Thursday, March 30, 2017

Can I be real and not scare you to death...

Can I be real for a minute, I told a group of young couples last night in small group that I had prayed for the Lord God above to just take out someone so we wouldn't have to deal with her anymore. She is one of the most mean spirited women I have ever met. And you know when someone messes with your children or grandchildren the bear in you comes out.  Now deep down after I said those words, Lord just let her die so we don't have to deal with her anymore, I was reminded, she probably isn't a Christian even though she professes to be, so that means she would probably end up in hell and I sure don't want to pray anyone there for eternity. I had to remind myself that she is a lost, lonely, bitter, hateful unforgiving woman who really needs him. To see the wide eyes of these adults  from my honesty was, I will have to admit, funny. I know deep down some of them think this at times in their lives but would not likely say it out loud and not to a group of church  people. After sleeping on the situation and talking it over with Joey and Josh, we have all agreed she needs someone to hate and we are it right now. I told Audrey some people are mean and know they are mean and are proud of it, others hide in outward sweetest but will cut you down to the core all the while with a smile and say I am so glad for you (her exact words). So how do we as Christians live godly lives and still live smart lives in this fallen evil world. Many of you have never experienced people like this and can't imagine the thoughts that I have had. But God gave us brains, his word, and action. The key is apply all to this situation which right now seems hopeless unless she dies. LOL However, I know that there is a end to this and if we stay righteous through it all God will provide a way. My verse for the girls in bible study last week is in front of my desk, once again seek God, live right and he will provide what you need in his time.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thy Kingdom come

I am breaking down the Lords Prayer with the two young ladies in our discipleship/small  group. You know we've al recited the Lords Prayer a million times and until today I never had really thought out the part where Jesus said, "Thy Kingdom come" we say it so fast with thy will be done, that I think we forget that Jesus is say, I'm here, I am the kingdom of God, I am the one that everything rest on. Our verse this week that I will ask the girls to memorize is pretty easy but I have used a different version because sometimes we have memorized or say things and we don't really look at the meaning of it.  Matthew 6:33. Seek the kingdom of God (Jesus) above all else and live righteously (moral and right) and he will give you everything you need.  I started looking up commentary's what is the kingdom in the Lords Prayer. I asked Joey when we say that what are we meaning. It hit us both the Kingdom has come, not thy kingdom come. We today should be praying Our father who art in heaven, holy is your name, you kingdom has come . It was fulfilled after Jesus died on the cross and went to heaven to get his gloried body and came back to earth. His kingdom is now established, its a spiritual kingdom, not a physical one that you can see, but now we should be seeking Jesus and his will, which is written out in the Word.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pebbles in the shoe do hurt

The struggles we have every day are real, some are big as mountains and small are a small as a pebble, but a rock in a shoe is uncomfortable and hurts too. As we each struggle with our own problems and obstacles whether big or small we as Christians have a responsibility and with that comes some stress and pressure to handle these things with grace, love and not lose our cool. Now for me to be real, do I handle most things from the get go with grace, love and coolness, NO! Usually I complain, blow my top, call them all kinds of names, figure ways to get them back, then I pray and say Lord, I know you love them as much as you do me, help me see this. Help me see the bigger picture, the struggle with the demonic world, the real struggle. Usually after a couple hours, I bet you thought I was going to say minutes...I can calm down, regroup and start to see what is really going on. However this usually doesn't change the situation and with all struggles there are still consequences to all things that happen in our lives. I am doing a small group with two young ladies and they want to talk and learn about pray. So we are starting with the way Jesus told us to pray, the Lords Prayer.Last night was "Holy is your name." I started to look up what the definition of this Holy means, the words that came were sacred, worthy of complete devotion, spiritually excellent. WOW, when you start to pray with this in mind, I should be able to see quicker than a couple hours the bigger picture in my struggles. We are trying to memorize different scriptures and I gave them this last night,
Isaiah 57:15 " For this is what the high and exalted one says, he who lives forever, whose name is HOLY, I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite(remorseful) and lowly of spirit. (he lives with us) in order to revive(bring back to life) the spirit of the lowly and the heart of the contrite(remorseful).
I am thankful that while he is so holy he is willing to revive me when I fail him.