Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Best Is Yet To Come

Proverbs 9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

      Settling for the normal hum-drum is not what God has for us in the overall plan for our lives. Should we be grateful for what we do have? Yes, absolutely, but just doing the ordinary is far below our capabilities that God has offered us in a victorious life. Victory and the ability to bring about the kingdom of God comes from a relationship with the Lord. 
      Stagnation is never a good place to remain while trying to find the peace of God in our lives. God is life and the Spirit of life lives and moves within our very beings through Christ our Lord. Acts 17:28a For in him we live and move and have our being. We can sometimes get stuck in our everyday lives wondering if anything is ever going to change. If we have a relationship with Jesus, then we can be assured that the best is yet to come. 
      There is a change coming that will take care of our situation and we have to be ready to move when the Spirit of the Lord says it is time to go for the blessing He has given us. 2 Cor. 6:2 For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation. In another place, God says in scripture. Deut. 1:6 The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, "You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 
      The Lord said to the children of Israel that it was time to move forward and take the promise land and all the challenges that come with the move led by God. The Lord was saying they had been in one place too long and the vision God gave them could only be fulfilled if they moved forward. What is God saying to you today? Is it time to take that step of faith and possess the blessing that God has stored up for you and your loved ones? Is it time to open your arms wide and get ready for the blessing that you will not have room enough to contain it because the best is yet to come? Have you been stagnate in one place too long?
      When Jesus was at the wedding in Cana He instructed the servants to fill the water-pots with water. John 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Jesus instructs the servants to give some to the governor of the feast. He tasted it and was amazed at the quality of wine and proclaims in John 2:10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” 
      In essence, the Lord is telling us that we can count on the fact that it is only going to get better. The best is yet to come for our lives. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and He has a victory story lined up for each one of us. God is going to bring out the best for you and will bring out the best in you because Jesus is the Lord of your life. The mighty God of the universe does not do things in half-measures. He is ready to bless you because the best is yet to come. 
      Jesus has never looked for a way to cheap out on our salvation or love that He has toward us. The Lord has always been extravagant with His love and desires for us. 2 Cor. 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. The Lord has always extended blessing upon blessing toward us and why would He change now after years of walking with Him. No, saints, God is waiting for us to believe in His goodness and wants us to be ready for the blessing because the best is yet to come. Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 
      Don't try and make God some kind of chintzy CEO of a poorly run heavenly corporation. He does not think that way as in trying to squeeze the bottom line of our lives for a bit more love and affection as if we were His earthly minions. God is lavish and kind in His love for us and like a loving father wants the best for his children. Isa. 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
      My brothers and sisters, be assured that our God has kept the best for you to this very day and we can all count on the fact that the best is yet to come. So I say, "Amen and amen, Father God. Bring on your lavished love and blessing you have planned for me. I am ready for your windows of heaven to pour out a blessing, because I know the best is yet to come." John 2:10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Outliving Your Pallbearers

