I heard a song this weekend by Chris August titled “7×70” and the chorus goes like this:
The next big fight in Congress is whether or not to raise the current debt ceiling. Supposedly, Capitol Hill and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—purportedly filled with self-avowed Christians—understand that this spending and debt accumulation cannot go on forever. Alas, right understanding does not always turn into right action, particularly not inside the Beltway.
Today is the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. It is considered our first modern war; it was by far America’s most costly. The thing that always amazes me, so eloquently and poignantly illustrated in Ken Burn’s “Civil War”, is the courage under fire of the men facing sure carnage.
As a Christian, have you ever doubted your salvation? Perhaps you are thinking, “Gosh, yes most days I do not feel like a Christian!” Well, dear Christian, if you are counting on your feelings to assure your salvation you have much reason to doubt.
Our feelings lie to us daily; that is because our soul becomes corrupted by sin. Our salvation assurance does not come from our soul, it comes from the Word of God and verified by the Holy Spirit within us:
What do you do with guilt? It can be crippling. Satan uses our past to hobble us and keep us from coming to Christ and then after salvation, serving Christ. Satan uses guilt to make the saint feel unworthy of our forgiveness and to doubt our righteousness.
I pray this devotional finds that all of you had a wonderful weekend and went to church on Sunday. I apologize for not finishing this up on Friday, but it was my birthday and I just took the whole day off. It was a wonderful birthday weekend thanks primarily to my lovely bride Karen and to so many well-wishers.