May I rant a little today, today a old client came in to pay up his storage from over 1 1/2 years ago. He moved out before he paid his bill in full. Josh is the one who rented to him, I was never a fan. However, I knew he was coming in to pay his bill and I had prayed before he came that if he said anything smart I would say something back correctly but if he kept his mouth shut I would too. I thought I had it made then I saw the look in his eye and knew that mouth of his would open. He had done some work for my step-dad and his fiancés at mom's old house. He just happen to be there when Josh called to talk to Pop that night and they told him this guy was there, Josh being the smart-xxx he can be said over the phone, tell him good now he can go pay mom what he owes us. To say it made guy made, yeah, but the way I look at it, pay your bills and no problem, right. Well he spoke and I don't think he realized that I had played this scenario in my mind for two year. I decided to call a spade a spade. He walks around proclaiming to be a Chrisitan, has his Christian playback tone on his phone, has a Christian ring tone. So I decided that I would treat him like a fellow believer. I explained to him how the world looks at us Christians with such distain because he are not people of our word or faith. That if I had been a non-Christian business owner, once again I would say there goes those Christians again, trying to screw everybody. Like I hear my brother-in-law say all the time. I let him know that I wanted to come after him but Josh held me back and told me to let it go.
That he should be thanking him instead of telling me he wanted to punch him. Then the little liar had the nerve to say that Josh spoke very rudely and vulgar to my step-dad on the phone. I sat on it a while and then I said you tell me exactly what he said, because I was going to call my step-dad and ask. Well, he proceeded to tell me what Josh said, I called him a liar. I know my son, I know his mouth, and I know what he would and wouldn't say. Lets just say fellow left in a hurry.
The reason for my confrontation with this guy is I'm tired of people who say they are Christians and not living it, I tired of people who lie about other Christians, I want like the Bible says let your yes be yes and your no be no. I might not always do the right thing but I will always try. I hope that if people hear something about me that doesn't seem right that they will ask, because they know my character and that perception people have is sometimes not filtered correctly. My Rant is over...
I heard David Jeremiah tell a story this week about how this snake ask this man if he would carry him to the top of the mountain, it would be quicker for him to get there than for him to have to sliver his way to the top. The man said you will bite me and the snake said no I want I just need to get to the top, so the man put him in his jacket and carried him to the top and when he went to get him out the snake bit him. The man said you promised not to bite me and the snake said you knew what I was before you brought me to the top what did you expect. The reason for this story is that in spiritual warfare we all have to " put on all the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will be able to stand in that sinful day. When it is all over, you will still be standing. 14 So stand up and do not be moved. Wear a belt of truth around your body. Wear a piece of iron over your chest which is being right with God. 15 Wear shoes on your feet which are the Good News of peace. 16 Most important of all, you need a covering of faith in front of you. This is to put out the fire-arrows of the devil. 17 The covering for your head is that you have been saved from the punishment of sin. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.If you see a snake it isn't going to change its character or shape it is what it is. So don't put yourself in places and things that you know from the beginning are going to cause you pain. We have a helmet to cover our head and protect our minds and we need to be using our spiritual war pieces everyday.
Have you ever read a book and a line in it just stands out. I was reading a book this week and the main character used this quote:
"I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes"
Now the author did not have it correct because her book was based in 1780 and the manwho made this quote was not even born til 1817. But any case I looked up the quote and the meaning of it. you should be careful about becoming involved in anything that calls for an outward change (new clothes) and not for an inner change of character (new wearer of clothes). by Henry David Thoreau. For some reason it caught my eye. I remember thinking as a lady in one of my small groups class made a comment the other day about a girl, who is pregnant and lives with her boyfriend, that she was looking for a church like the one she went to as a child where everyone dressed up on Sunday, all the churches she had been to lately were just to casually dressed. The lady in my class who allows this couple to live with her, didn't get that the purposeful sin going on in her own home was wrong because this was to be her grandchild, but totally got why the girl didn't go to church. Of course I called "bullcrap" and told her this was just a excuse not to go to church, but made me think about what it is that I believe. And realized that there is a whole world out there that is very confused of the scriptures. That we make God who we think he should be, we make him to fit our lives instead of us fitting in to what he has planned. So I tell myself be careful of worrying about the outward change and focus more on the inward.