September 28th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Every now and again, I get drawn into the Word and my mind gets engulfed in its truth. Sometimes when I read the Word I don’t want to acknowledge my sin and my need for repentance. No, many today believe we don’t need to do that, because we now have God’s grace, as if God’s grace eliminates our need to confess and repent. Let me tell you, it doesn’t. We still need to come before our God humbly, seeking His righteousness. For He is holy and we are sinful. Here’s why I’m pointing this out. Read this…
“A hunter traps birds and puts them in a cage, but some of you trap humans and make them your slaves. You are evil, and you lie and cheat to make yourselves rich. You are powerful and prosperous, but you refuse to help the poor or get the justice they deserve. You need to be punished, and so I will take revenge. Look at the terrible things going on in this country. I am shocked! Prophets give their messages in the name of a false god, my priest don’t want to serve Me, and you – My own people – like it this way! But on the day of disaster, where will you turn for help?” Jeremiah 5:26-31 CEV

Now that’s a tough word. But let’s be honest – it’s a word that needs to be heard in our time and age. It’s not about putting God back in schools – though we should have never taken Him out. It’s not about laws that reflect our interpretation of the Bible – though they should. It’s not about a denomination or religion. It’s not about legality. It’s more than that. A whole lot more. It’s about a personal relationship with our Creator God.

God gave this warning to the people of Israel millennia ago. But it applies to us today. Listen to me, time is running out. So it’s time to stop trying to win people over with our gimmicks and our minds and our pride. It’s time to stop trying to win people over with our laws. It’s time to stop trying to win people over by telling them what they can’t do and start telling them what they can do.

You can do that by telling them your story. Tell them of how God has moved in your life. Tell them that believing in God is no longer enough. Tell them how your life changed when you yielded your life to God. Tell them their life can change. Tell them God wants them more now than ever. And even better, let’s get ourselves in a closer relationship with Him so when He tells us to move, we do nothing else but move in the way He tells us.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: The change starts with you. It starts with your relationship with God, and it all starts on your knees.

Start with me today. I do confess my sins. Thank You for forgiving me through the blood of Your Son. Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen