November 02, 2015
""Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?"" (Amos 3:7-8)
God has nothing to gain by bringing judgment on people needlessly. He is not random in His actions or capricious in His judgments. When God brings judgment there is always a good reason. And the sign of God's real intent and of His mercy is this: there is always a warning—usually multiple warnings—before that judgment comes.
THE PROPHETS OF OLD
In days of its primary use, God sent prophets to warn, over and over again. They were the last step with God's people. If they did not heed the Prophets, then needed judgment came. This judgment was to bring His people to repentance so they could enjoy the manifold blessings of God, God would enjoy their companionship and worship, and the world would receive a testimony. What could be better?
THE HOLY SPIRIT'S CONVICTION
In our day, God still raises men with a prophetic voice to us. Godly leaders are moved by our gracious Father to understand the times and warn their flocks of impending judgment. We have the full counsel of the Word of God to help us see this and the strong convicting power of the Holy Spirit.
Reading through the Major and Minor Prophets in scripture right now is particularly applicable to our nation and the American church. It’s like reading the newspaper. If we will read them carefully, we will hear afresh God’s warnings for us. And we will also notice God’s amazing willingness to forgive and restore if His people will simply turn.
UNDERSTANDING GOD'S MOTIVATION
...is important or we will misinterpret His heart. When He warns us it is designed to help us come to that which is best for us. Like pain to the human body, it is a call to make an adjustment so further damage will not occur because of our waywardness.
Whether it was in the past or the future, and in whatever forms it arrives to us, the question is still the same:
Will we listen and return to Him?
And will we do it now?
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?