Yesterday the women who run the ministry were not in church. They had spent from Fruday until Saturday night, late at a national conferene. This is the first big, national meeting that we have been able to hold post COVID. So one of the people from that spoke -- by video, from the UK< where she cannot leave the house. Like most owomen speoakers, there were things you coould take, but things that grated. But the core of the messate was this: you have to participate in this thing called Christianity. It is not complete without your participantion.
And the regulations we have had which have shut the church and the woke who want to regulate what we say -- are a means for correction. If we don't have those around us keeping us holy, the only wat to be holy is not to act or pretend, but to be holy.
As we have noted, many times, virtue signalling and churchian activity will not sustain you. This is a time of crusis and you need the spirit of God within you. That only comes through Christ. But then, we have to allow God to mould our mind and attitudes so we walk in the manner that we ought, and give glory to God with our lives.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
The Psalmist had but the old covenant. His meditation is useful for us because it reminds us that the word of God has power and the laws are good guidance for how to live. We, however, have a greater covenant than that which Moses bought, given by God himself.
2 Corinthians 3:4-11
]4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
When I look around the web I see plenty of documentation of the fear that is being encouraged within us so that we shut up, stay inside, and are totally ineffective. -- HInt from some Godly women on the who mail me and live in diverse urban area: get a big dog., or do what we have and live right on the edge of town with easy means of leaving.
This world wants us to fear. We shall not fear. We shall remind ourselves that our God is greater than any power of this world. -- warning, that link will require mind bleach. Roosh reminds us that we may not see the results of our actions, but God knows what we have done.
Even if sharing your testimony and faith—from a position of love and not pride—doesn’t immediately help others come to Christ, you will still receive your reward. You shouldn’t remain silent as to how important God is to your life just because you have a hunch that your words will not be well-received by the hearer.
Love drives out fear. Love is more terrible than tyrants. And our cheerful non compliance with the commands of those who are evil will give God the glory. Let us act therefore our salvation out, for his glory, and not our own.