A Symphony of Praise to God
A.W. Tozer wrote, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow.”
“So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
How can we keep on holding on and hoping when everything seems to be crashing in around us and sometimes right on top of us? When you compare your circumstances and lifestyle to what it was just eight weeks ago, what were you counting on then that you can’t count on now? And how much hope have you lost? It is important to understand what Romans 15:4 has to say about this:
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”.
How to Build Up One Another
Just like when you remodel an old home, every believer in Jesus Christ is a remodeling project. There’s a lot of the old that has to go, that has to be torn out and ripped out, before we are conformed to the image of Christ. There’s a lot of demolition that has to take place. But the Christian life is also a building project. It’s out with old and in with the new (cf. Ephesians 4:22-24).
However, as we see in Romans 15:1-3, as believers in Jesus Christ, we must never be involved in the demolition of the life of another believer. We should never tear them down. Rather we are in the building business. We are to build them up we are to edify them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
When God Is Left Out of a Nation
Pandemics, protests, violent demonstrations and riots, looting, murders, abortion, racism, political polarization at every level of the culture: Is there any hope amid this cultural chaos and devolution of America? Is this the judgment of God or is it something else? God’s word in 2 Chronicles 15:1-7 diagnoses the problem and also offers God's solution.
Kingdom Living in a Fallen World
We are citizens of the United States of America to which we pledge our allegiance. But according to Philippians 3:11, “our citizenship is in heaven” as well. Plus we live in a world that is fallen, corrupt, and in chaos. So how should we as believers in Jesus Christ live in this world that is not our true home and how should we live as citizens of God’s Kingdom? The answers to these kinds of questions are found in Romans 14:16-19.