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Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday, August 02, 2020

August 2, 2020 GROWING NUMB

So many times we see the people in this world begin to accept change as the new normal. We accept and grow numb to people to doing things against what our country and what our God stands for. We let things slide and begin to grow numb to the evil that is going on around us. We accept these things because we don’t want to make waves, take a stand, or get into an argument with others. We are afraid we will be mocked or ridiculed or harmed. But that is not at all what God tells us to do in His word.

When things happen against God’s will, we are to hate that evil just as He does. We are to speak out, act against, and fight for what is right. God gives us the armor to wear to protect us so we don’t have to worry about the battles we will have against evil. We are to put on that armor, pray, and trust in God as we fight against – rather than accept or grow numb to – the evil and filth in this world. We should stand strong against evil with courage and confidence knowing God is with us, for us and in us.

SCRIPTURE:
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you may have grown numb to in this world.
2. List what God says about hating evil and sin.
3. Know you need to stay in God’s word for courage to speak out against evil.
4. Remember to follow God’s will and not the ways of the world.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, help us not to worry about standing up for Your word and Your values. We know You have way better plans for us than this world does. We don’t want to grow numb to sin. We want to hate evil just as You do. We want to wear the armor You have given us to fight for righteousness with courage and conviction. Help us today, Lord, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We are to wear the armor of God so we can resist and speak out against the evil in this world and not worry about what others think. God promises we will stand firm after the battle when we step out and obey Him.

Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (NLT)

We are to share God’s good word and not worry about the response we may receive in return.

Hebrews 3:13 “ You must warn each other every day, while it is still ‘today,’ so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” (NLT)

Rather than worrying and growing numb to sin, we are learn God’s ways for living and choose to live according to His truths and share His truths with others.

FOCUS:
Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” (NLT)
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