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Outmanned

Posted: Monday, December 18

 Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Revelation 9:1-21
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 30:10

Verse of the day:  

 The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:4)


Most days I feel in the minority. It really has nothing to do with the color of my skin, the neighborhood I live in or the dollars in the bank. It seems that the vast majority of people live lives vastly different from my own. It is almost as if I am from another world.

 

That is how it feels when you make the decision to honor righteousness. When you attempt to stand for what is right, you may just feel the overwhelming wave of opposition coming against you.

 

Here is an example – Yesterday I read a comment by a friend online. He was referencing the numerous accusations that have been made against people in the public arenas of life (TV personalities, politicians, athletes, etc.) and he pointed out that an accusation is not proof of guilt. We used to live in a country where we were innocent until proven guilty. Somehow that has gotten perverted. Now, you are guilty if accused. You get fired before an investigation. You don’t have a chance to defend yourself. If this pattern holds up, how long will it be before someone gets mad at you and makes accusations that ruin your life? Seems like justice has become perverted.

 

So where is the Good News? The Good News is the same as it has always been. We seem outnumbered because we are. We are of a different kingdom. We have a different king, different set of beliefs and we should live differently. The Kingdom of God will never come to the world around us until it comes into our hearts and lives first. When that happens you will feel a bit out of place in this world.

 

The Good News is that we all have a past that could come back to haunt us. However, we also have found a savior that promises not to hold that past against us, even if everyone else will. He forgives, not because we deserve it or we earn it, because he is righteous and just. He promised if we would confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse our lives.(1 John 1:9) Unlike the world around us, he knows the worst about us and still loves us the best.

 

We may be outmanned, but the man on our side is bigger, stronger, and much more forgiving.