Praise the Lord Saints.
I’m just baffled, bewildered, amazed and confused as to how one can believe that the things you do, say or even think are not being recorded by God.
I guess it’s because they appear to have lost their God conscience, meaning they don’t seem to believe that everything they do will be judged by God.
This thing with the mega church pastor not opening up his church because, as he said, no one asked him to is not just disheartening, it’s criminal from a spiritual perspective.
The overwhelming issues we are facing both nationally and locally are making it quite easy to write these past month’s articles as well as this one and future ones.
I say this because the things that some are saying and doing are so against what we as a people have been priding ourselves on, standing on and believing for such a long time. Now, it’s a free-for-all.
I can’t begin to stress the urgency and need for a resurgence of just basic spiritual principles and practices.
Let’s look at some scripture on this very matter.
Ezekiel 34:1-10 (AMP)
34 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to them, the [spiritual] shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe (judgment is coming) to the [spiritual] shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 You eat the fat [the choicest of meat], and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the best of the livestock, but you do not feed the flock. 4 You have not strengthened those who are weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bandaged the crippled, you have not brought back those gone astray, you have not looked for the lost; but you have ruled them with force and violence. 5 They were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the predators of the field. 6 My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the face of the earth and no one searched or sought them.”’”
7 Therefore, you [spiritual] shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 8 “As I live,” says the Lord God, “certainly because My flock has become prey, My flock has even become food for every predator of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; 9 therefore, you [spiritual] shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My flock from them and make them stop tending the flock, so that the shepherds cannot feed themselves anymore. I will rescue My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”
Proverbs 6:16 (AMP)
16 These six things the Lord hates; Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him: 17 A proud look the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others.
19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.
Philippians 2:3 (AMP)
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.
Matthew 25:41-46 (AMP)
41 “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me [with help and ministering care].’ 44 Then they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’ 46 Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal (unending) punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by His remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.”
I’m also hearing that of the donations sent, only a fraction, as little as 10 percent, actually makes it to the ones that need it most.
How do you respond to this kind of stuff? It used to be by praying, but the above scriptures shows us that some prayers ulterior motives. Smh.
Till next week,
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD