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Oh LORD!

11/01/2016

Many of us know Romans 12:1-2 by heart. You that are churched know Temple sacrifice required DEATH, and in this passage we read ‘LIVING sacrifice.’ Sacrifice = Death, yet Paul juxtaposes LIVING with SACRIFICE… To quote my brother William Mayhew, “What’s up with that?”
I confess I find what follows hard today. Here is the closing of Romans Ch. 12 – please read and read again, let these words from God sink into the mind.
Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Rom 12:10 In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another;
Rom 12:11 in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;
Rom 12:13 communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.
Rom 12:14 Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not.
Rom 12:15 Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.
Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Rom 12:17 Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.
Rom 12:19 Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (quote from ASV, emphasis is mine)

The word of God is ever more important than my thoughts on the word of God. Intellectually I grasp the principle of obeying each word. Do you see the proximity of Rejoice, Weep in verse 15?
Sunday morning came the news a brother in the LORD was murdered the night before. Within two hours we took a young lady to visit Potter’s Field Ministry/Calvary Chapel for worship on Sunday morning and to explore their youth program. By the end of the day the young lady’s parents had tears of joy, pride, and praising Jesus for a clear opportunity for spiritual growth for their child; while another mother was dealing with a hole in her heart. LORD do You know how hard it is to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice and to do so in the same breath? It is no accident that Paul put rejoice and weep together. It is not fate these verses follow “living sacrifice.” Our fleshly desires must be dead to obey this passage. Abel’s blood cried out from the soil as does my brother’s blood. The fleshly heart desires vengeance and questions where God is in this. Yes, the LORD does know the magnitude of what He asks. He lives verse 15 in every moment!
Only a ‘living sacrifice’ can obey v. 15. Only a ‘living sacrifice’ can obey v. 16 and 17. My flesh says conceitedly I know how best to handle this thing; nothing wrong with revenge. And Paul dares write what God gave him to write, ‘render to no man evil for evil.’ Flesh does not wait on the LORD. Or flesh will even rejoice in the knowledge that GOD will revenge in v. 19. Flesh must be mortified. Then the Holy Spirit rises and works. Oh LORD forgive me my Jonah spirit. Knowing You desire to forgive, I would flee Nineveh.
I rejoice with Natalia and her family, Father that is easy. I also thank You for the timing as my spirit needed to see something good from Your hand. Forgive my shallowness. I know my brother is in the presence of his LORD, for that I am thankful. LORD he was little more than a child. I ask that You convict the heart of the one guilty of this crime and Your will be done. Paul the apostle to the Gentiles may have been such a person. So be it LORD. I will wait for Your RECOMPENSE. I weep with my brother’s mother; You do remember how proud she was at his graduation?
Finally Father how do I overcome evil with good? Show me what that looks like LORD GOD! Amen.

WELL SON, DON’T YOU THINK THE CROSS IS A PICTURE OF OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon Williamson permalink
    12/01/2016 10:08

    Wow… very well said my brother. I just finished teaching through Romans and made a very similar point. It is absolutely essential that we believe with all our heart everything written in chapters 1 – 11 in order to walk out 12 – 16. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit and I see Him being lived out through you. We’ll continue to pray with you and for your the ministry going on there.

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  2. Jessica permalink
    12/01/2016 14:58

    Praying for the family and for you all. Wish we could be there to sit, talk, hug, and cry with you. May God sustain your church body there as they face these massive trials. We love you all.

    “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

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    • 12/01/2016 19:34

      Thank you so much for kind words and Scripture Jess. We were walking away from Pop’s graveside service, your mother and I. She asked, “how do those who don’t believe in Jesus handle death?” Death will come to all of us unless the LORD comes. We have knowledge of the surety of the hope of resurrection. We are truly blessed dear niece.

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