Sunday rest and reflection

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 21:25

Reading through the book of Judges, I am impressed with how much it describes our contemporary culture and the world view of secular humanism.  When people have no king or supreme authority in their lives, they become the authority themselves.  This was the original lie of the serpent: “You can be as God.” The result is catastrophic!  Society becomes full of sin, immorality, and rebellion.  Our enemies enslave us and blind us with lies. God, our Father, longs to intervene. Passionate prayer is required!

In the time of Judges, the ministry of the priesthood was also corrupt.  Ministers were often hirelings.  (John 10:11-13)  Many have positions and go through the motions, but do not really care for the people.  They tickle ears and tell their people what they want to hear.  (2nd Timothy 4:3-4)  Some love money and use God’s people to line their own pockets.  We must be discerning of the same idolatry and religious scams in our world today!

God’s remedy for the people caught in religion has always been the same.  He listens for His people to cry out to Him in prayer!  When they do, He begins to act.  (Psalm 50:14-15)  He raises up a person who will walk with Him by faith and preach the Word of God.   When these people preach the uncompromising Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, then healing, restoration, and deliverance takes place.  (see Judges 4:1-11 for an example)  How God longs to be our King and lead us into the abundant life!  Call out to Him in passionate prayer. Allow Him to touch your heart today!  God bless you and your family!  Pastor John

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