No Justice, No Peace ~ Based on a sermon by Pastor Gail Dudley, August 24, 2014

August 29, 2014

Acts 16:35-37  When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.”  The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”  But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” (Acts 16:35-37 NIV)

Every form of injustice comes back to our separation from God.  As Christians we have a responsibility to administer justice. We can’t mistake our enemy in this battle; Satan is the ultimate enemy.  His goal is to distract us, attack us, and silence us by any means possible. It is time for us to take a stand as Believers of Jesus Christ.  Time for us to put on the Full Armor of God, use our voice and no longer stand for the injustice around us. No Justice, No Peace.

No Better Time Than NOW.  We appear to be in bondage, we appear to be struggling but trust God, He is already pulling us out. We have to experience certain situations for one reason, so that someone else can be saved.  When we are going through, when it looks like we have no out, someone is watching to see how we are going to respond.  Paul and Silas were beaten without trial, thrown into prison and did not escape or respond negatively when they had the chance. They were obedient to God and the jailer and his entire household were saved.

Get to the Root of It.  We need to address this spiritual disease; we are in conflict with the enemy of Christ. Injustice is real.  We must let people see the Christ in us through our obedience to God.  Ephesians 4:27 says, “Do not give the devil a foothold”.  The devil will try to attack our minds. When we are going through we are known to go into isolation. Isolation leads to darkness, darkness leads to secrets and secrets lead to spiritual death. It is designed to take us out. Today we get to the root of it. We need to quit thinking that we can’t and STAND up for God.

Know Who We Are.  When you know who you are you will have some unusual strength that comes out of nowhere.  You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The devil will try to distract you. A personal relationship with God that allows you to laugh, to cry, but then go to work after. Our struggles are not about us as individuals. We can’t run from our assignment; when we leave our post we may be leaving someone vulnerable for an attack. We may have been the only person praying, their protection would be gone.  Stand for God. God is a God of justice. No Justice, No Peace.

“Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess to God.” Do not compromise who you are and what you believe just to add something to your resume.  Be mindful of individuals who say they are Christians but are indeed on the side of the enemy. Stay prayed up in the Name of Jesus and do not run from the truth.  There will not be any peace because God is trying to get our attention.  God is a God of justice. No Justice, No Peace.

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