Read: Luke 12:1-12
Looking back over the past ten years, I am shocked at the moral fiber of our country. The United States has legalized marijuana and same sex marriages, while celebrating a culture of teenaged girls and celebrities having illegitimate babies via reality shows. High level politicians have been embroiled with infidelity and public corruption. Because of the media approach to these events, they have become the “norm” of our society. As these norms have shifted away from the Bible and toward personal comfort, it has become increasingly more difficult to live biblically. We have become a society who wants to edit the Bible-picking and choosing what makes our life choices acceptable.
As Christians, we must not bow to the idol of others’ values, but must remain diligent in searching God’s plan and truth. Living in the gospel is not easy by today’s standards and may even cause discomfort while on earth. It is much easier to live like those around us are living. “Everyone else is doing it.” “I don’t want to be left out.”
When we flee from God’s word, we give others a chance to label us as hypocrites. Though hypocrisy is to be expected, the truth cannot be hidden for long. Keeping secrets gives Satan power over your life.
As you make decisions today for your family or loved ones, focus on God’s plan and not the world’s plan for your decisions. The reward will be greater later.
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.