If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. • Augustine of Hippo
- Luke 12:49-59
- 2 Timothy 3:14-18
- Psalm 150
- 2 Chronicles 34-36
There is a great urgency to the proclamation of the Gospel. People are perishing all around us and we can be guilty of leaving evangelism to the “evangelists” and paid preachers ignoring the truth that the commandment to preach the gospel was to all Christians. Jesus came to bring a sword, knowing the end is coming and in a sense expresses the sooner the better.
We are not to associate with disobedient people in order that they might be ashamed. However, we are also not to treat them as a enemy but rather correct them as a brother.
The word commands that everything that has breath, praise the Lord. Even the rocks and stones will praise the Lord. I love how nature, with the exception to man, is always obedient to the Lord. May it be so with us.
The reign of Josiah is by far one of my favorite among the kings of Israel. I pray that the discoveries we make in God’s word would always stir us the same way.
The fall of Jerusalem was the end of a sad and unsuccessful chapter in Israel’s life, the end result of wanting an earthy king over the King of Kings.
Oh Lord, may our hearts praise you at all times, in every way. We pray that you would stir deep within us a growing urgency to proclaim the Gospel as it becomes more and more real in our own lives. Give us courage to face the opposition as we share you with others. May your word always stir out hearts in worship and in action and may you always be our only King. In Jesus name…amen.