June 30

Jeremiah 49-50, Psalm 26

Those of us who are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20), and ambassadors for God on earth, have a commission to speak God’s Word to a world who rejects Him in a loving and compassionate way.  We are surrounded by a world who not only sins, but does so without any sense of shame.  Unfortunately, we Christians, have often failed to confront those entrenched in these sins in a loving manner.  When AIDS hit the forefront and the gay community was staggering from it’s effects, with many from that community having no where to turn, the Christian community was poised to make a difference to love them into the arms of Christ.  Unfortunately, rather than love, often they were confronted with statements that they were receiving what they deserved, holding on to comments like, “He made them Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”.  With the evils of abortions surrounding us, we have the choice to stand in front of clinics and shout at them or extend love and God’s message of grace to them.  Some have even justified bombing abortion clinics with the resultant loss of life to stop abortion.

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, was chosen by God as an instrument of justice against His people.  As a result, he prevailed in every battle.  Jeremiah wrote a letter (Jeremiah 29) letting the king of Babylon know that he was indeed being used by God to humble His people due to their sins and rejection of Him (God).  In fact Nebuzaradan, the captain of the Babylonian guard stated this in Jer. 40:3, “Now the Lord has brought it, and has done just as He said.  Because you people have sinned against the Lord, and not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has come upon you.”  So despite the fact that they (the Babylonians) knew that they were commissioned by God to humble the nation of Judah, we read in Jer. 50:11, “Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, You destroyers of My heritage…”.  The Babylonians were called by God as instruments of justice, but rather than approaching it with fear and trembling, they did so without compassion and brutally, and as a result were themselves judged by God.

God can use anyone as His instrument to a world that needs to hear.  For those of us in the United States, who as a nation is steeped in sin, we must realize just as God chose Babylon to humble Judah, He can also use a nation or group more sinful than us to humble us, even a group like ISIS.  What our nation needs, just like the nation of Judah needed is revival.  Revival comes about by those of us who are called by His name to continually spread the Gospel message.  In Colossians 4:5-6, Paul wrote, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”  The world that does not know God is watching us, will we seek each and every opportunity to speak forth the truth, the love and the grace of God to those who desperately need to hear it.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato