Bless Who? Love Who?

Has anyone ever called you a name? Like, a really hurtful name? Whoever came up with that old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, lied. Sometimes words do hurt. But often times, if we are mature enough, spiritually speaking; to deal with conflict- the hurtful words of others won’t offend us at all. That is, if we know how to deal with them. God’s word is full of wisdom and truth. We can be sure that if we follow His ways, we will be blessed and rewarded. Look at what Jesus had to say to us in Luke chapter six about dealing with conflict.

27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32″If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

You have to understand something, Jesus stands for everything opposite that this world is. When this world says we should retaliate against the person who lashed out at us, they are wrong. Jesus says, “Bless them and pray for them”. Now, that doesn’t mean smart off to them, “I’m gonna pray for you!!” (Insert high and mighty Christian attitude here – cause I know Jesus and you don’t!! na na na na boo boo!!) To bless and pray means to sincerely, humble ourselves before the Lord on their behalf, and ask the Lord to draw them into fellowship with Him.

What if they are already “believers”? Pray. Pray. Pray.

When the world says fight, we should extend ourselves in peace. When the world says argue our point, because we have to have the last word…Wrong!  God will have the last word.  Believe it.

Verbal assaults reveal so much about the spiritual condition of one’s heart. Luke 6:45 says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

Final Thought- When you speak, what is your heart revealing to those around you? Do your lips exalt Him and good things, or do they reveal a more serious, underlying heart condition?

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Published in: on February 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Boardroom Meeting

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me to write about corporate prayer.  I said I would pray about it and see what would happen.  Something I think I need to make clear to all my readers is, the things you read on my site aren’t just things I’ve made up.  I don’t write every day, and sometimes not even every week.  When the Lord speaks to me, I begin writing.  I feel a great responsibility to post material that is biblical and true to my faith.  I don’t necessarily seek out the topic; they somehow seem to seek me out.  So just so ya’ll know these aren’t just random, wild observances of mine!  I do use my personal experiences but the principles are from God, not me.  I speak from my heart and sometimes it’s raw.  But it’s as honest as it gets!

I began to ask the Lord in a very casual, but respectable manner “So, what about corporate prayer?  I know that we are to pray, it’s our communication with you but, would you lead me to something more? What can I share with my readers?”  I don’t know about you but I try daily to set aside quiet time with the Lord.  But, I also continue that time throughout the day.  My prayer gets carried on like a continual conversation.  Is it like that with you?  Do you talk with Him wherever you are?  You know, he hears your thoughts.  This conversation, about corporate prayer has carried on for a couple of weeks. And I’ve gotten bits and pieces.  Well, tonight I got a big piece of the message, actually the final piece, thus my reason for blogging now, delivered to me through my eight year old.

Andrew was doing his AWANA scripture study and came across the verses Joshua 10:12-13 In these verses, the Lord had delivered the Amorites before Israel, and at Joshua’s request caused the sun and the moon to stand still until the people of Israel had their revenge.  The bible goes on to tell us in verse 14 “And there has been no day like that, before it or after it that the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.” 

Some commentary suggests that there was an eclipse.  Others say that the moon didn’t orbit for 24 hours.  Stop for a moment and imagine with me what that would be like today… Chaos.  An unexpected eclipse would certainly be a surprise!  I’m sure NASA would be all over that.  The tides would be affected.  I’m not that scientific but maybe gravity?  Needless to say, this would be a big deal!!  But let’s go back a couple thousand years and zero in on Joshua.  He’s preparing for battle.  God has already rained down a hailstorm in the previous verses before these and what do we see happen with the Amorites?  The prayers of ONE MAN, caused THE GOD to fight for HIS PEOPLE!!

If that doesn’t make you want to shout, you need to check your shoutameter!  Or your pulse, battery, something!  Amen?  The sun stood still.  The moon stood still.  These verses move me to tears.  Joshua was no doubt physically worn and tired.  God in His vast strenth moved in, stretched out His arm to the sun and the moon and said, “Be still.”  All that universal chaos to answer the request of one man.  God loves His people.  He wants to work on behalf of His people, for their greater good!

