Christian Life, love

What’s in Your Mouth?

I work in a secular setting where I don’t have the breadth of freedom I wish I had to say all of the things that are so important to people’s souls. Certainly, the Lord has opened doors over the years and I am very thankful to Him for so doing.

But as I contemplate the Christian Life and our purpose, it leads me to ask what is in the mouth of the believer. I am noticing a divergence within the church. I think it’s important here to remind us of the scripture that says a house divided against itself will not stand. It is also important to remember that Jesus said if we deny Him before man He will deny us before His Father in Heaven.

I don’t know if it’s a trend but I suspect so. What am I talking about? I am talking about us trying to be so palatable to the world and so ingratiating that we blend in. We are a set apart people, the Word says. It says we are the salt and the light here on Earth and that a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. It also says if the salt loses its savor it is good for nothing but to be trampled under foot.

I find that some parts of the body are allowing Satan to come in full force. There is a shying away from words like Christian, holiness, Bible and even church. The Bible says come out from among them and be ye separate. If you have what I have and I’m not doing well, I will not seek you out for help because you’re in just as bad of shape as I am. But if you have something different, something extraordinary that is drawing me to you because I know in some way you will point me to the right answer, I will come running to you.

In the business world I’ve been told to dumb myself down. In my personal life I’ve been told the same. In the church world I’ve been told to not be so bold because I might frighten away those that are not yet believers.

But the Lord is speaking to me greatly about my identity, knowing who I am and coming out from the herd or the crowd. I really have to go the way of the ministers that are boldly declaring the new things that God is doing, which are in alignment with the principles of who He has shown us He always has been and always will be in His Word. In fact, He tells us in His Word He is doing a new thing and asks us whether or not we are perceiving it.

One such minister speaks about God calling him to be a forerunner and how it’s a very lonely and unenviable position in many cases. That reminds me of the Apostle Paul and the disciples that Jesus called, who worked alongside of Him and really were emboldened in a fresh way after His Ascension.

I am discontented and troubled within my spirit as I compose this. I am really coming to the point of realization that just as Jesus offended so many of the religious persons of His day and I am called to resemble Him, His warning is so correct that if they hated Him they will hate me too. And I am getting so comfortable with that idea.

The terrifically sad part of that to me however, is that there is a division that is going to be magnified in the church as there are both wheat and tare growing up together not just outside of the church walls but within them. Now of course I understand the church is not a building but I say it that way to draw a distinction between those that are truly a part of the church, the body of Christ, versus those that suit up, show up and do not know Him or even those that ultimately will walk away from a once held faith in Jesus..

Listen, it’s been said that you’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything. We are in a day and age of great wickedness and turmoil where those claiming to be Christians who are very well-known are judging and making statements completely antithetical to the Word of God, the Bible. Whose side are you on? Today is the day of salvation, God told us in His Word. We are not promised tomorrow nor even a breath in the next moment.

Right is right, not relative. Please contemplate that and ask God to speak to you and embolden you each and every day to speak what He would have you to speak even in the face of friends, family and enemies.

May you perceive God’s blessings today.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

Vision Obscured

He saw her the way God does. She saw him the way God does. Hopes, dreams, aspirations…

But, he never saw himself the way God does. And she never saw herself the way God does. So, there were years of pain and heartache, wanting to walk out from behind the walls but feeling paralyzed.

Without God goggles, they would never get it together.

But, one day, they cried out in desperation for new eyes, new visions, to replace the distortions of self that caused the pushing away of the most precious gift.

The walls disappeared and love reigned supreme. Healed hearts, united at last.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

Restoration

As I compose this, the thunder rolls outside my window reminding me of the eternal battle between good and evil that affects our daily lives.

So much damage can be done when we give into selfishness or are the recipients of someone else doing just that. The Lord brought to my mind the concept of restoration which has been the theme of quite a few sermons I have heard over the last year or so and so came the concept of selfishness as well as the concepts of selflessness and healing.

I’ve come to realize that restoration does not mean that God will put us back in relationships that we dread with people who are still not healed. Part of what it means, is that he will restore us to the point that the cracks in our hearts are removed. He can make everything new as though it was never broken or scarred.

I had a very good conversation with a very dear person recently. It is a relationship that has undergone some restoration for which I have prayed in various ways over time. It can be so tempting to pray a particular result with respect to how we relate with another individual or group of individuals. However, when we begin praying that God changes us and that God heal the other party or parties involved without dogmatic agenda as to the end result of the relationship here on Earth, God can do so much more than we can ask or imagine even in our wildest dreams.

In the conversation I had, I saw skepticism replaced with faith and a warm heart shown willingly after it had been hidden so deeply for many reasons for many years.

I believe this is a season of restoration where what is broken in you can be healed and made as though it never happened.

God is waiting to hear you cry out to Him.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

The Original Bully – The Sequel

As I was composing the previous post, the cat featured as the attacker in that photo who weighs about 9 pounds was repeatedly chasing and attacking the just over 16 pound cat and harassing him until he was crying out.

I called out to him, without response. He remained engaged with the attacker as opposed to escaping and coming for help. How often do we have such a warped response? We cozy up and think we can make some sort of peace treaty with the devil. Then, true to his fallen nature, he attacks us relentlessly until we cry out in pain and anguish. Do we remember to cry out to Christ? Do we run to him for safety or continue in the antics in the busyness that stop us from knowing who we truly are or at least are created to be?

The Bible clearly says that if we have God in us, then we have the one who is greater than satan who is in this world. The scripture also says that we are in the world but not of it. Are we rising above the trickery and deceit or are we content in the mire?

ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! [Zech. 8:23.]
Isaiah 60:1 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/isa.60.1.AMPC

God has made a way of escape through the Salvation and Solace of His Son Jesus Christ. Accept him today by confessing that you are a sinner, asking for forgiveness and that He would save you and become the Lord of your life. If you already know Him, remember your true identity and stop giving up ground to the evil one. You and I are loved beyond what we can possibly comprehend while in our mortal bodies.

Be blessed today!

Christian Life, Compassion, love

I Miss You

God showed me that He is so sad and grieved because He misses YOU! John, Lue, DeAndre, fill in your name please. He misses you.

If you’re slamming drugs into your physical life source… If you’re on the streets looking for love…If you’re a man loving another man or a woman loving another woman, He loves you and wants you to talk to Him. Turn around. He’s right there.

You may have forgotten ever knowing Him; but He knows your name, Shaun.

The names written in here were not picked by me. I don’t know who God is talking to…calling out to; but I hope it’s you.