FIRE & FURY…DOES GOD BACK UP THAT THREAT?

Psalm 33:16 (ESV)

The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

I very rarely make political comments…only when I see a biblical connection or implication.

It’s amazing how many Christians lean to their own understanding rather than trusting God when it comes to national security.

It’s amazing to hear Christians support juvenile threats from two leaders who position themselves like teenagers fighting over a girl.

Returning threats of “Fire and Fury” is not biblical.

The bible talks about reasoning together (Isaiah 1:18). In other words…diplomacy.

The bible talks about turning the other cheek rather than retaliating when being prodded (Matthew 5:38-40).

The bible talks about NOT returning evil for evil (1 Peter 3:9).

These are biblical principles that go beyond personal interactions. At what point do we stop doing it God’s way.

Yes, God allows us to defend ourselves…but never to attack.

And, you can’t compare the Old Testament situations where God commanding Israel to what’s going on today because He was fulfilling a promise to give them the promised land.

Missiles and bullets can’t make a lunatic back down, but God can. God can change the heart and mind. At what point and time does it make sense to NOT do things God’s way?

Every successful king in the bible consulted a man of God before any military action. I wonder if our leaders are following that example.

 

 

 

MARRIAGE: ARE YOU CHEATING ON GOD? (‘Remix’ from my archives)

wp-image-5514092jpg.jpg INFIDELITY…It’s the universal act of betrayal that many, if not most, find it difficult to come back from.

No matter what country, religion or culture, infidelity marks the end of many relationships. It’s viewed as the ultimate proof that love is lost.


However, the ability to come back from infidelity may be the ultimate proof of real love.


How can I say that?

Because marriage is the analogy that God uses throughout the bible, not only to describe His relationship with Israel in Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Joel, Isaiah and Hosea, but also Christ’s (who represents the invisible God bodily) relationship with His church in Colossians,  Ephesians and Revelations. All of the aforementioned, Old Testament books are stories of Israel continually betraying God, only to have Him continually forgive them and take them back.

Israel loved God… but they continued to choose other God’s over Him.

Israel loved God… but they continued to reject His commandments.

Israel loved God…but they continued to live below His expectations and standards.

BUT, when they repented God always took them back. Notice that I kept saying Israel loved God. The fact that they betrayed Him doesn’t mean they didn’t love Him. It just means their love wasn’t perfect. When we hurt God and one another, it doesn’t always mean there’s no love…it just means our love isn’t perfect. But God’s love is perfect. That’s how He can continue to forgive our infidelity to Him. When we choose to sin, when we put others before Him, when we live below His expectations and standards…we’re CHEATING ON GOD. We’re no different than Israel…no different than Judas betraying Him…no different than Peter denying Him. But, when we truly repent, He’s always willing to forgive us. Remember repentance means Godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10)… to turn from our wickedness( 2 Chronicles 7:14), not just ask forgiveness. God is always willing to take us back. See…God proves that real love even can forgive infidelity. When we’re willing to endure the pain, embarrassment, betrayal and despise the shame as Christ did on the cross for His bride (Hebrews 12:2), we’re acting just like our Heavenly Father. Now THAT’S conforming to His image. Is it easy? No! But, God proves it’s possible.

I encourage anyone who’s been betrayed, that if the offender is truly sorry, and the relationship is important enough to you (usually the more you love them, the more it hurts) then you should follow God’s example and forgive. He can give you strength you never had to restore and rebuild any relationship, not just a marriage. Remember this. After Israel sinned, they went through some rough days. But, God always promised renewed joy contingent on their faithfulness.When you forgive cheating.


When you forgive ANY betrayal in any relationship…things may not ever be THE SAME, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be BETTER.


It’s all about your attitude about the relationship and how important it is to you.

This is where the real power in…
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ( Philippians 4:13) is realized.

This is where the real power in…
My strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) is realized.

This is where the real power in…
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32) is realized.

Forgive as God forgives us, over and over again (Matthew 18:22) …Enjoy your relationships…, even though your relationship with _________ may never be the same, doesn’t mean it can’t be better. (Yes…I was redundant on purpose)

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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