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Whose Side are You On?

This is a tough post for me. I have prayed about it and grieved over it. There is an ache in my heart, and it is for the Body of Christ. I feel this ache in my very bones… Many of you, even those that I love dearly, may not agree with what I am about to share, but I plead with you to hear me out.

There is an oppression I am feeling in this month of October. I hear the echo of a time long ago; Continue reading

Have a Need…?

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NIV)

Have a need? Talk to God. He has riches we may NEVER be able to comprehend in our flesh. But, once you become His child, His desire is to provide for your needs, according to HIS provision! And His provision is without limit!!!

If we don’t believe that He has our best interest at heart, then why do we run to Him when nothing else has helped? If we don’t believe every part of God’s Word, then why would we believe any part of His Word? What right do we have to exclude any of His Words from HIS BOOK???

Usually, when we miss concepts or ideas in any book, we’ve either not read them, not understood them or deliberately ignored them. So, let’s be honest with ourselves about how we approach God’s Word in its fullness. If we only believe what we want out of His Word we will never receive all that He wants to give to those of us who are His kids! Ultimately, we dishonor all that Jesus did to restore ALL things for God’s children!

In our daily life, if we order something on the internet, don’t we expect it to come  to our delivery address? We may go to the front door every day or listen for the sounds of a delivery truck. We may track it online to see where the package is in the delivery process, but we are anticipating the delivery of that thing because we trust the manufacturer and have faith that the delivery truck will deliver!

Consumers look for and get what they need or want. The manufacturer wants a consumer to order their product, that’s why they create it.  They see a need and fill it. They see a want and fill that.  Why would God, who is the ultimate Giver, offer truths and promises in His Word that He KNEW we would need… even want… and then not deliver on those promises?

Where did we get the idea that He is mean and nasty and unkind? The fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control. That fruit doesn’t include mean, nasty or unkind. God’s Word says that He is love. Since when is true love mean, nasty and unkind?

SO, let’s remember that God wants to supply our needs, but He also wants us to expect that provision and to receive it when it comes. He loves us and expects us to believe the truth about Him, not the lies that His enemy has chosen to spread. And if  we have believed those lies, then we must ask God’s forgiveness. We must separate ourselves from the devil’s lies! We must go to the Source of all good things… God Himself… to supply our needs and the desires of our heart! He loves us and wants to help us… ALL the time!

Take Him at His Word. It is ALWAYS true… And that’s what I believe!

This was originally sent as an email… “Thanks, Bob”

“Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone.

Fourth time in as many months..
How could a guy get caught so often?

When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour,
Jack pulled over, but only partially.
Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard..
Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.
The cop was stepping out of his car,
The big pad in hand…

Bob? Bob from Church?
Jack sunk farther into his trench coat.
This was worse than the coming ticket.
A cop catching a guy from his own church.
A guy who happened to be a little eager
To get home after a long day at the office..
A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow…

Jumping out of the car,
He approached a man he saw every Sunday,
A man he’d never seen in uniform.

‘Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.’

‘Hello, Jack.’ No smile.

‘Guess you caught me red-handed
In a rush to see my wife and kids.’
‘Yeah, I guess.’ Bob seemed uncertain.
Good.

‘I’ve seen some long days at the office lately.
I’m afraid I bent the rules a bit –  just this once.’
Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement.
‘Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight.
Know what I mean?’

‘I know what you mean.
I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct .’
Ouch.
This was not going in the right direction.
Time to change tactics.

‘What’d you clock me at?’

‘Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?’

‘Now wait a minute here, Bob.
I checked as soon as I saw you.
I was barely nudging 65.’
The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

‘Please, Jack, in the car’

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard..
He was in no rush to open the window.

The minutes ticked by.
Bob scribbled away on the pad…

Why hadn’t he asked for a driver’s license?

Whatever the reason,
It would be a month of Sundays
Before Jack ever sat near this cop again.
A tap on the door jerked his head to the left.
There was Bob, a folded paper in hand
Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches,
Just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

‘Thanks..’
Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his police car without a word.
Jack watched his retreat in the mirror.
Jack unfolded the sheet of paper.
How much was this one going to cost?
Wait a minute.
What was this? Some kind of joke?

Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

‘Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter..
She was six when killed by a car.
You guessed it – a speeding driver.
A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free.
Free to hug his daughters, all three of them.
I only had one, and I’m going to have to wait until Heaven
Before I can ever hug her again.

A thousand times I’ve tried to forgive that man.
A thousand times I thought I had.
Maybe I did, but I need to do it again.
Even now.
Pray for me.
And be careful, Jack,
my son is all I have left.’

