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We're Out of Step!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 24:10-13

"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."

I am writing this Daily-E-Votional specifically to those of you who are born again Christians. It is possible that this Daily-E-Votional has been forwarded by a friend or family member. Whether you are a regular subscriber or it was forwarded to you, there is one thing I want all of us to know: True believers are more and more accused of being out of step with reality.

It is not a character defect that we possess, but a dramatic shift in society that puts the faith of the believer at odds with the world. It is all happening so quickly that it is phenomenal. In our own lifetime we have degraded into a miserable world.

In the past I have mentioned the difference in kids in school. When many of us were in school, teachers and principals were the ultimate authority and when a spanking was merited, a spanking was received. (Being perfect that never applied to me. Cough! Cough!)

The thought of suing a teacher, principal or school was never considered. Most of the time kids didn't even consider telling their folks about spankings at school—it would mean receiving an even harder one at home.

Things that were presented in the media at least had a form of righteousness to them. Then gradually words and scenes slipped into television and the movies that were questionable. Profanity became the "normal." Questionable things became the norm. Morality became more and more prudish and out of date.

This trend is taking on more sinister overtones as of late. Christians who hold firmly to the Word of God as their source of righteousness are now becoming the enemy of the left. Permissiveness has now become, not the exception, but is held forth as the accepted standard.

An indication of how far from God's standard of righteousness we have strayed is easily displayed. States are voting to determine if marriage should be classified legally as only a union between a man and a woman. We do not have to vote on it—God has firmly established that homosexuality is abhorrent. We do not need to vote, we need to obey!

In some circles, Conservative Christians are considered the enemy. We believers who have received Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and who accept the Bible as God's inerrant authority, are counted as being warped and a hindrance to progress. Morals which are established on the Word of God are pushed aside and replaced by personal desires. Righteousness is now defined by that which will bring the individual the greatest pleasure.

A revival of God's righteousness and holiness is always needed, but now more than ever. There is a entire generation of people who are in danger of being lost without a mighty move of the Spirit of God in our midst. May we pray as we have never prayed before, and act in obedience to God's unfailing Word.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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