Sometimes I wonder why on earth anyone would choose a faithless life. Life is a wonderful and miraculous journey filled with joy, tears, agony and fears. Life is supernatural. Things happen all around us that have no correlation or direct answers. Why?? Because there is something so much bigger than us and apes or the big bang theory or whatever one may think.
All that I am and all that I have comes directly from my maker. JESUS provides me a way to walk in this world to thrive…. Yep… not just survive but thrive! Thank GOD for free will and thank JESUS for providing us a path. Every day I am amazed at how things seemingly fall into place. Yet, I must admit that my “oh sh*t” response is still an occurrence for me but it is becoming less and less.
The more JESUS fills me, the better my life seems to get. Seems like a no-brainer to me. But I guess by the grace of GOD I get it. And I do not mean I “get something” (although I do) but I mean I understand it, I have faith. That is where it starts….. the “F” word… and it takes only a tiny tiny amount and a choice.
And a few conscious words:
JESUS, I ACCEPT YOU AS MY SAVIOR AND GIVE MY LIFE OVER TO YOU COMPLETELY!
That is the first step. Not too hard …….
Is life easier without GOD? I am not sure, but if there are those out there who read this, I want to know… is your life easier or better without GOD? Is it about being right? Because if JESUS means I am wrong, I do not want to be right!
Today…. I was faced with another challenge. It had to do with business again. This particular challenge is something that has been going on for over 4-5 years now. (Talk about GOD’s timing not our timing)
Today GOD answered this prayer and PRAISE JESUS. It was completely orchestrated for GOD’s purpose as everything is. We just need to remember that. Let go and LET GOD!
I pray every day for GOD to be in my work, my company, my co-workers. I am probably a bit inappropriate by today’s standards in my choice of words during work. I will tell my co-workers I will pray for them. I will mention, I have been praying for that. There are those that I work with that are not believers. I am probably a thorn in their side. But I am hoping that by GOD’s grace that thorn will bring forth fruit for GOD’s purpose.
GOD chose me and I accepted. PRAISE GOD and Thank you JESUS for giving me life. I know I will have more rough times ahead but I always know that joy shall come in the morning.
Someone reminded me of Psalm 30. It is one that probably should be read every day. Here is part of it:
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning
Who is it that you feel is a person not worthy? Who do you look differently at or or perhaps down to? We all do it? Most often it is us.... Mathew was a tax collector. He was looked down on. People revered him with disgust. JESUS called Mathew to follow HIM. Mathew put it all down and followed JESUS. JESUS had a meal with Mathew and many people like taxpayers; whom today we would equate as the bottom feeders of society. Who is that for you ? The lonely woman who sleeps around looking for love; the beggar on the corner; the angry man who hits his wife; the addict who robbed a store or ..... Is it you?? JESUS did not come to save the saved; he sat with those who needed him? Why? Because HE came to save us all from our sin, our shame.
I'm going to discuss a difficult subject to follow here ...... A little girl with a sparkle in her eye; filled with hope and wanting of love. She dreams with her big eyes and big heart. Perhaps she is someone you know? She is maybe 7 years old , maybe 12 but her innocence is taken; stolen and shakes her life at the core. She spends her life trying to compensate for it; perhaps she uses drugs; perhaps she gives so much of herself to others she dies a slow death inside or perhaps she destroys her inner and outer fiber- you may know this woman...... She could be sitting in a bar laughing and flirting; or the heroin addict abandoned on the side of the road or that perfect coiffed lady at church OR maybe it could be the writer of this blog or perhaps it is you?
GOD is here to hold her, not to shame her! JESUS came to remove her sins not to judge her. The LORD loves her right where she is at all times. She is not alone!
Like the leper, tax collector, and adulteress - JESUS invites us all in for a meal .... Leave your shame at the door - it is not yours to bear any longer. YOU are who the LORD loves most! GOD wants us humble so HE can work in us; it is the haughty who judge others and think they sit above other people who separate themselves from the only true love. They think they do not need the LORD! They are the ones who JESUS most! They need prayers!
That little girl -
she is going to be alright. Oh sure, her heart hurts, her flesh may be weakened- she struggles every day to keep it together but she LOVES HER LORD! And nothing will separate her from the love of GOD. She accepted HIM and gave her life over at 17 not even fully understanding why. That is HIS grace. That little girl.... She is going to be wonderful! The evil one - he comes knocking but she wears the SHEILD! She is a child of GOD!
