine suggested that Christ’s grace released them from all authority or restraint.  They believed in absolute freedom without any control by God’s moral law.  Their creed was, “Our souls are saved by grace, so whatever we do with our bodies, which will perish anyway, doesn’t matter! So we can do whatever we want, whenever we want to.”  But Jude saw it as blaspheme and corruption both morally and spiritually…and likened them to wild animals… without conscious or control.

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.

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?