Monday, April 4, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, April. 4, 2022

Let Us Cry Loud Against Evil 

Cole Delbyck wrote an article in the Apr. 3, 2022, Huffington Post, entitled, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Beams Into Grammys With Call To Action.  The President said, "Tell the truth about the war on your social networks and TV. But not silence.”  Moreover, Andy Blatchford wrote in the 03/24/2022, Politico magazine, an article entitled, Band of others: Ukraine’s legions of foreign soldiers are on the frontline. The article went on to indicate that up to 20,000 volunteers from around the world have joined with the Ukrainian military to fight in the war.


Just as this president, during this war, is challenging the world to help, God is calling for those who love Him to awake from their slumber and cry out loud against sin (Isaiah 58:1).  A classic quote from an unnamed author was, “The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.” Those of us who love the Lord must stand in agreement against atrocities in this war and other horrors around the globe. 


We have mighty weapons that we can wield under God’s direction (2 Corinthians 10:4).  Our weapons are the power of prayer, the Name of Jesus, and the sword of the Spirit. We must pray continually (Thessalonians 5:17). Speak truth to power.  We must make intercession and pray for world leaders for God’s wisdom (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  Also, we can remind ourselves that God’s joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).


Now is not the time to say it is somebody else’s problem.  When we see our brother in need and do nothing about it, how does God’s love dwell in us? (John 3:17).  The scripture says that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).  Now is the time to ask God what we can do as children of God and cry loud joyfully and victoriously. 


Isaiah 58:1

New International Version

58 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.


2 Corinthians 10:4

New International Version

4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.


Thessalonians 5:17

New International Version

17 pray continually,


1 Timothy 2:1-2

New International Version

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.


Nehemiah 8:10

New International Version

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


John 3:17

Amplified Bible

17 But whoever has the world’s goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him?


Matthew 22:37-39

New International Version

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

37 This is the first and greatest commandment

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’







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