So, when you go down the path of looking at someone a certain way...... look beyond what you see..... That is what JESUS did. Try loving instead of hating - accepting instead of rebuking- hate the sin not the sinner, because you do not know what is there but JESUS does!
Thank you FATHER for holding me always even when I feel undeserving. Thank you JESUS for carrying me when I felt too shamed to walk. Thank you JESUS for revealing to me it is never too late to heal and never to late to forgive. Thank you JESUS for it all because it all does work to the good for those who are called by you and love you and thank you JESUS for loving a schmuck like me.
How do you see yourself? So often I look at myself harshly; the physical, my personality and my heart. Sometimes I have a constant “bad hair day” and just see ugly all around. I think over and over about all I have done wrong. OR I look at myself because I gained a few pounds and I feel disgusted OR I hate the way I may look at another person. I just wish I could look at myself and others through the reflection of JESUS eyes.
There is a famous story in the bible about a woman who committed adultery. In biblical times, this apparently was much worse than it is today, because all of the town folk were there to stone her to death; literally throw stones at her body until she succumbed and dies. That is a horrible way to die I would imagine. It is tortuous. Nowadays, over half of the population could be stoned for that sin. Not only was that woman going to be physically tortured but she was shamed in front of everyone. Can you imagine how alone she felt? How scared? BUT, JESUS said to the crowd an amazing statement, HE said whomever that stands here waiting to throw the first or a stone that is without any sin, feel free, go for it. The crowd left. The woman was crouched down at JESUS feet and she did not move. I am not sure whether it was out of fear, shock or just that she felt that she deserved the stoning. JESUS said to her – you are forgiven, get up and sin no more.
HE did not say, You horrid woman, how could you do that?? We do this though… we judge ourselves, we judge others. We are quick to do it too. We are fast to cast that stone at ourselves and others. If we could see that GOD looks at us through loving and forgiving eyes. HE sees each one of us as stunningly beautiful, HE created us.
Mathew 10:30 – tells us that “every hair of your head are numbered…….
When we look at ourselves poorly, we are saying that GOD made us poorly. I challenge you that before you downgrade yourself, to think of that. And before you judge anyone, try praying for them instead. Sometimes we humans like to look at those “we” think do bad things and judge them harshly, usually because we are jealous, or we think we are better but I tell you no one is better in CHRIST.
So love yourself and love others because that is what we are commanded to do right after loving JESUS!
Many of us have them, some of us admit to it, some not….. What you ask?
Those downtrodden moods that seem to come out of nowhere. It feels like a weight pulling you down from the inside; a dark tunnel. It can almost feel physical.
Can you relate? We are not alone in this. Currently there are probably more of us than not. Biblically, there was Abraham, Jonah, Job, Elijah, King Saul, Jeremiah, and of course, David. By the way, these are all examples of strong men. So this is not a “female” thing.
In Psalm 38: David cries out:
“I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long…. I groan because of the turmoil in my heart”.
Psalm 42: 11 – David again exclaims: Why are thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in GOD; for I shall yet praise HIM, who is the health of my countenance, and my GOD.
What David does is cry to the LORD that he is sad but also says to his “mood” why are you there? Hope in GOD – Praise HIM!
Look sometimes thoughts, and moods come out of nowhere and hit us like a ton of bricks. Satan works like that. Sad and angry moods, impatience, hoping to lead you into believing that your mood is stronger than GOD! His whole purpose (the evil one) is to separate us from GOD.
You may not be able to control what pops into your head, but you sure can decide what you will do with it once it is there. Sad, PRAY TO GOD like David did. But rejoice in it. YES, I said that! Rejoice in your sadness when it brings you to the foot of the CROSS because it just brought you to your FATHER! Dwell in that negative, you give power to it or power to the evil.
Sometimes, this is not a one and done thing. Sometimes you will have to be praying, chanting, and meditating over and over and over again. BUT the beauty in this….. IS this: THE LORD WILL RESTORE you, HE rewards our faithfulness. It clearly says this all over HIS WORD, but in John 12:46,
I have come as LIGHT into the world so that He who believes in ME, will not remain in darkness.
HERE IS A TEST: Next time you are attacked by a set of moods, anxiety, sadness, and thoughts running amuck…. Repeat this:
PRAISE YOU JESUS! I know YOU are with me. I know and feel YOU. THANK YOU JESUS that I am not alone, although I may feel alone, I am never alone because YOU live in my heart. YOU HOLD ME UP and YOU give me light so that I will not remain in DARKNESS. I am YOUR child, and YOU hold me and protect me from all that is dark. THANK YOU JESUS, THANK YOU JESUS! AMEN!
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.