IT HAS FINALLY HAPPENED
"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all that fills it. Let the fields exult, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness." // Psalms 96: 11-13
Hey guys, I have an urgent prayer request.
One of my close friends had a heart complications yesterday and is in the hospital in a medically-induced coma to give them time to figure out what happened. His heart has started beating on its own and there is brain function, but he can’t breathe on his own.
So please, please, please, as the Holy Spirit leads you, pray for Cameron and complete restoration and healing for him and wisdom and discernment for his doctors.
He is a youth pastor and has impacted countless lives, mine included. Also, please pray for his wife Kelsy and his family in this difficult time!
Thank you all, and God bless!
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. ”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
“Forgiveness must be asked for, not expected. ”
"Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?" // Romans 2:4
So very often in this world we as Christians look down on those around us, either willingly or not. Some of us do it intentionally, and I would urge you to stop. But I want to send a message to those of us who do so unconsciously. Listen to what Paul has to say.
"You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?" // Romans 2:1-3
Why is it our first reaction, our tendency, to immediately believe the worst? Have our hearts been so stripped of hope? Why do we as followers of Jesus (who sin every day, by the way) feel superior to those who live in a lifestyle of sin? First off, A) We know better because sin has been revealed to us as such, and B) Those without Christ will always think abstaining from pleasurable things (and they truly are) is out-of-touch.
Do not expect or hold those without Christ to the same caliber and sanctification as yourself.
After all; Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are the only reason we can overcome sin. Isn’t that right? If you never saw a speed limit sign, would you be aware that you were speeding? Very often, they haven’t been shown that sex, drugs, or any form of sin is evil when out of the context that God designed. They have no way of knowing.
Which is where we come in.
Jesus gave us four new commandments that summarize His entire mission on Earth. Jesus said, ”’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments…’ So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." // Matthew 22:37-40, John 13:34
Love God, Love Others, Love Yourself. And to seal it all in a packaged deal, before ascending into Heaven, Jesus repeats Himself and says, “Love as I have loved.” Believe the best in others - have hope that there is still good in this world. Do not become calloused and jaded; do not let the Enemy steal your hope.
So take yourself off your pedestal and join the world as a light in the darkness. Come to others as equals in love, and above all…
Believe the best.
"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." // Romans 1:20
You have to look no further than your garden outside to see the abundance, the joy, and the creativity of God. Forests show us His sanctuary, the ocean declares His abundance of grace, each wave washing anew. The rain shows us how freely He is willing to wash us clean. The sun gives us life.
The intricate beauty of this creation is God’s signature on His workmanship. But above everything we see, the most important aspect of His creation is us. We are made in His image with the unwritten law of morality in our hearts.
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice. ”
Jesus (Matthew 9:13)