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A Prayer for Clarity
"Per year for clarity i make bucher read by liam martin his divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness second peter. One three okay. The receptionist will already us. Six months for the left is prescription and six months for the right is prescription. In that moment. i realized. I've been wearing my contacts in the wrong is for most of the summer right. Before twenty twenty. My age old prescription had finally changed. But for most of twenty twenty. I'd worn my glasses. I had forgotten. Both my eyes were no longer remedied by the same prescription. No wonder i felt slightly cross eyed a lot of the summer. It's hard to see clearly without the right prescription. It's still hard to see with the right prescription in the wrong is simon. Peter wrote his second letter to the church later. In his life to encourage and instruct christ followers in how to live a godly life. Because god has given christians all they need to become spiritually matured the nav biblical theology study bible explains they must actively pursue spiritual maturity if they expect to receive a rich welcome. Into god's eternal kingdom heater was one of the three who witnessed the transfiguration of christ. He was in jesus close circle of friends. He knew what it meant to follow the shepherd you knew. It wasn't just enough to know about jesus for those early church members and us today spiritual warfare wages to distract and confuse us. Heater knew it would be important. Then as it is to us now to live our lives as a reflection of god's glory how do we do that with the right prescription the correct perspective. Our physical human sight and insight is limited. We must learn to seek god in his word and yield to the spirits nudge. In our lives. He's given us everything we need to live a godly life. That glorifies his name the more we earnestly seek him the more clearly we can see. Let's pray father. You have made this day and we will rejoice and be glad in it. Abba father savior. Jesus spirit comforter all glory and honor we lift to you. We look to you for provisions and healing stand in awe of the beauty and blessing use around our lives with even when we can't see straight help us to see ourselves others and creation through your perspective. God help us see clearly having is to see as you want us to see we want your will for our lives father because your promises are greater than anything we can ask for or imagined and beyond our perspective site. Help us to remember. You are creator. Our author are compassionate and caring father. Christ jesus may we follow you faithfully and look to you before scrambling for our own solutions. Hugh our eyes and our insight so we may truly see in. Jesus name amen.
A True Family in God
"The apostle john in his third epistle wrote averse verse about children. Third john verse three. He says there. I have no greater joy than the hear. The my children are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Is if you things that. I think we should talk about in reference to this verse. Today we are talking about children kind of more. So i guess we're talking about how we're all united as a family it true real family and so like to point out here is the way that this family was so real for the apostle john notice what he says. I have no greater joy. Now i gotta tell you that. For a long time i read this verse and i simply thought that the apostle john was talking about children little children that he was writing this letter and saying well i just want you to know that the greatest joy i have is that my children walk in the truth and i mean to me that made sense For years i didn't have children. But i assume that that your children Walked in the truth would be something. That would bring a lot of joy. What's really interesting about this. I don't actually think the apostle john is talking about little children again. That would be true but instead consider how he refers to himself in verse one. He calls himself the elder to the beloved gas whom i love in truth that relationship there now he's not. Just you know writing this random statement writing again and saying well you know i love you. Want you to know these things. And i want you to know that it makes me really happy when my own biological children walk in the truth but that just doesn't even make sense. He's writing a letter to gaya. Saying i love you. I'm like a father to you. And i love the fact that you are walking in the truth you know. He's writing this letter to guess and he's starting by explaining how happy he is about. How things are going with gas. So the apostle. John had this relationship where he innocent saw himself as father to guess and because gas was walking the truth at brought him great in intense joy. You know i. I think that we see a similar thing. With the apostle paul he wrote to the corinthians and It doesn't seem to have been all that joyful at this point but we see that same relationship when he was writing to the corinthians he said to them. This is first corinthians. Four verse fourteen. First corinthians four verse fourteen. He says i do not write these things to make you ashamed. But to admonish you as my beloved children the apostle paul saw the same kind of relationship with the people to whom he had taught the gospel now. I want to be clear as to what i'm saying. I'm not trying to say that You know we should find all the people to whom we top the gospel and look at them as our children. Not trying to say that i. I recognize that. That's what john is doing that. That's a pause doing. But i'm not trying to suggest that i think there's there's nuance here. And there's important caveat to understanding that because you know our tendency when we view that kind of relationship a father child relationship i think is unfortunately. Sometimes it'd be rather patronizing. And unlike unlike paul and john you we don't have the holy spirit to guide us as to what exactly we should say so. I don't want to go down that route instead. What i'm trying to bring out now is that there's this father child relationship between individuals who weren't biologically related and yet what john says is i have no greater joy than to see that my children are walking in the truth. And so what you have. Is you have this this relationship that appears to be even stronger than a biological relationship.
The Lord Fights For Us (Exodus 14:13-14)
"Exodus chapter fourteen versus thirteen and fourteen and moses said to the people fear not stand firm and see the salvation of the lord which he will work for you today for the egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again the lord will fight for you and you have only to be silent yes. Don't you love these words. Don't you love these two versus think about it. Gods people have been delivered out of slavery in egypt there now standing right on the edge of the red sea this massive body water in front of them with the egyptians who've enslave them for years now threatening to overtake them pharaoh and his army have now come after the egyptians. Try to bring them back and the people are worried concerned. Afraid what do we do. Where do we go. And we're trapped with a c. In front of us and all this army behind us. In god says moses fear not stand firm and see the salvation of the lord. Now think about that. Stand firm and see the salvation lord. How are they going to see the salvation of the lord by just standing there and seeing god work which he will it says work for you today. The lord will fight for you and you have only to be silent. Is there any clearer. Picture of faith in god that leads to salvation from god. This is this is the essence of what it means to be saved by god from sin to stand and seeds. Trust to believe that the lord fights for you that jesus has done the work that he has died on cross four. You're saying that he is risen from the grave and that if you trust in him you will be saved. You don't have to do anything. But trust in jesus it's by grace alone through faith alone in jesus alone that we are saved all glory. Be his name. He is the ultimate battle for us. And he has prevailed and then so now think about this. This is our life day in and day out. You and i face challenges you face. Struggles with sin struggles with trials in circumstances in life and it's end those struggles with sentenced in those trials in circumstances reface in life that god calls us to do the same to trust in him to trust that justice. Jesus fought for us on the cross. He fights for us
A Prayer for When God Wrecks Your Dreams
"A prayer for wind. god rex. your dreams. I'm andy smith read by liam martin for my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways. My ways declares the lord as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah fifty five eight through nine is their dream in your heart. That you feel is being delayed if you look hard enough you may see another blessing in disguise. Some dreams of mine include being a wife and mother. I'm single but i'm grateful to god that he's been able to fulfil the emotional longings. I have in unexpected ways. I understand the heart numbing. Pain of a dream that hasn't come into fruition. It's hard to consider weight or no to be loving isn't it. We can often feel neglected. Lonely heartbroken tired or hopeless in this society of social media overload. There's things that can pop up on. A news feed that can cut deeper than any sharp edged sword. Seeing someone receive a blessing that you have cried about worked for prayed for and dreamed of while you're still in the waiting room is ridiculously hard. We're called to be joyful with our brothers and sisters in christ. rejoice with those who rejoice many times also comes through one. We talk about street. Famous in god in rightly so but being honest. I always come back to this next thought. If my dream does not come true. If i never receive what i've knocked on heaven's door for year after year does that mean god is not. I hope you know what the answer is. But just in case. Let me remind you and myself of this single truth. God is faithful to us at all times whether our dreams come true or not his faithfulness to me is saving me from an eternity apart from him. When i look back at things. I've gone through. I also see a bigger picture of his faithfulness in his guiding hand in my life. He is faithful to complete his work in us but not to complete our dream to do list so be confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of christ. Jesus philippians one. Six god is still good. God is still omnipresent. God is still faithful to us. Because he is god. And i am not a may you be comforted by the assurance that staying rooted in the lord is the most assured way to live a full joyful and dream come true kind of life jeremiah. Seventeen seventy eight tells us but blessed is the one who trust in the lord whose confidence is in him they will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It is not fear when he comes its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. The only way we can have a content heart and joyful life is letting him love us pursue us and fill the heart naming. We have with his grace. That doesn't always make it easy to let go over dream or to let it sit still for a season and i know god recognizes that. Don't forget that we are what he dreams and desires and he loves a so much his will and dreams for us are more than we can even imagine. And that's more than okay. Let's pray. God thank you that your will and your plan is always perfect. It might not be easy or always feel good. But i know you see the big picture and know what's best for me. You are always good. You are always faithful. You always have steadfast love for your children. these are truth. That will never be untrue. So help me live in the light of those truth today. Help me have peace as i meditate on what. It means that you are always good faithful and full of steadfast love for me. Help me face today with confidence knowing that your plan is greater than all of my dreams. Lord i love you. Thank you for the life. I haven't you in. jesus name. Amen
Careless Women: Consequences of Complacency
"I say addresses the issue with careless women in isaiah chapter thirty two verses nine through fifteen he was speaking to the hebrew women who lived seven decades before christ and yet his message is just as relevant to women who are living today he opens his plea telling the women who are at ease to rise up hear his voice and pay attention to what he has to say then he warned them then a little over a year they'll be troubled when their world falls. Apart throughout the bible god tells people not to be afraid but in this passage isaiah gives the exact opposite advice. Tremble you women who already be troubled youths placement women. They were living fearlessly giving no thought to the future. They needed to be shocked. Wake to be prepared for what was ahead. He goes on to tell them to get rid of their fancy wardrobe and clothe themselves in sackcloth because their time of mourning is coming clarity will hit palaces will be forsaken. The city will be deserted. The forts and towers will be taken over by robbers and wild animals will roam freely. Sounds pretty bad. Doesn't it until we get to verse fifteen until the spirit is poured upon us from on high and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field and the fruitful field is counted as a forest the remainder of chapter thirty two provides hope as ahah describes what will happen once. God reigns in their lives then. Justice will dwell in the wilderness and white justness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation insecure dwellings. And in quiet places though hale comes down on the forest and the city is brought low and humiliation blessed are you who so beside the waters who sends out freely the feel of the ox and the donkey. Isaiah thirty two sixteen through twenty twin on little secret a year ago. If you ask me to analyze old testament prophecies like this. I would have gone into a panic. But i've come to realize that if you read slowly ask questions and do a little research you can make sense of anything you read in the bible so let's go back to verse nine and delve a little deeper into what i say was saying. It starts off pretty easy pay attention. I've got something important to say to you. All women who are living the easy life darker days are ahead and you need to be ready. So why did he specify the women. Why did i address his message to all the people. Obviously we have no way of knowing what was going on in his head per. Perhaps it would be easier to get the attention of the women since we tend to be more sensitive or maybe like in the case of the wicked hebrew women. They were the leaders in their careless living often the bible reveals the severity of the situation by the state of the women the profits use them as an example saying things had digressed far that even the women were living in depravity. Whatever the case. I see a wanted to make sure that he got the attention of the women in order to prepare them for what was to
When God Becomes 100% for Us
"Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh carrying out the desires of the body and the mind and were by nature children of rats like the rest of mankind visions to three all of god's wrath all the condemnation we deserve was poured out on jesus all of god's demand for perfect righteousness were fulfilled. By christ the moment we see by grace this treasure and receive him in this way his death counts as our deaths and his condemnation as our condemnation and his righteousness as our righteousness and god becomes one hundred percent irrevocably for us forever in that instant question. This leaves unanswered is doesn't the bible. Teach that any turn ity. God set his favor on us in election. In other words thoughtful people ask. Did god become one hundred percent for us. In the moment of faith and union with christ and justification did he not become one hundred percent. Four us in the act of election before the foundation of the world pulses inefficient one. Four and five. God chose us in jesus before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through. Jesus christ is god then not one hundred percent for the elect from eternity. The answer hangs on the meaning of one hundred percent with the term one hundred percent. I'm trying to preserve a biblical truth found in several passages of scripture for example. In if he wants to three. Paul says that christians children of rat before they were made alive in. Christ jesus. We all once lived among the sons of disobedience in the passions of our flesh carrying out the desires of the mind and the body and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. Polish saying that before birth before we were made alive together. With christ god's wrath was on us the elect were under wrath. This changed when god made us alive. In christ jesus and awakened us to see the truth and beauty of christ so that we received him as the one who died for us and as the one who's righteousness is counted as ours because our union with jesus before this happened to us we were under god's grass then because of our faith in christ and union with him all god's wrath was removed and he then became in that sense one hundred percent for us therefore exult in the truth that god will keep you he will get you to the end because in christ he is one hundred percent for you and therefore getting to the end does not make god to be one hundred percent for you. It is the effect of the fact that he is already one hundred percent for
God's Ways Are Higher Than A Man's
"Clothe apron yourselves all of you with humility as the garb of a servant so that it's covering cannot possibly be stripped from you with freedom from pride and arrogance toward one another. I watch this for god. Not the devil for god sets himself against the proud the insulin. They overbearing the disdainful. The presumptuous the boastful and he. God opposes frustrates and defeats them. But he gives grace to the humble so that means. If i'm trying to do something that really only god can do. He's going to oppose me. And i'm going to be frustrated because my plan's not working out but my plans never gonna work out if it's my plan i'm not god's plan proverbs sixteen nine. A man's mind plans his way but god directs his steps thankfully ever wonder why things seem to be going the opposite of how. You're trying to get them to go. It's god pulling you in the right direction. One of the reasons why we experienced so much struggle in our lives. Because we're trying to go one. Way and god's trying to go another god's plan is usually beyond are limited thinking as they fifty five eight and nine for my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways. My ways declares the lord fires the heavens than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts now in a we. All love of asians. Three twenty for god is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all. We could ever dare to hope. Ask our think. Think no matter what you can think up. God can do something greater than that if you'll put your trust in him and be willing to wait on his plan to come to pass in your life instead of doing your own
How Los Angeles church leader John MacArthur loves the Bible but not his neighbor
"Thanks for coming on and joining me today. for the pastor says what are new segments. We're going to start talking about how john macarthur loves the bible but not his neighbor. This article was written by rick. Pidcock and it's a very interesting article. Don watch tells a little bit more about john. Yes john we referred to him as johnny mack. Talk around here on our show a couple of times he is a. He's kind of the go to one of the go-to voices in the evangelical world. So he started his church out in los angeles late sixty s. I believe was sixty nine around there but And he's it seems like each one of these guys they have a And and they beat on it and to get their you know their their moment in the sun and his thing is at has been covert here. Lately i i had not heard of him before this. Apparently he is a lot wasn't on my radar. Covid is the The hill he wants to literally die on in has been forcefully trying to have what he refers to as protests which is actually church services. Correct in-person no. No regards to like there was a twenty five percent capacity rule. New regards to that. So no social distancing new no masks and rating. It was like yeah. We're like that was his big thing. Was we're having church and nobody social distancing. Nobody's wearing a mask and if you know. It was like celebrating their ignorance. I don't really egg me even ignorance because they do. They know unwilling to accept but the article was actually was written in july Of last year. And it talks about. And i looked up a couple of talked about in the article at that time in los angeles when he was being shut down and he was. You know this was his chance to scream persecution. There were one hundred and seventy three thousand nine hundred ninety five hundred round up five hundred seventy four thousand cases and forty three hundred and sixty deaths in los angeles county los angeles county alone today. I looked at the Wha what's what's happening and since that article referenced. Those numbers were as of july twenty seventh as of today the number of cases for los angeles county is one point one one million and the deaths is sixteen thousand six hundred forty seven.
How Do You Know When God Is Calling You
"God speaks something to your heart as crazy as it may sound you believe it right at least you think about believing it. Sometimes it doesn't take the other side of your brain long to talk you out of it but deep down inside you can't get rid of it. A lot of people wanna know how. How do i know if god is calling me. Well i jotted down three quick little ways number one. If god's calling you to do something you're going to have passion to do it. An unreasonable passion. It may not make sense to everybody else. But you can't get rid of it from the day that god spoke to my heart. I have wanted more than anything else in the world to teach his word. When god speaks to you about something that he wants you to do. It's gonna be on your mind you're going to think about it. You're going to think about it a lot. You pray about it and the other thing and this is a big thing is when god put something on your heart. He wants you to do. You will sacrifice anything to get it in like the sacrifice moore much sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed the knee. The apostles sacrifice. Jesus said follow me and they just walked off from their jobs and their businesses and okay followed them. I quit a fulltime job. Making good money so i could stay home and study for this ministry that i thought god topics that i was gonna have. Which at that. Time was a handful of people that i was teaching in my living room for. You will sacrifice you will do things that other people don't seem to make any sense at all and half the time you'll think you're crazy yourself. People always want to know. How do i know. If it's god you know i just think really one god speaks to you. You just know you just know. Because here's the thing when god calls you to do something he gives you the faith to do
A Look At Psalm 6 - A Plea For Mercy
"We're going to look at psalm six today i'm gonna read it for you. We're going to follow the alive. Method the same way that we do each and every week so this first question is what does it say. Remember with psalms. Were looking for repetition. We're looking for imagery. We're looking for parallelism. So eliza is when one line builds on the next and that line might be two things that contrast each other it might be a line that echoes the next or it might be a thought that completes thought before it came so i'm going to read through psalm six. I want to invite you to listen closely to take some notes in what you're hearing from the psalm. Lord do not rebuke me in your anger or disciplined me in your wrath be merciful to me lord for i am faint lord. Heal me for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long oh lord. How long turn. Oh lord and deliver me save me because of your unfailing love no one remembers you and he is dead who praises you from the grave. He i am worn out from groaning all night long. I flood my bed with weeping and drench make with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow. They fail because of all my foes away from me all who do evil for the lord has heard by weeping. The lord has heard my cry for mercy. The lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed. They will turn back in sudden disgrace. So when we hear this psalm we hear the depths of the human experience and for anyone who has ever experienced a deep grief whether it's because you've lost some money someone that you love or you've lost something that has been precious to you. You've gone through a season of life. Where loss has been a part of that experience. Then you probably can relate to this line right in the middle of the saw. I'm worn out from groaning all night long. I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow this deep sense of finding that bottom of the human