Flashlights in the dark…

Joseph in the Old Testament was brought before Pharaoh King of Egypt. Pharaoh had experienced a strange dream, and the king had heard that this young Jewish man was gifted in interpreting dreams… we read of this in Genesis 41.

After Joseph had been blessed by God with the interpretation along with some action items to take in preparation for the forthcoming prophesied famine… we are told in Genesis 41:38… Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?

When we are faithful to God… reading, practicing and living out His word… pagans will see that as light and it will be noticed… perhaps even leading them to a saving knowledge of Jesus the Christ… as we are told in John 8:32… Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. Perhaps, by being  a light even pagans who consider themselves as god… as Pharaoh did, will see and notice that Divine Spirit within us..

And saints we live in a day and age, when the pagans of this world… in our own country, consider themselves to be god… for example: earlier this month New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that would legalize abortions up to birth in New York state.

This is evil. New York Politician’s and the Governor have put themselves in the place of God… allowing the murder of innocent children right up to birth. Evil.

We must stand fast in this dark, pagan world… being flashlights… so that the world will not walk in darkness. Pray… Proclaim… and Practice the Word of God… every day!

A New Year, the New Covenant…

In contrast to the Mosaic Covenant under which Israel failed, God promised a New Covenant with a spiritual, divine dynamic by which those who desire to know Him would participate in the blessings of salvation… we read of that in Jeremiah 31:31-34:

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD,” for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

These verses, quoted in Hebrews 8:8-12 and 10:16-17, show that this is the same covenant that the church has already made with God. Rather than doing away with the law of God, the New Covenant gives people the means, not only to obey it, but to live and walk in it and make it a part of their daily lives.

When the Jew finally recognize Jesus as their in fulfillment of Zechariah 12:10, God will give the people of Israel and Judah new hearts, and they will finally be able to follow God consistently and have real relationships with Him. God will forgive their sins, and Israel will finally begin to be the witness to the rest of the world that God intended her to be.

But Christian, since we are already a part of this New Covenant, as we begin this new year of 2019… let’s commit our hearts, souls, and energies to being the church of Jesus that God desires us to be. Our new year’s resolution should be to seek the Lord in all things- first. Not after we have attempted to do whatever the situation is, in our own strength… and then seek the Lord.

No. Let’s witness to the world that our hope and trust is in nothing less than the finished work on the cross by Jesus… the New Covenant. In all things and in all situations. Amen?