July 19, 2018
Read Exodus 23
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Scripture- Exodus 23:2- You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.
Observations- What a powerful word from God's Word to aspire to live out faithfully. This is the idea of worshiping and doing all of life for the "audience of One," for when the Israelites gave into the popular winds of the crowd rather than listening carefully to God, they always, always, always got themselves into trouble.
Application- As Christ followers we are called to "speak the truth in love." (Ephesians 4:15) Often times we spare someone from the full truth, because we think that will be a loving act, but it never works out that way. Other times we hit people with truth, but we fail to do it a loving manner that honors Christ's forgiving and tender mercy for us. How can you more fully be clear about living for the "Audience of One"- instead of following the crowd- today as an act of integrity and faithfulness to the Good News?
Prayer- Lord, as we worship and serve You as the Audience of One, we also live that out before people who are hurting and broken and in need of Your great love and redemption. This means we are a witness to Jesus' love and grace to the crowd we don't follow. Help us be faithful followers of Jesus Christ today! Amen.
"May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, & holy as you stand before
God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen." (1 Thessalonians 3:13),
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