Friday, October 23, 2009
"Will ye also go away?" John 6:67
Many have forsaken Christ, and have walked no more with Him; but what reason have YOU to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved Himself all-sufficient? He appeals to you this morning—"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been confounded? Have you not up till now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you, and has not simple faith in Him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than He has been to you? Then change not the old and tried for new and false. As for the present, can that compel you to leave Christ? When we are hard beset with this world, or with the severer trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to pillow our head upon the bosom of our Saviour. This is the joy we have today that we are saved in Him; and if this joy be satisfying, wherefore should we think of changing? Who barters gold for dross? We will not forswear the sun till we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold Him with a grasp immortal, and bind His name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life be long—He changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that "neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!" We say with Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"
"Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." Luke 22:46
When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travellers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. Christian went not to sleep when lions were in the way, or when he was wading through the river, or when fighting with Apollyon, but when he had climbed half way up the Hill Difficulty, and came to a delightful arbour, he sat down, and forthwith fell asleep, to his great sorrow and loss. The enchanted ground is a place of balmy breezes, laden with fragrant odours and soft influences, all tending to lull pilgrims to sleep. Remember Bunyan's description: "Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the weary pilgrims; for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with benches and settles. It had also in it a soft couch, where the weary might lean." "The arbour was called the Slothful's Friend, and was made on purpose to allure, if it might be, some of the pilgrims to take up their rest there when weary." Depend upon it, it is in easy places that men shut their eyes and wander into the dreamy land of forgetfulness. Old Erskine wisely remarked, "I like a roaring devil better than a sleeping devil." There is no temptation half so dangerous as not being tempted. The distressed soul does not sleep; it is after we enter into peaceful confidence and full assurance that we are in danger of slumbering. The disciples fell asleep after they had seen Jesus transfigured on the mountain top. Take heed, joyous Christian, good frames are near neighbours to temptations: be as happy as you will, only be watchful.
You know the truth will set you free but first it may piss you off. I will continue to say “Victims Have Choices” until someone believes it. I have two friends in terrible situations. Do you have a moment? A synopsis of the situation if you will~~~~~~~~~~~~
One of my friends has chosen to cohabitate with a man that is NOT her husband. Just today I was informed she was terminated from her job. Her life to everybody BUT her just seems to keep spiraling out of control. How bad will this get before she can finally see her worth? When she and her husband separated four years ago I supported her, I listened to her. This situation now with this man that is NOT her husband, I can’t condone nor will I help her justify it. It is NOT going to work. I remind her all the time that we can’t bring God’s Word down to our level to fit our lives. I can’t in good conscience tell her anything else but God’s truth. I wonder why she calls at all when she knows she CAN”T coddle me into celebrating this ever increasing HOT>FUNKY>MESS.
The other friend is also in a bad situation one that involves domestic violence. It’s hard to watch her weep and mourn for a man that beats the crap out o f her. She didn’t or wouldn’t call the police. Needless to say someone else did and now he’s in jail. I explained to this friend now is perhaps an excellent time to extract herself from this chaotic mess. Again how bad will this have to get? I offered my home and other resources (shelters, abuse hotline etc.) to her. If this man gets out of jail and she goes back to him at what point am I exonerated from giving a damn?
Thank God for my sister who gives really wise counsel. She told me to continue to pray, continue to listen, and to continue to help if I can. I feel as though I am being a very good friend but I have to set limits and boundaries. Though both of these friend’s stories vary, I believe they both still have choices. They can choose NOT to be victims and choose to be victorious! I love both of them enough to tell them there’s no freaking way these men love you. Any man a woman has to constantly make excuses for gives me reasons to ponder. So I say again “Victims Have Choices”!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I thought about where I was last year. You remember don’t you? I left church last October and didn’t return until this past April. Well I got that itch again. I feel like I am suffocating here. I don’t want to be turned into another “cookie cutter” Christian. Do you think I joined purely out of emotionalism? It seems like the novelty of this church has completely worn off and my eyes are just wide open. I sit Lord and watch people who are so threatened by my anointing do any and everything they can to abort the blessings I am carrying. The gifts you gave me. I can’t do it anymore! I am just ready to move on. Like Gideon, I guess I am soliciting YOU for a sign. I don’t want to “rot” here in this city or another church. There has to be someplace Lord, someplace else where you could use me. Isn’t there? This is “their” church, clearly it is. Let them have it! I don’t want anybody’s seat, anybody’s ministry or anybody’s position. I only want what YOU said is mine. I just don’t think I’ll be able to get it here. I only want to be where I am supposed to be. How can I make this petition to YOU any plainer? I’m ready to go Lord! I’ve been ready to go just send me!
Amazed by Your Grace!