Christian Life

Living Bibles

We’ve probably all heard it said that we may be the only Jesus some will ever see and the only Bible some will ever read…So, I guess that makes us living Bibles. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Bible itself is, “alive and working” (ERV). When we portray the love, kindness, morality and standards the Bible sets forth, we are that city that is set on a hill and is unable to hide or be hidden as the Word describes us.

Targets, we become in the contemporary culture of moral relativism. In fact, I was watching Caryl Ayala from Texas Mass Resistance, online tonight who relayed that a pastor would not speak to his congregation about the sexualizing agenda being promulgated in the public school system because he chooses, “love over truth.” My dear friends and those who do not call me friend, lying is not loving.

I’ve left jobs because I would not “get with the program”. I don’t want to use the world’s definition of love as I watch folks blithely slip into a bitter eternity. In my industry and more and more across all sectors of society, all types of sins are called choices, rights, beautiful and so on.

The reality is that Satan is attacking the family, as Caryl astutely asserted; because it is a reflection of the kingdom of God and His Gospel spoken of in the Bible. If he can annihilate the understanding of the need and eradicate the desire for the basic building block of society, he has accomplished a tremendous feat. When pastors, political figures, teachers and joe citizens are afraid of standing in the gap and proclaiming truth, he has reason to cheer as more and more are blinded and there is a need to enlarge the very borders of hell itself. (Yes, hell is a real place of eternal separation from God, not just a poorly named city in California.)

This is not hate speech. We are truly seeing everyday in our society, a Scripture that growing up and even through my 20s I could not imagine how it could possibly come to pass: Isaiah 5:20-21, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (KJV)

Please understand, I work in a culture that promotes all types of sexuality and other choices contrary to God’s plan and desire for us, which are born out of His omniscience and perfect love. That does not mean that I am shouting in peoples faces or that I always comment to the contrary. We must be lead of the Holy Ghost as to time, place and when we are to speak up, what words He would have us use. Sometimes silence is golden and shows much love. I just hope that we are lead of the Spirit and don’t cower to get more backsides in the seats on Sundays or compromise when it is time to boldly declare truth.

God bless you with peace, wisdom, discernment, courage, boldness and meekness today! We need it all!

Christian Life

Thanks, Eastwood and Froggie

Bullying is a hot topic today. I dare to say that many of us have gone through some experience or maybe multiple of such that could be called bullying, humiliating, perhaps even evil. Of course mistreating anyone is at the core influenced by evil. But, let us remember that if we are His, God works even the darkest, most vile circumstances for our good.

So, I was thinking that I wanted to say thank you, in a way, to Eastwood and Froggie (not their real names of course – but whose real names and faces I still recall with utter clarity) from junior high and high school days. I transferred into public school for the first time in sixth grade, a traumatic experience in it’s own right. In seventh grade I had an alleged friend turn into an enemy who I had to face everyday. One day, I even got off at a different bus stop, just to feel safe. My bus driver, Donna (yes, that is her real name), also watched out for me.

Enter Eastwood…One day while walking across the grassy area after what I’m sure was another lonely and hideous lunch, waiting to get back to my own room in my own home, I feel this thing in the back of my tank top. Any guesses as to what it was? I bet you think something along the lines of a frog, lizard or water balloon….but I shouldn’t assume. No, it wasn’t any of those items but it was something filled with water, a condom. I turn around and there is Eastwood and some other boys laughing as I quickly remove and chuck the item. More about junior high I could tell; but that’s enough of that.

Moving on to high school…Driver’s Education classroom training…enter Froggie. Froggie was cute with his curly dark hair and overall features. He sat in the row next to me and would stare at me. Sure, yes, maybe he liked me but couldn’t admit it; but that doesn’t make it okay to mock one’s attire or physical attributes. I recall his monikers for me, “giraffe” and “chin” which he would call out to me not just in class but when passing by me around campus.

There are other incidents going back to Christian school days too; but really these are just a couple of instances to serve as a platform to say that God really does work things out for our good. After many hard times and struggles (brought on by self and others), I now have such freedom! Now, I don’t care what folks say about my clothes, hair, glasses, house or car. I remember, dear Dave Roever, a gorgeous Vietnam Veteran (look him up if you don’t know his story), who said, “Scars are a sign healing has taken place.”

Christ came to set the captives free. Freedom, from demons of torment, self-loathing, suicide, depression, homicide, being trapped by your own mind, I pray for you today. Move to peace in Jesus.

Jesus loves you so much, He experienced suffering so He could truly understand us. “He was a man of sorrows, bruised for our iniquities,” the Bible says and “tempted in all points…yet without sin”. He knows you better than you know yourself. Whether you are Eastwood or Froggie or someone being attacked and harassed, He shed His blood as a sacrifice, to save you and bring you into eternal peace with Him.

What are you gonna do about that?

Christian Life

Do Your Memories Eclipse Your Dreams?

Good morning, Dear Friends! What a beautiful morning it is. In Psalm 56 I was encouraged that God is for us and we should not fear man because man cannot do anything to us that will separate us from God’s love. Even when the enemy is breathing down our necks, we can call out to Abba “Daddy” God and He hears and answers. David wrote this Psalm when he was seized by the Philistines in Gath, not from the rooftop of the King’s Palace.

I also read a blog by Hazel Staub that quoted a portion of Psalm 118 which again affirms that God is in control and we need not fear man. (If you don’t follow Hazel’s blog, Pure Glory, please check it out. It is tremendously encouraging!)

Then I went to my journal to see what reflections were there and I saw an entry from March 30th of this year wherein I paraphrased some words from Dr. Jesse Duplantis. He reminds us that if our memories are bigger than our dreams, we are in a danger zone and that the only one who can destroy us, is us.

If David had only focused on his current problems or the times he was besieged in the past, he would have lost all direction, purpose and hope. But by reminding not only himself but also declaring out loud (I believe) and in writing to God Almighty that he can, should and will trust in Him, Psalm 54 is actually a very hopeful and forward thinking passage to me. He cries to the God who is his Help and declares that he (David) is connected to Him through vows and because God has already redeemed his from death.

I challenge myself and you today to set our minds on things above, as the Word tells us to do. Don’t look in the rearview mirror or you will, in fact, crash into the brick wall in front of you. Yes, praise Him for His mighty miracles of deliverance in the past, but don’t forget where God is taking you!

What does He plan for your future? Check out Jeremiah 29:11….Oh, but don’t stop there. Read on to verse 14. Seek Him for direction, then point your nose and go until He changes your course.

God bless you!