The devil loves to bring about division, and have you noticed how easy it is for people to be divided? It seems we always find ways to separate ourselves from other people, whether it’s race, financial status, political stance, differences of opinion, or really just about anything that might make us different from someone else. Do you remember in high school, how different groups of people would form “cliques” that contained people that were just like them? It seems that even as we grow older, we still tend to do the exact same thing. As believers, though, we are called to love and unite. We should be unified completely by our belief and faith in Jesus, and there should be no division among us. Galatians 3:26-28 reads, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Let’s accept one another and be unified in Christ Jesus, for that is the one bond that should supersede all of our differences.
Romans 4:17 says, “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told [Abraham], ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” What is happening in your life right now? Do you feel like nothing is happening that you wanted to happen? Are you in a “dead-end” job, going “nowhere”? Are things not going your way? Well, it’s not as important for you to believe in where you are as much as it is for you to believe in God’s ability to create new things from nothing―to do the miraculous. Be faithful and trust in Jesus, and be watchful for what He is about to do. Remember what it said… “God can create new things out of nothing.” He spoke the universe into existence from nothing―thin air―and He can speak into your life and create a new path, a new beginning and a new hope. Your part is to believe. That’s what Abraham did. It is your faith in God’s ability to do the miraculous that sets you apart and makes it all happen.
Isaiah 56:1 says, “… my righteousness will soon be revealed.” At the moment of this prophesy, about 700 years before Christ, righteousness was something you had to earn, by doing everything just right―you had to obey all of God’s commands. So here God is saying that He still hadn’t revealed to the world this special righteousness―it was HIS righteousness―and it was coming soon. Jesus told us to “seek first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness.” This is different than doing all the commands. It was new. God was going to reveal it soon. Seven hundred years might not seem like soon, but to God it was. This is the righteousness we are to seek. It is the one that comes by faith in Jesus. He was righteous, and by believing in Jesus Christ, then you become the righteousness of God. There are two types of righteousness: the old, which comes by living according to all the commands (impossible), and the new, which is free, because Christ paid the price in-full. So, I’m thinking…. go with the free one!
Psalm 104:35 says, “Let all that I am praise the Lord. Praise The Lord!” Okay, so what exactly does this mean? How do I praise the Lord with all that I am? Is there some area of your life that hasn’t been surrendered? Is there stuff you’re trying to keep separate and away from God? Well, sure there is. We keep God out of addictions―we shut the door and tell Him, “Hey, don’t go in there, it’s a mess.” And we might shut God out of our shame, our abuse, our depression or our anger. What if, instead, we told our depression and un-forgiveness to praise God? What if we told our body, even when it is sick, to praise God? What if we told our shame to praise God? What if we brought all that we are, exactly the way we are, before God and said, “Here it is―all of it―the good, the no-so-good, and the shameful. Here is all of me―and all of me praises You today.” Wasn’t it even in our mess that God gave us His son so that we might be holy? How would all of God’s light change us? What would happen to our addictions, anger or shame?