And on the International Scene… God speaks…

The International SceneI read these words this morning in the Bible… Please put them in the context of the international scene today…

My question: Why do they do it?

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us!”

What He does… His response!

“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

What He will do!

“Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, ‘I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” … You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

And the recommended course of action in light of that?

“Now therefore, O kings, be wise! Be warned, O rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with fear [reverence], and rejoice with trembling! Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. BUT BLESSED ARE ALL WHO TAKE REFUGE IN HIM”

(Taken right out of Psalm 2:1–12 ESV)

I’m praying for our nation and “the nations!” How about you?

A Spiritual Leader’s Appeal … “Strive Together With Me in Prayer!”

Intercessory Prayer

Just a “nudge” for prayer from my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning…

Apostle Paul appealed to fellow believers in Rome… This was his urgent request:

“I appeal to you by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints…” (From Romans 15:30-33)

Just a reminder that there are faithful servants of the Lord working in very difficult, dangerous and challenging places today! Many of them are risking their lives to share the Gospel and minister to the needs of others in Jesus’ name. They need protection, strength and courage! Others face daunting challenges and resistance doing the will of God and sharing the “good news” – the Gospel – right here in our homeland! They need our prayers – passionate intercession on their behalf is in order! The Holy Spirit may prompt you to pray – the Holy Spirit may even pray through you when you don’t know how to pray “with groaning to deep for words.” May we just pray – they’re depending on us! Just like Paul, their appeal comes “by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit!”

So let’s pray – not just today, but in an ongoing, continual way… “Pray without ceasing!” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Some Biblical Perspective on “Shooting Off Your Mouth”

Shooting off your mouth
Ever “shoot off your mouth” about something and then become aware – painfully aware – that you didn’t have all the facts? Your “shooting off the mouth” might have been because of frustration, discouragement, pain, pride or just plain old anger… but somehow, someone made you aware you were mistaken – you didn’t have all the facts – you didn’t really know what was going on! And you were embarrassed!
Happened to a good man… Job in the Bible! (And his friends had the same problem!)
 
Job’s friends thought they knew why he had experienced the loss of everything – why he was experiencing pain and suffering! They thought it had to be some sin in his life, lack of concern for others, or arrogance and pride! Job strongly defended himself, declaring his integrity! He thought God was doing all those bad things to Him. He couldn’t understand why all these things were happening! He felt God wasn’t listening to him and perhaps He didn’t care! You can read it for yourself… And he “shot off his mouth” about it… and he “shot off his mouth” to his “friends” (who probably deserved it!).
 
God confronted Job! He called him to account! It was almost as if God said, “OK smarty-pants, tell my what’s going on! You explain to Me what I’m doing if you know so much!” And when God did it, Job was utterly ashamed… and repented! Here it is right out of the Bible…
 
“Then Job answered the LORD and said: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know! … I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You! Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes!’” (From Job 42:1–6 ESV)
 
Good response Job! Acknowledge your error, ask for forgiveness, and humbly seek God’s perspective on things. Hey, we’ve all done it … under pressure, pain, or persecution (or what we perceive as persecution), we’ve “shot off our mouth!” Good news is, God forgives, restores and ultimately will provide perspective! Oh, and what about Job’s “friends” who were guilty of “shooting of their mouth” as well? You really need to read the next passage – Job 42:7-9!
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