In His Will

I can’t believe it has been over 3 years since my last post on Your Word Is Truth. In that post, I said I would let you know when I felt I had clear direction for how God wanted me to continue. I believe He has lead me to begin a new blog combining the power of His Word and the power of prayer called In His Will with the purpose of praying Scripture over the bride of Christ/the church. The website address is inhiswill.net. Please visit the website and subscribe if you would like to receive new posts by email. There is also a tab at the top titled “Churches”. If you click on that tab you can email me the name of your church, and I will add it to the list of churches represented by subscribers/prayers for In His Will.  I have included the first post below. I pray you will join in the effort to  encourage, strengthen and support your specific church, the church of Jesus Christ and God’s people.

Made Ready
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7

Imagine Jesus holding a picture of His bride, the church; the bride He will come to be with when He returns; the bride that is described in Scripture. Will that picture look like what He finds when he returns? Or will it be like a mail-order bride or on-line dating scam where the picture looks nothing like the reality? Believers are made ready by the blood of Jesus Christ alone, but He left instructions for His bride while we wait for His return. If we want to be prepared for that glorious day and look like the bride Jesus desires, we don’t need to guess how to do that, Scripture tells us.

God promises to answer prayers asked according to His will (1 John 5:14-15), and we know that Scripture is His will. So as we commit to humbly pray His Truth in love, we can trust our faithful God to answer those prayers. We don’t have to be theologians or even fully understand Scripture. We just need to pray God’s Word with a heart for His will to be done. Then we can look expectantly for His powerful answers, and let Him shape us into His bride and sanctify us (make us pure and set apart for Him) by His Word (John 17:17).

Pray the weekly Bible verses and prayers over yourselves, your churches and the church of Jesus Christ universal. Invite your Christian friends to do the same so we can have people praying for as many churches as possible. Don’t stop with the prayers written here, but allow the Holy Spirit to continue the prayer through you during the week. God said His house would be a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13) and to pray and seek Him so that He might forgive and heal (2 Chronicles 7:14). Let’s begin a groundswell of powerful, Holy Spirit-led prayer that encourages, heals and strengthens us and the church and centers us In His Will.

Prayer: Lord, there is no question that you will return to celebtate with your bride, and we thank you for that promise. So whether you return this week, next year or 1000 years from now, we want to look like the people and church you have commanded in your Word. Help us to understand and obey your Word and to be faithful in prayer. Allow your Holy Spirit to work and speak powerfully in and through the prayers of your people for your church. Let them be prayers that would produce a bride that is pleasing in your sight; a church that is attractive to a dying world because we are not just praying your Word but also obeying it. God Almighty, raise up an army of prayer warriors to fight for Jesus’ bride because there is another suitor pursuing her with false promises and teaching. Give us your protection, discernment and wisdom as we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the great name of your Son, The Head of Your Church, The One who is victorious, Jesus Christ. Amen!

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

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A Time To Reflect

Dear Readers.

For the past two years I have sought God’s wisdom in writing these posts.   Now after having written 68 devotionals, I am sensing the need to spend some time rewriting and seeking God’s will in prayer for the next step.   I am not sure what that will look like for Your Word Is Truth, but I will share it with you when God gives me clear direction.  Thank you for taking the time to read the devotionals and for your encouraging comments.  May God bless the time you spend seeking the truth in His Word.

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Vision Correction

Philippians 2:3  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” 

 Sociologist have dubbed the generation born between the early 1960‘s and 1980‘s as the “Me Generation”, but Satan has been crafting the “Me Generation” since the days of Adam and Eve.  In Genesis 3:5, the serpent appealed to Eve by opening her eyes to selfish desires.  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Eve “…saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it” (Genesis 3:6).   Eve thought only of what looked good for her at that moment.  She did not consider the overwhelming effect it would have on Adam or the rest of humanity, and certainly did not consider how it would affect her relationship with God.  Eve’s eyes were opened, but she was looking through the wrong lens.  Satan’s lens focuses our vision on ourselves and our desires, but God’s lens focuses our sight on others and their needs.  Through whose lens are you looking?  Ask yourself whether what you see is drawing you to self-will and selfish desires or to God’s will and sacrificial desires.  Are you studying God’s Word so you can discern the difference?  Selfish eyes bring God’s wrath and anger (Romans 2:8) and disorder and every evil practice (James 3:16).  Alternatively, when we follow God’s Word and Christ’s example with sacrificial eyes, we won’t need to give in to selfish desires because He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4).

