18th January 2014

Sign Of The Times

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)

There is so much sad and bad news around.  It is depressing to listen and read about what is happening locally and/or internationally, never mind what may be happening in our own lives. As we read in scripture, we are in the “end times”, seeing the corrupt practices of many and the exploitation of the vulnerable. It is as though God’s law has been replaced by a counterfeit code that all too many have bought into, to humanity’s hurt and ultimate destruction. Does this ‘code’ sound familiar to you?
1.  You shall put yourself first.
2.  You shall worship celebrity – make idols of fame and role models of flawed people and systems.
3.  You shall use the name of Jesus as a swear word and say “Oh my God”, OMG!, without respect or understanding.
4.  You shall be so busy and tired working seven days a week that you don’t have time for me or those in need.
5.  You shall cover your own back and respect those who cater to your needs.
6.  You shall kill time in trivial pursuits and yourself by your addictions.
7.  You shall do whatever feels good. After all it’s only a bit of fun and no one is getting hurt.
8.  You shall take whatever you want because you deserve it and are worth it.
9.  You shall protect yourself at all costs and never admit fault or liability.
10. You shall pursue every desire of your heart.  It is a dog eat dog world, so get in there first.

Thankfully, God does not leave us without love, hope and truth.  The light of Jesus still blazes brightly today and everyday because the Spirit works in and with the children of God in every corner of the earth.  He has sprinkled us like salt in local neighbourhoods, international politics, businesses, charities, government, and so on. Through the amazing grace of God, the Kingdom of God is growing in real terms because of people like you and me.  

So the rumours of the death of God, the irrelevance of the church and biblical truth have been, to say the least, premature and greatly exaggerated.  Therefore, let us continue to be Christian soldiers overcoming darkness with light, defeating evil with good, combating error with truth, fighting hate and injustice with the love and compassion of God, which He has placed in our hearts. 

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for reminding us of your love for us. .Help us to live out the reality of our calling, from this day forward, in your service.
Amen
 

Study by David Gibbs

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davidgibbsAbout the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and on the Pastoral Council in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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