Monday, October 27, 2014

Odd how God knows

Odd how people will "like" a pretty Scripture photo quote but won't dare pick up that big Book. 

Odd how they like all the "uplifting love" but when shared as a whole, they say "that's enough". Living a lie yet "living it up". 

Odd how they claim only what's "good" but reject what hurts, cuz they're "not in the mood". 

Comparing Scripture to veggies, confronting wrongs are like getting wedgies and yet recite the Lord's Prayer while actin' all sketchy. 

Odd how so called Christians today wanna sing & dance like they're performing a play. As though they'll convince God with a crazy side show. 

Odd how they can't see God looks past the superficial things. He looks deep in the heart and sees sin that tears Him apart. 

Odd how one speaks Truth from His Word is often laughed at, rejected and slanderously slurred. 

Odd how when Jesus walked this earth, He faced these same things. Some say it's a new generation, it's time for a change but in all this "gospel editing" it humanity that's shortchanged! 

Comparing  real with the fake, Jesus called them by another name, the "wheat and the tares", often they look the same, but when it comes to the end He will know who were True followers and who were phony pals. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's talk Sin

Sin sin sin sin siiiiiin! All this talk about S*I*N... Why? People wanna deny it, neglect it, negate it, defend it, wallow in it, enjoy it, indulge in it, repeat it, recreate it... Whew! And another thing too. "I" is the center of it! 

It's in our nature. Our humanness cannot fix it. Alone we cannot stop it and worse of all majority sees nothing wrong with it! 

On the flip side... God hates it, can't stand it, won't settle for it and won't look at it! SO, He sent THE CURE for it: JESUS 

By the shed blood of His Only begotten Son, He washes it, cleanses it, forgives it and resets our focus from "I" in sin and places it on HIM! Plus restores us to Him. Life becomes all about Him. In this He delights! 

Sin sickens Him, grieves Him and REPELS Him! Self & SIN or Christ & spotless?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wasted words or Words that prosper?

"Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD..." 2 Kings 10:10

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:21

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Numbers 23:19

Wasted words... Our humanness grants plenty opportunities to waste or words in unprofitable or vain conversations but not true concerning the Living God. His words waste not, they are not barren nor desolate! He means what He says & does it... ALWAYS! 

His promises are without fail both to His Beloved and those who rebel against Him. May we cling to Him and His Word. "Let God be true and every man a liar..." Amen! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The dreary dreaded drive & my test of faith

Some who may not know me in person may not know that while driving I suffer from PTSD- post traumatic stress disorder. This is something The Lord has brought me a long ways in! 

Yesterday while driving home from my Mom's, it was a rainy drive. High anxiety due to Heavy downpours & strong gusts of wind. Situations like this make me tense up, especially high speeds and passing vehicles; namely semi trucks. 

With each one came another opportunity to trust The Lord to see me through. Over and over I prayed as I white-knuckle gripped the steering wheel. Each and every time The Lord reminded me, "I am with you always". It's true, He is near. 

Countless times I wanted to turn around and just stay one more day, but every time I entertained the thought, He would gently remind me to push that has pedal, Cling to His promises and to trust Him to see us home. 

After 2 hours, stiff hands and countless prayers, we made it past the down pouring rain and were nearly home. On the horizon we saw sunshine! Still a little ways from home, there was HOPE! The rear view mirror revealed the dark, damp, dreary scene the enemy tried to paralyze me with fear but how gracious My Lord held my hand, heart & mind through it all. What a tremendous blessing! 

Today I learned the area my Mom lives in (including the interstate it takes to travel that way) is under a "high river warning". We wouldn't have made it home today had I let my fears conquer me! Which means my daughter would've missed a day of school tomorrow! 

Over all, long story short... We all encounter situations that disrupt our comfort zones. The question is: Do we trust The Lord enough to see the greater picture, keep our BEST interests in mind and to see is through? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

All we like sheep have gone astray

All we like sheep have gone astray

"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6

Think on that. I've wondered too, in my youth. Can you recognize your wonderings; the times you've veered off the Lord's track, stepping OUT of His Will into a painless journey of your own desires? 

