Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, November 28, 2023

Let Us Be On The Lord’s Side


The November 27, 2023 Associated Press indicated that Hamas in the Gaza Strip had released more hostages during the truce between them and Israel. This is amazing news that even during war, chaos, suffering and horror, God can open a door.  We must believe that since God has begun a good work, He can work it out to completion (Philippians 1:6).  


Many people have begun to despair.  Either you are for Israel, or you are for the Palestinians.  Both are religious countries, and many are certain that God is on their side and that He defends their cause. However, saints of the Most High God must make the quality decision that people must be on His side rather than He choosing a side.  


We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-8).  We are also for each other (James 5:16). We are to go to our knees and ask God for His divine intervention in a political leader’s affairs so that we can live peaceful lives (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  We are to pray that God’s will be done in all worldwide conflicts. 


In the Bible, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, the people were out of control. Moses did not ask about the differing factions, groups, or opinions.  He asked who was on the Lord’s side (Exodus 32:25, 26).  In the latest Middle East conflict, we are not asking the right questions.  Who is on the Lord’s side?  He is not a supporter of political parties.  He does not run a democracy but a theocracy.  Now is the time for us to go before the Lord and intreat Him for His divine intervention and to declare that like the Levites, the priests, we will rally to Him.


Philippians 1:6

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being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.


Psalm 122:6-8

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.

May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”


James 5:16

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16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


1 Timothy 2:1-2

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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.


Exodus 32:25, 26

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25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.


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