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JUSTICE

This is the week for Justice.  We all have witnessed false justice, sometimes no justice at all.  Where is their Justice?  Where is our Justice?  May this week serve as a blessing to us all.

 

MONDAY

“It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.” – Proverbs 18:5

The wicked may have the cars, the clothes, the titles, and all the breaks. The wicked may not have a bad report to give because nothing seems to happen to them.  That’s the PLAN! 

Brothers and Sisters, I do not have a reason why God does not eliminate the devil.  That would make all of our lives easier.  I know many of us are sick and tired of that evil one benefitting those who serve him, they seem to have it soooooooooooooooo easy. 

Again, that’s the plan.  Living “right” is hard, expensive, can be lonely, and when it rains, it hurricanes our life.  Where is OUR JUSTICE?

I get it.  But I also know this.  Every day, in every instance, we must choose Love, choose Jesus.. in our acts, thoughts, deeds, dreams, our walk, in our silence, in our fear, our anxiety, in our worry. 

We are not to let those feeling possess us, God wants us to choose Him.  Choose Jesus.  Use the Holy Spirit to “get back” to what we know is good. 

God got something for the wicked.  And God got something for those who deny us Justice.  And God got something for us!  Trust. 

 

Be Blessed, Beloved.

 

  • Rev. Damon

www.faithfirst.me

© 2020 Faith First Project

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TUESDAY

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matthew 10:28

There is a trope used in many movies and books that is extremely overdramatized.  The protagonist is in a heap of damaged body mess.  The body is bruised & battered. There is no way that the body could sustain such injuries and rise. 

There is no way. 

 

But, as we know, the hero comes back, usually with the wise old sage yelling from the sidelines for our character to get up, to ignore the physical pain and draw on something from within, the “soul”, and defeat the opponent, the system, the enemy.

Wonder where that came from?  Matthew 10:28

 

When it comes to Justice, this is what is like.  Doing the work to make the world more Just for all, we will endure “beatdowns”.  Fighting for Justice for ourselves and our loved ones is not exactly a painless process.

But Jesus gives is a sermon in two parts.

 

Part 1- It’s the Soul that matters, not the Body.  Do we love our neighbors?  Do we want to right, wrongs?  We want the world to be a better place?  Then the Body will ache, be injured, be hurt.  Yep.  So since you know it's coming, do not fear the pain or the people or the systems that hurt you.  Keep your soul in God’s care, and you will be okay. 

Why?

 

Part 2 – “And I hope they burn in hell!”  I love that line spoken by Samuel Jackson’s character in “A Time To Kill”.  He was honest, authentic, and hurt. He needed the space to share his pain.  And he did.  But perhaps his character knew of Matthew 10:28.

 

Fear the one who can destroy the body AND the soul in hell. God got something for those who harm His children who are doing the work of Jesus. Do we think the injuries we suffer are painful?  God’s wrath ain’t nothing to play with.

 

What do you think happened to the ones who charged, convicted, and battered His body?  We know what happened to Jesus. HE ROSE AGAIN!

Have NO FEAR!

Be Blessed, Beloved.

 

  • Rev. Damon

www.faithfirst.me

© 2020 Faith First Project

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WEDNESDAY

“When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” – Proverbs 21:15

Justice.  When we hear the word “Justice”, we often think of the law, and now in current times, social justice and activism.  But we must remember what “Justice” means. 

In plain speak, “Justice is the morally fair and right state of everything. To have justice as a person's character trait means that they are just and treat everyone the same, or how they would like to be treated.”

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. 

Are you being loved, justly? Are you loving, justly? 

 

We are commanded to be “Just” in our love of one another, our community, our planet.  Are others morally fair and right towards us?  Are we to them?

When we love Justly, there is JOY!

When we don’t, there is terror.

How does your verdict read?

Be Blessed, Beloved.

 

  • Rev. Damon

www.faithfirst.me

© 2020 Faith First Project

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THURSDAY

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” – Malachi 4:1

 Justice.  God's Justice is pure.  God's Justice is forceful.  God's Justice is authentic.

Scripture says that arrogance is equal to doing evil.  Let none of us think of ourselves to be "all that and then some".  That thinking of self is also evil.

Think our way is the only way, the best way, that we are up high and others are down below.

If we do, we are just as evil as those who oppresses us.

And that kind of evil will be dealt with by God.  "Set Ablaze".  Now, this is God.  So one could literally burn, or all parts of their lives could burn to nothing, have no roots and no branch.

Let us watch ourselves as we watch those that oppress.

Be Blessed, Beloved.

 

  • Rev. Damon

www.faithfirst.me

© 2020 Faith First Project

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FRIDAY

“Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” – 2 Samuel 15:4

 

Is there a calling on your heart?  Is there a tug on your soul?  Are you seeking the title or wanting to serve the people? We want Justice.  Justice is rendered by other people. 

As we enter this election season, we have some seeking a title and some wanting to serve.  Let us all take the time to discern between the two.  In order to change the world, we have to have the world changers in office.

How do you want the world to change?  Single issue selection is dangerous.  Voting just for own self-interests is selfish.  Yes, selfish.  Could your vote oppress another?

Read the full story of Absalom.  Was he just?  Was he called?  Was he a power seeker dressed in a “Justice” cloth?

Justice is not automatic.  Justice takes Justice Doers.

Read. Discern. Pray.  Then Vote.

Be Blessed, Beloved.

- Rev. Damon

www.faithfirst.me