Underestimating God’s Power

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
    however skillful the enchanter may be. Psalm 58:3-5

The first part of verse three is absolutely true, though in a different sense than what David probably wrote it. We are all sinners from birth. We were all in desperate need of a savior because there was no hope for us.

The interesting thing about what King David writes here is that were it not for the Grace of God in our lives, we would be walking the same path and doing some of the same things. We say we would absolutely never do such and such, but history has proven time and again, if sin is not held “in check”, it only gets larger and more pronounced. Look at society as a whole. In general is it getting better or worse as the years pass?

So, how do you pray for the wicked?

  • We can pray as David prayed that God would punish the wicked (Psalm 58:6)
  • We can pray for God to punish the wicked (Psalm 5)
  • We can pray for protection from the wicked (Psalm 140:1)
  • We can pray to be delivered from wicked (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
  • We can pray for God to confuse the minds of the wicked (Psalm 55:9-11; Job 5:12)

God ultimately has the ability to influence and change the hearts and minds of the wicked. The apostle Paul is a prime example of this radical change. When Paul (then named Saul) was presiding over Stephen’s stoning (Acts 7:54-60), it’s doubtful the other Believers considered Paul would ever be “one of them.”

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Pray for Leaders

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
    Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2

As David noted here, there were unjust rulers back in his time, much like there are unjust rulers now. People then had similar motives for ruling unjustly much like they do now. If we were to dig a little deeper, the subjects of money, power, sex, and control would be prime reasons for injustices then, much as they are prime reasons for leaders to be corrupt now.

It’s sin nature. I’d like to think that we’d do better if we were in those positions, but when you control and distribute large amounts of money, the money and control and power is very tempting and alluring.

Today as the New Year begins, pray for an elected official (local, state or federal, it does not matter). They need Godly men and women to pray that they would have wisdom and constraint as they make decisions that affect lives. Then, drop them a line and let them know you prayed for them. It doesn’t have to be a big deal or a lengthy letter, and it’s probably a bigger deal for them than it is for us. But do pray for them.

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I Lift Up My Eyes

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. Psalm 121:1-8 ESV

As you read this, the New Year will be here. Throughout 2015 we will certainly need the Lord’s help, not just in the monumental, life-changing things, but in the living of life itself. If it’s not habit already, call on Him.

  • Call on Him when you’re in trouble
  • Call on Him when you’re celebrating
  • Call on Him in the noisiest of conditions
  • Call on Him in the stillness of the night
  • Call on Him in sickness
  • Call on Him when there’s no real need to call on Him.

Let’s make this the year that we “lift up our eyes to the hills”, shall we?

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A Fresh Start

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV

Two days before the New Year becomes a reality, I thought it would be appropriate to start thinking about fresh starts.

As these verses clearly show us, every day is a new day. Even though we run into common scenarios and the same people, God’s mercies are fresh for each of us. The New Year is a time to reflect on the previous year and to look ahead to a fresh start. In reality, though, we can have that fresh start each day, every day. Each year can be made up of 365 fresh starts.

What is preventing you from waking each morning with a fresh start? What is dragging you down and weighing heavy on your heart and mind? Accept his mercies. Embrace them. Wake each morning with the challenge that today will be fresh and wonderful.

A bit Pollyanna you say? Well, I’ve heard about the alternatives, and I’ll stick to fresh and wonderful!

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Glory of the Lord

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Psalm 57:11

I know it’ll seem like a rhetorical question, but how is it possible for God go be exalted “above” the heavens? Quite easily. He made them!

Christians in countries around the world are His glory “over all the earth.” Do you realize that it all started with just a handful of people who were afraid to leave the Upper Room? What would the people say? What would they think? Then they were scattered.

The Lord’s glory continues to spread day by day as God’s people are obedient to His calling.

Continue to pray for missionaries you know around the world.

If you need suggestions on who to pray for: Javier & Erin Gomez, who are in Zacapa, Guatemala. Pray the Lord’s blessing and anointing on Javier and Erin, and that through them the Glory of the Lord will spread throughout Guatemala.

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