Philippians 2:1-10 teaches us the reason we are to act in humility and not out of selfish ambition is because of our relationship with Christ and His example of humility.  Jesus is the chart by which our eyes need to be checked, and that chart is found in the Bible. Though Eve may have been the first member of the “Me Generation” and the first to need to have her selfish eyes examined and corrected, she certainly wasn’t the last.  There are others in the Bible with the same vision problem like Samson and King David, however, it wasn’t limited to biblical times. I can think of many occasions when my selfish eyes needed correcting, and daily we see examples of it in the culture around us.  Studying God’s Word and Christ’s example has helped me to see my selfishness, and the reality of whose lens I am looking through at those times.  Have you asked God to give you humble, sacrificial eyes?  “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (The Message, Philippians 2:3-4).

God’s Word gives light to our eyes (Psalm 19:8) and guides our choices. The eye is an organ that detects and reacts to light.  Satan and his temptations masquerade as light (2 Corinthians 11:14), but it’s a false light.  After the masquerade party is over and the masks are removed, we see the ugliness for what it truly is, and we are left in darkness and empty glory.  It distorts the truth and leads to disillusionment and destruction (2 Peter 3:16).  But Jesus wants our eyes opened to turn us from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to the power of God (Acts 26:18).  We need to put His light on daily because just as forgetting to put on your glasses or contact lenses in the morning distorts your vision for the entire day, so it is when your spiritual eyes aren’t daily enhanced and corrected by the light of God’s Word.  His Word turns us from selfish gain (Psalm 119:36), and takes us out of the “Me Generation.”  How often are you putting on the corrective lens of God’s Word?

Where does your spiritual vision need correcting?

What are you doing to develop humble, sacrificial eyes?

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A Rewritten Story

1 Peter 1:23  “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.”

I love the hope this verse gives, the hope of a new life story.  We are no longer condemned to live as we are humanly born of seed that perishes.  We no longer have to live the empty way of life handed down to us (1 Peter 1:18).  One commentary describes the results of being born again as having “one’s mind changed so that he lives a new life and one conformed to the will of God.”  Once we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He opens our minds and hearts to His Word, we are given new life and the ending to our life story is rewritten.  It’s the happiest ending ever written because this new ending becomes our new beginning.  We go from judgement, condemnation and death to righteousness, glorification and eternal life.  We go from rags to riches, “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).  God knew your life story before the beginning of time.  “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4). But after the fall of man in Genesis chapter 3, God’s truth for our life story was lost, not to Him, but to us.  Have you asked Him to help you find His story for you?  Have you planted the imperishable seed of the Word of God in your life so that through it you have a new life story?

Once we receive this new beginning, we start the process of rewriting and editing the rest of our life.  Rewriting is done to improve a manuscript often because something isn’t working in the story.  Author, Ken Follett, is quoted as saying, “The rewrite is very satisfying because I feel that everything I do is making the book a little better.”  Is there something that’s not working in your story? Each time we learn a truth from God’s Word and apply it to our life, our story improves.  Are you rewriting according to God’s Word so that your life story is becoming a little better each day?  Is your life changed because you are writing His Word on the tablet of your heart (Proverbs 7:3)?

We are given the Holy Spirit to help us in this editing process. When we start to write something in our lives that doesn’t agree with God’s Word and Truth, the Holy Spirit inspires us to make a different choice like a word processing program that prompts you when you misspell a word.  As the perfect Editor, the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13). He is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17).   So whenever we are not writing truth into our life story, the Holy Spirit will help us correct it.  I was taught in a script writing class, to edit out any scenes that didn’t move the story forward.  In Hebrew 12:1-2, we are told to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” and then to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”  In other words, edit out everything that doesn’t move our life story towards truth, holiness and glorifying God, and replace it with Jesus who is truth and shows us through His Word how to live a new life.  Will you ask the Holy Spirit to help you do this?

What in your life story needs to be edited by God’s Word and Truth?

With whom do you need to share God’s Word so that they too will receive the gift of a rewritten story?

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Safety Instructions

Psalm 119:37  “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your Word.”

