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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

God's Word is not Chained

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. 
2 Timothy 2: 9

I've been really sad about the news lately. So much hate and violence and hopelessness. People are angry, feeling unloved, unfulfilled, hated by others. I just want to do something. Is there a microphone to the world? "God loves you everyone!" I would shout. "You don't need approval from anyone. Walk the path that your mighty God is paving for you. Endure what he has for you, be the overcomer that he created you to be."

This Bible is a love letter to you from your creator. It's not a list of dos and don'ts but rather what your life could be like if you choose to obey.

In the second chapter of 2 Timothy, God warns us against quarreling. "…it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen." (14) Verse 22-25 says, "Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will."

I see in our world the war between individualism and the need to belong to something. I want to deny the existence of God and do whatever I want, but I also want blessings that only God can provide. I want to put my middle finger in your face and then complain when you aren't there to help me when I need you.

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (3:16)

I am praying for you, broken people of the world because I am broken too. I see the hurt and anguish in your faces on the news, and in the supermarket. I don't know what's going on in your life, but God does. I don't know your names, but God does. Jesus died on that cross for you.

I am praying for you, Christians. You have the love and the hope that the world needs so share it in tangible ways. Be a blessing to those around you so that they know.

Reading Hebrews in September.  Are you ready to be blown away by God's power and love for you? Then join me and I'll be in touch by email a couple of times this month.