Rise Up, O God, and Judge The Earth

I absolutely LOVE the Word of God! Those of you who know me, either personally or online know this to be true. Some of you online have known me for twenty plus years! I also love to encourage people, God’s children, my Brothers and Sisters. I love to teach and instruct and especially when it is inspiring. I have been blessed immensely by the Holy Spirit through the years.

But –

Part of my “service to the Word” is to also correct and warn and I will be honest, I am not one of those who takes particular delight in that aspect of service (ministry) to my Brothers and Sisters or to those in the world. There is a very, very heavy responsibility AND accountability for anyone who answers this particular calling from the Lord, for it is to Him we will ultimately be judged by for the very words we deliver in His name to others!

It just seems lately I have had to take part in that role a little bit more than I ever have in the past. I truly believe it is because Christ Jesus, our Redeemer is standing on the threshold of His imminent return to gather His Body, the True Church.

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in Psalms, along with some other books of the Bible, but Psalms is a literal treasure trove of Scriptural Principles about our relationship with the Father and with one another. Today, I read Psalm 82 and I couldn’t go on. You can ask my wife, it hit me like an arrow hitting a bullseye in a big circle target! As soon as I read it, and it’s not long, I had to reread it to my wife. It strikes right on dead-center with what is going on in the world today.

First, I cannot tell you if this Coronavirus flu is judgement from the Lord. I don’t know for sure. BUT – I can tell you that the panic AND fear displayed throughout the world by it IS! You may be asking how can I say that so emphatically. I have to tell you it is because we are LONG overdue for judgement for the sins we have condoned and the fact that we have rejected the very ideals that allowed our many nations to prosper and be blessed and with so many living under the “banner” of being “Christian,” it is long past time for God to say, “fine, then as My children, you shall be made to answer for your folly!”

I believe, and especially in the Nation of the U.S. that for a little while now, especially with Trump as the leader appointed by God, Himself for this time in America, that the Lord has decided to stand back and let those in leadership who have rejected Him deal with what is called in our Nation “Trump Derangement Syndrome” because it seems to be striking a lot of people and I believe the Lord has allowed this to confound their minds because of their abject refusal to accept God’s standards and to continue to blatantly lead this Nation into sinful behavior. Even psychologists today cannot fully explain what is happening and now, since this flu virus has hit, it is as though our leaders, not just here, but all over the world have walked off the tallest cliff into the deepest abyss! There is world-wide fear and panic and even though this flu is severe, it is not as severe as some in the past, yet all over the world, leaders are bringing everything to a standstill and actually causing more catastrophic results than the flu virus could!

This is MAN’S assumed wisdom at work and those who are abiding in Christ Jesus can see it unfolding before our very eyes!! Which leads me to ANOTHER aspect of this situation. Many, so-called “Christian” churches all over the world and particularly here in the U.S. have chosen in their vast wisdom to justify rampant and blatant sinfulness and to state with their own justification why God “will” accept it; thus misleading thousands if not millions!

God does not change! I do not know how many times, Godly and anointed ministers of the Word have to repeat that fact. God’s Word does not change either, for it has stood AND withstood the test of time for millennia and it is STILL relevant (much more so) today! Yet even though this flu virus is not affecting as many and in such a way as the media would like you to believe, the panic and fear sweeping the world most assuredly has!

So why do I think that it is the panic and fear that is the judgement? Because as every born-again Christian knows, almost by heart, God is NOT the source of panic and fear, but rather just the opposite. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7. All over the world, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ are repeating this awesome verse to comfort and assure one another.

So then, you may ask, why is everyone panicking and so fearful? Because sin and the tool of the enemy “guilt” will do that in a person who has not given their lives over to Christ Jesus and been reborn and spiritually renewed! Plain and simple. I have said it for so long now, God, our Heavenly Father takes care of His own. Those who are not His, suffer the consequences of sin and what it does to the natural man even without the hand of God judging! See guilt is a tool of the enemy, the devil. The Lord has given His children the Holy Spirit to abide within and the Holy Spirit doesn’t have to use guilt in a “new creation.” Instead, He uses counsel and conviction, in other words, CONVINCING, so the spiritually reborn will walk uprightly! That is what true discipline, discipleship is all about. NOT putting one down for doing wrong, but convincing them to do what is right! This is why God’s TRUE children have no reason to fear. We don’t fear death or punishment for God IS love. Only rejecting God and thus true AGAPE (love) leads to fear and panic for a person who does not understand love if fearful of punishment. (1 John 4:17-18).

So now I want to share with you what I have read and just so you know, I have been reading the Psalms in the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, the NLT, just for the ease of reading. You can read Psalm 82 in whatever version you are comfortable with, but I want you to see the parallel, (especially those of you in the U.S.) to what Asaph, the psalmist wrote. You decide whether it can apply to today as I have already come to a very solid and apparent conclusion!

Before the verses, just one question to many of you. Can you see in this and other Scriptures why I believe the Holy Spirit is STILL inspiring and working in the hearts of TRUE believers today? There is too much evidence to support His inspiration and illumination has never ceased!

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides over heaven’s court;
      he pronounces judgment on the judges:
2 “How long will you judges hand down unjust decisions?
      How long will you shower special favors on the wicked? Interlude

3 “Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan;
      uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
4 Rescue the poor and helpless;
      deliver them from the grasp of evil people.
5 But these oppressors know nothing;
      they are so ignorant!
And because they are in darkness,
      the whole world is shaken to the core.
6 I say, ‘You are gods
      and children of the Most High.
7 But in death you are mere men.
      You will fall as any prince,
      for all must die.’”

8 Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
      for all the nations belong to you.

Today it seems the whole world IS in darkness for it has most certainly been shaken to the core! Remember verse 8, THE NATIONS BELONG TO YOU (GOD ALMIGHTY).

Something to definitely think about!

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
*Pastor’s note: I am using one of the first editions of the NLT so those of you following online with Bible Gateway or Bible Hub may notice a few differences with the wording in the newer versions.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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