Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of July 19-25, 2009) July 23, 2009

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Revelation 3:15-16
I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!
A 19th century clergyman Edwin Hubbel Chapin warned, “Neutral men are the devil’s allies.”  Satan loves it when we don’t defend the goodness of the Lord in face of controversy.  Not that we need to point our fingers and judge, but to accept some of what goes on around us is not only compromise and complacency, it’s absurd. 
Folks, we have to take a stand and be bold. What is taking place in the world around us is absolutely unacceptable….and all people, including Christians have become desensitized by what was once considered shocking! As children of the KING, we do not have to tolerate the evil that surrounds us! We have been given the power to trample on snakes and scorpions, so why don’t we use that power?
Think about this….Have you ever had a friend who didn’t defend you because that friend was afraid to get involved?  That person wanted to remain neutral so as not to ruffle the feathers of another.  It hurts.  Well, think how our Lord feels when we stand by and allow and accept inappropriate behavior and attitudes that consistently take place. 
We are called to be the light of the world….shining His LIGHT so that others will see a reflection of what is true and right-JESUS!  We are not perfect, but our witness can be either powerful or powerless.
 Bible 2  
Sometimes we don’t recognize evil.  That’s why it is important to study Scripture and pay attention to the realities of this world.  When we see things as the Holy Spirit sees them, we can begin to understand His perspective and fight for His honor.  We have all the armor necessary for battle, and remember the victory is ours!
God isn’t pleased with simply accepting His sacrifice…….we must commit to our mission as His team of followers.  Standing on the sidelines and not taking action won’t cut it.  I am not saying stand on the corner and scream to everyone walking around that they are condemned if they don’t accept the Cross. 
I am saying that we must begin each day in an effort to pursue His purpose for us, seek His will, and LIVE it – set apart.  Our actions, words, attitudes, schedule, and plans will reflect what and WHO we stand for! 
Check your heart today……..a friend of the world is an enemy of God!  C. H. Spurgeon says it well:  “Be half a Christian, and you will have just enough religion to make you miserable.”  Incredible but true statement! 
Wood Cross

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