September 11, 2018
St. Paul wrote to his infant Church in Corinth, “Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God. 1_Cor_6:1-11
Well! Guess that cuts out most of our fellow liberal neighbors! But, boy-oh-boy, how perfect are we, beloved, in avoiding all of those moral errors? It’s hard to even buy groceries without having all their trash staring us in the face in those magazines at the checkout counter. That doesn’t mean we actually do those nasty things. But we’re exposed to them all the time! We’re threatened and we’re tempted.
THEN, that is the time to pray, beloved. Pray before we go shopping. Pray before we get into the car (for patience). Pray when we go to watch a movie or even the television. Pray that the Holy Spirit will keep our minds and our hearts clean (safe)!
And THAT, He WILL do –
IF we trust in Him/Her!
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Seventeen years ago, today, we Americans in our sleepy comfort zone, experienced an unprecedented and unexpected attack by terrorists in our own land – something that much of the rest of the world has to deal with constantly. That day created a change in us that has had an impact on the rest of the world as well. But here at home we’ve lost our sense of security, our sense of trust, not only in those of foreign birth and our own international citizens, but even in our own government. It has bred prejudices, anger and hatred that the children who were not even born yet in 2001 have inherited, and may not even know why. And sadly, their parents, who were just children themselves back then, have had to deal with a trauma that has never really healed. And it’s only their parents now, who know the true difference between the before and after 9-11 world.
That event shocked us into the perceived reality that there really is no security except of our own making. We have our guns, we have our security cameras, we have our drugs, and alcohol and walls! But, you know what? All of those are just ruses to what we really need.
You see, beloved, I think WE understand – that the only real security that anyone has, is in our Lord! (Otherwise, you wouldn’t even be reading this webpage.) And that is exactly what so much of our country and our world has forgotten. It’s not anger, nor hatred, nor vengeance, nor guns that will set us free! It’s not anesthesia, like drugs, or alcohol, or sex that will set us free. The only true freedom comes in our belief in Jesus Christ. It’s not our country, nor our house, nor our school, nor our bomb shelters, nor even our bodies that will set us free. Jesus paid the price for our freedom with His own body, in order to prove, through His resurrection and through His ascension, that we truly have the hope of eternal life. We truly are free from this bodily cocoon that we’re so earnestly trying to save.
When we can let go of all of that false security around us, beloved! When we can fully trust in God and rely on the Holy Spirit for our guidance, only then will true Freedom be ours! It’s there, just for the asking. “Whatever you ask the Father in my Name,” said Jesus, “will be yours.” Jn_16:23
Seek His will, trust in Him, and LIVE FREE!
AMEN! And God bless you ALWAYS!
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