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Each and every day, Jesus’ redemptive work is perfecting you

Your salvation is not unto yourself, but for you to breathe God’s Spirit into the universe​

On occasion, I've been pulled into or been around conversations about the current state of political affairs in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. At some point, a question is directed my way for my opinion or the complaining just becomes a little too much for me. Either way, my response has been “God is still on the throne”. This is usually followed by either silence or an “Amen, you’re right”. Now, I don’t say this for effect, to sound religious or prove that I’m right. But I say this to remind myself of God’s sovereignty, His control and allay any aroused fears or anxiety and prevent “feet slippage” (Psalm 73) in these chaotic, narcissistic, uncompassionate times. For God has given a forewarning of terrible times...

2 Timothy 3 (AMP)

But understand this (“mark this” in NIV), that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them“

How can you maintain your foothold?

  1. Avoid unprofitable conversations
  2. Guard your heart and mind; keep your space pure
  3. Speak God's truth, His word
  4. Pray always with thanksgiving and supplication

The Acceptable Year of the Lord

The Hebrews during Jesus’ lifetime were looking for the fulfillment of the promised Messiah of whom the prophet Isaiah foretold. Because they were being oppressed under Roman rule, they were expecting the Messiah to free them from their captors.

Upon Jesus’ return from His wilderness experience, in the power of the Spirit ...

“He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), 19 to proclaim the favorable {acceptable} year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].” (Luke 4:16 - 19)

The application here is spiritual, not physical. God’s promised deliverance is at hand …

"He began speaking to them: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing and in your presence.” (Luke 4:21)

The acceptable year of the Lord is a “term that embodies the outer-working of the plan of redemption in us and is not a reference to a specific calendar year".(1) TODAY, right now is the acceptable year of the Lord!

"Take care, brothers and sisters, that there not be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to trust and rely on the Lord, a heart] that turns away from the living God. But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]. For we [believers] have become partakers of Christ [sharing in all that the Messiah has for us], if only we hold firm our newborn confidence [which originally led us to Him] until the end” (Hebrews 3:12 -14)

Each and every day, Jesus’ redemptive work is perfecting you, His Spirit leading and pressing you to continue to live according to the Father’s will and purpose.

Your salvation is not unto yourself, but for you to breathe God’s Spirit into the universe. We can no longer afford to hold our collective breaths. Let us not grow weary, the work is not complete … allow God to be on the throne in your life.