Cultural Shifts #6

Mark 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins.

This is the last blog about cultural shifts. They influence us by their mere existence. They cannot be ignored any more than the tide can be ignored when going out or coming in. The purpose of these blogs concerning cultural shifts is not to predict what the next one will be. If I could do that then I would be in business making my fortune. Instead, I have written about cultural shifts and their effects because no one can predict future trends, and so therefore it is vitally important that believers know God’s voice from all other voices. It is important that we know how to  hear God on a routine and regular basis. It is very advantageous  to be able to distinguish between His voice from that of His enemy’s (John 10:27).

In the Old Testament, a cloud led Israel through the wilderness for forty years. Each day parents stood at the doorway of their tent to see if the cloud was moving or standing still. Not to follow the cloud meant death. To choose a different path meant death. God would not kill them, the wilderness would. The cloud saved Israel’s life on a daily basis. When the cloud moved Israel moved. When the cloud stayed Israel stayed. Trust and obedience to the invisible God were developed as Old Testament believers daily noted the position of the cloud.

Today, we are face similar issues. Our culture is shifting every three to five years like sand under our feet. What is in today can be just as likely gone tomorrow. The climate of the culture is constantly changing yet believers are called  daily to turn back the flap of the tent and note what the cloud is doing today. No none likes change, and yet we live in a fallen world that is in constant flux. The cloud always has and always will have the best perspective on desert of life. Because the cloud can see what is ahead, it can guide us away from danger and toward our blessings. Our salvation comes from watching the cloud at all times and moving with it no matter what propaganda the culture spews at the moment. This is what got Israel to the Promised Land, and this is what will do the same for us.

Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

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