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Victory in Jesus

Perhaps it’s only me, but never before have I felt so utterly surrounded by evil, bad behavior, and lies. Leaders in our nation and the world would rather speak ten thousand lies than utter a single truth. No longer is there any restraint for them. Morality holds no sway. Ablations (surgical removals) are applied to their consciences. They withhold no evil for themselves and disregard every good thing.

On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Psalms 12:8

A Delicacy

Evil has become a delicacy, a thing to be desired and savored while they can bear no righteousness in their sight. But as King Soloman wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun.Ecclesiastes 1:9 We should not marvel at these things for this is the natural order of humanity. King David’s Psalm remains faithful and true:

Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief [bad behavior] and gives birth to lies.

Psalms 7:14

It Doesn’t Look Good for the Wicked

What are we to do? Pray and trust the one true God. That’s what King David did, and he tells of the future of the wicked.

15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. 17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Psalms 7:15-17

Good News

Oh, victory in Jesus, my Savior forever
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood
He loved me 'ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood
- written by E M Bartlett

Will we see these judgments? Maybe yes, maybe no, but we can rest in the Truth of God; Jesus is the Truth. These judgments will come upon the wicked. But we cannot find comfort or joy in them. We must find our victory in the God that cares for us.

Youtube: Guy Penrod singing "Victory in Jesus"
Youtube: Guy Penrod singing “Victory in Jesus”

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Do the things you did at first

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So much has been written about the church at Ephesus referred to in the Book of Revelation, so I was kind of reading that passage as a reminder when I read Revelation 2:5 (NIV), where it says, “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Ouch!

Author Jim Collins says in his book, “Good to Great,“ that good is the enemy of great. As I was reading Revelation 2:5, I realized how easy it is for me to get ahead of God. God laid a solid foundation in me, but when I build “good” things on that foundation, I get out of God’s will and create a mess. The world is full of opportunities to do good things, but God leads us to do great things.

Prayer: Dear God my Father, you have called each of your children to do great things. Help me to not confuse “great” with “big.” Wiping the snotty nose of a child can be great. Help me to remember that doing good things is not a replacement for obedience. Help me to patiently and wholeheartedly do the great things you lead me to do. That’s a lot of “help’s” but without these I know I’ll fall into the rut of “good.” I ask my Father, in the Name of Your Son, my Savior, Jesus. Amen.

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