Today’s Verse

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:14

Sunday, June 26

Without God’s blessings all the trappings of life are merely donkey’s heads and dove dung as we discovered last week.

Because the real army wouldn’t go, God raised up four lepers who would. The real army had the training, the equipment and support to go but wouldn’t. The lepers from outside the gate who did everything else wrong, did one thing right and they won the victory!

When the real army stays home and won’t go, they shouldn’t criticize the lepers who do go!

I’m afraid we’ve become a generation of spiritual couch potatoes. Like the guy who sits on the sofa all day eating potato chips, watching TV and complaining about the world but never doing anything, we sit behind our walls of distinction, bemoaning the sad state of the world, belittling the work of others but doing little ourselves.

The Bible clearly teaches that the local church should lead the charge into Satan’s realm but when she won’t, God bless those who do! Yes, principle number one is that we are to be going, not staying. However, I find another principle from our story.

Principle #2: We are to be Sharing, not Hoarding

The lepers sensed that if they remained “silent” about their wonderful blessing, evil would come upon them. They decided to declare the “day of good news.” Can you think of anything in your life that is Good News that is worthy of sharing?

Weekly Memory Verse

The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

Ezra 8:22

"The music of the Gospel leads us home."
- Frederick W Faber

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