“I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness,” Micah 7:9.
I once heard a deacon tell a congregation, “We’re just human. We can’t help but sin.” Jesus taught His disciples, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt.5:48). God did not give us a license to sin because we are saved. Our security is in Christ, but some nominal Christians find security a loophole to continue in sin. Paul presented a formula in Romans 6 for stopping sin before it stops us. (1) Know that we died to sin with Christ on His cross. We do not have to sin if we do not want to. (2) Reckon that we have resurrected with Christ to serve God in a newness of life. (3) We must not yield our flesh to Satan as a weapon of war to use against us, but yield our bodies to God as an instrument of righteousness to bless others as we glorify His Son. We must let our lights shine so that others will see the Father in our works. That is supernatural.
Yes, we will fail, but when we do, it is not God’s fault. He has given us all the tools we need to live above sin, and that is not charismatic; that is Scripture. We have no scriptural excuse for sinning after salvation.
If sin was not pleasing to the flesh, Satan would not have any customers. Focus on the wretched consequences of sin.
“For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever,” Micah 4:5.
The world has never known peace. There has never been a time when there was not a war—or at least an uprising—between nations or within a nation. It is pretty sad to think about, honestly, but constant fighting is a byproduct of our sinful nature. If the Spirit of God is not reigning in our hearts, when we are wronged, our first instinct is one of hatred or vengeance. That being the case, we will never know what world peace is as long as sinful men are at the helms of national governments.
But there is coming a day when all of the warfare, fighting, terrorism and revolutions will cease. When Jesus returns, He will usher in a kingdom, established and governed by Himself, in which even the reminders of warfare will be abolished. Micah foretells that even the swords will be beaten into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks. Weapons that were once used for shedding blood in anger will be transformed into tools used for more noble and peaceful purposes.
As easy as it is to get caught up in the turbulence and turmoil of political uneasiness both here and abroad, take time to reflect upon the peace that will exist once Christ has returned to set up His kingdom. When He returns, He will order and govern the universe to function the way He originally intended, and no pride-filled scheme of men will be able to overthrow His authority.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you trust God for peace today?