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Morning Devotion: Ashamed

Many people think that the undeniable progression of our society away from biblical morality is no big deal.

So what if people want to behave in a way that the Bible defines as sinful?

What’s the problem?

After all, nobody is getting hurt, right?

Nobody also gets hurt in the car when the driver is racing along a curvy road while none of the passengers are wearing seatbelts and no accident has happened yet.

Pointing to the white crosses periodically along the side of the road has no effect on the driver who reasons “I haven’t wrecked yet, therefore I won’t wreck. And so, the warnings of others don’t apply to me.”

Sadly, it is this attitude that too often leads to more white crosses on the side of the road.

The history of Old Testament Israel undeniably shows this pattern of speeding down the curvy road as the Hebrews cast off the restraints of God’s Word and invariably found themselves in serious, tragic problems.

For untold millions of Americans now, the widespread ignoring of biblical teaching about sin appears to be comparable to the driver enjoying life without speed limits as the carful of friends revel in the excitement of fast-lane living.

You see what’s happening to God’s definition of family in the minds and hearts of the general public.

A news article today reported that the majority of Americans no longer hold to the view that marriage is only to be between a man and a woman.

Perhaps that doesn’t trouble you.

What matters is does it trouble God.

The need for prayer on behalf of our nation is desperate.

Not just for a national repentance of any beliefs/behaviors conflicting with God’s Word, but also for strength to hold up under the approaching tide of hassles that Christians will likely be facing as they hold to their own values regarding God’s design for the family and for godly living.

What used to be rejected by most is now is accepted by most.

As Christians, we can’t act surprised in the days ahead when the pressure upon us becomes oppressively strong to reject biblical values and embrace societal values.

It’s a pattern of history. Check out the last verse of the Book of Judges.

We just need to prepare ourselves to remain faithful and humble and prayerful and kind through whatever we encounter.

We need to hold fast to Christlike patterns for living and loving, including those where Jesus taught it’s wrong to cohabitate, that marriage was between a man and a woman and that the biblical response to sexual immorality by either gender is to “go and sin no more.”

How we respond will speak volumes to God.

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)

Let’s make the choices that humbly honor the Word, honor God, promote biblical families and protect us from being ashamed at the time we most want to avoid it — before God’s throne.

As always, I love you

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2 Responses to “Morning Devotion: Ashamed”

  1. Teetime says:

    This article really touched me. As a 38 year old single and childless woman, daily I endure the pain of loneliness and the feeling of emptiness from not having my own family. I regularly go through a range of emotions asking God why he hasn’t blessed me with these Godly desires. As the article states, I want to believe. I want to adhere to biblical principles. I want to trust God can still grant me the desires of my heart. But day by day, as my hope wanes more and more, it’s become increasingly more difficult not to give up and give into my sexual desires. I blame God, saying ” well if you give me my husband, I won’t be tempted to fornicate.” So I fall into sin. Then that gets old and I run back to standing in faith. Then that gets hard and I find a new man to distract me. I’m so tired of this cycle. I desperately want to be content in whatever season I find myself in. I readily acknowledge God has tremendously blessed me in spite of me. But at the same time, I just haven’t bought into the whole “single, saved and satisfied” thing. I feel isolated from my church of predominantly married with children families. Please pray my faith and strength would increase that I will overcome temptation and live a life that glorified God regardless of my marital state .

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for writing this letter. It wasn’t easy to put these things into words. And it’s certainly not an easy road on which your find yourself. But I’m glad that you understand that walking more closely with the Lord WILL make your decisions easier and help you to experience more rest for your heart, soul and mind.

    The struggles you described with relationships and with your heart’s cry for intimacy is so common. Even among Christians. We’re all hurting puppies in one respect or another, hungry for someone to hold us. Some with “skin on.” If you’d like to be encouraged more and are willing to tell me a bit more of your story, you can reach me at MartinDrummond@bellsouth.net

    As you grow in what Christ wants in a believer, you’ll be able to help others on that same journey, I’m sure. It’s all about redeeming our experiences for the sake of others.

    Blessings, my friend.


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