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Action – the necessity of restoring God’s authority, Part IV

II Chronicles 35:1-4 records the Passover King Josiah celebrated.  Among other decisions, he ordered the return of the sacred ark to its original and rightful place in the Holy of Holies.  Whether it had been removed to protect it from Manasseh or Amon, or removed by the wicked Manasseh, is uncertain.  At the time of Josiah’s reformation it continued to be mobile on the priests’ shoulders.

A very bad example of the nation’s fluctuating morality.  God demanded its permanent location in the Holy of Holies, to keep it from being a common sight and to remain in seclusion as a symbol of God’s continuous, unchanging sovereignty.  Josiah demanded its permanent re-installation.  It needed to remain in one place since God hadn’t moved and never would.

That’s a powerful warning to American Christians.  We’re living in a society that thinks God has moved, is moving and will never again be the traditional God of the Bible.  So the homosexuals carry him around, saying, “God now has a new sexual normal.”  The live-ins, who shun marriage, carry him around, saying “God considers fornicating better than marriage.”  The ecumenicals carry him around, saying “All religions are equal and none is superior.”

What they’re all saying is, “This is what God has become, and Christians need to adapt.”

WRONG.  Viciously, sinfully, satanically wrong.  Josiah put the ark back where it belonged because God had never changed.  Christians must now ACT on this eternal truth.  Preachers must again preach God’s word strongly, warning any doubters of God’s Truth, Christ’s Deity, the Church’s relevance and Judgment to come, with Christ as the Sole Judge.  God hasn’t changed, his standards remain the same and his truth stands unchallengeable.  Those who think he’s malleable will lose their souls.  He’s the Eternal God in Christ.  – End Part IV –

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Action – against sin needed, Part III

Part I discovered that Napoleon lost his inertia, depression and indecision as soon as he began to take action.  Part II discovered Joshua’s reaction to the stress of losing a battle he should have easily won.

His self-imposed explanation was to lie and cry before the Lord, till God told him to get off the ground.  Action was needed against the sin that caused the loss.  An Israelite caused it by sinning against God’s clear prohibition.  Joshua 7:13-26 has that account.

“Stop praying and take action,”—the kind of command we never thought God would give.  But prayer isn’t the need when God’s people have flagrantly sinned against his word.  The need is repentance.  Take it.  Insist on it.  Don’t stop till it has been identified, admitted, repented and removed.

Christians…when something goes wrong in our family, do we “think first-thing” who has sinned?  When something goes wrong in the church, do we quiz ourselves, “Who has sinned?”  Either way, if mistakes have been made, correct them.  If sins have been committed, repent and seek forgiveness.

For sure, if it’s the latter, there’s no need to waste tears crying over prayers.  Let’s not think God is ignorant of what’s happening in our lives or the church.  And let’s understand that God won’t overcome sins we commit and allow to remain unrecognized and unrepented.  His command to us remains the same as his to Joshua:  get up, get busy, get the sin standing in my way identified and GET IT forgiven.   – End Part III –

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Action – our immediate . when stressed, Part II

In colossal over-confidence Joshua sent but 2000 – 3000 warriors to attack Ai.  To their mortification, the city’s few men killed three dozen Israelites and chased the rest far away.

A chastened Joshua tore his clothes, fell on his face before the Ark and remained there for hours.  The elders joined him in expressing their regret at the defeat.  They also questioned God’s guidance—a really stupid response to disaster.  Read Joshua 7:1-9

You have to love God’s response to all that religious remorse.  “Stand up!  What are you doing on your face?  Israel has sinned….”  Joshua 7:10-11a.  Why hadn’t Joshua drawn that conclusion from the defeat?  After all he had seen in Egypt, in the desert wanderings, in the crossing of Jordan at flood-tide, in the conquest of Jericho—the obvious problem was sin in the camp!

But it isn’t in human nature to blame sin for anything bad that happens:  in us, in our family relationships, in the church, in the nation.  We powerfully deny that anything we do contrary to God’s word has an impact on our attitudes, our decisions, our economy, our catastrophes.

