Humbled

“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5:5-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Humbled

There is great danger in the aftermath of great victory. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the land opted to overturn Roe v. Wade, which slowed the progress of infanticide in these Untied States, divided and no longer united. The decision will do little in the grand scheme of things, for those who wish to end pregnancies will do so anyway, for evil is like water and always finds an opening.

For those on the winning side, there is a temptation to sit back and rest on one’s laurels. More dangerous is the desire to boast, to demonstrate pride over what has been done. What is needful, is humility under God, that we receive His grace, for He brought the victory.

Like it is written in the passage today from I Peter, the devil is walking about like a roaring lion, looking for whom he may devour. I have seen so many people, having had a “mountaintop moment”, fall into sin on the way down. The pro-life movement is based on a noble cause, but it is important for those claiming the victory to work toward demonstrating the values of the God who delivered it.

It is time for those who claim to be pro-life reflect the values by dealing with some of the conditions that would cause one to seek such a ghastly solution in the first place. Just as we march for life of the unborn, let us also march of the lives of the born, those who are caught up in poverty.

The Lord we serve cares for the poor.

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.”
Psalms 41:1-2 NKJV

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27 NKJV

As we fight for life, let us also fight to make life more tenable, as we give and serve those who are faced with such a decision of ending a pregnancy. Let us show the love of Jesus, with not only our words, but our money and resources. Let us also remember that many are not only poor in wealth, but poor in spirit.

Abortion is a sin problem, and the final stage of a cascading mountain of previous sins. Because it is a matter of sin, it is spiritual, and fleshly fixes will never work for long.

There are so many hard issues that people do not want to deal with, for they are grounded in sinful beliefs that the unregenerate cannot see as sin. In the midst of it all it can see completely impossible. With God, nothing is impossible.

The ultimate solution to the problem is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the victory, let us not be caught up in seeking greater victories, but let us go and tell. I have found that often the evil one will get people on a seemingly righteous track, only to make them busy about winning legal battles, but not winning souls.

When I consider my own life, I know that it is Jesus that made the difference, that opened me to new possibilities. He changed my way of living, and symptoms of sin that had so colored my life previously were done away with.

Brothers and sisters, let not our pride in victory blind us to the hearts of others that are bleeding. I have found that such things as abortion to do not exist in a vacuum, and there are many contributing factors. Everyone has a story. Let us go with hearts of compassion, quick to listen and even quicker to love.

I saw a beautiful moment as I watched the protests around the SCOTUS building. I saw a young woman with bright red hair and sporting a satanic medallion, middle finger aloft with blue tape on her mouth. I saw next to her an angelic faced woman, smiling and sharing the Gospel. “I just want to tell you how much Jesus loves you.”

In that moment of victory, she did not gloat, but expressed care for the soul of the young woman. That is what we need to be doing right now. Pray for the young woman.

There is something funny about passion, in that it opens unexpected doors for those who are willing to walk through. Right now passions are high, and hearts are wide open to the evil and the good. Let us be bold to use this time wisely.

May we press on, even in the face of push back, for we know that we being the saving message of the Good News.

May we proceed humbly, remembering that we are sinners who have been saved, and given a story to tell of the redemption we have received by grace through Jesus Christ. Let us not strike out as we may be persecuted, but let us love.

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One thought on “Humbled

  1. I love this line in your blog Bernie, “…evil is like water and always finds an opening.”

    There is so much truth in that statement. “The devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We are called to resist, and resist, as you said, with love. May the Lord help us? I am praying for you my friend

    1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV) 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

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