You and I are not responsible for the decisions of our leaders apart from whatever our civic duty requires of us (to vote, to speak up through letters and protests). But, we must live by whatever those decisions bring about. We will be swept along in the destiny of our nation, whatever that will be.
To experience the exhilaration of true freedom, you and I will first need to learn and master restraint, self-control. True freedom is found—quixotically, counterintuitively—in full surrender to the sovereignty of God.
It is an exact corollary to what Peter—and Jude—were speaking in such strong terms against. It was the Gnostic cancer, threatening to infect the entire church.
Maybe the catch word for us, as it surely was for Peter’s readers, who knew this story very well, is Have No Fear. Even despite mistakes, wrong choices, sin, and anything else, nothing can derail God’s plans for God’s people.
Who was the original Jezebel? This 20 minute presentation traces her history as a Phoenician princess nearly three thousand years ago who became one of the most powerful queens found in the Bible.
God conditions us through heartache and confession to receive God’s encouragement and counsel.
In matters of faith there is no middle ground. To waver or delay is to choose not to belong to God, both for the new believer, and for the seasoned saint.
God conditions and trains us in the now to prepare us for future triumph.