Recently a friend and I were discussing how the 10 northern tribes of Israel were taken by the ruthless Ninevites, and were never referenced as a group again. There were mentions of a few individuals as descendants of those tribes, but the tribe as a whole were not. A few individuals here and there were mentioned as being present, and being of one of those tribes.
The Ninevites were later destroyed by the Babylonians, but were they wiped out? My imagination then took me to current day, and the ruthlessness of some folks- especially baby killers.
I assume Ninevites, like members of the 10 northern tribes of Israel, were not completely destroyed…survivors escaped. And like Anna (Luke 2:36) of Asher remained, I believe there are Ninevites walking among us.
When I hear of evil beyond measure, I assume it has been done by a descendant of the Ninevites.
We are not alone.
What about peace? 'Can't we all just get along'? or 'Shouldn't we all just get along? Shouldn't we strive for peace, at all costs?Read Now
Self control, in the norm, is often portrayed as the cop that comes to break up the party. It is seen as a hinderance to our good time...our good life.
But the God says that self control is the key to the good life. Without it, we will never see the good life. But, this self control is filled with work; we are commanded to:
Only by submitting our will to The Lord Jesus will we have freedom from this slavery to our sins. Mine are a constant challenge. I don't speak as one that has overcome, but as one that is still in the fight. Amen.
Here are a few of the lessons/tibits/facts that I recently learned from the Book of Micah. Very convicting...very sobering...
I have noticed that, as God has said in Romans, we persistent sinners will be turned over (to be dominated) by those sins that we refuse to release.
Last night, while talking with a homeless man, I sought to encourage him to think of his life after death. He was quick to mis-quote scripture and to point at the sinfulness of the man talking with him. I admitted my sinfulness while trying to focus the conversation on Jesus, hell, and heaven. He held tightly to my 'hypocrisy' by me wanting him to seek out forgiveness (after all, I was a sinner, so why would I talk with him?) It soon dawned on me that he was unable to turn from his sin. He had been 'turned over'. From what I saw, all he had before being confronted by his maker and having to give an account of his time on earth, were a few years of begging and living under a bridge. How sad. Yet, it is what he'd insisted on, doing things his way.
My thoughts then went to my culpability- not necessarily with him in particular, but with others that don't know my Lord. How has my hypocrisy turned folks away from the only Savior?
A recent expression of that was having a non-Christian family member complain about the hypocrisy found in the church. It was apparent that he'd been watching churches and church people act selfishly and hypocritically, all the while building up a case for him not to submit to the commands of God. Fruitless, yes.
How much of my hypocrisy can be found in the cases of folks that are hell bound? Lord, help me. Help us.