Devotion for September 1, 2023

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) and “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:3-5)

Have you ever asked yourself, “What has this world come to?” In today’s multicultural, multi-faith world, with its ever-devolving values, right and wrong are no longer black and white — they are discouraging and divisive shades of grey. Amidst growing oppression, many believers struggle to discern the truth from error, and live an uncompromised godly life.

Almost daily, culture challenges believers to compromise their traditional values to accommodate social, judicial, and moral reform. In the name of social equality and justice, authorities pressure and punish believers into submission. Jesus warned that we “will have trouble” because His kingdom is counter-cultural. Despite what may be a dilemma, He encourages us to “take heart” because He overcame the world. So how do we triumphantly navigate complex cultural and moral issues without compromising our faith?

In today’s world, believers need an infallible moral compass to ensure they don’t surrender to popular opinion. Respected Pastor, John Piper, concludes, “When justice is divorced from morality, when rights of individuals are separated from right and wrong, the only definition you have left for justice is the right for every individual to do as he pleases … the end of that road is anarchy and barbarism.” In the end, we may not avert social and moral deprivation, but by remaining steadfast, in His name, Word, and peace, we shall surely overcome the world and see His justice prevail.

Ask the heavenly Father, help you to discern His voice and His will amidst the chaos of an ever changing, de-evolving world. Ask Him to align His will with your will. Ask Him to protect you from the lures and snares of this world that attempt to compromise His Holy Word. And may His Holy Spirit direct, empower, and equip you, strengthening you in perseverance and resolve to overcome the world.

Prayer

Lord, give me Your love and strength daily, and align my will with You. Let my words and actions constantly bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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