Friday, June 13, 2014
The Fall (Pun Intended) of 2008
It’s America That’s Burning Now. The Lord stands up to plead (Isaiah 3:13). The lofty looks of man shall be humbled; the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down (Isaiah 2:11):
The wrath of God will be revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things (Romans 1:18-23).
Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator. For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another -- men with men, committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due (Romans 1:24-27).
And because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind to do those things which are not fitting, being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, whom, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those, who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those of practice them (Romans 1:28-32).
Lord, reveal to each one, I pray, oh God, reveal to each one who answers Your call -- reveal, Lord, that You are our only hope. Reveal and explain , LORD, what You did on the cross! Lord, I was like that once – I had no idea; they have no idea! They do not understand even their need for a savior! Much less do they understand that You alone are The Way, The Truth, and The Life -- our escape route through the invisible barrier that slammed down between You and Your creatures when Adam chose to do things his way instead of Yours. Oh Lord, we stand at the Jordan River after years of wandering in the wilderness, hoping expectantly at such a time as this. Arise O God Most High, and breathe a mighty wind that many may be carried into the Safe Pasture of Your Loving Care! Have mercy, Holy Triune God -- in Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit we pray -- Amen!
This photograph is from a Facebook page called Live Life in Color.