Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but for those advising peace there is joy. No harm can come to the righteous, but the wicked are overwhelmed with disaster. Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai, but those who deal faithfully are His delight. A cautious person conceals knowledge, but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.
When I vote, I never vote politically, my votes, as all my other voices of opinion and all that I stand upon in that which is right and wrong, are always drained through the strainer of God; His Ways, His Wisdom, His Word.
I live in a suburb in Denver, Colorado. It’s time to cast our vote for this year’s purposals. Every issue and ballot calls for various tax increases to certain counties and cities within my voting influence. I received my ballot in the mail along with the counties pamphlet detailing each ballot and it’s purposals. With the exception of one, no print was given voice in the “vote against” section provided in each section. The reason stated every time was “No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.”
When dealing in the area of politics I find it difficult to rule my critical heart without cynicism. I believe it’s because I realized long ago, that Yeshua (Jesus) veered away from politics. Not because He was a wimp, or had no opinions, but because when it comes to politics, without exception there is deceit, greed, and corruption at the heart of the motives for how people rule over people. God’s desire was never that people would ever rule other people. He desired to be the Ruler. His heart never corrupted or tempted by the things people are subject to in such ways. Greed cannot be His heart, nor false motives. Only God retains such a purity. His scales are able to dip much more deeply and accurately to the true needs of people than any other. The kind of education God considers essential is not and has not been taught for tens of years in any public system. The kind of needs He sees as essential come from a totally different perspective than comfort and rights. His balances are altogether unworldly. God doesn’t need money. God owns every reserve on planet earth.
The age old proverb and wise counsel of God:
“Do unto others as you would have them do into you” is twisted and distorted commonly. Yet it applies every time we vote, raise our voice in opinion, or take a stand with our actions.
At present, my income has not went up in 4 years, yet my cost of living has increased by 400%. If I do not stay within my budget and manage my money with His wisdom, I will fail to pay my bills, and hence risk debt, fines, or jail. It’s easy to sound cynical, but there’s not an ounce in my next statement.
If I can do this with my measly income, then so can those who manage theirs. My vote will be NO to each issue/ballot.
Since the beginning of time people have been griping about taxes. But the issue was not really the taxes for which they were purposed to be used but the fact they they never got used for its publicly proclaimed intent. People who rule over people with money, rarely see the people at all. They see their money, thus making a human being, precious in the sight of God, a monetary symbol in the cogs of the population wheel. This grieves the heart of God, for there will never be a monetary value placed on one person today or any day. Nor will any “formal education” whether it be labeled “Christian” or “atheist” be taken into account of the value of the pearls that each one is given by Him. So we see that God’s balance of what’s worthy and valuable disintegrates the world view of worth. He also sees the true needs of people fall into a category that far exceeds a nations debt to pay. Physical health, education, and true needs of the human body come nowhere near balanced in a human perspective. God sees no limits to our abilities – ever! Why? Because they are all caught up in His perspective, which allows for far more discomfort than humans can stoop to for themselves, but will allow for others. Given every one of these aspects of God’s character, very plainly laid out for all to see, when it comes to a monetarily motivated issue, I vote no. As He instructs. He then shows the proof of His ability to rise above the flood on money issues in my own life. I don’t manage my money so much as God manages me. Money is no object/obstacle to Him.
This is my voiced raised, speaking into the real issues to be considered for my “vote”. God, who He is, His character, is my filter for all things. Only He will cast my vote, I’m just a vessel for which His glory will be gotten, His will shall be done – on earth as it is in heaven. Every Follower of Yeshua, will cast votes according to who they truly believe that He is. Who do you say that He is? How well will He say you know Him? Cast your vote, and be counted. For at every crossroad, this is the bottom line, for all of time and eternity.
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
Moses said this to the people of Israel. But they wouldn’t listen to him because they were so discouraged, and their slavery was so cruel.
