My heart was very troubled this morning by everything going on post election. I was led to read Ephesians 4 and wondered if Paul had actually seen ahead to our day. Let me remind you of what he said;
“I have something from the Lord to tell you. I warn you: Don’t continue living like those who don’t believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing. They have no understanding, and they know nothing because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives. They have lost their feeling of shame and use their lives to do what is morally wrong. More and more they want to do all kinds of evil. But that way of life is nothing like what you learned when you came to know Christ. I know that you heard about him, and in him you were taught the truth. Yes, the truth is in Jesus. You were taught to leave your old self. This means that you must stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self gets worse and worse, because people are fooled by the evil they want to do. You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him.”
And again in 2 Timothy 3:1-5;
“Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God. They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. They will go on pretending to be devoted to God, but they will refuse to let that “devotion” change the way they live. Stay away from these people!”
I didn’t write it, Paul did. Let me say this to those who may say, ‘Walk in love! Accept! They don’t mean it! They’re just hurt. We need to be in unity!’ Paul says, “Stay away from these people!” We are Love if the Holy Spirit lives in us. We must ALWAYS walk in love! But in the last days, there will be a clear dividing line between believers and unbelievers. Stop trying to ‘fit’ in. Who you yield yourself (your spirit) to, you will be obedient to that master.
If you find yourself being sucked into the masses, turn around and walk the other way. It’s far better to be trampled in the crowd headed toward hell, than to follow blindly because you don’t want to ‘stand out’. Hot or cold, no lukewarm. Do not tolerate evil! And that can come in the form of a religious spirit as well. It’s time to stand for God and God alone! Love shines bright in any crowd, but that love should be healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons. Take that, devil!
Father, I forgive the hateful words of others. I pray blessings on them! Forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing. I ask Your Holy Spirit to show them the error of their ways and that Your love would be so bright, it would blind them so that they could see the truth and it would set them free. Father, I pray for President Obama as he leaves office. Protect him and give him wisdom. For President Elect Trump, that You would give him wisdom in the days ahead. That YOU would make America great again. Humble us and bring us to our knees as a nation, that we may serve You only. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.