fruitage of the spirit's journal

Expressions from the Heart

Spiritual Compromise

MICAH 7:1-20

I speak for the Women with Purpose class at FBO (Orlando) when I say that the lesson this week on spiritual compromise was well needed, to say the least. Micah was distressed over the condition of his people.

 42-156502951Woe is me! For I am like the
        Fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers
         There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
         Or a first-ripe fig which I crave.
    2The godly person has perished from the land,
         And there is no upright person among men
         All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
         Each of them hunts the other with a net.
    3Concerning evil, both hands do it well
         The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe,
         And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
         So they weave it together.
 

 

We can relate to Micah’s description of a corrupt society because it mirrors that of today. We had the opportunity to read from three articles from Saturday’s newspaper; news of arrests due to drug possession, child pornography and illegal traffic violations were a few among many. Referring to his generation, Micah declared that no one upright can be found among the people (Micah 7:2); wickedness had spread throughout the society he knew and prophesied about.

     5Do not trust in a neighbor;
         Do not have confidence in a friend.
         From her who lies in your bosom
         Guard your lips.
    6For son treats father contemptuously,
         Daughter rises up against her mother,
         Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
         A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

 Verses 5-6 reveal how this corruption affects the family unity. I quote Linda’s expression: “Loyalty is a characteristic of love. When loves fails, the loyalty disappears”. Lack of love for one another is what happened to the family structure in Micah’s day. People stopped caring and in time, it became routine to be a part of a sinful and immoral society. As Christians, we must not become complacent about living in a society similar to that in Micah’s day. Micah was a man of constant prayer. Despite the circumstances that surrounded him, he trusted God to hear him and respond with help. Micah was a lover of God; he trusted in His promises and knew that He would keep them. Micah was determined to wait on “the God of HIS salvation”. He knew the promise God made to Abraham and rested in the assurance that God would restore His people again. Micah did not conform to the conditions around him; rather, he maintained busy doing God’s work and waiting on Him.

    7But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD;
         I will wait for the God of my salvation
         My God will hear me.

 We may feel as if one person can’t make a difference when compared to the numerous others who choose sin over God; or perhaps we choose to work out our own salvation by not conforming to this world’s corruption (and letting God take care of the rest). But our voice can make a difference and we can become active in proclaiming God’ message to those hungering for truth! We can start right in our own household and declare what Joshua declared, “As for me and my family, we will worship the LORD” (Josh 24:15) Like Micah, we know that’s there only one source of salvation; God will remove rebellion and wickedness once and for all. Those of us who grieve over this world’s conditions find comfort in God’s grace and faithfulness.

 Families are encouraged to spend time together. Walls of separation are being built one brick at a time. Our youth is being bombarded by depraved messages in movies and music; the craze of cell phone texting and internet messaging; the pressure from their peers to engage in wrong-doing – brick by brick, the enemy builds. The stress of the economy has many family heads anxious over the loss of jobs; depression affects millions of people worldwide. Society promotes a fantasy world of immorality – causing the bonds of marriage to snap under pressure. Our families don’t have to succumb to these conditions. We declare again, “As for me and my family, we will worship the LORD” (Josh 24:15)”. We may live in a culture that is in opposition to our faith, but it doesn’t mean we have to conform to their belief systems. We have confidence in God!

     18Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
         And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
         He does not retain His anger forever,
         Because He delights in unchanging love.
    19He will again have compassion on us;
         He will tread our iniquities under foot
         Yes, You will cast all their sins
         Into the depths of the sea.
    20You will give truth to Jacob
         And unchanging love to Abraham,
         Which You swore to our forefathers
         From the days of old.

 The sisters in WWP are grateful to Linda P. for teaching class these next few weeks and for bringing out such thought-provoking messages in Scripture. We look forward to next week’s lesson. God Bless.

Advertisements

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Expressions | , , , , | 2 Comments

first post!

friendsFinally! After several months of trying to figure out how to blog and learn WordPress, I think I’m getting the hang of this. I still have to figure out little details such as setting the right time or learning how to get creative with the weblog, but at least we can begin to explore this new venture in cyberspace!

Personally, this weblog is long overdue.  I’ve been trying to find a way to bring together spiritually minded friends to share thoughts, prayer and encouragement. I have been blessed to have in my life brothers and sisters in Christ who have made an impact in my life.  The encouragement I receive from these beloved friends is sometimes overwhelming – I am so thankful to God for bringing these individuals into my life. As I continue in my walk with the Lord, I’m amazed at how much He reveals to me day by day. Recently, I have met new friends through the Women with a Purpose lifegroup and The Significant Woman class and I look forward to sharing expressions of faith with them as well. 

In bible times, the nation of Isreal was God’ chosen people. To identify them, the Isrealites had to wear a fringe on the bottom of their clothing. The fringes identified them as belonging to the chosen nation. However, Jesus said that his disciples would be identified by the love among themselves (John 13:35). We no longer need the fringes – our love for one another characterizes us as Christ’s diciples; it is this (unconditional) love that compels me to bring this journal of experiences, knowledge, thoughts and support.  God bless!

March 7, 2009 Posted by | Expressions | , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

%d bloggers like this: