WHAT NEXT?

If you’re like most of us you find yourself just wanting to know why and how such a tragedy could have occured. This is an elementary school for crying out loud and most of the victims were 5 & 6 year old. A nation is in shock and countless family members grieve deeply as we all stand in disbelief. Unfortunately we aren’t dreaming and this really did just happen. Now, what? Where should we go from here?

Unfortunately those directly involved in this tragedy have a lot more to deal with right now. The invasion of their school, the killing of six great leaders, and the mass shooting of 20 precious children. It will take way more than a counsel session and new gun laws to comfort these folks. Nothing apart from God’s continuous comfort and healing can help those folks. But, what about us what can we take from this event? What should we do in response to this horrible day we all wish could be erased.

#1 FALL ON YOUR KNEES….

If the spirit of God lives within you then your heart should break for what is going on around this world. Everywhere we look there is tragedy after tragedy. Every time we think we’ve heard it all another story develops like this one. Earlier when I first heard the news I immediately felt the need to pray without ceasing for the family and friends of every victim. There is nothing I can physically do for them at this time. But, they desperately need God’s comfort, strength, and peace right now. And, I need the peace of knowing that I’ve placed everything in God’s hands.

(Philippians 4:6-7)(NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)(NIV) “Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

#2 REPENT OF YOUR SIN

This is actually the first thing you need to do if you expect your prayers to make it past the ceiling. If you are willfully and knowingly disobeying God in any area of your life you are living in sin. God will not bless your sinful behavior. It doesn’t take a bible scholar to know that this country has turned its back on God, created its own value system, and completely taken God out of all decision making. Sin abounds all around us and even within our own lives. Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. God will not bless a person or a nation that has willfully turned their back on God.

(James 4:17)(NLT) “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

(James 4:7-10)(NLT) “ So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

#3 SURRENDER EVERYTHING

The true sign of someone who has made things right with God is someone who is surrendered to God. This is not a time to turn from God, but a time we should all  turn everything over to God. Only God can clean up this mess. Only God can make sense of this madness. Only God can protect us from this evil and corrupt world. We desperately need God’s guidance, God’s healing, God’s mercy, God’s peace, and God’s strength to make it through these uncertain times. We need to literally give God the reigns of everything. Our family, our finances, our failures, our fears, and for sure our future. We don’t need more religious freaks in this world, but we do need more people who have truly surrendered their lives totally to seeking and doing the will of God our creator!

2 Chronicles 7:14-15(NIV) God says, “14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

#4 LIVE WITH URGENCY

It is time for every Believer to come off the bench. There are so many Christians who are asleep spiritually and who are operating with no sense of urgency. I tell people I don’t have time to watch CNN all day because there is too much to be done. There are people on every corner and street that need Jesus. 75% of our culture is completely disconnected from a local church and in need of spiritual support. They aren’t running to us, but we can go to them. I plan on loving like there is no tomorrow. I plan on sharing Jesus with others knowing they or I could be societies next victim. My friends it’s time to put aside our differences, our excuses, our complacency, and start living with a greater sense of urgency. Every minute matters and every soul matters. None of us know what tomorrow will bring.

(James 4:13-17)(NIV) 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

*My friends feel free to add to this list what God has stirred in your heart through this tragedy and time in America. Thanks for reading!

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