Christianity Today reported that a survey by Lifeway Research found that 46% of Americans never consider the question, “If I were to die today, do I know for sure that I would go to heaven?”  That percentage is even higher at 67% among Americans who never attend worship services.   If people, Christians included, are not asking this question, is it because they don’t care if their destination is heaven, or that they don’t think the possibility is imminent?  Either way, they are not paying attention to God’s Word and are not concerned with preserving their lives according to it.  Do you ever notice on boarding a plane, how few people, listen to the safety instructions?  They don’t ask themselves, “If this plane has trouble, what do I do?”  Most heads are down and concerned with other things, including my own.  We may glance up as the stewardess demonstrates how to use the oxygen mask, but we don’t really feel an urgency to listen.  We have become complacent because we don’t believe our life or our final destination depends on it.  But if we knew that by listening to the safety instructions it would make the difference between whether our plane crashed into a fiery pit or safely landed in paradise, would it cause us to pay attention?   The good news is that we have the freedom to choose.  The bad news is that we have the freedom to choose.  Will you listen and obey God’s Word and thus choose to land in paradise?

When my daughters brush off my warnings to be careful with “Nothing’s going to happen mom,” I respond by saying, “Accidents are called accidents because they are unforeseen.”  No one expects them, just as most of us don’t wake up each day expecting to die.  However God’s Word teaches that no one is promised tomorrow, “Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).  We need only look to the news or to our friends and family to see daily proof of this.  We also don’t know the day or hour of Jesus return (Matthew 24:36).  But whether it’s Jesus return or our passing, it will be the moment of final impact for the “plane of life” as we know it.  What will preserve our life at that moment? Will we be concerned with “worthless things”, (the Greek word means emptiness or falsehood), or will we be preserved by the Word of God which is more precious than “much pure gold” (Psalm 19:10)? Jesus said to His disciples, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.  Yet there are some of you who do not believe” (John 6:63).  Many of Jesus’ followers left because they did not believe His words would preserve them, but the apostle Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God!” (John 6:68-69). We may not know the time or day of Jesus’ return or the moment of our passing from this life to the next, but we do know both will happen.  Now is the time to consider whether or not you will land in paradise.  Are you paying attention to God’s “safety instructions” in the Bible?  Are you reaching for the oxygen mask of God’s Word?  Have you placed it on yourself first so you can help the other souls on board?

What worthless things are keeping you from listening to and obeying God’s Word?

Upon what or whom are you depending to preserve your life?

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Died For Truth

John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

As we have just finished celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, I have to wonder how some can think the Bible is a book of fictional  stories.  Would Jesus have died for a story?  Jesus claims in this verse that He is the truth and truth is the only way to the Father.  He also said in John 8:31-32, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Jesus is truth, and He laid His life down on truth and for truth to set us free from sin.  There is no need to make up stories when the real story is so compelling.  No. Jesus would not have died for a story, and for proof of that we need only look at the facts from God’s Word and history. Have you taken the time to see that proof for yourself by studying Scripture?  All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16); all Scripture is prophecy based on the Greek definition of the word, “discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God”; and no prophecy ever “had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).  Do you trust that the Bible is God’s true Word and inspired by Him alone?

In Deuteronomy 18:22, we learn that the test of whether a prophet’s words are from the Lord, is if the words come true. By this test, I see no explanation other than God’s Word is truth. Jesus died, was buried and resurrected according to Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  Look at Psalm 22 which describes very specific aspects of Jesus’ death yet was written by King David 1000 years before the cross.  If this central, most miraculous, historical event is true, what reason do we have to believe the rest of the Bible is anything less than truth?  Yet that is not the only proof.  Christian author, scientist and President of Reasons to Believe states, “Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events–in detail–many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors.  The remaining 500 or so reach into the future.”  That’s powerful proof of truth.  I imagine Jesus must still be asking as He did in John 8:46b, “If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?”  If He is truth and His Word is truth, why don’t we believe Him?  Jesus claims in John 8:47 that those who belong to God understand what God says.  Do you belong to God?  He has provided much evidence of His truth.  Jesus did not die for a story, but if Satan can keep us from believing there is truth, then he can keep us from the only way to our Father.  So who or what is blocking your understanding of God’s truth?

Will you ask God to help you believe that all of His Word is truth?

What further evidence do you need?

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Spiritual Reinforcement

Psalm 119:74  “May those who fear you rejoice when they see me coming, for I have put my hope in your Word.”

