Bible Studies for Life Lesson for July 3- Personal Rights
June 20 2011 by Catherine Painter, author, speaker from Raleigh

Focal Passages: Philippians 3:17-21; 2 Peter 2:10b-19

At my new teaching job, when time for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag arrived, I was shocked that only two of my 27 students joined me in reciting the pledge.

I questioned aloud whether any other country would allow them such freedom; and if so, would they choose to emigrate there?

A student explained, “The pledge is optional here.”

According to Peter, focusing on personal rights can become freedom to do whatever one wants to do, yet self indulgence did not begin with Peter’s generation.

Centuries earlier, Moses warned the Israelites, “You are not to do as we are doing here today; everyone (is doing) whatever seems right in his own eyes” (Deut. 12:8).

His words were echoed recently by a T-shirt I saw in the mall that read, “You’re right; it is all about me.”

Peter warned that self-indulgence, when left unchecked, can become enslavement to sin. He defined his generation as “those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority” (2 Pet. 2:10b).

Joni Eareckson Tada has observed, “We live today in a world in which the thing that was once unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal.

“And then applaudable.”

Every generation must guard against the power of Satan.

Jesus beseeched God, “I am not praying that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

James urged, “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (Jam. 4:7-8a).

The work Christ left on His workbench for today’s Christians to accomplish is daunting but within our reach.

He challenged all who would follow Him to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20a).

Accomplishing this, we will grow spiritually, strengthened by Paul’s challenge:

“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2).

To fulfill this command, let us all pledge allegiance.
6/20/2011 7:29:00 AM by Catherine Painter, author, speaker from Raleigh | with 0 comments




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