‘Bob’

Jack turned around in time to see Bob’s car
pull away and head down the road.
Jack watched until it disappeared.
A full 15 minutes later, he too,
pulled away and drove slowly home,
praying for forgiveness and
hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived…

Life is precious.
Handle with care.
This is an important message;
please pass it along to your friends.
Drive safely and carefully.
Remember, cars are not the only things
recalled by their maker.

If you pass this on,
you may save a life.
Maybe not,
but you’ll never know if you don’t try.

The life you save may be …

Your own child or grandchild.  Anonymous…”

This is appropriate at any time of the year, but especially at Christmas. God knew where His Son was going and exactly what would happen to Him there. Then, God had to wait 33 years to see His Son back Home again… in Heaven… safe and invincible… no longer misunderstood and mistreated by mankind.

Well, I guess that’s not entirely true, now is it? God’s Son is just not standing here on Earth to receive the misunderstanding and mistreatment….

And there is another major difference. God didn’t have to try to forgive us… He’s done it freely and willingly, because of that precious Son who gave His life for us. “Fall… on your knees…” as you reflect on all that Christmas means. It’s the very least you can do…!

 

PS… Thank you for these precious thoughts, whoever and wherever you are…!

Forgiveness…

Yesterday I was reminded of my need to forgive… always and without fail! I know something is important when God  says the same thing several times… Women’s Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, the next chapter in my book, the passage that He has me read! He made it clear that forgiveness is not for the other person… it is for me. Before you get too cocky and point your finger in my direction, remember that there are four fingers pointing back at you!

God made each of us with the innate power to create . We were made in His image and the first record that we have of God shows Him creating. It is interesting, however, that He created with His words. He already saw what He would create and then He spoke that creation into existence! Man was the only creature that He actually formed from the dust of the earth… which is also constantly creating! But that’s another blog…!

So, even if we don’t realize it, we spend a lot of time creating with our thoughts and our words. As we see situations and circumstances, we replay them in our minds… sometimes to our detriment! We rewind an argument with our spouse, we review a frustrating scene on the highway, we replay an incident at work and most of the time we have a “pity-party.” Offense is taken and forgiveness is withheld. The body of the one who chooses not to forgive responds with stress. Soon, aches  and pains emerge and sickness and disease are often the result! We’ve begun to create! We’ve planted seeds that are bearing fruit! But how many of us really want the bad fruit that’s been created!

Instead, the Word of God says that we are to love our enemies… not just our family, friends and co-workers… and that we are to pray for those who persecute  us or treat us badly. (Matthew 5:43-48) That means that we are to love when it is not convenient or reasonable or fair. We are to love when it hurts.  We are to love when we’ve been wronged. We are to be like Jesus. After all, He was perfect and He forgave us every sin we ever committed! He took them to Calvary’s cross with Him. He’d never experienced sin prior to that point and He took every sin that ever existed upon Himself. He did that for us! Why? Because He loved us and wanted to restore fellowship with us!  If Jesus took  every wrong thing that each of us ever did and forgave us for it, why do we find it so hard to forgive someone else for one offense?

These areas where we choose to hold a grudge or choose not to forgive are costly. God’s Word says that as we forgive, so are we forgiven! (Matthew 6:14-15) Not only will our unwillingness to forgive harm our bodies, it will also have  an impact on our spiritual life. WE suffer the reality of not receiving forgiveness for our errors in judgement, our anger and frustration, our hastily spoken words.  We harm ourselves when we refuse to forgive… NOT because God wants to withhold His forgiveness and grace… Jesus already paid for those… but because we have planted seeds that will bear fruit that is not the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is the fruit that God’s enemy would like us to bear…  seeds of anger, resentment, retaliation, vengeance. These seeds will produce all the “junk” that Jesus died to redeem! Because He’s already paid for the “junk,” we need not suffer the effects of that sin… unless we choose to suffer. Since Jesus already suffered,  our suffering is pointless and makes the enemy rejoice. He wins the battle even though Jesus won the war. The enemy gets to put that sin back on you because you’ve let him. It also tells God, who created the great plan of salvation, that you don’t think His idea or His sacrifice was worth very much… even though Jesus, God’s only Son, gave His life for each of us! Jesus paid the price necessary to set us free from all of our sin! The Holy Spirit constantly reminds us of God’s Word to help us avoid the temptation to sin, but WE make the choice to listen and respond to His “still small voice.” We make the choice to listen and respond to the One who knows what’s best for us!

Don’t waste another minute caught in the enemy’s trap of unforgiveness! Loose yourself from it and fall into the arms of the only One who loved you enough to truly set you free! Do it now! The only one you’re hurting is YOU!