December 15 “The unpopular truth” + LINKUP

unpopular truthRather than hear the truth and heed their warnings, the people of Amos’ day banished the prophets. Today those who speak truth are being told, “You can’t say that here … ‘there’s separation of church and state.’ ” Or, “You’re trying to impose your religion on us.” Others demand that we, “give hardy approval” to the sinful things they do.

Today’s Readings:
Amos 6 & 7
Psalm 142.1-7
Proverbs 29.27
Revelation 5.1-14

Amos 6 & 7:

Speaking the unpopular truth

Chapter 7.12-13:

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos.
“ Go, you seer!
Flee to the land of Judah.
There eat bread,
And there prophesy.
13 But never again prophesy at Bethel,
For it is the king’s sanctuary,
And it is the royal residence.”

Rather than hear the truth and heed their warnings, the people of Amos’ day banished the prophets. How very like much like the world in which we live. Today the cry is “separation of church and state” or “don’t try to impose your religion on me.” Those who talk about God’s standard are called intolerant, homophobes, judgmental or worse.

Many even demand that we approve their lifestyles and their right to live anyway they choose. Many give in to their demands out of fear of criticism, intimidation, or misguided acceptance.

“and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1.32 NASB).

But God in His mercy always has a faithful remnant willing to speak the unpopular truth, in spite of criticism, and even threats. Like God Himself, we are called to love sinners, while hating sin, and sometimes that means speaking the truth under difficult circumstances and when it’s unwanted.

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4 also applies to us:

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

 

prayerPsalm 142.1-7:

Cry out to Him

1 I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.

The Psalms are great to read and meditate on when we are discouraged, overwhelmed or even distraught. Many contain the prayers, praises, laments and cries for help of His people. They often begin, as this psalm does, acknowledging the writer’s desperate situation, while leading them and us to greater trust in God.

 

ox team in Myanmar Proverbs 29.27:

The danger of being unequally yoked

“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”

You girls (& guys) who are single would do well to remember this verse. You think that unbeliever you’re dating or to whom you’re attracted is so wonderful … but if you insist on staying in that relationship, perhaps even disobeying God and marrying an unbeliever, it’s just a matter of time before there are problems.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (2 Cor. 2.14-15).

Each of us thinks our situation is different. I’ve heard it dozens of times:

“He doesn’t have a problem with my religion (church involvement, etc.).”
“I’m sure he (or she) will get saved.”
“He comes to church with me.”
“How else, will she get saved if I don’t keep loving her.”
“He says he believes in God.”

And I’ve seen so many learn the hard way that God always gets it right! As I tell single women all the time, “Right now you have the option to break off this relationship (and you must if he’s an unbeliever and you want to obey God). But if you get married, you no longer have that option.”

Marriage is a covenant relationship, one that a believer is not to walk away from once they are married. I’ve seen many who refused biblical advice, come back and say, “I should have listened!” Many women spend years, even decades, in difficult, unequally yoked situations.

 

God's grace & the tribulationRevelation 5.1-14:

The soon coming King

This time of year we think and talk and sing about Jesus being born as a baby in that humble stable. We’ve heard the story so many times it can easily lose its impact on us. We can forget what that really means.

But as we read Revelation, remember that same Jesus is, also, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Creator of the earth, the Eternal Word, and He is coming back as King to judge His creation. One day soon every knee will bow and every tongue will confess—willingly or unwillingly—that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2.9-11)!

Blessings,
Donna

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13 thoughts on “December 15 “The unpopular truth” + LINKUP

  1. Oh Donna we just love the Advent season! Looking forward to the birth, but OH-SO looking forward to the return!

    Come quickly Lord Jesus!

    Thank you for your words and the link-up.

    Blessings,

  2. I love how you tackle topics that can be considered controversial!! And I love how you bring us right back to God;s word!
    I married an unbeliever 16 years ago. While I am so thankful that he came to know the Lord, I know not many do. And life was very hard in the years preceding his conversion. Very, very hard – I honestly didn’t think we’d make it. I wouldn’t trade my man for anyone in the world now, but both of us agree that we do not want our children to marry someone who is not equally yoked. We talk about this often with our children.
    But I also think it is important to not be unequally yoked with friends.
    And just because someone says they believe in Christ doesn’t necessarily mean they have Him Lord over their lives. Sadly, I know this from my own experience.
    How I look forward to the day of His return!!

    • Praise God that your husband come to know the Lord and that both of you are using your testimony to encourage your children to make better choices when they marry. I agree whole-heartedly with your comments about friends. It’s much easier for an unsaved friend to pull us down than for us to pull them up. It doesn’t mean we don’t spend time with them and look for opportunities to share our faith, but they shouldn’t be our closest friends. Christmas blessings!

  3. I cannot wait until that day, Donna! I grow so impatient with the world, and yet I cannot imagine how God must feel. His patience and love for us are greater than our dishonor of Him. Praise Him for that, but even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Thanks for the link-up. Today I shared a post about marriage and one about stewardship. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. Donna, I am saved and my husband isn’t. I was Christian when I was a teenager and then walked away from my faith. I married my husband and after two having two children I returned to the Lord. My husband is very supportive of my faith but it’s still so very hard. I pray alone. I have no one to connect with on spiritual matters and my children’s exposure to faith comes entirely for me.

    I asked my husband to attend Christmas services with me. He said yes. I pray my girls are healthy by then so he and I can have a “date” and I can introduce him to my lovely church.

    I get frustrated with the world and can’t wait for that glorious day!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #CHRISTMASbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas!
    xoxo

    • Jennifer,
      My heart was so sad when I read you comment. I’m always so touched by the sweet spirit that comes across on your blog and whenever you post a comment. Most of us in the blogging world have no idea of one another’s struggles, do we? I will be praying for your family.
      I’ll be thinking of you and praying you and your husband are able to go to your Christmas services.
      Donna

  5. Truth is not always popular and I have seen some defend their right to live an unholy life. Truth can cause people to become very angry. Give us more truth please, we certainly need it. You are a close neighbor at Spiritual Sundays.

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