You May Not Want to Read This
By Dean Honeycutt
In the last few months, our country has been divided over many issues. And it seems exceedingly difficult at times to take a stand on the Word of God without offending someone? I often find myself questioning my own convictions at times. How can so few of us who are convinced we are following the Lord and His Word appear to have extraordinarily little influence in our nation today? Like Jeremiah the prophet, he preached his heart out and warned of God’s judgment, but no one listened. That is why Jeremiah is referred to as the “weeping prophet.”
Did Jesus ever bring conflict and division among the people He conversed with? The answer is yes most certainly. As a matter of fact, Jesus said this in Luke 12:51–53 (KJV 1900) 51” Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Why did the ministry of Christ bring division? The reason the ministry of Christ brought division was that human people are sinful by nature and the righteousness of Jesus the God-Man would bring conviction of sin upon the sinner. Some people would repent of their sin and follow Christ as Savior and Lord. However, far more would rebel and harden their hearts against Christ and never seek repentance and there bringing division, hatred, and confusion against the Savior. The Same is true today the Gospel message is offensive because it shines a light on the places of our heart that want to remain in darkness. John 3:19 (KJV 1900) 19” And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Do you notice how the news media never mention the sinful nature of our actions? The violence in our streets, the killing of the baby in the womb, the changing and reconstruction of the family, and gender. But we cannot expect secular people to explain the true reason for sinful actions. The news media, politicians, and secular psychology will never address the true problem with the human heart. We are sinners in need of a heart transplant that can only happen in repentance and faith in Christ. Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV 1900) “26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
Thank the Lord for Salvation.”
Have you ever wondered what our nation will be like in 100 years? The Bible is under attack. Christian values do not matter that much in society today. But we cannot stop doing what God has called us to do in love and as much as possible in peace. Romans 12:18 (KJV 1900) 18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
The battle is not mine. The battle is the Lord’s. I am just on His team trying to make the best decisions possible moving forward in faith. The devil has used covid-19 to hinder us, but he will not prevail. Remain faithful child of God. Read the Bible to your children to help them understand why God’s word is a “lamp unto their feet and a light to their path.” Pray earnestly for Gospel witnessing and contend for your Faith. Jesus Christ is coming for His Church “look up your redemption draws near.” God bless you as you serve the Lord to be faithful to your church encourage your pastor, he needs your prayers. Be thankful and be generous. We pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we love you.
Pastor Dean Honeycutt shepherds Snow Hill Baptist Church in Bakersville, NC. He may be reached at 828-385-0213, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.snowhillbaptist.com.
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