We are fools, but God demands our education in his truth.  Only if we accept his truth will we escape our stupidity.  And if we reject his truth long enough, and persistent enough, he consigns us to believe the lies unconverted liars tell and lost people love to hear  II Thessalonians 2:9-12.   – End Part II –

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Action – answer to problems, Part I

In 1791, 22 year-old Napoleon Bonaparte, a student of the Academy of Lyons, wrote an essay on the question of happiness.  He didn’t receive the prize.  His essay didn’t even get honorable mention as a competitor.  He did reveal that to him love was happiness, but only a love of one’s native land, people and family.

Napoleon mused about suicide.  He often felt despair over his career.  He always considered himself different from others.  He continually battled sadness.  He could see no future for himself.

However, all negative thoughts vanished, all musings disappeared, all perspectives that weighed heavily on his mind evaporated the instant action had to be taken, for he took it.  Action, the biographer wrote, summarized his essence.  Herold, The Age of Napoleon, 32-33

Which remains a potent truth today.  How many persons face unanswered questions about their personal lives, ministries or future?  Fixating on them saps one’s intention and energy, leaving one incapacitated for work.  The instant action occurs; the instant one puts his time and effort on the project at hand; the instant one forgets about himself and concentrates on the subject at hand, creativity flows, success follows.

Obviously, then, action dispels the enemies of productivity.  Take it.  Surrender to it.  Let it monopolize your time.     – End Part I –

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Action – follows “Lights…Camera”

After defeating the British at Saratoga, General Gates dispatched a courier to Philadelphia with the news.  But he travelled so leisurely that the victory was announced in Congress before he arrived.  It had long been a tradition to honor faithful army messengers, one delegate proposed a gift of a sword to the courier.  However, since the man’s behavior had betrayed his trust; since he had been ordered to report good news to the colonies in a timely way, and he took his time doing it; since where action was demanded, he lingered, where haste was expected, he dawdled, John Witherspoon, a member of Congress, urged a substitute motion:  give the courier, not a silver sword, but a pair of golden spurs.

The people of Israel in Isaiah’s time felt offended because the prophet kept criticizing their lives.  What did God want anyway, they questioned?  What did he expect from them?  They believed; they offered sacrifices; they fasted.  What more could God demand?

Action, Isaiah replied, 58:6-7.  Life-altering, behavior-modifying action that turned faith into deeds and confession into practice.  Where needs existed, to meet them; where help was demanded, to give it.  But, above all, to act.

We are similar to the Israelites.  We often substitute theory for fact and compliments for obedience.  How easy it is to be moved to tears by the sight of hungry children; or by the benefits of starting new churches; or by the self-destructive behavior people practice, which conversion would begin remedying.  But will we open our checkbooks and offer solid, personal assistance?  Or, as needed, volunteer to be a servant of the Christ?

On movie locations, the last words before the Camera rolls are “Lights…Action….”  Lights first so what is filmed can be seen.  Action second so what’s filmed is in motion before Cameras roll.  All three phases give the film its reality.  Discipleship also involves three phases.  One, learn about Jesus.  Two, strategize how to effectively teach what we learned.  Three, DO IT!  All three together achieve Christ’s purpose in each disciple.  Leaving any out limits our witness.

 

Action – no substitute for

Isaac Chauncey had charge of the American forces on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812.  He proved a masterful organizer and outstanding shipbuilder.  But he had no ability to fight with his ships.  His British counterpart suffered the same defect.  Throughout the spring and summer of 1813 both leaders built bigger and bigger ships, but never used them.  They would tentatively spar with each other but then retreat to their safe harbors to build again.

In John 7:40-42, the Jews hearing Christ had the same problem.  His teaching struck them forcefully, and they discussed what it meant.  Some thought him a prophet; others considered him the Christ.  But others couldn’t imagine the Christ coming from Galilee.  Their arguments and debates led nowhere.  Like Chauncey on the Lakes, the Jews never used the evidence Jesus presented to reach a conclusion about him.

Many people continue this procrastination.  They make a policy of irresolution, and hoist themselves on questions and explanations, doubts and reservations.  They’re always coming to, but never arriving at, a decision.  They can sit for hours discussing Christ, but won’t spend a few minutes asking what it all means.

We must never substitute anything for action.  Ignorance, reservations, sins all must yield to evidence.  Either we come to a conclusion that Jesus is what he claimed, and obey him; or he isn’t and we can safely ignore him.

But let’s have none of the nonsense of continually asking more questions, to keep from making a decision.  Most people’s trouble isn’t in the lack of evidence, but in their lack of courage or willingness to act on the knowledge at hand.