April 17, 2019

It takes a lot of courage now days to step into the political arena and run for public office. You know that the opposing party or party’s will research relentlessly to try to dig up dirt from the opponents past to try to discredit them in any way possible. It is sad but I am sure that we miss out on having the best qualified candidates for public positions simply because they don’t want to put themselves or their families through the scrutiny and humiliation that could come from the research. And a lot of times what is said is vague and false. Think of the Brett Kavanaugh fiasco. There was not one shred of evidence to prove that he had raped Christine Ford Blasey and yet the vetting went on and on until he and his family had been humiliated. He is one courageous man.

Whether you like President Trump or not I can’t think of a president or any other person who has endured as much vitriolic attacks as he has and yet he has the courage to continue on serving as our president. Yes I know he brings a lot of it on himself.

Today in the scriptures we have a story of a man who had the courage to stand in for righteousness.

Psalm 106:30–31 (NLT) — 30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene, and the plague was stopped. 31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.

The Moabite women had seduced the men of Israel into having sexual relations with them and to also worship Baal of Peor. This angered the Lord so he sent a plague on the people. Here is what Phinehas did:

Numbers 25:6–9 (NLT) — 6 Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly. He took a spear 8 and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man’s body and into the woman’s stomach. So the plague against the Israelites was stopped, 9 but not before 24,000 people had died.

You see the invisible wall of righteousness around the people of Israel had a breach in it because the people were committing acts of unrighteousness. There was nothing to keep out the plague. Phinehas’ righteous act repaired the breach in the wall and the God stopped the plague. God is always looking for people who will stand in and repair the breaches through prayer and righteous actions. Yes one person’s prayers and actions can effect a nation.

Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT) — 30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.

Phinehas used a spear and Moses prayed.

Psalm 106:19–23 (NLT) — 19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai; they bowed before an image made of gold. 20 They traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. 21 They forgot God, their savior, who had done such great things in Egypt— 22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Red Sea. 23 So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.

I believe we need to use both a spear and a prayer to rebuild the wall of righteousness around ourselves and our nation.

First off in our own lives we use the spear. Where in your life is their unrighteousness? Is there impatience, laziness, pride, intolerance, greed, lust, ingratitude, anger, critical spirit, careless tongue, indifference, gluttony, pessimism, worry, fault finding, pornography, covetousness, etc? This is where you spear it or stop it. If these things aren’t stopped you leave the breach in the wall of righteousness which will allow unrighteousness to enter and cause all sorts of trouble.

Once you deal with the sin you can now begin to pray effectively for those around you and for your nation that God would intervene and repair the wall. It takes courage to wield the spear especially when it has to be aimed at a pet sin. But take courage with the grace of God and perhaps with the help of a friend or counselor you can do it.

Matthew 7:5 (NLT) — 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Spear the log and pray over the speck and you will be protecting yourself, your family and your nation. Yes to do so takes courage because your flesh will fight you every step of the way and satan will continue to dig up your past to remind you of all your wrong doings in an effort to get you to despair and give up. Don’t.

Be Inspired Hilltop!