experience just being completely emptied out because of a deep grief because of a longing that we lost something so precious to us or something has failed so miserably or we have suffered so deeply because of enemies whether that enemy something that may attack us on the inside like cancer or an enemy is some some way that someone has turned against us or is opposing us or an enemy is even this moment that we here at the beginning of the song where the psalmist david is actually responding because of being punished for his sin that he actually is experiencing punishment for his sin. No matter whether it's something we brought upon ourselves or something that has come to us. I think what were invited into right now. Is recognizing that part of our experience in humanity is grief and suffering and difficulty. And this if this was an important if this wasn't a part of the full remember we said last week the full orb experience of godliness. If this wasn't a part of it it wouldn't be in here if we could enter into a christianity that didn't involve suffering or pain. This wouldn't be in here. And so there's a part of what we're experiencing together. That's just allowing this to be true. It says in. John sixteen thirty three in this world. You will have trouble but take heart. I have overcome the world. We don't get to not have trouble just because we are in. Christ we still exist in humanity and you know what jesus simlisafe's perfect all man. God had trouble in the earth and we are going to have trouble. We are going to have suffering. And i believe that this kind of psalm and the other psalms like it psalm. Fifty one is a som- like this one. There are several psalms that are in this category You may see it in psalm. Eight psalm twelve. Psalm forty six. There's all of these psalms that represent this Appeal some six is a som- like psalm. Fifty one you also find this kind of psalm psalm. Thirty two some thirty eight psalm. One oh to psalm. One thirty we have all of these expressions in the psalms of these times of real severe suffering of real struggle and of appealing to god for his
PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS. 02032021
"We're going to pray. I take my passages from the king james bible. You use whatever booker bible you prefer today but we are going to say another prayer and then we're going to get into your hair for the nation's today my friend's father in the name of your gear. Son jesus christ the anointed one and his anointing teen we come to you now with a petition to say your people in the earth amen and amen you'd like to grab your bibles and follow along with their audio and it will be up on youtube in right after this session with you today. Them away. the third thousand twenty one. We bring your most urgent videos. My friends we post them back to back. We don't like to put a date because we just say february two thousand twenty one because we re post your urgent videos across all social streaming media sites. Mike grants but we want you to participate. We want you to subscribe to our newsletter your later across all social streaming media sites today my
A Prayer for When You Are Battle Weary
"A prayer throw when you are battle. Weary by bobby shea do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow. And the lord will be with you second. Chronicles twenty seventeen. Do you feel the tension that seems to permeate the air of this world lately. Things just feel heavy. Hearts are hurting. People are discouraged and dissatisfied. It seems as if this whole world is worn down from struggles and it would be so very easy to just to give in to the poll of weariness and discontent in the middle of the strife and struggles. We can start to feel overwhelmed warn and just plain weary when these feelings come and they linger far past their welcome. What can we do to keep our heads up. How do we remain faithful and hopeful when things seem so difficult. Maybe a good place to start is to look at someone else who was weary in the battle and see how they overcame it in second chronicles twenty. Two hosa fat is facing a multitude. That has come against him. He's going to have to fight his enemies however when he seeks god's battle plan he sees that it's a little different than the one he might have been considering maybe like joseph that god's plan to overcome our battles looks a little different than ours. Battle-weary friend you do not need to be overcome by the strife and the difficulties that surround you. Let's give up our battle plan with all of the fear. Worry discouragment wobbling and struggling that it brings and follow god's plan instead we can embrace the peace hope and assurance he offers after his record for victory is pretty solid. Let's pray lord. I admit. I am weary. Life is going a million miles an hour. And i'm just trying to hang on. I am tired. And i am afraid when i look to the future and think about all that is coming lord. I know you want me to trust you through this. I know you want me to surrender. This weariness to you i surrender. Now fill me with your strength. Fill me with your presence helped me find moments today of rest and rejuvenation. Thank you that you never abandoned us in the middle of the battle thank you for your everlasting faithfulness. In jesus name.
What Is Love? God Is
"Let's talk about love. This might be the most bastardized word in english language. The most misused the most misunderstood the most misapplied manipulated word that we have whether it's abusing lost in love or jealousy in love or tolerance in love. We confuse it and get it wrong a lot. And it's not just the secular world. It gets it wrong. We christians get it wrong. The church can sometimes get it wrong. We can idolize certain types of love and it's really important that we get this right. What love really is particularly as christians because we are constantly told by non christians that what we believe is not actually loving that it is not loving to believe in john fourteen six for example that she is the way the truth the life and that no one comes to the father except through him. We are told that it's not loving to believe in romans. Three twenty three for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god. That it's hateful colson. What god called. Sin to call truth what god calls truth to share the gospel to do mission work to be a christian in any way that his counter cultural year told often today lease is hateful. The only type of christianity that is acceptable to much of the world. Today is the one that looks downs so much like the world that own indistinguishable so we have the same views on abortion as everyone else on marriage on sexuality on gender on morality on politics on media and entertainment on truth as longest christians look and sound just like everyone else are considered acceptable in lami. But anything any doctor any practice that just outside of what secularism approves of many considered to be hateful and wrong. I'd not everyone who doesn't share our faith of course believes this way By the way but increasingly it seems many do. Our responsibility is not to be considered lobbying by the world but rather to conform ourselves. To god's definition of love his definitions. I should say of love. Upper sean poor eight says god is love their people in an outside of the church that is their. This is their favorite verse. Almost everyone knows this verse. first john. four eight god is love. God's very essence is love everything he does is therefore love. Everything he says is love every decree every law every action. Every non action is defined by motivated by characterized by love. Love is everything that god is in everything. Love truly is can be found in god that means if we get wrong. What love actually. Is we get wrong. Who got actually is and we get wrong. Who got is we get wrong. What love to know. God is to know true love in those who don't know god can have glimpses of forms of love because it's a gift of what we call common grace. He's given to someone who is not a christian for example of course can love their friends while loves their family. Love their spouse their kids their country. We are made in the image of god which means that we are all made with the capacity to love passionately. Selflessly even the triune. God is in constant communion father son holy spirit all embody log self sufficient in their love and we made in the image of the triune god also long for this kind of eternal love in fellowship. We were not made to be an isolation we were made for love to receive and to give love
Daughters of Zion: Fashion Forward Females