At this point in this historical story, Moses has already confronted Pharaoh once and hard-hearted Pharaoh refuses and takes away giving straw to the people for their bricks. The quota is unchanged, the work doubled. The people now see God as making things worse. And how could they not? The battle for freedom is always the most intense when God begins to cut the chains. The resistance can cause bitter discouragement, physical exhaustion can dull the senses; this the enemy knows. Yet greater does God know our weaknesses and infirmities! We must be convinced that we can not do what God has set out to. It’s not to “get us out of the way” so much as to give us different eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to trust. God set out to free the people of Israel, He did not set out to get them to free themselves. So, He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and kept moving forward in His plan and timing. No resistance would deter Him. Not in His people, not in Pharaoh, not in the ultimate battle with the real enemy of slavery. We keep our eyes on God because He is always where victory is.
In sharing the Good News, we can often wonder how one can see the good of it when they are suffering so profusely! The ones who need it the most these days are so blinded by the outward circumstances. How can we make a difference?
We notice the way God works throughout history. He says: “go, do and say all I tell you, and trust Me.” The resistance will come, discouragement will attempt to assassinate, the enemy will work hard to disillusion. Fear not! Read these powerful words as your mission!
But Adonai said to Moses, “I have put you in the place of God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aharon will be your prophet. You are to say everything I order you, …”
The Israelites proceed to watch God do wonder after wonder! Proceed to watch resistance after resistance. Proceed to watch their deliverance! It took time, it took the resistance, it took miracles, it took hardening, it took everyone by storm; but freedom was given – God did what He set out to do! He always has, always will. There is nothing by which I can give you here on earth as an example of the kind of guarantee one can have in God. He is the surest, surest thing! The ultimate insurance, best lawyer, His contracts (promises) are never revoked and always honored, His timing without fail or error every time, His goals reached infinitely!
Resistance to our human eyes is a guarantee! But to the eyes being given by God, it is a sign that we should move more swiftly! It’s not futile to God, it’s the natural response from an enemy who won’t stop fighting Him. UNTIL…Yahweh’s time says, “Enough!!!” The time is rapidly approaching, the resistance is fierce! Futile against God, yes! But not futile in His hands! Everything He made has resistance as His signature. The ground (gravity) opposes the objects upon it. Thank God! Our very cells in our bodies oppose the bad elements that don’t belong! Praise the Father! Light opposes darkness! Great is the Light of the World!
In order to see resistance as a wonder in the hands of a God who created it’s very nature, we must look at Him! The great Resistor of all evil! The Victor of all opposition! Ruler and Master, not one thing slips past Him. Resistance is sure, but more sure is I Am, who breaks the chains that bind us all! In order for chains to be broken, they must be placed between two opposing forces and pulled. SNAP! Thus, they are broken!
You unfaithful wives! Don’t you know that loving the world is hating God? Whoever chooses to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy! Or do you suppose the Scripture speaks in vain when it says that there is a spirit in us which longs to envy? But the grace He gives is greater, which is why it says,
“God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble He gives grace. “
Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against (resist, be stubbornly opposed to) the adversary, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Clean your hands (resist the dirt), sinners; and purify (yield to the flames that resist and free to purify hearts of stain), you double minded people! Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom! (Allow the resistance of your flesh to do its designed intent, not gratifying the flesh but making it wail to be forgotten). Humble yourselves before the Lord, (that Opposing Force destined for victory over the force of evil) and He will lift you up.
Resistance is not futile, so long as we are resisting the right things. The resistance that comes upon us when we are resisting the world and evil, will not win. Our victory has been won by God alone, our resistance to evil is our worship and praise to the Victor! The opposition that comes from our obedience is a sign that God is fiercely moving us into His plan. It will tune our eyes and ears to Him more acutely. It will build the character of Yeshua (Jesus) inside the furnace of purity within us. And we shall see our freedom, here – now on earth as it is in Heaven! To God be the glory!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