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Frederick Mennonite 


No Fear of God


Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.


We see violence and rebellion rampant in our society these days. It has acted as a catalyst for distrust and division in a already seriously divided world. One wonders at the debased, profane behavior that has become commonplace in society.

As you read Romans 3 starting at verse 11 it states these people don't seek after God, they have lying tongues, they are full of cursings, they are full of bitterness, they are quick to shed innocent blood, destruction is their way of doing things, they are miserable, and they don't know the way of peace.

One wonders the upbringing of such people. I believe this could very well be the result of a childhood in which children were allowed to express themselves fully. After all one would not want to stifle a child's ability 'to express himself'! This unbridled messed up way in allowing a child to basically raise himself without any consequences of wrong doing has created a society so self serving and self focused that very few people have any concern for anyone other than themselves.

Pro 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

If our nation continues down this path of rejecting God and His Word we will reap what we as a nation have sown. We will slip into a completely corrupt and lawless society . Anarchy will be commonplace. The only hope for us as a nation is found in God.

2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

In this passage in 2Chron. 7:14 the call is to God's people. The reason for adressing God's people is that they already know the truth of God's Word [or should]. However I am afraid that to often God's people have lived and listened to the world so long that they have forgotten the sound of their Shepherd's voice. They have allowed the corruption that is in this world to desensitize them to God's call in their life to live a seperated life.

Some Christians have allowed the rebellious attitude of a rebellious nation to permeate their thinking.Before they know what has happened it has crept into every avenue of their life.They speak evil of dignitaries.

2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

The thought of prayer for those in authority has long left their mind and griping over the ever apparent corruption that has become part of our society is the order of the day.We are to be people of faith walking in obedience to the Word of God.We do not walk by sight but by faith.

This spirit of rebellion that has even crept into the people of God is a curse.

1Sa 15:23a For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry

It is antiChrist and sets one up for a root of bitterness to be planted in the heart - defiling all that we come in contact with.

Do you have a problem with authority ? I have examined my own heart over the years and have found that it is so easy to slip into the rebellious attitudes that this godless world models. Even among believers we can often find ourselves bristling when challenged.

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Submission is not becoming a 'yes man'. It is largely a attitude of the heart. I believe that a believer that lives in submission to the Lord and His Word will find that his attitude and lifestyle will be one that models not the world but Christ's.

I believe that we as believers have bought the lie that 'after all it is my right'. The flesh has reared it's ugly head and once more we have become that child that screams and demands he have his own way.A life submitted to the Lord is a life who like Christ is able to say 'neverless not my will but Thine be done'. This is surrender not to the hapless wanton destruction of Satan but a committing ourselves into the capable hands of a faithful God.

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The Church [not a denomination but the Body of Christ] must come together and start operating as God intended. Submission to our Lord , His Word , and each other must propel us to carry out the mission our Lord left us with. - Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.






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