Amos 6-9, Psalm 127
Jesus says in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Jesus also says in Luke 9:26, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” It is so humbling when you see the boldness of the prophets in the face of true danger and confrontation. Nothing stands in the way of them telling the truth of God’s word, even though it cost many a prophet their life.
We read in Amos 7:14-17, “Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: “I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheep herder And a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, And the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ Now therefore, hear the word of the Lord: You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.’ Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city; Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by a survey line; You shall die in a defiled land; And Israel shall surely be led away captive From his own land’.” We see a similar mentality in the apostles. Though Peter and John had just seen what had just happened to their Lord and Savior by the Sanhedrin, months later when brought before this same group and were threatened to stop preaching the Gospel message, these uneducated fisherman stood before the elite Sanhedrin and said, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20). In fact when these same apostles were arrested again and severely beaten, their response in Acts 5:41 was, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”
Imagine what would be possible in our times if we, His people, would take up the message of God the way the prophets and apostles did before us. None of us can possibly believe that our times are any less wicked or that those around us do not need to hear the clear Word of God any more than they did when the prophets and apostles spoke. We have to all ask ourselves what holds us back. Is it fear? Is it complacency? Is it lack of true belief in His Word? For as it is now, we are in the midst of people who are largely on the path to hell. If we continue to simply be kind and love others without the truth of the Word of God, like it or not we are loving them right into hell. How we should all pray that God would ignite a fire in all of us and that true revival would occur. We can continue to state that we desire this but it can start with each and every one if us. The power of the Holy Spirit is unlimited. We see in Acts 4:31, “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
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