The psalmist put his hope in God’s Word because he trusted in it.  He knew God’s Word to be true.  So much so, that he wrote the longest chapter in the Bible (176 verses) to communicate his praise of and loyalty to God’s Word. The psalmist’s words reveal that he was someone who was often persecuted and pursued by his enemies, but he found his strength, wisdom, comfort, joy, hope, protection and victory through God and His Word.  You cannot hope in something which is not trustworthy and solid especially on the spiritual battlefield.  No army would win a war if its soldiers ignored their commanders orders and followed their own plans.  If a soldier doesn’t do what he is told by the commanding officer, it is considered insubordination.  It is an act of disrespect and rebellion for which the soldier can be court-martialed.  If we do not believe and follow all of God’s Word, do we really fear or revere Him?  Are we not like the insubordinate soldier thinking we are wiser than the One in command?  Matthew Henry wrote, “The tempter would make men think they are at liberty to follow the Word of God or not, as they please.”  That is a battle plan with disastrous results.  When God’s people in the Old Testament succeeded in battle, it was because they did exactly what God said. They trusted His wisdom and Word even though at times they didn’t understand it, or the orders seemed strange as in the Battle of Jericho in Joshua chapter 6.  When they ignored God’s commands and did as they pleased, their losses were staggering. “Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying His glorious presence” (Isaiah 3:8).  So whose word is commanding your life?

Christians are in a spiritual battle fighting for eternal life and freedom from the oppression of sin. We need to revere God, to trust His wisdom and Word.  In Psalm 119:79, the psalmist went on to connect reverence for or fear of God with understanding His Word which theologian, John Wesley, describes as loving and practicing it.  Knowing that someone else understands and trusts in all of God’s Word assures believers that they are on the same side of these spiritual battles and following the same battle plan. There should be a sense of joy and comfort to see reinforcement coming; someone who is fighting on your side with the same and highest quality sword of the Spirit; someone who brings all of the strong armor of God, as opposed to armor with holes in it or parts missing; someone who you can trust in the spiritual foxhole.  Do others who revere God and His Word rejoice when they see you coming?  Do they know that you trust in God’s Word and bring spiritual reinforcement?  “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15).

How might you be considered insubordinate to God’s Word?

How will you show that you revere God and His Word?

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Divided or United

1 Kings 18:21-22  “How long will you waver between two opinions?   If the LORD is God then follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”  

In researching this verse using the Hebrew words, this question could read, “How long will you be lame or limp with a divided mind?”  A divided mind is one that cannot commit.   It is one that doubts, and James 1:6-8 tells us that those who doubt the wisdom God gives are “…like the wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”  If you do not believe that all of God’s Word is Truth, then each time you read or hear His Word, you will waver trying to decide whether to follow it or not.  A double or divided mind renders us spiritually lame.  Think of how paralyzed you become when you can’t make a decision.  It keeps you from taking the next step.  Isn’t that just where the enemy wants us to be?  Jesus taught in Matthew 13:11-12 that when someone turns from His Word, they are not given anymore knowledge, and even what they have will be taken away. So we become severely handicapped when we ignore the light of God’s Word, and instead choose to follow the dimness of our own worldly wisdom. It’s not that God wants us to “check our minds at the door” as some would say of those who trust in God’s Word, but that He wants us to plug them into the heavenly realms into the mind of Christ.  The only way to do that is to fully trust that His Word is Truth and trust that He will give us the insight, understanding and wisdom.  Will you decide this day to be single-minded and live by all of God’s wisdom and Word?

Just as Jesus said we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24), we cannot serve two wisdoms.  If we waver between the master of God’s wisdom and the master of our own wisdom, we will not accomplish His will.  In 1 Corinthians 1:10, the apostle Paul urged believers to have no divisions among them and to “be perfectly united in mind and thought.”  He went on to say in verse 17 that Christ had sent him to “preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  Our wisdom and words have no more power than the false gods of 1 Kings, but “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”  We need to hear and trust in the wisdom and Word of God.  When we trust in our own wisdom, then we each have our own opinion, we are not united and our witness for Christ to the world is limp.  It is through believer’s unity in the knowledge of God that His love is displayed and others are drawn to Him.  “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).  Jesus taught that kingdoms, houses and cities that are divided will fall (Matthew 12:25).  What does that mean for the current, earthly house and people of God if we continue to limp along with a divided mind?

Where are you relying on your own wisdom or other human wisdom?

What might you accomplish for Christ if you committed to trust in all of His Word?

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The Unraveling of Truth

Revelation 3:8b  “I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my Word and have not denied my name.”

