2 Timothy 4:6-8 “6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up 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 loved His appearing.“
Ephesians 6:10-14 “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
We in the church (not the building on the corner but Christ’s church on earth), Jesus’ successors, are given the task of displaying the signs of the kingdom of God, and the watching world will judge the merits of His kingdom by us. We live in a time of transition—a transition from death to life, from human injustice to divine justice, from the old to the new – tragically incomplete yet marked here and there, now and then, with clues of what God will someday achieve in perfection.
Determine today a way to proclaim to others that the kingdom of God is breaking into the world.
We all sin, and confession of our sin is necessary for forgiveness and to maintain a relationship with our God.
True confession has to begin with an admission of our guilt.
True confession acknowledges that we are unclean due to our sin and begs God for cleansing.
True confession doesn’t blame others for our sin.
True confession recognizes God as the supreme lawgiver.
And true confession looks inward for the cause of sin, not to external factors.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 “7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
Does anyone know who Steve Crowley is? He was born in 1959 (five months before I was born) from Long Island NY. He died at the age of 20 in Islamabad Pakistan defending the US embassy under attack. Leaving his post and his duty as Marine Corps guard was not an option as the diplomats were shuffled off to safe rooms – a true hero’s hero. I’ll be visiting his grave at the Arlington National Cemetery this Saturday 8/16 (section 11 grave 225-2).
Getting a tremendous amount of attention in the news is Robin Williams who killed himself yesterday (the day before this post) at a more advanced age of 63. He was an entertainer who had everything at his fingertips throughout most of his adult life (that he was fortunate enough to have lived). It’s sad that this wasn’t prevented, and that his family is forced into a position of grief due to his actions.
Thank God for letting you grow old, many never had that opportunity.
“1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Matthew 5:14,16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Jeremiah 18:8-10 “8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.”
Isaiah 41:10 “10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.“