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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Victory will come, justice will prevail

"Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift a way." (Hebrews 2: 1)

"You shall not oppress..." (Deuteronomy 24: 14)

"You shall not pervert justice." (Deuteronomy 24:17)

"But you shall remember ... the Lord your God redeemed you..." (Deuteronomy 24:18, 22)

Standing for justice means fighting against injustice.

This is what I read and contemplated on yesterday. I didn't know what in particular it referred to. I thought maybe it was about President Obama's reversal on allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. But I doubt God has one lone instant in mind, but rather many, all. Abortion. Murder. Adultery. Robbery.

Reminds me of The Ten Commandments. In Deuteronomy 5: 6 it says, "I am the Lord your God who brought you ... out of the house of bondage."

He brings us out of bondage, and the world, things of the world, individuals, leaders, send us back into bondage.

The demands of the few, the righteous, mean nothing to government leaders when confronted by the demands of the many, the worldly, who have no regard for what is truly right -- God's laws, only for "their right."

"You shall not bow down to them (other gods) nor serve them." (Deuteronomy 5: 9)

We are to pay what's due our leaders and also what's due to the Lord.

"Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22: 23)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (I Peter 5: 8)

"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. ..." (James 5: 13)

God's way may get no respect by the many unrighteous in the world who live by their own laws, but someday God's way will win out ... because "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5: 16a)

"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5: 4-5)

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