Good morning Jesus, speak to me this morning as I long to her and be filled with your words of life..
“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, and he had an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He declared in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!” (Revelation 14:6-7)
My heart is saddened and in mourning this morning. I saw on the news how a 14 year old boy last night shot and killed his father, step-mother, and three siblings. Immediately following was more info on the Odessa, Tx shootings. A couple weeks ago a 16 year old boy in Toney shot his father and brother, killing the father. I ask myself the obvious questions: How and why could they do something like that? What influenced them, put thoughts in their head, taught the 14 and 16 year olds to even think of doing something like that? These young boys were not part of ISIS, LRA, or other extremist groups where they were indoctrinated with hate and trained to kill. The violent acts by these young boys and in Odessa were made in America.
They were influenced and discipled by evil in our culture and the world through TV, the internet, violent games and other means. Our youth and all people are being disciple 24/7 by the word around them. We as a followers of Jesus and members of His church are called to more than sitting in our living rooms shaking are heads and asking why, We are called to proclaim the gospel to those who live in our neighborhoods, to all the earth - to every nation, tribe, language, and people. For if we do not share the message of the gospel of hope and love with them, then the only message they will hear will be of fear and hate. We can shake our heads and ask why, but none of us have clean hands. If you are not sharing the gospel with someone every day, the day you do not you are surrendering and silencing the gospel, the “Good News” in a persons life and are abandoning them to hearing only the “Bad News” from the world.
My family, I pray today you will meditate on how none of us have clean hands and that these violent acts are made in America, made by the absent presence of the church that is not sharing the gospel daily. I pray the Holy Spirit will convict and motivate you to speak words of love and truth to those you come in contact with today and every day, in Jesus’ name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!
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