Schemes

Ecclesiastes 7:29

29God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes. 

Government officials on the other side of the border have opposing opinion about illegal immigrants. Some officials want to deport illegal immigrants. Others try to prevent it. Officials, who want illegal immigrants to be deported, claim that they have moral obligation to protect the rights of citizens. Oppositions to deportation of illegal immigrants claim that they have moral obligation to protect human rights. To deport or not to deport illegal immigrants, they have devised schemes to accomplish their claim to moral obligations. Human standard of morality can be influenced by political bias.  It says in Romans 8:12-14, We have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

The lifestyle of genuine believers is often attacked by hostile groups. How should we respond to such hostility? It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The term ‘temptation’ is properly interpreted as ‘trial or testing.’ God allows us to encounter ordinary trials that we can handle. And, when testing is tough to overcome, the Lord has designed escape plan so that it won’t destroy us. Can you accept that when the Lord allows particular situations, they are useful in our relationship with Him?

Certainly, there’s temptation to confront hostile groups. Actually, hostility toward Christianity is spiritual warfare we should expect. It says in Ephesians 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Lord Jesus, increase my faith to keep trusting You.

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