Good morning everyone and God bless you all! Today is the first day back to school for the kids, so I’m back to the normal stay at home Dad routine. Back to spending the days alone, yet never really alone, in a quiet house with the Lord. Summer break always goes too fast. I have been reading the Book of Romans this morning and I was struck by the power of the introduction. The very first chapter of Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome could have been written to my country, the USA! Matter of fact, my fellow American brothers and sisters, it would be awesome if everyone in our country would read the entire Book of Romans!
I am speaking specifically of verses 18-32 in chapter one. Those verses make me think of the depravity and madness that has spread like a cancer throughout my country. You can’t kick God out of everything in society and expect that your nation will be peaceful. The more people go down the wicked road of twisting God’s order, the more suffering there will be. My nation and all the nations of the world must turn back to God and invite Him back in to every part of our societies! Trusting in man is not going to bring peace. The governments of man are a sad spectacle of the spiritually blind leading the spiritually blind. What people are missing is a relationship with Jesus, the lover of their souls!
Take a look at these verses and see for yourself if they remind you of the immorality and depravity we are seeing in America and many other nations in the world today:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
That is what the whole world has done; exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and now we have shameful lust and every kind of wickedness running rampant in the streets! Our societies will not be at peace as long as people refuse God and His Word. You cannot kill babies, invent more ways of doing evil by passing even more laws to kill babies right up to birth, approve of, glorify, and promote the abomination of homosexuality (including promoting the abomination of gender confusion even to little kids, which is child abuse), and expect there to be peace. You cannot pump society (especially our children) full of pharmaceutical drugs that make people depressed, suicidal, and murderous and expect peace. You cannot degrade and persecute the holy union of marriage between one man and one woman and expect there to be peace. You cannot worship creation and shun the Creator and expect peace. You cannot hate God and expect there to be peace!
God created us to be in a relationship with Him. The further we get from that relationship, the darker the nations of the world become. This is evident on the news every day all over the world. People do not want to be told that they are sinful and they need forgiveness. People do not want to repent, so society continues to suffer under the weight of justifying sinful desires.
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
There will come a time when God will no longer put up with the arrogant display of depravity around the world and He will bring justice to the earth in great power and glory. Praise God that He loves us and He offers us forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus! He does not want us to suffer the wrath that will come upon the whole earth in the end. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the salvation of the whole world! Turn away from the depraved thinking of our time! Do not exchange the truth of God for the lies of this world. God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in His creation and we are all without excuse. Just look at the above photo I took while flying over the Grand Canyon coming home from California! There is a God, One True God, in Heaven who loves us all! He wants all of us to come to repentance and receive eternal life! He does not want any of us to perish in the coming judgment!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.”
2 Peter 3:9-15
God’s kindness is leading the nations toward repentance! Turn away from the maddening lies of the evil one and turn to God and live! Through faith in Jesus alone, we are forgiven of our sins and saved! Through faith in Jesus alone, God reconciles and redeems us from the godlessness and wickedness of this world! When you believe in Jesus, you stand justified before God!
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
My prayer for my country and all the nations of the world is that the Lord would spread holy revival on the whole earth and billions would be at peace with God through faith in Jesus! May all the nations flee the wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity of our time and may we all retain the knowledge of God and live to please Him!
The old bumper sticker is true:
NO JESUS NO PEACE
KNOW JESUS KNOW PEACE
Because you can’t kick God out and expect peace.
Grace and peace to you all!