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Though the world seems hopelessly irreparable and rotates as if no one is in charge,
God Is Still On The Throne.

Recall:
In the past, the lives of dictators who loved power, money and pleasure…end…when they die Check your history website or books…

What happened to them even though they wanted to rule the world?

As Shakespeare said, “The world’s a stage and all its players actors!” Though life on earth seems like that, Jesus asserts differently in reality. Remember that the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 still hold true despite real chaos in the world!

Blessed are the poor in spirit…

blessed are those who mourn…

blessed are the meek…

blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness…

blessed are the merciful…

blessed are the pure in heart…

blessed are the peacemakers…

blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness…

is true. Note that each group of such suffering or lowly people are given relief.

 

Quote from Chris Tiegreen…May 6, One Year at the Cross Devotional

Martin Luther:
The righteousness of God is not acquired by acts frequently repeated…but is imparted by faith….

Deep in the heart of every person is a desire for wholeness – for things to work out, for fulfillment to come, for life to be filled with things that are right and good. In some hearts, that desire is deeply suppressed and obscured, probably from years of bitter disappointment. But it’s there. It’s always there.

The promise of the Messiah addresses that desire. Isaiah prophesied to a people in rebellion and headed to captivity, and he gave them a picture of deliverance, justice, restoration and life (Isaiah 42:3-7). He would shine light in darkness and bring hope to every remote island. He would release captives and open eyes to see truth. He would give the human heart everything that long-buried desire was afraid to hope for. And He would bring it out by taking us by the hand and leading us into His righteousness and blessing.

Too many Christians approach the life of faith as an obligation, seeing obedience as a “have to” rather than a “get to”. But according to God’s word, righteousness that comes from God is a privilege that leads to wholeness. It has the power to reach down into the soul, stoke the embers of that dying desire, and blow it into a living flame. His righteousness brings life and fulfillment-the kind we always hoped for.

The irony is that we think we can find life and fulfillment in other things and that righteousness will depress us with a long, painful to-do list. But the whisper that told us that didn’t come from God. It came from a thief who steals, kills and destroys, a liar who hates God and anyone He loves. The truth is that when God takes us by His hand and leads us into His righteousness, all of life comes into focus.

Don’t be afraid to let God be God. Even at the expense of those things you think may bring you life. Only His truth, His Messiah, His righteousness can make you whole. Walk in them. Run in them. Never let go of the hand that leads you.

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.”  (Isaiah 42:6)

 

We need to check our faith in God; we need to focus on what He says and not what man says.

If we read the daily news, we live in fear and sorrow; we feel paralysed or detached; we see no vision, we have no mission and we are left unfulfilled as His children/disciples; we become mere observers, detached from His redemptive plans

Are we willing to let the fruitless world go by and know no gain or loss!!
Do we rescue the lost citizens one by one as Jesus did and was determined to complete His vision?

Only His friendship is eternal! His truth and grace are eternal and His ways are perfect.

Fear not…do not be discouraged… BUT be steadfast in your quiet time appointments with Him as He waits to listen and speak to you…for God is still on the throne.

Remember: The children of God are undergirded by the love of God (Romans 5:5)!

“…but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”