I appreciated seeing this quote over at John Barach’s blog as he makes the case for singing the Psalms. . .
God’s readiness to hear and willingness to grant His people’s prayers are continually proclaimed throughout Scripture (Ps. 9:10; 10:17-18; 18:3; 34:15-17; 37:4-5; 50:14-15; 145:18-19). God has given us numerous examples of imprecatory prayers, showing repeatedly that one aspect of a godly man’s attitude is hatred for God’s enemies and fervent prayer for their downfall and destruction (Ps. 5:10; 10:15; 35:1-8, 22-26; 59:12-13; 68:1-4; 69:22-28; 83; 94; 109; 137:8-9; 139:19-24; 140:6-11). Why then do we not see the overthrow of the wicked in our own time? An important part of the answer is the unwillingness of the modern Church to pray Biblically; and God has assured us: You do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2). —David Chilton, The Days of Vengeance, p. 250.
It’s often assumed that as history unfolds it’s destined to get worse and worse. Many will even say that our own declining times prove the point. In fact, I’ve stopped counting the number of people who have told me in depressed tones, “the end is near.”
But is it really? Is the end of history at hand? Does the decline of our nation necessarily mean that Christ’s return is right around the corner?
I don’t think so. For a number of reasons.
First, we’re reaping what we’ve sown. The reason for the breakdown we’re experiencing as a nation is not mysterious. We’ve turned our backs on God, and He will not be mocked. In our self-sufficiency, we no longer see a need for Him. We’ve sown to the wind, now we’re reaping the whirlwind.
Once we see this, we can see that the worsening of our present conditions is not so much a sign of the end as it is God’s truth being vindicated. God honors those who honor Him. Those who refuse to honor Him, watch out. Read more…
A huge step in addressing our current economic problems is to recognize that in order for any economy to prosper it must follow sound ethical principles.
Economics has been called the “dismal science” and is often thought to be beyond the average person. But, in fact, basic economics should be a concern of everyone and is not hard to understand.
The word “economics” at its most basic level has to do with the management of one’s household. Economics begins at home, and what the masses believe about the economy of their household eventually works itself out into the policies of the nation.
And that’s where sound ethical economic principles come in. Forsake these and economic conditions will always head south for everyone.
So what are the basic principles that must be followed? Here they are. . . Read more…
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drifttoward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
~ D.A. Carson
One of the images that the Bible uses to describe the life that we live is that of a battle.
This battle goes way back. After the fall of the first man and woman into sin, God decreed that there would be enmity between those who follow Him and those who follow the serpent (Gen..3:15).
Even for those who trust in the Lord, the battle remains. The world, the flesh, and the devil present constant perils, and in the face of it God calls us to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim.6:12).
Unfortunately, today, many aren’t faring very well in this battle. They are weary and defeated. Instead of advancing in the way that they know God desires, they are immobilized by regret and sin’s dominion over them.
Because of this, it’s a good time to recall that though we are in a battle, God has not left us defenseless. Just as He ordained that we would have to endure a life of struggle, so did He appoint means that would equip us to emerge victorious in the struggle.