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God is still in control

Published 1:48pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Season of Lent presents to all believers a time to look deep within one’s soul and carefully examine the condition of the heart.
The purification process can be extremely uncomfortable for many people, as it can be an indicator that a change is needed.
David said in Psalm 51: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
… Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” (verses 1,2, 10-13 NKJV)
David wrote these words after his friend Nathan had spoken to him concerning the sins he had committed against God and with Bathsheba.
These are the words of a man seeking repentance.
I wonder how much of what David said relates to you and I today?
We live in a world that is so numb to sin, and so saturated with Pagans that we can no longer tell the difference between holiness, righteousness and worldliness.
For the first time in the history of the church, we can walk out our door and face the same pagan world that the apostle Paul faced as he traveled the Roman roads to preach the good news.
The word repent literally means “to change, to go in a new direction.”
As I continue to counsel people with addiction issues, it never ceases to amaze me how much the devil is in the details.
People are looking in all the wrong places to find peace, love and a hope for the future. They seek the meaning of life, and they’re having trouble finding that meaning.
They were looking in Jesus’ day as well.
When Jesus went into the temple and overthrew the money changers he upset the rich and greedy rulers who cared only about money, power, and pleasure.
The rulers came up with false accusations, kangaroo courts, unfair trials at night, and they convinced the people to crucify Jesus.
Little did they know that they were part of the divine conspiracy of God and that God’s perfect will was being manifested right before their eyes.
Interesting that they accomplished so much with no Twitter, no Facebook, no Internet, no cell phones and no electronic devices whatsoever.
The crucifixion of our Lord shows that the evil of mankind is capable of doing desperate, horrible acts of destruction.
We see it in the world today on a huge scale that in not even measurable.
I ask you to join me as we continue our journey through Lent, that we would examine our hearts, and ask God to help us purge any sinful activity that we might be holding onto.
Recognizing that the Risen Lord on Easter morning proves to us that God is still in control!
Keep on repenting, as the end is drawing near and coming quickly!

Rev. Roger Olsen is pastor at Cedarwood Community Church in Wallsboro.

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