Sunday, January 25, 2015

Leaders of This World: Your Judgement Will Come

The Ten Commandments, In SVG
The Ten Commandments, In SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Therefore, kings, be wise;
be warned, you judges of the earth.
Serve Adonai with fear;
rejoice, but with trembling.
 Kiss the son, lest he be angry,
and you perish along the way,
when suddenly his anger blazes.
How blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2:10-12
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

      Who do the leaders of the world fear?    Other leaders and the powers they wield?  Their own people--the ones who could remove them from their seats of power should they decide to rebel against the leadership?   World leaders put on a confident face as they perhaps should, but there is no more promise of security in this world for them than for any of us.

       Some leaders may speak of a god or of the Living God, but are those only words with no true actions to back them?   Have we seen leaders of the scope of King David in recent history or even in all the millennia since David reigned?    Empires have fallen throughout history as have their leaders.

         A nation might wield its power for a period, but judgement will bring down every nation that does not bow to God and accept Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah.  A Son has come, but what nation has truly taken refuge in Him.

         We write our own fates.  A nation is judged by its actions.

If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.  There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
John 12:47-48
New International Version (NIV)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

S.O.S.--Study Our Scriptures

English: Lighthouse at Europa Point, Gibraltar...
 Lighthouse at Europa Point, Gibraltar, with the sinking Panamanian bulk-carrier cargo ship, M/V New Flame, in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:8
New International Version (NIV)

        When you need help who do you call?   When life gets you bogged down, you feel lost or confused, what can you do?   

         Perhaps you look to a "life authority" like Oprah or Dr. Phil.   But can you truly count on them for the all of the answers you need regarding your problems.   Counseling from someone equipped for such things can at times be of help to you.  Support from friends and family might encourage you.  Psychology books can provide some insight.   However sometimes your problems and questions are so big that even the experts and those who care about us aren't enough to pull you out of your darkness and into the light of understanding.

        Sometimes you need to start out alone with Bible in hand and call out to God to show you the way.  Prayer can have the power to calm you as well as incite you into action.  Delving into the scripture with God by your side is the best solution to problems that vex your mind, heart, and spirit.

        Don't just read the Bible, but study it.  God gave the Holy Scripture to us for our edification and education.   The Scriptures are intended for us to use for guidance.  

         Looking for answers?  Help is near to all of us.  Study our Scriptures.   God speaks through His written Word.

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:19
New International Version (NIV)