Proverbs 27:29 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

      I was talking with an older man who was concerned that he had outlived all his pallbearers. There was levity in his voice as we talked about it. I jokingly said to myself, "Maybe that was why people got cremated today so that they only need one pallbearer." Joking aside, it was obvious that the elderly gentlemen I had been talking with had been taking stock of his life. 
      He had mentioned that he was one of the only ones left from his generation and the obituaries were starting to look like a list of his class reunion. He was now looking back in deep thought and taking a personal inventory of the life he had lived. We will all do the same one day and a life well lived is hopefully what we will all see when we look back on our lives.
      I realize that there will be some regrets and personal ugly scars left on our souls because of bad choices by accident or free will. However, what will be important to us will be whether we lived our lives to the full potential that God created within us. Hopefully, we will be able to say like the apostle Paul in 2 Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. Hopefully, at that time, we will still be so full of life that we will be looking forward and not just bemoaning the lost opportunities in our past.
      When it comes time for us to look into the mirror of our life, will we be pleased with what is looking back at us? I believe that if we have walked in the love and grace of our Savior there will be a calm acceptance of who is staring back. It was grace at the beginning of our walk with God and it will still be grace at the end, sustaining our souls right into the eternal joy of the Lord for all time. Eph. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
      There was no boasting at the beginning of our walk in Christ and there will be no boasting at the end. It was all God's grace toward us in Jesus name. What will be important to us will be the fact that we will still be able to live out a newly sown vision that the Lord has created in our hearts. Will we sit back and say, "I'm too old for that kind of vision Lord." Or will we be excited that we are still being used to bring about the kingdom of God into this lost world? 
      We read the story of Caleb and Joshua who outlived all their contemporaries and were able to enter the promised land God had promised them. Did it take a long time to fulfill? Yes, many years went by but they had a vision and a promise from God that kept them alive and strong as they got older. Josh. 13:13  And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. Josh. 14:12a Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. 
      That is what will keep us going in our later years. Vision from God will keep us young in heart and will bring strength to our inner man. Caleb might have been old in age, but was still full of the vision that God had put in his heart and that vision gave Caleb the supernatural strength to carry out a warfare that was God inspired. Psalm 92:14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. 
     I have always been involved in ministry of some kind my whole Christian walk. Recently, I had a fresh vision dropped into my heart and I ended up teaching a French bible class. Now that came out of spiritual left field. Did I feel limited? Yes, because I know how to speak French but I did not have a French bible language. After a few sputtering head starts and a few misused verbs the class became fun and a blessing to me. 
      As I get older I realize that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I don't know if I am going to outlive all my pallbearers, but I do know that when I go I will have a vision still working in my heart and will be able to look into the mirror of life and be at peace with whom I see because I will still be in Christ. His grace is sufficient. 2 Cor. 12:9  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Monday, 20 July 2015

I Will Disappoint You

Proverbs 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.

     
It has happened and is happening and will happen over and over again. The disappointment that can occur from putting all our trust and belief in a person rather than God Himself. The disappointment that hits hard when we find out the flavor of the month in church or a pop-culture phenom was just human with frailties, or the trendsetter in social circles who is a super-star one day and the next is a pariah of the worst kind. 
      The reason this happens is that our misplaced affections cause an undue pressure on the so-called super-stars to be more than human, or even god-like, whether they are in a church or a world setting. Jer. 17:5 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
      One of the things I often say to my students when we have worked together on a spiritual growth project is to make sure they are putting all their trust and dependency on the word of God and not in anyone or myself, because I will eventually disappoint them. It is not my intention to do so, but it will inevitably happen at some point and time in our relationship. I am human with as many frailties as the next person who needs a Savior.  
      
On many occasions people have been hurt by the ones who helped influenced them into walking with the Lord, only to find out that they were just as human and subject to error as the next person. This is not just a church problem as it can happen at work, school, and in our homes. This has caused disillusionment and disappointment in life and leaves a bad taste in a person's soul concerning leadership in general and life in particular.
      The hurts could have been avoided by keeping our eyes on our Lord, Jesus. As the old hymn says,"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace." Christ is the only perfect one and the only one who will never disappoint you because the Lord always has His best to give you.
 Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
      It does not matter how seasoned you are in your field of life; you will disappoint someone and be disappointed by someone in turn. We read the story of Paul and Barnabas who were working so well together in establishing new gentile churches and opening up the ministry of Jesus Christ to the known world at the time. They decided to revisit the ministries and people they had established in the faith. Acts 15:36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. 
      It sounded like a good plan at the time, but a dispute arose because of a difference of opinion. It is too bad that a great disappointment came out of a simple plan to do good for the good of the church. Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus.
      This is the last time we hear of Barnabas. The record of his great work and relationships with the brethren ends with a disappointing argument. We know that Paul eventually dealt with his differences concerning Mark, because Paul asks for him specifically in his later years of ministry.
 2 Tim. 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 
      What happened to Barnabas? Did the disappointment and argument affect the course of his life and ministry? I do not know and can only speculate. What I do know is whenever I put my heartfelt trust in anything but the Lord, there is always a disappointing letdown regardless of who or what is involved. My greatest disappointments have always come when I was doing something I thought important but proceeded without God. Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 
      The greatest victories have always come when the Lord was at the helm of my heart. My humanity will eventually cause a disappointment in someone's life. As I said, "I will disappoint you." However, we do not need to remain disappointed. We can forgive and learn from the experience while remembering we are only human and in need of a Savior. Prov. 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee. With our Savior we can go forth and reach for the mark and work the plan He has laid out before us. Phil. 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sincere But Sincerely Wrong

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.

       In 1988 my young family and I were living in the town of Margate, Queensland, Australia. I went to the local branch of my bank to exchange some Australian money for some Canadian cash as I had done at this branch on other occasions. The new teller looked at me as if I was odd when she said with a clear and resounding voice, " Canada does not have a currency because they use the US dollar in Canada." She said, "You will have to buy US dollars." 
      At first I thought she was joking but found out that she was sincere. With a louder voice she proclaimed that I was wrong in thinking that Canada had its own currency. With patience I explained that the picture of the queen was on the Canadian one dollar note, the two and twenty dollar bill with the word CANADA across the top part of the bill. I also explained that in the past I had exchanged these notes in the very branch I was in. She started to get politely angry with me for arguing with her and exclaimed that I was mistaken. 
      I noticed the manager of the branch walking by so I called him to draw his attention. He came over and asked what the problem was and the teller abruptly chimed in with a loud condescending explanation saying, "This man wants to buy Canadian cash but as I told him there is no such thing so he has to buy US dollars." The manager looked at her with a questioning look and asked her to go help someone in the back. He got the Canadian cash for me that I was asking for and apologized for the misunderstanding. I do not know what happened with the manager-teller talk afterward, but as I walked out of the branch I realized that the teller was sincere but sincerely wrong. 
      There is nothing wrong with being wrong or sincerely wrong since that is how we often learn what is right. We mess up and then learn the lesson and we are better for it. However, to insist on being wrong and remaining that way after the truth has been clearly revealed is the action of a fool or a gainsayer. Psalm 14:1a The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." 

      Unless you are a lawyer for big tobacco, pharmacy or agriculture, insisting on being wrong is just plain dumb. Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 
     The apostle Paul was a sincere and dedicated Pharisee. He was zealous for the things of God. Phil. 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. Paul thought by persecuting the Christians he was doing God a favor. He was sincere but totally sincerely wrong. After his encounter with the Lord Jesus on his way to Damascus, the apostle Paul learns the lesson and the error he was living in. He then changed his life to follow Christ, His Lord. Phil. 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 

      When we think about how the law and all that came with being a Pharisee was ingrained in Paul's heart and life, we see clearly that Paul was no fool. Once he knew the truth of the fact that Jesus was his Lord and Savior, Paul saw that he had messed-up in what he believed and repented immediately and moved forward. 
      Phil. 3:8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ. Thank God Paul saw he had been sincerely wrong and needed to change his view of God. He then went on to be an apostle of apostles, plus by the leading of the Holy Spirit write a large portion of the New Testament.
      What have we been sincerely wrong about but have continued to foolishly argue or fight for the right to be so? What do you know in your heart of hearts you are doing that is not right but for the sake of being right you maintain your stances and bluster? Time to give it up and let the Spirit of truth lead and guide you to being sincerely right. Jesus is Lord and that is where it starts. John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

      Let us turn our foolish hearts over to Christ that we may be righteous rather than just right about something. Let us use our faith to grow in the knowledge of God so that we may be a pleasure to God. Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Let us be sincere about our walk of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Persona Non Grata

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He ponders all his goings.