Jesus said, 

"How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?" Matthew 18:12

Praise be to the Risen King & Great Shepherd who dares wonder with the self seeking inquisitive soul. 

I love how Charles Spurgeon breaks this down. He says, " The going after the sheep is a part of the parable which our Lord meant them to observe: the shepherd pursues a route which he would never think of pursuing if it were only for his own pleasure; his way is not selected for his own ends, but for the sake of the stray sheep. He takes a track up hill and down dale, far into a desert, or into some dark wood, simply because the sheep has gone that way, and he must follow it until he finds it. Our Lord Jesus Christ, as a matter of taste and pleasure, would never have been found among the publicans and sinners, nor among any of our guilty race: if he had consulted his own ease and comfort he would have consorted only with pure and holy angels, and the great Father above; but he was not thinking of himself, his heart was set upon the lost ones, and therefore he went where the lost sheep were; "for the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." The more steadily you look at this parable the more clearly you will see that our Lord's answer was complete. We need not this morning regard it exclusively as an answer to Pharisees, but we may look at it as an instruction to ourselves; for it is quite as complete in that direction. May the good Spirit instruct us as we muse upon it."

It's grievous to watch one choose their own path. Knowing in one way or another their choices will lead to disappointment upon disappointment causing pain often beyond any expectation. Why is this so painful to witness? 

Spurgeon later goes on to say, "To a tender heart a lost sheep is a painful subject of thought. It is a sheep, and therefore utterly defenseless now that it has left its defender. If the wolf should spy it out, or the lion or the bear should come across its track, it would be torn in pieces in an instant. Thus the shepherd asks his heart the question—"What will become of my sheep? Perhaps at this very moment a lion may be ready to spring upon it, and, if so, it cannot help itself!" A sheep is not prepared for fight, and even for flight it has not the swiftness of its enemy. That makes its compassionate owner the more sad as he thinks again—"A sheep is lost, it is in great danger of a cruel death." A sheep is of all creatures the most senseless. If we have lost a dog, it may find its way home again; possibly a horse might return to its master's stable; but a sheep will wander on and on, in endless mazes lost. It is too foolish a thing to think of returning to the place of safety. A lost sheep is lost indeed in countries where lands lie unenclosed and the plains are boundless. That fact still seems to ring in the man's soul—"A sheep is lost, and it will not return, for it is a foolish thing. Where may it not have gone by this time? Weary and worn, it may be fainting; it may be far away from green pastures, and be ready to perish with hunger among the bare rocks or upon the arid sand." A sheep is shiftless; it knows nothing about providing for itself. The camel can scent water from afar, and a vulture can espy its food from an enormous distance; but the sheep can find nothing for itself. Of all wretched creatures a lost sheep is one of the worst. If anybody had stepped up to the shepherd just then, and said, "Good sir, what aileth you? you seem in great concern;" he would have replied, "And well I may be, for a sheep is lost." "It is only one, sir; and I see you have ninety-nine left." "Do you call it nothing to lose one? You are no shepherd yourself, or you would not trifle so. Why, I seem to forget these ninety-nine that are all safe, and my mind only remembers that one which is lost.""

Think of the true helpless state we are all in, hence a grace reality only a broken sheep can humbly come to admit! We are stubborn in our humanness to THINK we can handle this life and it's cares apart from the One who knows all, sees all and understands our limitations far greater than we can comprehend! In this, it is the Love and compassion of the Shepherd to go, to reach and to touch the lost. 

Spurgeon continues, 

"He has a deep sympathy with each stray heart. He knows the sorrow that sin brings, the deep pollution and the terrible wounding that comes of transgression, even at the time; and the sore heart and the broken spirit that will come of it before long; so the sympathetic Saviour grieves over each lost sheep, for he knows the misery which lies in the fact of being lost."

Jesus said, "And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:5-7

Knowing the pain the lost sheep endured, Jesus takes the burdens and CARRIES the sheep, brings it back home and calls for a celebration! It's in His presence healing is granted, restoration begins and a relationship of trust & hope begin. 

Be not discourage when you witness one go astray. Though I know the seemingly endless pain that accompanies. Knowing where you've been and how far The Lord has brought you; trust Him, for He is faithful to those whom Jesus considers His!