Monday, February 24, 2014

My Heart - Today

Right Now - the eyes of our community turn to us.  They are gleefully looking to watch us devolve into fighting, squabbling and bickering.  The county fully expects us to fall upon each other with anger and malice and cannot wait to hear us talk about how this person or that is bad, wicked, or evil.  The enemy thinks he has set us on a path that will cause us, due to our hurt, to lash out at the saint beside us.

Today – God is still on His throne of Grace, People, even those who have hurt you or disagreed with you, are NOT the enemy, The Bible is still God’s word that guides us in our daily lives - which includes how we interact with others.  I have preached for the last few weeks about how This is JESUS church, and that is still truth.  I have said repeatedly that in the light of the great sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross we have NO right to hold grudges, or not forgive, and church, that is still truth.  If it was only true when things go the way we want, or when we are happy then it wouldn’t be truth, but it is. And so.   .  .

Right now - we have an amazing opportunity!   We have a unique opportunity to live out the truths of God’s word in such a way that the World will find shocking, and Satan will find scandalous.  We can respond to this disappointment in LOVE.  We can return good for evil, we can refuse to participate in anything that is not honoring to our common Savior.  Could it be?  Could it be that this very moment, this weight of disappointment, this time when people are upset and hurt, could it be, that THIS is the beginning of something amazing.  If we can love, pray, give, and forgive in Jesus name, THIS could be the beginnings of a revival that could sweep over our town, county state and country.  Maybe this could be a blessed time, an amazing movement, a great awakening.  Maybe this could be a time when people act more like Jesus than ever before, and we act the most like Jesus when we forgive.

Today – Let us pray for each other.  Let us hold off on the “I aint never going back there” kind of comments.  Let us sacrifice our “rights” on the altar.  Let us seek to serve this community for Jesus’ sake.  Let us continue in any leadership roles God has allowed us to hold.  Let us Love.

This morning in my families devotion our verse from Proverbs “just happened” to be
Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

If you are depending on YOUR strength it IS small.

But my Bible still has Psalm 121, which says:

1I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

So, Today, lean on HIS strength and Love like Jesus Loves.

Your Slave for Jesus' Sake,

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