Time for the Leaves to Fall
Dear CBC Family,
This weekend we will have a very important message from Romans 13. We will look at four criteria that when met allow for civil disobedience. We will then see what that civil disobedience looks like. If that were not enough, we will look at some examples from periods of our own history so that you will be able to discern why civil disobedience was acceptable to God during each event.
As we enter into the fall season, I am reminded of how the trees change color and drop their leaves this time of year. This is essential for new growth in the spring. They display an important lesson for all of us to learn. Just as the trees don’t stubbornly hold on to their dead leaves, so we shouldn’t hold on to any unnecessary weight in our lives. When we long to enter a new season, the old can easily inhibit the new if we allow it. God’s Word reminds us to:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31,32
To get rid of negativity in our lives, we must first identify it. How can we do this?
» By reading God’s Word.
» By allowing His Spirit to show us the necessary heart changes we need.
» By being willing to shun practices such as bitterness and anger.
» By asking God to help us let go of the guilt from the past.
The Lord desires to empower and strengthen us for the new season ahead! If we’re not sure of the issues that are hindering a kind and compassionate spirit, He will show us. All we have to do is ask! If guilt from the past is preventing this beautiful new season, we have His promises like this one to remember:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18,19
What are you holding on to that is preventing a freshness to the season ahead? Could it be that the decayed leaves are piling up and your heart needs to discard them for good? If so, why not reach out to the Lord in prayer right now? He longs to hear from you.