Friends, one man prayed and God responded mightily!  So much so, that there has not been another day like it since!  Let me share with you what I see when I think of corporate prayer…

If any of you have ever worked in the business world or anywhere that held boardroom meetings, you know you must be on time to those meetings, come prepared to listen, and take notes.  Most times in these meetings your executive head, manager or maybe even the President is the one holding these meetings.  Now, how does that same scenario work with corporate prayer?  Well, we have the President, our Lord and Savior.  He is present at these corporate meetings (prayer group sessions) and His plans for the company are well laid out, and He knows the path in which He wants to take us (Jer 29:11).  We, the employees (the body of believers) adhere to what He says in His word.  During these meetings we fellowship, communicate, take notes (mentally and maybe literally afterwards) and equally as important we are silent.  We are silent so that we can hear what our Fathers directions are, so that we can follow through and do exactly as we are told.  As we do what we are told (seek the lost, develop the save) We grow.  Thus expanding our company.  See the picture?

Might I add that this company has the most amazing retirement benefits??  I haven’t actually seen the package but according to 1 Corinthians 2:9 and begin reading in Revelation 21:12 it’s beyond anything my human eyes could possibly behold.  Hallelujah!

If the sun and moon were halted from one man’s devotion to the Lord, I can only begin to imagine what God would willingly do through a body of believers who actively pursued Him through faithful corporate prayer.

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Speak to us, Lord.

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 1:40 am  Comments (3)  

Take A Stand For Life

I’ve used my blog in recent months to share my abortion experience and the healing I have found through Christ.  Today, my heart is burdened on so many levels that pertain to this subject.  The recent release of the pro-life ad featuring college football star, Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow which is scheduled to air on Super Bowl Sunday has sparked a tidal wave of controversy all over our nation.  Mrs. Tebow explains in this video that she chose life after being offered the opportunity to abort her pregnancy.  I applaud the Tebow family and Focus On The Family for standing up for real family values.  I am behind them 100% in their stand for life.  Would you join us?  For more information please visit www.lifenews.com or www.focusonthefamily.com

Planned Parenthood has released an “attack” video in response to the Tebows video.  In their video, former athletes, Sean James and Al Joyner state that while they respect Mrs. Tebow’s decision and her rights, they look forward to the day when all women will be respected regardless of the decisions they make.  This coming from two men whose mothers, might I add, also chose life for them too.  So what is their argument exactly?

Sadly, abortion, is here to stay.  It is a choice.  It’s a choice between right and wrong.  It is life or death for that infant.  It is up to each of us that believe that life begins at conception to educate those around us, and we can only do this by using God’s word.

Isaiah 49:1,5 “Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name…and now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant…”)

Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”

I walked into an abortion clinic on July 17, 2001 and hoped that I would meet some compassion there.  There was none.  I thought maybe someone would reach out and offer to counsel me, but no counsel was offered.  There were pro-life protesters screaming from the entrance of the clinics parking lot.  They yelled to me to repent.  I cried. 

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

I was a fool and in good company sitting in that clinic.  I was so very, very lost.  And when I say lost, I do mean aimlessly wandering.  No hope.  The burden I feel today is for the women that I know are feeling that same way right this very moment.  They’ve been where I’ve been.  More so, for the women who are contemplating a choice now to abort.  My message to them is there is Hope and Freedom, and it is found in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

That trip to the clinic doesn’t have to be the end for you.  You have, yet another choice to make.

Father, there is no doubt an enormous amount of babies that have come your way.  Unwanted here, but wanted by you.  Cover it Lord, cover it all with your blood.  Your grace is enough.  I’ll never understand how, but I trust.  It’s enough.  In Christs Name, Amen.

Published in: on February 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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