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Friday

November 11, 2016

Stand Up!

Read

Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed”.

Jeremiah 6:15, “’Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions? Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush! Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered. They will be brought down when I punish them,’ says the Lord.”

Think

Standing up for what is right isn’t an option within the Christian faith. Our values and integrity are what set us apart in this lost and dying world. Many are blinded by moral relativism. Sadly, they will completely miss their true calling, the life God had in store for them. When one’s morals are on a sliding scale, when they attempt to be inclusive of all beliefs and proclivities, they are excluding God. And without knowing Jesus, they are literally in grave danger.

As Christ followers, what must we do to be the change that we want to see in our nation? We stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. We protect and provide for those in legitimate need and stand firm in biblical truth. Although we don’t necessarily approve or choose to celebrate certain lifestyles or behaviors we accept everyone. We pray for our nation to return to God. We pray for our leadership. Even if we don’t respect the person we honor the position. And finally, we strive to shine Christ’s light in the darkness. We fish for people, becoming walking, talking, living, breathing billboards for what God has done in our lives. When we do these things, God will give us the trajectory to change the world one life at a time. If we can change a life, we can change a family. If we can change a family, we can change a community. If we can change a community, we can restore our nation and eventually change the world bringing glory to God.

Pray

Thank God for His Word and ask Him to point out any duplicity in your life. Pray for Him to speak into your life and for opportunities to share Christ with others.

Act

Read Matthew 5:13-16. What does this say about your duty as a Christ follower? Salt isn’t only a seasoning, it’s a preservative. You are here to preserve biblical truth—how salty are you (in this case you can never be too salty)? And how brightly are you shining the light of Christ before unsaved coworkers, friends, and neighbors?

Tuesday

November 8, 2016

Speaking the Truth in Love

Read

I Corinthians 16:13-14, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love".

I Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love".

Think

When a child misbehaves a parent might say, "I love you too much to tolerate that kind of behavior". And as grown ups, there are times we have to deal with certain personalities that we find almost intolerable to be around. Unfortunately, now we are even saying that about the current presidential candidates. But the word tolerance has far greater implications than any specific behavior or characteristic. It is the willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs different from our own. As believer's, we must accept everyone. Why? Because, we will never lock eyes with anyone that Jesus didn't die for. Everyone matters to God.

In today's culture—a world sinking in a sea of moral relativism—truth is subject to individual feelings and proclivities. Everybody must not only accept everyone else's beliefs but approve of them and celebrate their differences. However, we cannot confuse acceptance with approval. Hence this faux tolerance contradicts exactly what it espouses. Those who are so emphatic about the approval of all lifestyles claim that anyone who speaks to the contrary is being intolerant. But aren't the 'tolerance watchdogs' being just as intolerant? It's crazy, so what do we do? We accept everyone, but we don't have to approve of their actions. Remember, Jesus loved the religious elite enough to call out their blatant hypocrisy. Thus, we aggressively love one another enough to speak the truth in love.

Pray

Pray for our country in the midst of the current divisive political climate. And yield to God as you pray for His sovereign will to be done.

Act

Every vote counts! So if you haven't voted yet—today's the day!