“The Micah Mandate” ~Taken from Crosswalk Devotionals

It is a true joy to share this Word from the Lord with you today.  I “echo” this woman’s belief!!  I will resume my own blogging tomorrow, November 7th.  May all who read this be blessed, and if you have a Facebook page (I don’t) you can comment on the content.  May we all lift our hearts heavenward today as we ask Our Father that “HIS WILL BE DONE”.  Ultimately… He is GOD and our Lord Jesus is the King of Kings! 

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The Micah Mandate
by Katherine Britton

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

As you read this devotional, people are flocking to the polls. I don’t yet know who claims the coveted title of president-elect, or how the runner-up will respond to his defeat. But by the time you read tomorrow’s devotional, the campaign season will officially (finally) be over, and our linear little world will move on.

In the past few months, so much attention has centered on Election Day that the importance of every day leading up to it – and following it – has been eclipsed. My own perspective has often been wrenched from the eternal to the worldly as I fretted and worried over how to vote and what it would mean for the nation. I have often forgotten my unchanging marching orders from Micah 6:8 in the hubbub.

In political season and out, my Lord requires three things of me:

  1. Act justly 
  2. Love mercy 
  3. Walk in humility with my God 

After all the roar in our ears, sounds simple, doesn’t it? These commands aren’t political; they’re intensely personal with communal impact. They foreshadow the greatest commandment, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

I’m so thankful that, as Christians, we are part of an eternal kingdom that values everyday acts of justice, mercy, and humility so highly. By faith, we have a far bigger perspective than anything going on in government. We know that our God sits enthroned in Heaven and laughs at the plans of the nations (Psalm 2:4), because his plan will overrule them all (Isaiah 46:10). And so we don’t worry about tomorrow, but simply follow the Micah mandate everyday: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.

Here’s one more thought: As I reconsider the Micah mandate in light of the political scene, I’m reminded that mercy and humility extend far beyond party lines. If we really are trying to cultivate mercy and acknowledge our humility before God, doesn’t that affect how we respond to our leaders? If we take the verses in Micah seriously, then we can’t help but take Paul’s words to Timothy seriously as well.

Paul gave the young pastor a directive to pray for the leaders in his world, even though the government was foreign and its leaders sometimes corrupt. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone,” Paul wrote, “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

It’s tempting to think that our vote matters more than our prayers, more than an attitude of humility that seeks justice and mercy. Nope, the Bible is pretty explicit about keeping our trust in God and not in government (Psalm 118:9). So let’s look out our window, breathe in another day of eternity, and get to work living the Micah mandate.

Intersecting Faith & Life: You’ve probably heard the phrase before – our job is to be so heavenly minded that we do the earth good. Let’s put on the eternal perspective and act in light of eternity – where all that matters is acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.

Warnings Given With Love

Scripture if full of warnings.  For the true Christian, there are many times in the New Testament we are warned, with urgency!  It is with urgency that I write this post, which is actually an addendum to yesterday’s post:  Overpopulation of Wolves

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia–remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,  nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.  Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,  from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,  desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.  But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,  knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for man slayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.”

Very strong words Paul wrote to young Timothy in his first letter (chapter 1: 3-11  NKJV)
Again in chapter 4 the words are more stern, with a warning and a blessing!

” Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,  speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;  for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.  If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.”

We do live in a time like no other, all anyone needs to do is look at technology to see that.  Our country is morally bankrupt (for the most part), our leaders are headed in dangerous directions and the Church…  well you assess for yourself.   This is a time to search your own heart in the mirror of the Word, by the Holy Spirit who gently discerns the truth of Scripture for us.  There is much happening “in the world”… but what is going on in YOUR world?  I am only able to write this, because of late our Lord Jesus Christ is pointing out things in my life that MUST be taken care of.  I praise Our Wonderful Father for His unending mercy, forgiveness and the “newness” of life He gives to all who will follow Our Savior!

  “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of Heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each others roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.”  John Bunyun

I love you my dear sisters and brothers in Christ! 

True Hope Defined

Romans 5: 1-6 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary verses 1-5:  A blessed change takes place in the sinner’s state, when he becomes a true believer, whatever he has been. Being justified by faith he has peace with God. The holy, righteous God, cannot be at peace with a sinner, while under the guilt of sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. This is through our Lord Jesus Christ; through him as the great Peace-maker, the Mediator between God and man. The saints’ happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought, which teaches that we were not born in this state. We could not have got into it of ourselves, but we are led into it, as pardoned offenders. Therein we stand, a posture that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe.  And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now. Tribulation works patience, not in and of itself, but the powerful grace of God working in and with the tribulation. Patient sufferers have  Divine consolations, which abound as afflictions abound. It works needful experience of ourselves.  This hope will not disappoint, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints. A right sense of God’s love to us, will make us not ashamed, either of our hope, or of our sufferings for him.

1 Peter 1: 3-6 ” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,”

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Charles Spurgeon once said ” I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.