Another week of chaos has developed across the United States. Two more men killed while dealing with Police, both of which are under investigation. Two men are shot at a violent protest by a teenager wielding an assault rifle. When we embrace violence and believe that guns will solve all our problems, this is the expected result. When police are not given the time or funding to become better defensive experts with just their hands, they will go to the gun every time for their safety. When we, as an American culture, promote gun ownership and violence as we have foolishly done over the last two decades, when you bring assault rifles to a volatile situation like we are seeing in Portland, someone at some point is going to get killed. America is obsessed with conspiracy theories, yet we are ignoring the greatest conspiracy of our generation: the devil is winning. If you are not letting love rule your life, we will never defeat the devil and never have peace. Jesus is the answer. Not guns, not defunding the police. It’s teaching this world the truth of who Jesus is and what He stands for.
We’re back to another New Music Friday. I never had a chance to share any singles off NEEDTOBREATHE‘s new album, which I highly recommend. We had a great week of new music, and judging by the first three songs I have previewed on today’s playlist, I’m going to have another week full of amazing new releases. The song above really spoke to my heart and I wanted to share it now. Call on the Lord. He is with us through this storm. He is the answer. Nothing else in this world will fix this mess.
11For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.(Titus 2:11-14)
The grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions. We are taught many things throughout our lives, some lessons are easily forgotten, some are important to our well-being so they are put into practice and part of our daily routines. Somehow, while teaching us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions is part of our upbringing as Christians, we struggle with this basic necessity of being a Christian. Our nation is consumed with worldly passions; we chase wealth, measure success on economic standards, purchase the biggest, shiniest, and indulge in elaborate toys and vacations. There is nothing wrong with living a life of comfort, but there is no excuse for living a life of excess, especially in the eyes of Jesus. He paid it all for us, to set us free from sin, not to set us free from responsibility. We still have a responsibility to be the example to the world in how to live modest, humble lives of generosity and passion. So take a look at what you have in life. Is it what you want, or what you need? If it is not what you need, you might want to exchange it for something of true value, like giving of your time to those in need.
Reading plan: Titus 2:11-13
Deeper reading plan: Ezekiel 7, 8
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for God’s wings of protection to cover all the children returning to school. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Day 4-4 reps of the following:
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squat
- Leg lift
Friday run: 1-mile fun run