"So who were the daughters of zion. Each term used throughout the bible mostly in the old testament but occasionally in the new testament as well. Zion's not a person but rather a place zion is the dwelling place of the lord. Daughter of zion is usually used to describe the inhabitants of jerusalem daughters of zion reverse to specific women and today's passage in isaiah. Three sixteen to twenty six isaiah is speaking directly to wealthy jewish women who had gone astray isaiah three opens by giving judgment on the men of judah and jerusalem. He warned the israelites of what is to come in the days ahead because of their wickedness he specifically addresses the wealthy and those in positions of leadership because they're the ones who were living in luxury while oppressing the poor. They had become an aristocratic society that was leading to the moral decline of their culture. I find versus six and seven particularly interesting. How they were going to choose their leaders but that discussion. We'll have to wait for another day today. We concentrate on what isaiah had to say on the daughters of zion after fifteen verses of condemnation for the men verse sixteen opens with moreover the lord says after rebuking the men for their role in the destruction that was to come isaiah turns his attention to the women to let them know that they're responsible as well. Bursts sixteen describes the women's behavior specifically the way they walked because the daughters of zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks and want an is walking and mincing as they go making a jingling with their feet. Verse seventeen prophesized. What will happen to them. Because of their era guidance therefore the lord will strike with the scab the crown of the head of the daughters of zion and the lord will uncover their secret parts. Isaiah goes on to give an exhaustive list of all the jewelry and accessories that the lord will take away from the women. The list includes anklets scarves necklaces bracelets headdresses headbands perfume boxes. Charms rings nose rings purses mirrors an robes. He closes the chapter with the list of replacements. Instead of the sweet smell of their perfumes there will be a stench. Instead of they're pretty sashes rope baldness will take over there beautifully. Styled hair rich robes replaced with sackcloth branding instead of beauty and if that's not enough there men will die in battle verse. Twenty six concludes with her gates shall lament and mourn and she being desolate shall sit on the ground. Why does is e start by talking about the way they walked. Well let's look at how they're walking out nex. We would describe that as walking with your nose in the air. A way of saying that you're looking down on others because you're better than they are. Wantin- is that means ogling or flirting we can assume for the rest of this passage that these are married women so why are they flirting with other men walking and mincing as they go the an iv version translates that as strutting along with swaying. Hips in other words flirting. So how does god respond to their flirtatious and proud. Behavior translated literally verse. Seventeen says the women will get leprosy or other sickness. That causes their hair to fall out. That would be a pretty scary warning especially for vein women who are consumed with their appearance while many of the items listed in verses eight through twenty three are familiar to us. many more are obscure items that we're not sure what they were. Bible scholars point out. That many of these articles came from foreign cultures. I wanna man even. Oh what happened these things were. The general consensus is that his wife who was a prophet is probably provided him with this list of items worn by these women. Isaiah reminds them that these things they have are fleeting and will soon be replaced in a mere ten verses highs. Ahah takes us from these women at the height of their popularity feeling like they're living the dream to them tumbling down to the depths of humiliation from walking with outstretched necks and a jingle to their steps to morning destitute on the bare ground. What a fall while this was written about women centuries ago the same message can be preached today. Are we not living in a society much like the one isaiah describes we as christian women could be called daughters of zion. Are we guilty of the same transgressions as these women. Perhaps you don't mince and strut as you walk and you probably don't jingle but do you have pride in your heart. Are there people you look down on those. You consider inferior. How much time do you spend on your outward appearance. How much time do you spend on your spiritual appearance verse. Seventeen talks about god's stripping away. They're beautiful hair and uncovering their secret parts. What if god stripped away your carefully combed hair your makeup and manicured nails your jewelry and fashionable clothes. What would be left
Offered as a Substitute (Genesis 44:33)
"Chapter forty four verse thirty three now therefore please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a servant to my lord and let the boy go back with his brothers. Wow this is pretty powerful verse when you stop and think about what judah just said to joseph so leading up to this There's a lot in the story. I don't want to spend all the time recounting what has happened in this chapter but basically at this point joseph is saying leave benjamin with me and you go back to your father and judah steps up and he says please let your servant remain in other words let me remain instead of the boy and i'll be your servant joseph and remembered do doesn't know this actually joseph his brother that he's talking to right now but he says let your servant remain instead of the boys the servants my lord and let the boy go back with his brothers that is a radically different posture toward a younger brother. What judah and his brothers displayed tour. Joseph years ago think about it judah and his brothers sold joseph into slavery now judah and his brothers have the opportunity to do the exact. Same thing with benjamin. Just leave him here as a slave and go back live your lives but judah does something very different than what happened in genesis chapter thirty nine. Here judah offers his own life as a substitute for benjamin. So that judah would be the slave instead of benjamin now think about that picture on a much bigger level because one day a descendant would come from the line of judah who would offer himself as a substitute sacrifice but not for a family member this descendant from judas line would offer himself as a substitute sacrifice for you to set you and me free from the slavery of sin and death. Jesus from the line of judah would say i will lay my life in the words of philippians chapter two versus five to eleven. Who being in very nature. God did not consider equality with god something to be grasped but made himself nothing taking the very nature of a what of a servant being made in human likeness and being an appearance as a man. He humbled himself and became obedient to death. Even death on a cross. Jesus offered his life as a substitute sacrifice for you for me that we might have a relationship with god the father there we might be saved from the slavery of sin and death to experience eternal
A Prayer for When You're Feeling Weak
"Prayer for when you're feeling weak by christina fox that is why for christ's sake i delight in weaknesses in insults in hardships in persecutions in difficulties for when i am weak then i am strong. Second corinthians twelve seven through ten. I hate weakness. I don't like to feel inadequate or incapable. I don't like being dependent on others. I don't like not knowing what's going to happen. I don't like feeling helpless in the face of a trial. I don't like feeling spent an overwhelmed. I don't like it when i'm physically. Weak emotionally weak mentally weak or spiritually. weak dimension. I don't like being weak. But ironically god's word looks at my weaknesses differently. It's part of the prerequisite for coming to christ. Jesus said in luke five thirty one three to those who are well have no need of physician but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but centers to repentance. Our weakness is no match for christ. It's not an obstacle. he has to overcome. he doesn't look at us and bemoan the fact. He's not been given the cream of the crop rather he laughs at weakness and says look what i can do with it if the reality of your own weaknesses mocking you today. Go to god and prayer plead with the lord about it and rests in. His power made perfect in weakness. This prayer is for you and me. Dear father i come to you today feeling so we can helpless. There are many things on my plate so many worries so many uncertainties so many things. That just can't do every time i think about what lies ahead of me. I feel overwhelmed. When i consider carrying this burden for days on end i feel like i just might drown. Everything seems impossible. You said to come to you with my burdens. The bible says you are our rock and our fortress who are all knowing all powerful. You know the burden that i bear. You are not surprised by them. In fact he's allowed them into my life. I may not know the purpose for them. But i do know that i can trust your goodness. You are always faithful to do what is best for me. You care most about my holiness even above my immediate happiness. I ask that you remove this burden for me. Take away my weakness but ultimately i desire most of all that your will be done. I confess that hate this weakness in me. I don't like not knowing what to do. I don't like being incapable and insufficient. Forgive me for wanting to be sufficient in myself. Forgive me for wanting to be in control. Forgive me for complaining grumbling. Forgive me for doubting your love for me and forgive me for not being willing to trust and rely on you and your grace when i look into the future and see. My weakness helped me to trust you. May i like paul embrace my weakness so that you can be my strength. May you work through my weakness to change me. May glorify you my weakness looking away for myself and to the wonders of your amazing love through christ grant meet gospel joy even in the midst of this struggle. It's because of jesus. And through. Jesus that i can pray.
