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Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3: 12 – 18 … Parts 1 and 2

Good morning … welcome to a new day,

As I write this, America shifts once again. So, I believe that I am led to write, in light of our elections, on the entirety of the Scripture for this week and next. I am fairly certain that our in-class discussion will cover two weeks – but, if not I am prepared otherwise.

So, as this day dawns and America … a nation of humans, some who are veiled, some unveiled … has elected a new leader; I choose to worship and praise God, His Son (our Savior), and the Holy Spirit (our Counselor.) This notion of veiled and unveiled has been displayed over the course of the past several elections. This election was particularly contentious, low minded, mean and nasty. Why? ("O Lord, You know.")

It is a question of what we see (please recall our discussion on perspective and the sphere.) To cut to the proverbial chase: that “veil” is our own sin. We have been at war with God, with our selves, and with our neighbors ever since Man and Woman first gave into temptation. It is unfortunately easy to become mired in the civil (or not) war that surrounds us. We must, for the sake of the ones each of us love and the glory of God, look only to our Savior, Christ Jesus. Please, please, please – take a moment; read and ponder:

·         John 3:16

·         Philippians 2: 9 – 11

·         1 Corinthians 1: 1 – 31 (the entire chapter)

·         Joshua 24: 14 – 18

These are in addition to the scriptures we will look at in class; so feel free to look those up, too. We know, each of us in this class, that whether our nation elected Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton or someone else, that God is still in control. His mercies are new EVERY morning. As our Scripture this week points out, not everyone sees that. It is time for us to minister, to unite this country – not under an elected “leader” – but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Focus on God and how you see Him move; trust Him; listen to Him; boldly serve Him.

We, who live an unveiled life must serve those who are veiled; very much like a service dog – quietly and confidently. I hope and pray that you will be encouraged, strengthened by these words from John Wesley: “This repentance, this faith, this peace, joy, love, this transformation from glory to glory is what the wisdom of the world has voted to be madness, Mere enthusiasm, utter distraction. But you, O man, O woman of God, do not regard them; do not be moved by any of these things. You know in whom you have believed; see that no one takes your crown. Hold fast to what you have already attained and follow till you attain all the great and precious promises. And you who have not yet known Him, let not vain persons make you ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Be in nothing terrified by those who speak evil of the things which they do not know. God will soon turn your heaviness into joy. O do not let your hands hang down with discouragement! Yet a little longer and He will take away your fears and give you the spirit of a sound mind. He who justifies is nigh: “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God,” making intercession for you (Rom. 8:3).

Now cast yourself on the Lamb of God with all your sins, however many they are, and an entrance shall now be ministered to you, into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!”, the closing paragraphs of Wesley’s sermon, The Way to the Kingdom. So, whether “your candidate” won or lost, remember – you have won in Christ. Amen.

Comments

1rmarble@verizon.net | 310 days ago
Well said! We have indeed won and are winning in Christ, and need to be reminded of that daily through prayer and scripture, and also each other. 1 Cor. especially made sense to me in your context, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." Big change coming...from God! Therefore we can trust it. I see this event, and this shift in history, as an adventure; we don't know what's going to happen. We can balk and stay in our human condition, or hold hands and go forward eagerly, trusting that whatever happens, God's got us. The message of the cross is irrelevant to the perishing...we must remember we are constantly being saved, and show the Power of God in our daily lives by speaking forgiveness and peace. The cross's message therefore becomes a way through, a flight over. And also, how many times in the Bible do these words appear: FEAR NOT!

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