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January 12, 2015

It appears people are more interested in praising themselves rather than God. We can’t place an “it’s alright” where God have said “Thou shall not”.

While looking at the Mayor of Atlanta actions for terminating the Fire Chief for writing a book makes me question the Mayors motives. It would cause one to question if it is in fact to please certain groups. Doesn’t the Constitution give us the right to freedom of speech?  The fact that the chief was a city employee does not mean “he should neglect the Word of God to please the Mayor”. God did not give us the spirit of fear but of boldness. If the Fire chiefs’ termination was not based on religion, why did the chief need permission from the Mayor to write a book? We have to be careful of how we treat people. Even the Mayors arms are too short to fight with God. “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15)

At some point, our people and leaders have to take a stand against the enemy.  If you are not willing to be persecuted, you will not make a good disciple.  If a person is a friend of the world he is an enemy of God.  It is time we chose this day, whom we will serve. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”. (Matt. 6:24)   I recall some years ago, a relative of the same Mayor was involved in a crime while employed by the city. Was he or the Mayor terminated? “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’  And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:10-14)

Gods children will be hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) We don’t battle flesh and blood but “but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. (Ephesians 6:12)

God has blessed us with a great harvest but the labors are few. We need more people like the Chief that are willing to speak out and stand on the Word of God. There are too many luke-warm people that are willing to soften the word of God. Instead of the Mayor terminating the Chief, he should have been supporting his comments and promoting his book. Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge that he could rightly judge his people. God’s word cuts deeper than a two-edge sword. God words are not always going to taste sweet, if we are doing wrong.  I encourage you Chief, Children of God stand firm on your faith and the word of God. Don’t let jobs, threats, wars or anything cause you to be silent or separate you from the love of Christ?

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One Comment
  1. Good foundation, we will be discussing this in Morning Glory on 1/18

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