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My past | guest post
S~ Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You Yourself are from the everlasting past. Psalm 93:2 (NLT)
O~ Immemorial means originating in the distant past; very old.
A~ My dad and mom are downsizing so we are going through boxes in their basement. I feel so old going through my middle school, high school, and college memories, pictures, and letters. As I sift through those emotions that have risen up, two things come to mind.
1. We are more technology based than I ever thought! I had boxes and boxes of letters and cards from family and friends. Our society doesn’t send letters anymore.
2. God stood over me in my past. Assessing my attitude and actions from my distant self – I was a believer, but SOOOOO far from the truth. Truly I am a prodigal daughter!
P~ Father, thank You for that time of going through the past! Thank You for Your protection! God, as somethings I forgot about resurface, please let me see things in Your Truth and heal those places of hurt. I pray this in Jesus’ Name!
Facing the Adversity of Being Unpopular | Todd Chipman
S~ O Lord, you misled me, and I allowed myself to be misled. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked every day; everyone laughs at me. When I speak, the words burst out. “Violence and destruction!” I shout.So these messages from the Lord have made me a household joke. Jeremiah: 20:7-8 12:46 (NLT)
O~ This was Jeremiah crying out to God complaining of how God’s work for him made him unpopular and unloved by the people he was proclaiming God’s message to. Jeremiah was probably expecting people to hear God’s word, obey it, and then thank him for helping them. The problem was that God’s message was about how poorly God’s people had been obeying Him and the resulting upcoming punishment that God was about to do to them if they continued in their sinful ways. In short, the truth was proclaimed, the people didn’t like the truth, and they didn’t like the messenger who was delivering it.
A~ It is so easy for us to read this passage and like anything that happened in the past, wonder why the Israelites didn’t do something differently. Oh, those crazy Israelites. Why did they keep turning their back on God? We can’t blame the Israelites anymore than we can’t blame ourselves today. After all, we are adults living our lives with the liberty to do as we see fit. Why can’t we just do whatever feels good to us? Who wants to hear bad news about how we live our lives? If we live differently from the world’s standards, won’t we too, be unpopular and unloved?
As believers, we must live differently than those not living according to God’s standards. We must also proclaim the gospel (“good news”) of Jesus to the unbelievers who don’t believe. There is a rather urgent and unpopular truth that has not changed. Repent of sin through believing in Jesus or face the consequences of living against God’s standard in unrepentant sin. Yes, we have an unpopular duty to bring this message to the world. It may mean we don’t feel popular with others, but it does mean we are obeying God’s calling. In Mark 16: 15-16, Jesus spoke to His disciples stating “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
P~ Dearest Lord, we are your disciples. We desire to serve you. We ask for your strength to bring your message to all. Let us proclaim your message to all, not seeking popularity from them. Help us to obey your calling in 2 Timothy 2:24 “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.” Amen
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