Enough Faith to Repent (Genesis 35:1-4)
"Genesis chapter thirty five versus one through four god said to jacob arise go up to bethel and dwelled. There may can alter their to the god who appeared to you when you fled from your brother. He saw so jacobs said to his household to all who were with him. Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to bethel said i may make their an altar to the god who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever i have gone. So they gave jacob all the foreign gods that they had and the rings are in their ears. Jacob hid them under the turbines tree that was near shack him So much we could talk about here but get the big picture. What happened is god had called jacob to come back to bethel where got it appeared to jacob before what happens at the very end agenda shepherd thirty three is jacob stops about twenty miles short of bethel place called him and that's where all kinds of evil comes upon his family which we prayed and light of yesterday then in chapter thirty five god appears to jacob again and says go to the place. I called you to go. And so jacob looks at his family and says put away the foreign gods remember the foreign gods that rachel head stolen from her father's house. Jacob says put them away purify yourselves and change your garments then let's arise and go up to bethel basically. This is a picture of repentance. This is jacob. Saying i have. We have stopped. Short of a god has called us to do. We have not obeyed him. And we have dishonored him with these foreign gods among us this lack of purity among us so put away the foreign gods purify yourselves. Change your garments. Let's go to bethel. So that i love this phrase may make their all to their to the god who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever i have gone sad. Not good news even when you as a child of god is one who has trusted in him for salvation even when you wander away even when you disobey even when you allow idolatry into life. God is faithful to still love you to still hear your cries into be with you to not leave you or forsake you. God we praise you for your faithfulness Scott even as i say these words so overwhelmed in a fresh way right now by your faithfulness to me and to all who trusted in you. Jesus for forgiveness of our sense who are part of your family. Oh god reprise you that you are with us wherever we go even when we wander from you even disobeying you even when we are not pursuing. You're pursuing us. We praise you for your faithful love for us. We praise you for news starts repairs. You for second chances. And second changes we praise you for third and fourth and fifth and sixth and seventh and on and on and on chances. God brings you for your mercy to come to us even in our send. It's hey let's go. Let's leave this by. Let's experience all that i have for. You gotta rephrase for you did this in jacob's life and family. We praise you for how you do this in our lives. God i pray for any one of us right now who is living in willful deliberate.
St Augustine: Teacher and Author
"After agustin's conversion he resigned his post as teacher of rhetoric in milan and he left for several months to villa in the area of lake como right at the foot of the alps. You should look it up. It's a beautiful place and here augusta his first books as a christian he was writing books since three eighty all of those early books is pre conversion books are lost to us but now and three eighty six. He began a whole new writing career. I a quick word on his writing he would dictate to notetaker who used a system of note taking called tirrenia nets that this was named for tullus. Tirico he was the scribe for cicero. And these ian or shorthand notes would then be written out into longhand and they would be edited and they would become a book. There were not commercial publishers in those days but there were networks of scribes networks of scholars and friends. And you would make a few copies of a book and you would distribute it to these associates to these friends and they would make more copies and then from those copies would come even more copies and it was just a case of supply and demand and there was a great demand for books from augusta and there was a steady supply. But were these first books that augustine wrote as a christian. What were they all about. We called them dialogues. They were recorded conversations that he was having with himself there at this beautiful place in lake como. He would personify this dialogue with reason. And so it was augusta. And reason having these dialogues of course. He was drawing on this genre of the dialogue from that. Great greek philosopher. Plato and these dialogues covered such topics as truth and the immortality of the soul and unhappiness in in them we see the themes that will come to dominate agustin's teaching. He was after all a teacher and so he taught first of all the nobility the value for the pursuit of truth. Let's not be satisfied with lies and falsehood in mere shadows but let's pursue and pursue it relentlessly the truth. Secondly he helped us understand the relationship between faith and reason too often reason is jettisoned. Combatant of faith will not so argued augustine. God created us with a mind. He created this world as a rational world. Any wants us. God wants us to use a reason to know him. And so faith and reason and guston had a wonderful way of talking about the relationship of those two and then finally augusta taught us that all everything begins and ends in god this world our very lives all of our efforts human history truth wisdom happiness. All of this is found in god. He is the beginning. He arches over every moment and aspect and god is the end. He is the and the
Philippians Part 2
"So every morning like i need you to time shoes well. Do you mind if i get done with what i'm doing. I gotta go. I need you to time my shoes. I told him it's about time you tie them yourself because tomorrow. I'm tying them together now. Only dave and i would do this. But when he when he hurting so bad that we got tickled when he walked he was like and it can just barely moved while. I'm sorry but i had to laugh. I mean i. I didn't made it to be mean but it was just funny and i wouldn't tell everybody this but you guys are family. Dave was hurting so bad. Said dirty word fifty two years of marriage. I've never heard him do that. I call the kids. I said dad is cussing thought. I'm gonna wash your mouth out with soap. If you don't so i just want you guys to know i'm not just preaching this thing about being a servant. I have practiced this week. And i am the well-qualified now to bring this worden. Okay now seriously. I want you to pay a lot of attention to what i wanna say tonight about others and serving others and not being self centered or self focused are selfish. I believe with all my heart that it is impossible to be selfish and be happy. And i know as a christian doing everything that i knew i was teaching the bible study in leadership at my church. We were in church every time the door opened took part in everything and i just was not happy and i kept thinking it was this and thinking it was the and so talking to the about it. It's amazing what god will tell. You just asked him. I said why. Am i not happy and i heard back just as you're selfish. Do you know that christians can be very selfish and self-centered all of our prayers can be centered around what we want and what we need. If you're not careful you can even serve god supposedly but just in hopes of getting what you want. You haven't been able to get it for yourself so now you're trying to get god to give it to you. Come on would you serve god. He never did one thing you wanted him to do. It's something to think about. I don't like this idea. Just serving god because we have needs and we want him to meet our needs he does want to meet our needs and it's perfectly acceptable and you should ask god to meet your needs. But i think we need to not make that the central focus of everything. We do what we need to do. Is pray ask. God what i need and then the second thing to ask him. What can i do for you. How can i help did i. I wanna challenge you every morning. Ask god who. Can i help today and then you just wait a minute. Wait and see. Somebody's name will come to you a lot of times for me. It's just got put a certain name of my heart and i'll just call somebody and encourage them just. Hey i was thinking about. You thought i'd call your allston text want you to know. You're doing a really good job baby to. I sent a text to some guy in england that we know. 