#5769 – Lord Help Us

Good morning people who lean completely upon the grace and power of God.

Proverbs 17:15 MEV He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them are abomination to the Lord.

Proverbs 17:26 MEV Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.

These scriptures so clearly speak into a sign of the times that we are living in. There are nicer things to write about, but it is important and imperative that we talk about real issues in the world today.

Persecution has always been part of a believer’s life. Jesus promised it, and for centuries, many have suffered terribly for righteousness’ sake. And it continues today.

It wasn’t too long ago that this was largely foreign to the western church. But not so any longer. The persecution may take on different forms, but if you are courageous enough to stand up for truth, you will be sorely tested.

Part of the reality of today’s world is seen in the verses above.

An increasing number of people are justifying the wicked, and condemning the just. If you celebrate what is evil, you are considered tolerant and wonderful, and if you hold onto the truth, you are considered intolerant and evil. The scripture tells us that both of these realities are an abomination to God.

So, what should we do, and what does Father want us to see and hear today?

Firstly, this is going to happen. Trying to avoid it is not Father’s plan. Walking through it with God’s wisdom and in God’s strength in His desire for us.

Secondly, stay connected to those who will walk with you. Community with believers who are committed to God and His kingdom ways is an essential part of our battle plan. Remember, we don’t fight flesh and blood – it’s spiritual – and yet, walking with flesh and blood is a key to winning the spiritual battle. We need each other!

Thirdly, let’s keep on praying for those who justify the wicked, and condemn the just. If God can save a terrorist named Saul as a result of Stephen praying for him while he was being martyred, just think what is possible through our prayers!

May increased salvations be the mark of this century.