Jesus commended the church of Philadelphia for keeping His Word. The Greek word for “kept” means to keep your eye upon or guard from loss.  Would Jesus commend the church today for having guarded His Word from loss when so many are eliminating the parts of His Word which they don’t want to follow or don’t even care enough to want to find out what to follow?  As we choose not to follow, and thus not to teach others, we are certainly losing something of His Word.  And since Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), are we not then losing something of Jesus Himself?  Jesus is the thread and Truth that runs throughout the Bible.  All of Scripture is God-breathed and useful (2 Timothy 3:16) and interconnected.  When we cut out parts of Scripture, we begin the unraveling of Truth, and like a woven fabric, once the unraveling begins it’s hard to stop.  Then the word we follow becomes our own word.  We speak from our own minds not from the mouth of the Lord (Jeremiah 23:16).  The false prophets in Jeremiah 23 claimed they were speaking God’s Word, but God said,  “…every man’s own word becomes his oracle and so you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God” (Jeremiah 23:36).  God was not happy with these Old Testament, false prophets, and I can’t imagine He is today with those who speak a word other than His Word.  Are you keeping God’s Word, or are you unraveling His Truth?

Jesus also commended the church of Philadelphia for not denying His name.  To deny is to refuse to accept, recognize as true or believe in something or someone.  Many Christians might feel they deserve commendation for not denying Jesus’ name, but I have to ask, is the Jesus in whom you believe the Jesus of the Bible?  Both the Hebrew and Greek words used for “name” include the honor, authority and character of a person.  So when we deny or accept Jesus’ name, we are doing it based on all that He is.  Since “His name is the Word of God” (Revelation 19:13), then when we ignore or deny parts of His Word, are we not also denying Jesus’ name?  Doesn’t believing in Jesus include believing in all that He taught and all that the Bible says about Him?  If not, will He some day say, “You never knew me”?  We also deny Jesus’s name when we don’t proclaim the Jesus of the Bible because of fear of public pressure or opposition.  We are in effect saying like Peter did in Matthew 26:74, “I don’t know the man.” God’s Word and Jesus’ name are inextricably linked.  If we deny one, we deny the other.  If we unravel the Truth of one, we unravel the Truth of the other.  We cannot say God is in control of all things and Jesus is Lord of our life, and at the same time, refuse to believe that His Word is Truth.  If you think you believe but are unraveling God’s Truth, will you ask for His help?  “I do believe; help me to overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

Will you ask God to show you any areas in your life where you are not keeping His Word, or you are denying Jesus’s name?

What will you do to keep from unraveling God’s Truth?

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Streams of Tears

Psalm 119:136  “Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.”

When was the last time you were moved to tears because of the lack of obedience to God’s Word?  Does it break your heart?  I must confess that though I am troubled by it, there are few tears.  I may cry over the trials of life or other worldly things, but I do not often weep over disobedience to God’s Word. The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 wept over it.  King Josiah wept over it,  “…you humbled yourself before Me and tore your robes and wept in My presence…” (2 Chronicles 34:27).  The Prophets wept over it, “…my eyes will weep bitterly overflowing with tears…” (Jeremiah 13:17).  John the Baptist in Luke 3:4 (KJV) wept over it, “…the voice of one crying (the Greek word means to cry out in a tumultuous way) in the wilderness…”  Jesus wept over it,  “As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes’” (Luke 19:41).  The Apostle Paul wept over it, “I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears” (Acts 20:31).  If Jesus and these people of God’s Word wept over the disobedience, why are we, am I, not doing the same?  1 John 5:3 says that love for God is obeying His commands.  So then it follows that disobedience is not loving God and breaks His heart.  And if our hearts are not broken by the things that break the heart of God, then can our love for God and His people be complete?

In Ezekiel 9:4, God gives orders for those in the city of Jerusalem that, “grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it,” to be marked and saved from destruction.  In Opening Up Ezekiel’s Visions by Peter Jeffery, he states that these people “grieved over sin not because they were not sinners themselves, but because they knew they were sinners! They were aware of the pull of sin in their hearts and temptation was real to them. They knew what it was to fail, and they grieved over their own sin…They took their sin seriously because they knew that the Lord had not forsaken the earth. So they cried to God for mercy and pardon both for themselves and others.”  If we lack tears over disobedience to God’s Word what does that say about how seriously we take sin?  Has it become so prevalent that we are desensitized or blindfolded to it and are in a spiritual decline?  Roger Ellsworth in Opening Up the Psalms says the cure for this is a “thorough, profound work of repentance…one that stops excusing sins, calls them by their right names, and turns from them with a true sorrow.”  It’s serious and painful work, but Psalm 126:5 promises, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”  We are also taught in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly…”  So if our tears for disobedience to God’s Word are few, so too will be our songs of joy.  Wouldn’t you rather have “streams of tears” and abound in songs of joy?

What has blindfolded you to the seriousness of sin in and around you?

Will you pray for God to make you more keenly aware of this disobedience and cause you to grieve over it?

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