04/09/Th – A Good Word

Leviticus 6:24-7:27; Mark 3:20-30; Psalms 37:12-20; Proverbs 12:25

NT: “Jesus entered a house, and the crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat. When his family heard this, they set out to restrain him, because they said, “He’s out of his mind.” The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “He drives out demons by the ruler of the demons.” So he summoned them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand… Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for all sins and whatever blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” — because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭3:20-25, 28-30‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

How many people are there out there that give their lives to the Lord only to be thought of as crazy by their friends and family… that they are going through a phase and will grow out if it and return to normalcy. When you see things as either being of the kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of Light, you no longer want to be “normal” as defined by those who are in the dark. Jesus was walking in the Kingdom of Light and His family were in the dark. They thought He was crazy. The scribes, experts in the law, actually had evil motive behind what they were saying. They, of all people, should have recognized that the miracles Jesus was performing were acts of God. But out of self preservation and pride, they knowingly said Jesus was possessed by the Devil, even though they knew He wasn’t. So Jesus addressed the scribes first, corrected their error in logic, and warned them that they were getting close to crossing the line of no return. Ultimately, it is God who will determine when someone has crossed that line. It os our responsibility to keep our ears, eyes, and heart attuned to the Lord and His Holy Spirit so that we don’t become so hardened to the things of God that we would knowingly cross that line. The good news is that there is abundant forgiveness before crossing that line for all who humble themselves and rapidly repent. I’ve heard it said, that anyone who is respectfully concerned about crossing that line, probably isn’t in danger of it.

Psalms: “The little that the righteous person has is better than the abundance of many wicked people. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous. The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever. They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger. But the wicked will perish; the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away — they will fade away like smoke.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:16-20‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Which is better: momentary titillation or everlasting joy and satisfaction? The blessings that God gives us last for eternity. At best, the things that we can scrounge together in our own strength will last the length of our extremely finite lives. If we grab and hoard in our own strength, we have what we have for as long as it lasts. But, if we trust in the Lord and allow Him to lavish us with His blessings of life, peace, joy, satisfaction, contentment, etc., He won’t allow anyone or anything to take those away – not even death itself. For those who trust in the Lord, that is a good word!

Proverbs: “Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Good word’s are so necessary, especially in these days of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. What is a good word? First of all, it must be true and not a lie… not false hope or flattery, but founded on truth. It must be encouraging – a word that fills with courage as it simultaneously dispels fear. It must also be edifying – a word that builds and does not tear down and demoralize. What better “good word” is there than the gospel of the Kingdom. Gospel means good news, and that is what the gospel of the Kingdom is for those weighed down with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. It is founded on truth, full of encouragement, and incredibly edifying. People need to hear the gospel – the full gospel.

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