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Monday, August 29 2016

The headlines are bad.  These are just from this morning and from one news outlet:

ISIS suicide attack kills 45 pro - government troops in Yemen 

$50K reward offered in the 8-year-old girl's stray bullet death. 

Sheriff investigates after video shows 4-year-old boy being thrown off a bridge into a river 

It seems that news companies survive on the bad news.  Perhaps, I am the only one, but it just feels like the world is not getting any better.  As a Christian, I am not surprised by the degradation of the world because of the curse of sin brought onto us by Adam and Eve.  The Apostle Paul was clear when he penned:

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
 
Yes, the devil and his demons exist and it is their sole purpose to destroy.  They use distraction and tricks to deceive those that have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is never greener on that side of the fence.  
 
Is there hope? Absolutely! We do not get our hope from the world, politicians or even friends, but from God.  The Psalmist wrote:
 
Psalm 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord God : thou art my trust from my youth.
 
A few weeks ago, I was studying the Bible.  There was a scripture that jumped out at me.  As the Children of Israel were making the exodus out of Egypt, the Egyptians began to chase them.  They had the Red Sea at their front and the Egyptians at their rear.  Of course, many of them started to cry out against Moses (their leader) because their situation looked desperate.  
 
Many of us know the story, Moses held his hand over the sea and God parted the sea and the Israelites escaped through their obstacle.  But prior to that miracle, God performed another miracle.  It is found in Exodus 14:20:
 
Exodus 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them , but it gave light by night to these : so that the one came not near the other all the night.
 
The Amplified Version says:
 
Exodus 14:20 Coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come near the other all night.
 
God put a pillar between the Israelites and the Egyptians.  It shined a light during the night on the Children of Israel, but the Egyptians remained in the dark.
 
The Israelites are a type of the church.  We will remain in the light as long as we stay in the church.  The Egyptians are a type of the world.  The world will always remain in the dark because of sin.  
 
Our hope is found in Jesus Christ.  Even in our most difficult situations, look to Jesus.  We may have to go through some obstacles, but it always better than going back to the bondage of sin.  The Israelites were escaping slavery, but some wanted to return as soon as it became difficult.  
 
As long as we stay close to Jesus, we will walk in the light.  John wrote:
 
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 
Stay focused on Jesus and in the church.  The lights are always on!

 

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 06:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email