Glory to the one God, the triune God, God of the Old and New Testaments, who does not change, who seeks a relationship with man, the revealing God, the saving and sustaining God, the God who rewards the seeker — this is the God we serve, the God we glorify, the God we declare, the God we await from the heavens, the God who judges and justifies, to live forever with him in joy and peace and everlasting love!

 

This verse reached out and touched me this morning.

But I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives,
and have a strong commitment to justice.
This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion,
and Israel with its sin.
Micah 3.8 NET.

I — In contrast with the false prophets who mislead the people, v. 5.

full — more than completely equipped.

Courage — what’s needed to do the difficult task, against all odds.

that the Lord’s spirit gives — the source is God, without whom the task would be overwhelming.

strong commitment to justice — a keen sense of what is right, which also comes from the Lord, in contrast with the leaders who “hate what is good, and love what is evil” v. 2.

to confront — what no one else will do, by speaking or stating in clear terms, in hopes of repentance on the part of the people.

This verse also applies to me as a follower of Christ, whose task is to proclaim repentance to all and forgiveness of every sin.

I’m at the gate in São Paulo waiting for the call to board, headed to Salvador for the year’s big event for the northeast. I ask prayer for a safe trip and that my two lessons and discussion classes will edify the brethren and encourage any non-Christians who might happen to be present. Pray too that I hold up well under some fierce temperatures. Continue reading