July 20, 2023
READ THE WORD
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the
Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the
prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16 ESV).
As national voices address the issues and take positions that impact our families, communities, and
nation, we cannot help but see the world’s sin right before our eyes. As we see battles on many fronts in
our nation, let us not neglect the war right inside us. Each one of us deals with a sin nature and wrongful
desires that can impact us personally or corporately.
Victory over the wickedness of sin in our hearts is only possible through Jesus Christ’s death and
resurrection that gives us life and peace. There is one position that must be taken by each of us. It is a
matter of life and death. You, your spouse, your children, your governing authorities – all must answer
before God, “Who do you say Jesus is?” The answer to this question affects our eternal destiny.
“Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be
sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” Zephaniah 2:3 CSB
“Seek the Lord and live…Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy…[and] let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.” Amos 5:6, 14-15, 24 CSB
Take time to give reverence to God, to repent, to rejoice in the Lord, and to respond in faith to the Holy Spirit’s leading.