“GOD OR GOVERNMENT, PART 2”

“Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.” Genesis 13:13 NIV Read: Genesis 18:20 – 19:26 Last Sunday, you read “GOD OR GOVERNMENT”. It is reported more subscribers read this devotional over and over than any devotional in recent time! I have a difficult time some days of putting a full message in such a short devotional. “GOD OR GOVERNMENT” last week was such a message. Today, I will complete the message for you. As noted, the news has been full of political and legal court opinions in recent weeks. In all of this, millions have thrown faithful Christian teachings out in favor of agendas that are against the word of God…against God’s laws. We live in a society not unlike that of ancient people who threw out God’s laws repeatedly. We can remind ourselves of all we are told in Genesis. God created man and woman as his wife. Period. Then they both failed to obey God and listened to the serpent of Satan. When given a choice of where to live, Lot chose the most evil place. God sent HIS angels to rescue Lot and HIS family. We have this recorded history to guide us and some still want to live as Lot and those in Sodom and Gomorrah. God even gave Moses the Ten Commandments to put God’s people back on track. Yet, man still refused to be faithful to God’s instructions. Book after book of God’s word are still being ignored. Prophets told us of Christ coming and of God’s dealings with HIS unfaithful people. We have God’s word,...

“GOOD FROM BAD”

“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:24 NIV Read: Genesis 4: 1-17 There is an old an old saying; “When you have nothing but lemons, make lemonade.” It seems we are all dealt lemons at one time or another. There are things in our lives that just go wrong. Some things are from our own doings while others are complete surprises. In Genesis, we read of the jealousy of Cain and how he lured his brother, Abel, into the fields and murdered him. Not only did he murder his own brother, he also lied to God about it. We often accuse others of being from ‘bad blood’. Others may be influenced by our environment, family or friends. But, the choices each of us make are our own. As evil as Cain was, his son, Enoch, was certainly not evil. Enoch may have come from ‘bad blood’, but God made ‘Good from Bad” when He created Enoch. Enoch did not let his father’s evil ways control his life. Enoch lived a full life. Scriptures don’t tell us a lot about Enoch. But, God tells us the most important thing about Enoch. In Genesis 5:24 we learn Enoch “walked with God”. Are you walking with God? Are you allowing the evil ways of others to control your walk with God? Are you in a life that seems like there is no hope? No matter how bad a situation is, God can turn it around. You don’t have to be tied to the evils of a family member or the bad environment you...

“GOD OR GOVERNMENT?”

“…Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22:21 NIV Read: Esra 1:1-11 Much Has been in the news of political and legal opinions in recent weeks. While some are praising these changes in our society, others are reeling in objections. We are in a time of some who consider themselves Christians disagreeing with faithful Christians. It seems as the ancient Jews complaining to Moses that the life as slaves in Egypt was better than roaming the desert. Today, as a society, many are raising their voices against God’s laws. The descendents of these ancient Jews were held in captivity in ancient Babylon. The book of Ezra details Daniel praying for the release of God’s chosen people and going to King Cyrus begging for their release. Over 135 years ago, a clay cylinder was found by English archeologists, now known as the Cyrus Cylinder. This clay cylinder is inscribed with the king’s decree of the release of these Jews to return to their home to build temples to God. Again, man in his efforts of fact over faith has proven the accuracy of the Holy Bible. Just as these ancient people were freed, today’s believers will be free from oppression. All of God’s words are absolute and our obedience should be absolute. Wrongful governments, politicians and their legal (even immoral laws) will be brought to a day of reckoning. As we see our government and citizens moving from God and His laws in favor of man made laws, we must stand strong. Scriptures tell us to be...

“ONE DOLLAR CIRCUS TICKET!”

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV Read: Hebrews 11:1-12 I recently was reminded of a story I heard decades ago. There was a young boy who saw a poster advertising the circus was coming to town and the admission was one dollar. Being poor, he had never seen a circus and he did not have the dollar for the ticket. The boy was so excited, he found odd jobs and earned the one dollar. Within days, the circus came to town. They entered the town with a parade on floats with wild animals and all the circus acts. The boy was amazed. He ran to one of the clowns in the parade and gave him the dollar. The young boy was so in awe, he thought the entrance parade was the circus itself. He gave away the money he had earned and would now not have the dollar he needed to buy the ticket to see the entire circus. Sometimes, we are like the young boy. We are so anxious for something to happen, we jump at the first opportunity when God has something much better for us. When we depend upon ourselves we usually get much less than what God will give to us. Depend upon your faith in God. Let’s depend on God’s promise to answer our prayers. He will give us much more than we expect if we have the faith to wait! Today’s Prayer: “Lord, Thank you for answering...