       Persona non grata literally means "an unwelcome person." Thank God, we have all been welcomed into the kingdom of God and none of us are unwelcome. As a matter of fact, we have all been invited to the Lord's table and His eternal gracious life. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
      All of us come under the category of whosoever. There are so many invitations from God to live a God-filled life of blessing and joy. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. God has extended this gracious gift of eternal life to anyone who will accept the Lord's love. He has made it clear over and over again that we are loved and welcomed into an eternal relationship with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are the only ones who can make ourselves persona no grata by refusing the gift of salvation God has given us freely and by insisting on walking in constant disobedience to God's word. 
      Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Can this life choice be repented of? Yes, however, insisting on a rebellious lifestyle will become harder to repent of as the rebellion becomes part of your very being. Rom. 1:39 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
      
What more can God do to extend His love toward us? What more can He do to say "You are more than welcome into my kingdom." Someone might say, "If you only knew the evil I have done. What can God do with me?" Newsflash, I might not know what evil you have done but God already knows all about it and is willing to forgive you if you ask Him to do so. That is the power of Jesus' blood and the love of God's heart toward us all. Heb. 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
      There are no unwelcome people in God's eternal plan. 2 Pet. 3:4 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Will there be some changes that will happen in our lives when we do ask Christ to be our Lord? Oh, ya, you betcha! The Lord will mold, guide and nurture our souls into what His eternal vision is for our lives. Isa. 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
      God has used all kinds of people who would have been deemed persona non grata by the everyday folk in the church today. We read of Rahab the harlot. Josh. 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. She hides the spies from the king and lies to the king as to who they were. Josh. 2:4 Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from. 

      Rahab was rewarded a blessing for believing the story of God and God's chosen people. Josh. 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Isn't it interesting that a person can walk a hundred steps away from God but will be forgiven with just one step back to God. Rahab was not an unwelcome person, but through believing in God with what information she had about the God of Israel, she was saved.
      It may look helpless for a lot of us who have been praying for family members and loved ones for years. I say, "Do not stop praying or believing for them who seems to be doing all they can to be rejected by God." God wants none to perish and all mankind to come to repentance, including some of the miserable people we have been praying for every day of our lives. 

      Don't give up on your sons and daughters that seem to be lost with a heart of stone. Don't give up on praying for your parents who think you are a Christian fanatic. Don't stop praying for the friends that have rejected you because you would not agree with the sinful lifestyle they had chosen. Don't stop believing in the power of the Holy Spirit to change any heart for God. Everyone is welcome to the love that God has for all man. Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Don't stop believing and praying for all the people God has put on your heart no matter what mess they are in. Amen!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Self-Talk

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

      Lisa M Hayes quotes, "Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening."
      Changing the inner image of people around the world is a billion dollar industry. There are workshops, books, videos, Internet-sites and audio teachings available that would take a person a lifetime to go through all the material offered to build self-confidence and change the poor and sometimes lousy self-images within people's hearts. 

      Conferences and study camps are annual events for corporations who want to develop strong and warrior type persona's in their employees that will grow company profits into the stratosphere. Yet God gives us the tools in His word to do the same thing with the added advantage of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, guiding us along the way so that we can become the person God made us to be and not some imitation product being produced by repeating "I am a winner" over and over again. 
      There is nothing wrong with saying, "I am a winner," because if you are in Christ you are a first class winner. Rom. 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 
      Self-talk is under-utilized in our daily walk in Christ. We, who are in Christ, should be the most positive and productive people on earth. After all, we have the all-mighty God living right in our very beings. God instructs us to say what His word says about ourselves. God's word has the power to change the image, soul and body of a believer in Christ if we apply the word to our lives. Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” In another translation it says. Let the weak say, "I am strong". 
      God is saying, "Let this happen." Let the people say they are strong. If God is telling us to do this then we should be saying, "In Christ, I am strong!" Why does God want us to say this? The main reason is that faith in God's word comes by hearing and repeating it in our daily devotional. This faith building word of God will make its way into our hearts and we will get to the place where we will believe it. 
      The results of this living word will bring us life. Rom. 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Another reason God encourages us to say what God says about us is so the word of faith becomes alive within us to be the blessed hand extended in this lost world. Self-talk with humility will help us become strong in God and fulfill the will of the Lord for each one of us. If God says that we are strong then we should not argue with Him, but embrace how God sees us in His Son. 
      Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Why does God want us shouting with joy and gladness, saying continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."Wow! God has pleasure in my prosperity? 
      Repeating this uplifting word would bless a lot of Christians who think they have to be poor to be acceptable to God. Imagine God taking pleasure in our prosperity. Why would He? He knows that we, who are God-like through Christ, will be a blessing with the prosperity that is favored upon us. We will meet the needs that are lacking in this hard and stingy world because the relationship we have with the Lord will be real and genuinely fearless. Our needs and wealth will be met in Christ, and again we will be a blessed hand extended to a lost world.
      Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Another translation says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Let this happen. Let the Christian say through self-talk, repetition and prayer what is going on in their lives, through God, that is changing their inner man to become a strong believer in Christ. Let the Saints of God repeat what God says about who we are in Christ. Allow this way of thinking and being to be part of the Christian's everyday life experience. 
      Speak up and say who God says we are in Him. The Lord says we are, new creatures; holy, clean, kings and priests. He says we are a peculiar people set apart for Himself. He says we are the apple of His eye. Yes, faith comes by hearing and repeating what God says about each one of us. We are His delight and I, for one, am willing to say so. Jer. 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sinners Sin

