"Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 'Look,' he said to his people, 'the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.'
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly." Exodus 1:8-14, NIV.
Part of my devotions lately have been recording my own thoughts on things I have witnessed / been a part of lately. I'm not trying to sound profound, this is just how I write.
Are you, or are you not? A simple question of where you stand (on any situation of faith.... any situation):
Are you, or are you not a believer in the Law?
Are you, or are you not a believer in the Messiah, Yeshua?
Are you, or are you not a believer that all written Word from the Holy Bible is the Word and command of Jesus of Nazareth?
Are you, or are you not a supporter of His Word, and His Word alone?
Do not conform to what this world desires of you. If you cannot show adequate love to another without conforming to the world, then don't show it... lying is not loving. If you feel that you can believe what the world has to say, then believe it, and do not mix it with the word of G-d. Do not agree with someone if they are wrong, simply because you do not want to "stir the pot". Simply don't respond, or say you do not agree. Move on from there.
Let the person seek the L-rd by knowing your peace in all situations governed by man,
"then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being." (Job 33:26)
Likewise, if you see wrong, and cannot respond with the utmost love and compassion and humility - do not respond. These are the simplest things... only speak (communicate) in love. If you see something is wrong with another believer, pray for them, but do not seek them outright. Do not seek the person out, but let the L-rd seek them out for you. Never confront the person before you have a contrite heart, and a soul that longs for the Peace and Love of G-d. Seek them, if you must, as a friend and fellow disciple, that you may work things out in Peace and with the spirit of Restoration. Remember, never seek them out in a state of anger, sadness, or otherwise discomfort. Remember that other believers are on their own journey, they seek the L-rd and the things of His Kingdom. Do not attest to the sin of the world, but rest in the Kingdom of Messiah.
And finally, don't look for the bad. Seek Him, and you shall find Him. Likewise, if you seek the devil, him you will also find. Do not be greedy in the Word, for the word of the L-rd is our Salvation.
Scripture: (Exodus 1:8-14, Job 33:26)