19 Dec 2018

A Rebellious Generation

by Annie Brown

Start by reading…Zephaniah 1:1 - 3:20Revelation 10:1-11Psalm 138:1-8Proverbs 30:11-14

All our readings today are serious in their content, pointing to the desperate need for us to commit ourselves totally to God’s ways and not our own. The verses in Proverbs starkly describe the times we are living in. Each verse starts with the words, “There is a generation…” and goes on to portray in graphic detail how most people in Western society live today; sadly even some who claim to be followers of Christ.

These days, having respect for parents is laughed at, behavioural boundaries are mocked, humility is seen as weakness, and the poor and weak are despised. God’s heart breaks as He watches His little ones chasing their own desires, creating more and more idols to worship.

God sent His one and only Son to this world to bring salvation and restoration in the only way it could ever be accomplished: by Him paying our sin debt in full on the cross at Calvary. Meanwhile, humanity tramples His Name into the filth and corruption of our selfish, idol-worshipping world.

If we call ourselves Christians it is time for us to step aside; to separate ourselves from the wicked ways of this world. It’s not about removing ourselves from society, but about shining out the light of the living God. As the One who created everything, we must give Him the awe and reverence He truly deserves and allow Him to flow through us to this lost world.

Pause and reflect: “Dear Father God, humble us, mould us, make us into a generation that obeys Your Word. Help us to cry as the psalmist in Psalm 138 does, with a plea that comes from the depths of our hearts: ‘The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.’ Amen.”

Annie Brown
Annie Brown

I’ve been part of the Victory Livestream congregation since April 2013 and visited Cwmbran twice in June 2013 when we were last in the UK. At home we fellowship with a small church in a village nearby. I was born in Wales and we emigrated to New Zealand 40 years ago. I’m married to Mike, a walking miracle, in 2009 God miraculously healed him and brought us back into a living and amazing walk with Him. We have 2 adult children, 7 grandchildren and a gorgeous new great grandson. I’m a Locum Chaplain at our local hospital and passionate about God’s ministry there, bringing the Presence of God onto the wards is such a privilege.

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