Posted by: whereintheworldismike | May 24, 2015

Being Counter-Cultural as the Lord Tarries a Little Longer

P1000147The 4th commandment is a bridge between God and humans and is truly counter cultural calling us to demonstrate our dependence on God to a callous generation. With the proliferation of dangerous animals, increasing terroism, and the four year drought in our neighborhood among other things, there can be little doubt that God is disciplining this country. To counter this, let’s prepare for and observe the sabbath and receive the refreshment and provision of God increasingly. God wants to free us from the driveness that is prevalent. This affects our human relationships as well as our fellowship with Almighty God. For instructions on another strategy for becoming a tipping point in our increasingly pagan culture, read the chapter on “Identificational Repentance” in my book Exponential Culture.

10 Com 5thStarting with the 5th commandment, the focus shifts fully to the healthy maintenance of human relationships with a command that affects parents and children on a most basic level (Ex. 20:12). Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Everyone is born into a family and we all get older and need help. The younger generation is to help appropriately and receive a blessing from God. Parents are not to exasperate their children and all family members are to seek intimacy with God to grow in his grace and to be set free from the neurotic fear that is the cause of much compulsive behavior in our and other developed countries especially (Luke 1:74-75). Today in preparation for receiving communion, Pastor Tim Morey had us pair up with a neighbor and then spent several minutes taking turns to bless each other primarily using the blessing in Numbers 6:24-26:

The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you

The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

This was a time we were all greatly blessed by each other and felt God’s presence of peace in our midst.

It will be very difficult to do more of these God-centered activities but it will be worth the struggle. Today we also watched a US Navy Seals commander share on the ten lessons of Seal training. We must exercise our faith for it to become stronger–sufficient for the tests we will each certainly face. Trying is not enough. We must train for the bigger challenges of life.


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