Job 19:25 (NLT)
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
Colossians 1:17-18 (NLT)
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
There a time coming when we’re going to have to admit it isn’t working the way it should. Maybe folks are happy with how their world is going and don’t want to see any real change – doubtful. Most likely from what I can see, folks aren’t happy and want to see real change. Cool. Got it. Couldn’t agree more.
But what does that change look like? Change is driven by the heart and mind; driven by what what we know and feel. Yet, how much time do we spend in deep reflection to who we are and what we are, to where our heart is at?
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Truth is that we can’t hardly stand each other, much less stand to disagree with each other any longer. That’s a distinctly human version of truth. I do believe it would behoove us to allow ourselves to be searched by God, to be tested, to know our anxious thoughts, to gain insight into our ways that go against His ways.
Lord knows (a little call out of some of the vernacular we use without even thinking about it) we would need to take it in small pieces
Psalm 23:1 (NLT)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
Proverbs 17:19-22 (NLT)
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.
20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.
21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
there is no joy for the father of a rebel.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
John 8:32 (NLT)
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”