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident.
      
      What is all the hoopla about? Why are people raging rather than praying about government legislation allowing the different types of sinners to live out their sin. Sinners sin, that is what they do. Prayer changes things, not angry slogans. Honest love and intercession change hearts, not acrimonious debates. Sinners have always sinned and will always sin. If you would take a moment and remember your own lives before you asked Christ to be the Lord of your life, you will recall that you sinned a whole lot and that was the nature of your soul. Gal. 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 
      Sinners are doing what they do best, they sin. This is why God asks us to pray for one another so that He can do His will within us. Phil. 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. God asks us to pray for the government official for the same reason and more. 1 Tim. 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 
      Go ahead a write your government official if that is driving your mind right now, but don't spew out all your anger on them; rather, let them know that you are praying for them to do the best they can and that God would lead them in their decisions. If you do that then you will have fulfilled the word of God and put the official in God's hands to be judged righteously, just the way you would like God to judge you. Out of that heart action and obedience the peace of God will rule your heart and bring the peace of being able to live in peace and godliness. 
      What made Jesus different than the ministers in Israel when Jesus walked the earth? He loved them and people wanted to be around him. The Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians had all taken political positions on righteousness and were trying to legislate holiness that they could not keep themselves. Jesus dealt with the true issues of the day. Sin that was causing a rift between them and their God. Jesus did this with the love of God. Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 
      What has changed? We who are in Christ, are to be doing the same thing. We are to go around doing good and healing all who are under the power of the devil because God is with us. I don't think that means to post your seething hatred in comment forums on Facebook and all the other media sites that are available to you. Remember, sinners sin. That is what they do. 
      It is the Holy Spirit that will convict the world of righteousness, sin and judgment; not you. John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment. My job is to love the sinner and hate the sin. My mission is to embrace the unlovable and hate the garments of their bondage. Jude 1:23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. 
      We were never called or asked by God to hate the sinner but only the sins that have corrupted this world. Just because a group of sinners votes in an unrighteous law does not make the sin acceptable or a present truth in God's eyes. During Noah's lifetime, the whole earth voted on living in an existence of debauchery. Noah and God were the majority and what God said was the truth of the matter. It did not matter what laws the sinful had legislated; God's truth prevailed and will always prevail. Prov. 21:30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. 
      Join me in praying for the people who think that by changing the laws to suit their sin of choice will make them happy and peacefully fulfilled. We know it won't. At the end of their empty war they will still need salvation and Christ will be there for them. Let us pray for our leaders who have very difficult jobs trying to appease all types of agendas inspired by the enemy of our soul. 
      We can do a lot more than feud on a media site. We can actually bring a real righteous change by doing what Christ has asked us to do and that is pray. Matt. 9:38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. 1 Tim. 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  When we start to do this God will give us the strategy as to how to help the lost. God bless you all.