Step Forward: What do we do now?

This has been a tough season for America. Two colliding thoughts on how to live life. I do not hide that I am a Christian Republican. Unfortunately each party is deeply flawed because people are involved. Having the Dems in control of the House, Senate and Presidency makes me feel a bit like the Israelites when they were carted off to Babylon. We have already heard their blasphemous prayers to a false god and outright ignorance of how to end a prayer. This grieves my heart.

So many of us agree that we never thought this would happen in our lifetime and we are very concerned about the where this country is heading. Thankfully we still have people in government that worship God in spirit and in truth. I will be careful to pray for our Christian leaders. They have a hard road ahead of them.

One of God’s ways of dealing with his people is to let them reap what they sow. People learn by this method many times. Unfortunately other people end up suffering as well. I feel like this is what is happening in this case. America gets to learn what it is like to be lead by the ungodly. I don’t want to be led by the ungodly. Both sides need to understand that their hope needs to be in God, not government. I’m doing my own soul searching on this issue. Have I leaned too much on my government to have my freedoms? When in Christ, I have all the freedoms I truly need.

This week’s events were awful. We were served a serious blow. Many of us are still reeling from the pain caused by it. I know I am. So as I pick myself up, dust myself off and begin to walk forward in life what do I do. I will share with you what God has been teaching me about what to do.

What do we do now?

Repentance: God has continued to lead me to repentance in different areas of my life. Once is not enough. Oftentimes there are layers of layers of sin issues we need to deal with. One question I ask is, “what do I continue to get away with in my life?” Ask Jesus to forgive you, then follow Jesus in that area. II Corinthians 7:10 “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”

Follow Jesus: I ask Jesus what He wants me to do today, this week, this month. Be faithful in the small things in life. Think also in following Jesus how can I be like Him today, this week and this month. My mind goes to the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Don’t be a stumbling block: I have to remember that others have not had the same experiences as I have so they don’t think the way I do. I do have my own opinions on almost every issue. I’m human. But I have to remember this scripture in Romans 14:10-14 “So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God. Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”

These are the things that God has led me to do personally. It is hard work. I’m still learning a lot in each area. My sorrow should lead to repentance. I need to get my eyes off the world and follow Jesus. And I want Americans to follow God above all else so I don’t want to be a stumbling block on their way to doing that. Each one of us will give a personal account to God.

So yes I’m sad but God is purifying us first. Then think what can happen. With God anything is possible.

-Kim

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