[his] father, and a servant his master: if then I [be] a father, where [is] mine
honour? and if I [be] a master, where [is] my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto
you…” Malachi 1:6.
Indeed, where is His honor, and where is the fear of
the Lord? How can we say we honor or fear God when we won’t even stand up for
Him in a crowd? I recently read a news article on World Net Daily’s website
which claimed a county in California stood up against that state and refused to
give marriage licenses to homosexual couples. Their lawyers had given them sound
advice that what some judges in that state did was unlawful. The very next day
they relented under pressure and fell into step with the rest of California. In
chapter four of the book of Acts we are told about a time when Peter and John
were arrested because they were preaching about Christ to a crowd of people at
Solomon’s porch. Through the power of the Holy Spirit they had just convince
about five thousand people of the truth about Christ.
They were brought before Annas and Caiaphas who commanded
them not to speak or teach in the
of Jesus of Nazareth any more. Read carefully the response that Peter and John
gave to these deceived men. “…Whether it be right in the sight of God
to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye, For we
cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard,” Acts 4:19, 20.
Do we fear man over God? If we are sons of God as the scriptures tell
us, how can we ever turn our backs on God’s truth, and ultimately on God
Himself? “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the
sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12.
Power, power, power, wonderful working power! Believers need to understand
the power we were given because it is power beyond that of any other mortals.
Only as sons of God have we received such power. Only as sons of God can we
preach the Gospel with awesome wonderful power.
It seems that, for the most part, Christians in America
have little or no intestinal fortitude. People, we are in a battle.
We don’t battle against other people such as non-believers, but
we are constantly battling against powers and
principalities, minions of evil in high places. Christians in every walk of life
are entrenched in this battle. Yes its Satan’s domain and the battle rages unto
God’s finale. It’s our flesh that battles against our spirit, but
how long are we going to allow the flesh to win
these battles? Ultimately we know who wins the war, but shouldn’t we be holding
up our end, fighting against the evils of our time? “For as many as are led
by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God,” Romans 8:14.
Are we being led by the Holy Spirit or a satanic spirit?
The followers of Jesus Christ can’t live and work in
this country without knowing just how perverse a society we live in. God’s word
tells us that we are to live inthe
world but not be of the world. In other words, we aren’t earth dwellers;we
are sojourners just passing through on our way to where God has prepared a
wonderful mansion for each of His sons in Heaven. This world needs to see
Christians standing firm on God’s promises, they need to see us aligning
ourselves with His word, and we need to reflect God’s one and only Son in our
daily walk.We are to be as a guiding
light. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God
without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye
shine as lights in the world;” Philippians 2:15.
If we love God, and I’m sure all true born again
believers do, shouldn’t we stand up for our Jesus? God should be pleased to call
us His children, His sons. We are to honor God with our lives, because He
purchased us with His blood. There should be nothing more important in this life
thanshowing ourselves approved by the
only One that counts. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not,
1 John 3:1.
Where is God’s honor and where is the fear of the
Lord that should be residing in His people? Standing firm is hardly spoken of
among the throng of apathetic Christians in today’s society. If we have faith
God will take care of the rest. If we don’t believe that simple fact then how
can we call ourselves sons of God? Do we trust God to accomplish His will
through us,or do we place our trust in
man? We are about to embark on a new road in this county. By this time next year
we will have endured a few months of life under a brand new leader. In November
we will choose a new president to run our country, but whoever we vote for it’s
ultimately God’s decision who He will place in that exalted position. That
individual may not recognize that fact but it’s the truth. He may not run this
country according to God’s will, but that’s between our new president and God.
Whether or not he honors God with the decisions he makes politically or in his
personal life will ultimately forge Americas future
and his relationship with the Savior of the world. History books will record for
all to see if God is honored by this man.
God is our Father, we are His sons, and this sonship
is representative of women also. We become fathers and mothers and we teach our
children to respect and honor their elders.How
would we feel if we had sons or daughters who were too ashamed of us, to even
introduce us to their friends? That would hurt wouldn’t it? Would we love them
any less? Of course not. Are we ashamed of our God? Too ashamed to introduce Him
to our friends?
God is with us in all our decisions whether good or
bad. He even knows what decisions we’ll make before we make them and yet He
still loves us unconditionally. He doesn’t love us any less if we fail Him. Do
we hurt Him as we neglect His commands? Absolutely. God is an awesome Father. We
were chosen by Him to be His sons and daughters. “Therefore said I unto you,
that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father,”
John 6:65. God sees us as He sees His Son Jesus and that fact alone
should humble us and continually convict us. Christians should always be asking
themselves, “What have I done with God’s love”.
One of His commands is honor your father and mother.
As born again believers in Christ, God is our Father. Are we honoring Him with
our lives and our decisions? We make decisions everyday that affect the way the
world looks at us. We are to honor the Father with our lives right now and
forever. We belong to Jesus Christ and no matter what comes our way, no matter
what kind of adversity is thrown in our faces we must stand firm. The end of all
things is coming on the scene like a locomotive out of control. The news of
events happening around the world that coincide with Bible prophecy are
happening so quickly that we hardly have time to dwell on one thingbefore
another hits us square between the eyes.
Whatever happens to us in this world shouldn’t
matter.The only thing that should
matter is that we continue steadfastly honoring God with our lives and
decisions? In these “Last of Times” we may very well see the same persecution
endured by the early Church come upon the current congregation of believers.
In both the Old and New Testaments we see that it is
the sons who inherit. There are a few exceptions to that rule, but as sons of
God we are to inherit the Kingdom of God. “There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all
one in Christ Jesus.” Galations 3:28.
Sons of God, do you love Him, do you really love Him?
God bless you all,