Look … it’s in there

There are times when I’ve experienced people who clearly do not know, believe, or serve God. My desire for them to be better messes with my mind! Do I want to walk with them to a right path? Do I want to destroy them? Do I want to separate myself from them? Makes me wonder .. what do others, in the Body of Christ, think of me when I blunder in my walk? Do they walk with me, leading me to the right path? Do they want to end my ministry life? Do they want to cut off all contact with me?

What I know for sure, is that the Almighty God knows me. He knows when I’m weak and when I fall off track. He never walks away from me — not even for one moment. He opens my eyes to see where I stepped onto the wrong path and He roots it out of me! And the beautiful part is that He makes my heart long for Him … long for my life, my words, my thought, my actions – to please and glorify Him.

One of the things I thank God for, as a mom, is His way of correction. I try to do it the way He does it. With my sons, every lesson ever taught was directly from the Word of God. (Yes! They sometimes got a spanking!) If they lied … they were talked to from Colossians 3; Exodus 20, etc.; If disobedient – Ephesians 6:1; John 15, etc.; If angry or annoyed … Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-14. They were talked to and then fervently prayed for. The wonderful view later was that they became men who have no desire to live in a way that is apart from Him and they’ve learned that any mistakes will be forgiven and washed away.

God knows me – He knows us all – from the inside out, and can/will cleanse and change us for the sake of His Kingdom.

Praying that for each of His children, for my brothers and sister in Christ all over the globe, that we will go to Him sincerely asking to be corrected – ensuring that we will have everlasting joy! Praying that as I see the lost, the disobedient believer, or even the confused person – that I will have the humility to teach the Word, to pray sincerely for them, to walk with them down the path to The One that knows us all from the inside out.

If at any time you’re not quite sure whether you can be free of wrong behavior, wrong choices, wrong thoughts … trust me, it is right there in the Word of God. Just take a look! It’s in there …

When we take the wings of the morning – or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea … even then we will find Him there! Our God! The Omnipresent God! And our souls shall hide in Him!

Avoiding Reproach – Nearing Self Righteousness

His word and commandments and expectations are clear – but knowing we are out of compliance causes us to question – in the name of clarification.

  • When is a fetus a person?
  • Is there a difference between kill & murder?
  • If I accidentally pick up the pen from someone’s desk and later discover it, is it theft?
  • They live across an ocean, do they qualify as my neighbor?

I am moved to conviction in my heart as I see us asking God for “clarification” when we really want exoneration! We are called and commanded to love – yet, I see so much hate in the church (the Body of Christ) directed toward the world. Asking God for direction is one thing, but seeking our own spiritual loopholes is another matter altogether.

Purge our hearts, O Lord! Make us to see ourselves in the light of Your holiness, though we dodge the truth. Give us Your own conviction and help us to stand firm in obedience to all that you have said, avoiding the need to justify our sin. Cleanse us and make us whole and complete so that we can move toward experiencing the abundant life that is only found in You!!!

Purity & Love

To be sinless is impossible for us in this human form — but we can attain to godliness, moral purity and agape love. Our allegiance to the King of Kings demands utter devotion to Him and radical love toward people. He tells us to be perfect – not in vanity; not walking in our own righteousness. He tells us as children of God, who understand our complete reliance on Him, that we should endeavor to carry about His image in a worthy manner.

Clean Hands

We have to keep our moral compass before us at all times; not straying to the right or left. We’ve got to keep Calvary before us to remind us of the extend of the love that has been shown toward us. Why? So that we will show others true love — the love of Christ.

Pure Heart

The Savior is telling us once again to imitate Him — to be like Him — to conform to His likeness. We are admonished toward purity and love. What does it look like? Keeping our word; returning good for evil; praying for all people – especially for those who do not know Him; love those who are not like us – ethnicity, political party, denomination and more; extend to others grace and mercy – as it has been extended to us … and So Much More! Our lives should be such a reflection of Him that they can see Him in us everywhere we go!

True Love

I do pray that Our Father will show us the way to godliness. We strive to get there through rules; but the truth that we know is that this is a matter of the heart. If we ask Him sincerely, He will place within us a desire to love people as He has loved us. Sinless perfection is only found in Christ! God can help us to live in perfect love in this world. He can help us to choose to keep our hands cleand and our hearts pure …. just cry out to him and He can and will truly lead and guide you.

Fear — for acceptance

We see outwardly. We judge who we believe is worthy. But, God ….

God has said that among all peoples – He will accept those who reverence and worship Him. He will accept those who are trusting Him with worshipful obedience and living upright. Those who reverence, worship, trust, obey, live righteous lives – these are acceptable and will be received by Him.

Fear of Him (Reverential Worship & True Obedience) … Is What Brings Acceptance

Those who have a reverential fear of The Lord are the ones will try always to live right. Those who are humble under His hand – who submit to what He says we should – these people are accepted into God’s kingdom.

I am praying that He will help His own children to have worshipful obedient hearts. That He will let us never take for granted our standing with Him. Though we have accepted Christ, we ought to always obey His Word and give Him worthy worship!

Be careful! You cannot – we cannot – pronounce for ourselves who is worthy … only He can do that …

Well … masa mana no. (That’s all I have to say)

Vengeance ain’t mine!

In ministry life, there are times when we witness the prosperity or success of people who call themselves by His name, but truly act in ways that disobey His Word. I admit that in my own heart, I sometimes develop within me a desire to ‘bring them down to size‘. For those of us in ministry, se forget that just as we say that some people don’t know the devil is using them – the same applies to the fact that some people don’t know that God is using them and many don’t see God’s hand upon them or His guidance of their actions and even their words.

In God’s Word, the Assyrians destroy many and they believe that it is their will and power; not knowing that God was using them to do his bidding — and in the end the Assyrians too are destroyed.

As believers, we’ve got to learn daily to rely upon, and trust in, the truth that vengeance belongs to the Lord. Yes! He will pay! Y’all we need to be careful to remind ourselves that He sees the deeds of the wicked and has the plan AND the power to bring them down low.

My prayer for us is that as we seem to continually find ourselves int eh sights of the wicked in the midst of committed ministry work, we will thank Him for the reminder that He sees the wicked and will repay for all disobedience to His Word. The disobedience to His word will be punished by Him. I truly do pay that He will have mercy upon them! His peace is upon my heart and in my mind. I am praying for His help to rest in the truth of his recompense and in the shadow of His wings.

God can use the godless to destroy the godless; and thinking that they operate by their own power – they will do it whole heartedly.