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Psalm 107

I urge you to read this Psalm sometime today…for within the 43 verses, you’ll see yourself portrayed somewhere.  For this passage tells of those who wander and are lost.  It tells of being in desperate situations…places that invoke  feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.  There are the lost – those who are wandering alone in the wilderness.  There are the guilty – those who are slaves to sin and full of shame and self-loathing.  There are the fools – godless ones being deceived by the world.  Finally, there are the tossed – those who have been battered by life’s storms.  But in all these situations, when they cried out to God for help, He answered.   So despite what you’re going through today… God is there,  ready and willing to help you.

Luke 21: 3-4 ” ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’ “

Anytime sacrificial giving is mentioned, people get real antsy.  It’s not that we don’t want to give to Kingdom work…it’s just that we’re selfish.  Now you’re probably thinking I’m talking about money…No, I’m not!  I’m talking about something far more valuable to you than money…it’s your time.  We’ll happily give to charitable organizations, relief funds, and soup kitchens…but ask us to volunteer our time and that’s a different story.  It says in II Corinthians 8:12, “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”   God wants you,  not your money…He wants you to volunteer rather than just donate to the cause…He wants you to give sacrificially of your most valuable resource…yourself.

Judges 6:27 ” So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.”

God had instructed Gideon to tear down his father’s  false idols…and Gideon had obeyed, in a fashion.  Instead of doing it in broad daylight though, he did it under cover of darkness, …all because of fear.  He was afraid of what others would think.  Fearful of retaliation, Gideon wanted to obey God, but also wanted to please people.  It’s impossible to be a people pleaser and obey God at the same time…for you end up compromising yourself and your integrity.

I Corinthians 10:12 ” So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”

Here Paul was warning about idolatry and falling into temptation.  Probably the most conceited thought a Christian can have is, “That couldn’t ever happen to me!”   It’s when you think your “beyond” being tempted…that it’ll sneak up behind and bite you.  I’m sorry, but no one is immune to temptation and smugly thinking you are above it is only setting yourself up to fail.  We all need to be on guard and wary…for our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)

Colossians 3:8 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Ephesians 4:22 tells us to put off our old selves…or rid ourselves of our old ways.  But it’s almost impossible to do if you’re still hanging out with the same wrong friends… at places that got you in trouble before.  Putting aside our old ways  means we have to disarm our sins…exposing them to God’s truth and confessing them, but then ridding ourselves of whatever necessary to make a clean break from the past.

Psalm 55:1-3 “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.”

Bad things happen to good people…for we live in a troubled and broken world where peace and unity is hard to find.  But that doesn’t mean we have to cave in to all the ugliness around us. God has placed you on the earth at this particular time in history to make a difference…for you to be an influence, rather than being influenced by the wicked around you.  Stand strong in the face of evil…pray without ceasing…tell others about Jesus.

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.