'cause i've been listening to some of this stuff online. Just tell them how good. I thought it was and how much i enjoyed it. And of course he takes back. You'll never know how much that means. Especially since it came from you because we love you so much you have no idea that you have the power to change a life and i wanna beg tonight to get your mind off yourself and onto what you can do for other people. Let see ourselves as servants. come on. don't look excited. How many of you could do more for others would well. I think it's time that we stopped teaching about things and start doing things a man so he calls himself a servant. But you can't serve god and not serve people see. I think that's the thing that is a shocking revelation. We think we're serving god because we go and sing some songs and put some money in an offering plate and listen to sermon but serving. God means serving people. Jesus is all about people. He's a lover of people and say paul news something that we need to recognize tonight and he knew that he did not belong to himself. He said i'm not my own. I've been bought with a price. You know what we say we are dame. Jesus bought us back from the devil with his blood literally. We were under the power and the deception of the devil was running our lives and jesus bought us with his death his blood and his resurrection and the bible says you are not your own. You were bought with a price. But i wonder
After the Fact: Does Abraham Change God's Mind in Prayer with Dr. Bruce Ware
"Welcome to after. The fact and knowing thanked mini episode where we looked at take a big question and address it in just a few minutes. Typically the questions. We consider lineup with our larger topic for the season. That's certainly true for our time today. We are discussing genesis twelve through fifty on knowing this season and joining us today. Is dr bruce wear. Dr wear is the rupert and lucille coleman professor of christian theology at the southern baptist theological seminary where he has been teaching for twenty three years. And he's the author of several books including but not limited to god's lesser glory the diminish god of open god's greater glory the exalted god of scripture and the christian faith in big truth for young hearts teaching and learning the greatness of god. Dr welcome to after the fact. Thanks for joining us. Thank you kyle. It's a pleasure to be with you. So here's our big question today. When abraham intercedes on behalf of sodom in genesis team does abraham's prayer change. God's mind good question. Yeah that's it's very interesting passage but it has similarities with other similar kinds of passages. You might
A Prayer for Your Teen's Faith
"Us that we should be called children of god and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. I john three one. It's every parent's worry. How does my child continued trusting god when today's culture teaches him to question his faith. I discussed this topic with my team. His fresh perspective gave me renewed. Hope are open conversation uncovered. Three practical things. Parents can do to help our teens. Keep the faith in an increasingly faithless. World let's learn together to help our teens. State grounded in unshakable faith even in the midst of the madness one. It's not about controlling what they see but controlling what they see in you are teams may not always listen to what we say but they will absorb every detail of our actions. Are we displaying. Christ like character at home are retreating others with unconditional love and kindness. Do we rely on. God's word in times of trouble god scientists. To shine his light. Our kids will learn most about what it means to be a christ follower from watching our example to listen even when you dread what they might say. I want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me with their deepest thoughts and greatest fears. But i don't always heck like it. I need to create an atmosphere of trust a safe place to share burton's when we teach them about god at home is comforting. Peace will stay with them as they go about their daily lives. Let's pray our home will be a place of praising god and receiving his piece each day. Let's invite the holy spirit to buy their his presence will provide that safe place for them to speak and strength for us to listen home. Three reminder teen often who god says that they are god's word is alive powerful and true just hearing scripture spoken can revive her hearts and refresh tire bodies. We would never intentionally deprive our kids of the benefits of hearing what god says about them yet so often we busy schedules get in the way of proclaiming. God's goodness to our teams if my child has any question about how god sees him. This verse makes it clear sharing this promise with my team will give him confidence in who he is a child of the creator of the universe. Please pray with me. Your father's thank you for our children. Thank you for loving them even more than we do and for calling them out of darkness into your wonderful light. I peter two nine. They see a world of confusion here messages condemning their beliefs. Your word is more powerful than any negativity. That comes their way to help them. Keep their faith in you. Lord
Love Psalms: Psalm 103 - A Promise
"We can't have the way. God answers prayer be are indication of whether or not god loves us because that would go against the other places and the other things that we hear in scripture so when we come across a principal like does god heal all of our diseases and we don't know how to reconcile it. What we need to know is that god's ways are higher than our ways and that it isn't that can't be reconciled. It's just that we might not yet fully understand what that means. Hey everyone welcome back to how to stay the bible. My name is nicole. Eunice and i am your fellow journey on this journey of life and this desire to connect our lives with guide through his word. And that's what we do each and every week here and wherever you are in your faith wherever you are in your own personal journey you are welcome here. We are really just spending a few minutes together. Each time we're together looking at god's word exploring what it means to Understand the principles contained within the chapter or passage reverse that we're looking at and how to apply to our lives not so that we can just be full of bible knowledge. That's not the purpose at all. But actually so that we can be in a position where we're experiencing god and we are bringing ourselves into a posture of learning and of humility where we say we believe that god is present an active and speaks through his word and that his primary way of communicating with us is what he has given us through the holy scriptures. Which we're looking at together so or in a series called psalms and we are kind of journeying through the book of psalms looking at a couple of different verses and chapters that help us understand the psalms hole. So what we about in the opening of this series. Was the idea that the psalms cover the entire range of human expression that they invite us to be fully honest and fully ourselves with god but they also instruct us on how we can use trust and praise as a way of strengthening our faith as a way of expressing ourselves. Got so we can bring the fullness of ourselves and we can bring the discipline and the faith that comes with also expressing our praise and our trust in god no matter the circumstances that we face so we've looked at what it means to pour out our plea to god. We've looked at what it is to claimed. God's promises to pray to god and today we're going to be looking at a song of praise which has some one. Oh three so if you have your bible and you wanna turn to someone three if you're joining me from the car or mowing the lawn or washing dishes or Then i'm going to read the song for you and then we'll focus in on a couple of different places within the psalms. I just wanted you take a deep breath and let's come to god together. Someone oh three. I'm gonna read you from the new living translation today. Let all that. I am praised the lord with my whole heart.
