I’m Coming Out!!!

Yes you read it right – I am coming out of the closet.

It seems that everybody is coming out of the closet, and Oh! The angst it seems to bring to many believers in Christ! Well – I’m Coming Out of The Closet Too – it’s high time that I did it too – so here goes …. I LOVE!

WHEW!! I feel better!! Now, I am free to live out that truth about myself.

I admit it – I love my friends (those who I have known all my life, and those I have met along the way); I love my enemies (those with whom I have come to some form of reconciliation and those who have determined that a relationship with me will not be possible); I love Black people; I love White people; I love Asian people; I love Mediterranean people; I love Middle Eastern people; I love Muslims; I love Jews; I love Africans; I love Europeans; I love the Dutch; I love Catholics; I love the charismatic church; I love the conservative church; love the world that God made; I love sinners – yes I do! I love homosexuals; I love liars; I love adulterers; I love haters; I love the fallen; I love the redeemed; I love the wicked; I love the merciful; I love Republicans; I love Democrats; I love those who love me and I love those who don’t; I love you – yes you!! You name them – I love them!!

Why – because I am a bond-servant of a King who has commanded that I love – just as He loved me. I will LOVE, because if I don’t I’ll be guilty of placing before the world an image of Christ that is not true; I will LOVE because if I don’t, this world might never know the love that I have found in Him. They may never know that He loved them enough to give His life for them. I will love because He Loved!! He LOVED!! In spite of my wicked nature, the sins that so easily beset me, my carnal tendencies, my faults, my failures and even my rejection of His truth – He Loved Me right into his arms. I will LOVE!!

I have become sick of the hate that spews out of the mouths of those that call themselves Christ followers. He placed us in this world as agents of his love and salvation so I am determined to walk everyday of my life outside of the closet – living as my Savior did in a world that is lost and scarcely knows it. I won’t just love in words – I will love with my actions; I will pray for you and for them; asking for God’s best for you and for them. I will, whenever possible, show them love in a tangible way.

I won’t use my mouth (or my pen, or my keyboard) as a weapon against them. I won’t allow my thoughts to make them something less than what God has intended for them to be. I will love them when they make me proud, and when they fail me miserably.

So, there you go!! I’m out now!! Not going back in – NOT EVER!! I surely do wish more of you who call yourselves a part of the Body of Christ would do the same! Let’s have a Love Coming Out Revolution! The World needs it!

But the fruit of the Spirit is loveLOVE isn’t listed first by accident.

Perhaps and Promise

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Reading in 1 Samuel (1 Samuel 14:1-14) about Jonathan and his armor bearer carrying out a two-man commando raid! Crazy – right??!!

I mean they climbed up there not knowing for sure what God would do, thinking that ‘perhaps’ God might act on their behalf, believing that God just might give them a sign to indicate a victory (that an entire army could not secure) would be given to Israel through their hands. Crazy Faith – the kind of faith that sees powerful Kingdom things happen in our lives.

Jonathan’s ‘perhaps’ is not that God is able, but that God will act. This is what audacious faith looks like.

Audacious faith believes that God’s promise and His power are greater than our uncertainty/ambiguity about what is ahead of us.

We’d all love it if God allowed us to do big things for the Kingdom that required only minimal risk. It would be so very comfortable if the voice and guidance of the Holy Spirit drowned out the cacophony of voices that we have to wade through. But … truth is – ‘promise’ and ‘perhaps’ must coexist.

Audacious faith does not eliminate doubt and fear – it overshadows the power of doubt and fear one decision at a time. You will know God’s will by doing God’s will. Act on your “perhaps”, and see what God will do in your life!

“Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the Lord will work for us, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few.” His armor bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your desire.” Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men and reveal ourselves to them. If they say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you’; then we will stand in our place and not go up to them. But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the Lord has given them into our hands; and this shall be the sign to us..” 1 Samuel 14: 6-10