November 14, 2014

ReadJude 1-25

My husband does not eat corn.  Once while clearing his dishes, I noticed a small little golden pyramid in the bottom on his bowl, a perfect tower of corn.  He is serious about this.  He became violently ill from it once, and it made a lasting impression.  He claims it still nauseates him to even eat a kernel or two.

Quite often we are rightly admonished to not be judgmental, but just as often we back down from speaking a correcting word for fear of seeming judgmental.  This attitude reflects a lack of understanding of judgment on our part.  When my daughter points out that I am speeding, she is not judging me.  She is pointing out a fact.  It is the Court who will convict and judge me.  The same principle applies here, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.” These actions provide the evidence of those who follow ungodly passions.  Just as my heeding the corrective word to slow down may prevent my being convicted of speeding and having to pay the consequences of judgment, a corrective statement of fact may allow others to avoid conviction of “ all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way.”  This seems quite simple, yet, we remain reluctant to acknowledge the facts set before us.  Perhaps it is that, unlike my husband developing his intense dislike of corn, we have not had our fill.  Sin does not nauseate us.  We are not repulsed by the actions of a man the Bible clearly identifies as an infidel, or those of the woman called brazen, or even those of ourselves when we neglect what we once fully knew.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.