Philippians Part 1
"Today's teaching from philippians. Starting here this weekend. The book of philippians. I think you're gonna learn some very valuable things first of all. Let me say that. Although jesus was a man of many sorrows and acquainted with grief he possessed a deep joy beyond anything that the world could offer as he faced the terrible death on calvary he spoke to his disciples and said these things. I have spoken on to you that my joy might remain in you and your jaw might be full. He said i'm telling you these things. Because i want you to have joy and not just any kind of joy but my joy john ten ten favorites that they've comes only still to kill and destroy but i came that you might have an enjoy your life so let me just ask and you don't have to give any visible answer but just to get you to think about it. How many of you are really enjoying your life. You see a lot of people are but a lot of people aren't because a lot of people think to enjoy life you have to have no problems way more than enough money everything that you want. And when jesus said he wants to have his joy it's a joy that we have when not much of anything written is going right in our lives in the book of philippians. Paul mentions joy nineteen times. It's the epistle of joy no matter what our circumstances are. It is our privilege privileges. A child of god to be full of joy. Although paul wrote this book while imprisoned he still found joy. What was his secret. Well he the mind and are functions of the mine sixteen times in the book of philippians so joy he mentions nine thousand nine times the mind and thoughts. He mentioned sixteen times. So how many of you already know that your mind. The thoughts you allow your mind are the thoughts you choose to think gone. Have a lot to do with your. Do you know you can think yourself into being miserable and honestly you can think yourself into being happy if you sit around and think about what you don't have and what people don't do for you that you think they should do. You can have a miserable day anytime you want to have one. Just get up and start thinking the wrong stuff in the morning. Just be as miserable as you want to feel. Sorry for yourself all day and the devil join your party and just it's marvelous are you can say no. I'm not thinking like that. Because i know my thoughts are going to affect my actions. My thoughts are going to affect my moods. And i'm not gonna give the devil one more day of my life. So i'm going to think about what people do for me and i'm going to think about what i do have not what i don't have and one thing i always have is jesus in my life and if i have him then i don't really need anything else to keep me happy. We absolutely must remember and be reminded often that our time here on earth is so short. Let's don't make too much out of it because when you're life here is over. It's not over. you're going to go somewhere else. There's only two choices either. Heaven are held. And if you've read anything at all about what hell's going to be like. I think it's obvious that heaven is the best place to choose. The only way to get in. There is to believe in jesus to believe that he is the son of god that he came and he for your sense he died for you and the only way that you can have real relationship with god is through christ spend your life here developing a close tight intimate relationship with jesus. He did not die for us so we could have a listen. He died for us so we can have a relationship with him. I'll say this again later in my teaching but one of the statements that i ran across studying for this in a lot of this about the apostle paul and you know he he had he had everything right. He had all the religious things that you should have to be the right kind of person. And i read a statement that said paul had to lose his religion to find salvation. Anybody relate so religious and we think we're doing all the right things. I can't stand it when i asked somebody. If they're saved and they say. Well i go to church. You can go to church all day long. That don't make your christian any more than sitting in a garage. We'll make your car so we need to know him. And the one thing that you have to invest if you want to really know somebody is time and you need more than forty five minutes to an hour or an hour and a half once a week a couple times a month on sunday morning the devil is working too hard out there and we've got to be feeding ourselves the word of god on a regular basis on. How many of you don't want to just do this. You want to have victory and how many of you don't want to just go to heaven. You wanna take some people with you. So nineteen times. He talked about joy. You know our joy. It's very important for people to see happy christians. We should be the happiest people on the face of the earth. And that doesn't mean we have to go around giggling and being giddy all the time but it means that we we should be able to have the same problems that other people have and yet handle them in a completely way man jar. The lord is my strength. That will doesn't want your stuff. He wants your joy. So paul wrote this book while he was in prison. Keep that in mind as we go through philippians and he's still found joy. What was this secret. He thought about the right things. He chose to have a positive perspective. Even the worst circumstances
Get To The Good Part
"Joseph said to them. Don't be afraid. am i in the place of god. You intend to harm me. But god intended it for good to accomplish what is now the saving of many lives. So then don't be afraid i will provide for you and your children and he reassured them and spoke kindly to god minute for good. The life of joseph is almost like an entire movie. I could even say it's like a like a show with seven seasons it spans about fourteen chapters in the book of genesis. Holly said one time that. She doesn't like sermons about joseph because they try to do too
A Prayer of Lament over False Prophets
"Apprai- your lament over false prophets. I make bucher read by liam martin in their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has been long hanging over them and their destruction has not been sleeping. Second peter two three eater wrote the above words to warn the church of false teachers. The biblical theology study bible explains their subversive immoral avaricious. They commercialized christianity. And are dishonest. They're false teaching is destructive and will result in their own destruction. There's undoubtedly a place for righteous anger in regard to those who seek to oppress and deceive others. But it's unlikely we'll ever argue anyone to jesus. There will continue to be false teachers. And as zondervan bible commentary explains not all will be unsuccessful. only god can take the tiny shards of shattered hearts and turn them into beautiful masterpieces that bring glory an honor to his name. When we make time to seek jesus we begin to see the world from his perspective. There will always be paying injustice deceit and death in this world. The christ assured us not to live in fear of it for he has already over comment. We live our lives in such a way that brings glory and honor his name. We will get to be part of the miraculous story of healing and restoration. Our mighty god has promised is to come. People are going to deceive. People will irritate us and cause anger to bubble and rise to such a rate. We may find ourselves looking down at a shattered phone screen thrown in anger in lament. People will also show us the love of christ when we need it most just as surely as we have enemies in this life the lord has placed people around us to be the arms of his embrace when we need it the most. Let's pray father. Today we pray a prayer of lament. How we long for the age of false prophets to be over and for you to come back and make all things new. Lord were so weary of injustice in those who claim you had allies lured. We long for you to make all the wrongs right. God we know that oath false prophets and truth tellers live with shattered earthly hearts under the curse of sin. There's no escaping the effects of sin on this earth through you. You've given us a way to live free in forgiveness and salvation so we pray for false prophets. Yes is hard as it. Is we pray for them. Father opened their eyes to your truth. Soften their hearts towards jesus your son you created every human life you love all of us. Forgive us for our anger toward one another and guide our righteous anger to bring glory and honor to you god. In a world that's easily offended extracted and swayed rueda. Solidly in your word. And in your truth. God stir our hearts to see and respond with grace with firm faith in you alone. Jesus you hung on the cross for us each shattered mess that only you could save. Thank you for piecing us back together and growing our hearts to know and love you more each day. We follow you. We look forward to the day. You repair all that has been lost wronged destroyed and hurt defeated of death. We long for your return. In jesus name we pray. Amen