Thursday, December 17, 2009
A Lesson To Be Learned
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whither soever thou goest. (Joshua 1:8)
The people of Israel and Jews around the world are now celebrating Hanukkah. It is not found in the scriptures, but in Israel it is an important one. As Christians we could learn a good lesson here. Hanukkah observes the story of small group of Jews that with much courage, enough courage and a love of their God to defeat a evil empire that was removing their God and religion from them and putting in place another god and form of religion. Does this sound like something that you heard before?
The Greek-Syrian Emperor Anticochus Epiphanies defiled the Jewish Temple, of that day, by erecting an idol of a god in the place where the Hebrews worshiped their God. Anticochus Epiphanies commanded all of Israel to worship this idol. He tried to make them go against everything that they believed in. If that wasn't enough, he made it illegal, for the Jews to follow God’s laws and anyone caught observing these laws or praying to God would be put to death. That was horrible but it could may very well happen again before the end of time.
A few Jewish men, called, the Maccabees, decided to fight an entire empire on their own! They had a miraculous victory, restoring and rededicating the Temple, and relighting the menorah. The nation of Israel is celebrating the victory of old this week. A few good men that are on the Lord's side can do things that are thought to be impossible. Not by power, not by might, but by the Spirit of the Lord comes the victory.
Let Us Also Be Courageous! - In the dark days that are approaching America , We as Christians, are going to need a deeper walk with the Lord, to stand up for His truth and His word. We must be a lighthouse to the people around us! Let's get our soul restored, our life rededicated and rekindled so that we can be strong in the Lord and the power of His might! Remember what a few good people can do! Let us say: “ As for me and My house we will serve the Lord”
We are living in a time much like the Jews in this story. We have leaders that no longer want God in anything. We are told by our leaders that we are no longer a Christian nation. We have people who are trying to mix up the Christian faith and beliefs with things such as: the new age movement, Carma, re incarnation, yoga, name it and claim it, prosperity religion and many other things. The only thing that counts is being bought by the perilous blood of Jesus and living for Him. By the precious Blood of Jesus we can win every battle, rebuke every evil spirit, defeat the devil, and bring our nation back to Christ. Lets get to work!