Times are challenging. Things are feeling crazier every day. The events that have occurred this week are horrifying…and devastating things are still happening in other countries… The tug of war within the church feels appalling. The political divide feels more like a canyon…everything seems to be showing it’s true colors…it’s a time of removing the chaff from the wheat…and some things we felt we could count on, have turned out to be chaff.
It can feel disappointing and very confusing, but…this is a time we must build ourselves up in our faith…and pray in the Spirit.
I don’t know about you, but I have zero idea what to pray over these current events…it’s simply too much to comprehend. When I’ve gone past my own reasoning mind and am at a loss, I pray in the Spirit. When I feel like I’m overcome and can’t see a way through, I pray in the Spirit. Even when I go for my daily walk, I pray in the Spirit…because it’s good to do every day…because it builds us up in our faith.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy mixed with fear- hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 20-23
I really love the way these verses remind us that we must show mercy to those who doubt…mercy mixed with fear. That is such wisdom. So often we feel like mercy must just be absolute. Those with the mercy gifting often seem to struggle with the “mixed with fear” portion. Mercy can be easily manipulated.
I believe much of the “woke” culture is a product of perverted mercy. Mercy must be tempered with much wisdom…and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of such wisdom.
I believe it’s time for us to return to the root…to return to the basics of our faith. We must re-embrace mercy but temper it with fear. How would your world view change if you approached it with such reverence?
We must hold fast to our most holy faith. We must continually grow in that faith. We need mercy. We need fear of the Lord. We need to be acutely aware that if we don’t maintain a healthy fear of the Lord, then we too can be swayed by the teachings of the world…the teachings that have become corrupt. The teaching from pulpits that don’t even have a smidge of truth in them anymore.
Mercy and fear. It’s foundational. Solid building blocks for our most holy faith.
To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father- to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6