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Watch yourself

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1

This is the scripture verse for step 12 of Celebrate Recovery: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs. We have many opportunities to fall into temptation. My daily devotional was about ‘A Friend’s Rejection’. The worst kind of rejection is from a friend. Someone who you have spent time laughing, sharing life’s peculiarities and become vulnerable with. You find yourself dazed by the anger of an unstable man. If this were a foe, I could see it coming, but not a friend. Friendly betrayal is frightening and you don’t know whether to lash back or langish in disillusionment. I, like you, have been on the recieving end of betrayal and I have done both, I have lashed out and I have been dazed with confusion. This can be a result of deceit in your marriage, financial fraud, hidden addiction, to name a few. My devotional ends with avoid the temptation to reject those who have rejected or betrayed you. It’s our natural response, however letting the Holy Spirit guide our response right to forgiveness, regardless of their behavior. We are all candidates of sin. We must keep in mind that when a person is caught in sin he is trapped and it is our spiritual responsibility to gently restore him. I would get myself in disobedience in this area because I was in a relationship where there was a lot of conflict. The Lord would give me 2Timothy 2:24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. I would never obey, instead I would engage the conflict. Notice in the scripture that an individual is caught in a snare by the evil one and that they are not operating in their normal senses. That is what the verse in Galatians is also referencing. When you are being opposed by someone, our response should be gentle and helping them escape the snare. When we engage the sin, they lose the opportunity to escape and we are now trapped too. I am not perfect, but I am endeavoring to respond gently and see them trapped and my response should be to help and to forgive.

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

He let forth the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by His power He guided the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them like the dust, and winged birds [quails] like the sand of the seas. And He let [the birds] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their tents. So they ate and were well filled; He gave them what they craved and lusted after. Psalm 27

The Psalmist is writing about his forefathers. This portrayal was about the children of Israel being led into the desert after being enslaved for approximately 400 years. All these million or so people knew was slavery. As far back they knew that their parents, grandparents, greatgrandparents had been enslaved. All of a sudden God answered their cries and led them into the wilderness out of slavery. Slavery was embedded in the lives of these people and now that they were free they were faced with fear because they did not know life any other way. God had to get the slavery out of the people. He began to rain manna down from Heaven. It was like dew that fell every morning and they were to gather enough provision for the day. God instructed Moses to have them gather an omer. If they hoarded and gathered more, then it would begin to smell and rot. In this provision from God, it was meant to teach them to trust Him, that the provision would be there everyday and that they did not need to gather enough for tomorrow. This provision was for 40 years and at some point the children of Israel got sick of the manna and began to cry out for meat. We see here in the Psalm that God gave them what they wanted and they still lusted. In some versions it refers to the children of Israel becoming sick from eating into gluteny.

Have you ever wanted something really bad? I have. In fact, I first learned of this scripture about 10 or so years ago. I wanted something really bad, to the point that I thought that I could not live without it. It does not matter what it is, because in the context of everything, people want and lust after different things. I think that when God would lead me to this scripture, it was as if he was asking a question. I am showing you a correlation of what some people wanted, I gave it to them, they consumed it in excess and at the end of the day, it made them sick. Are you sure you want this? I persisted of course, oh yes I want this. When God turned it over to me, I realized it was not what I wanted, in fact, it hurt me and it made me sick. I wish I never got what I wanted. You know something can seem ideal, almost perfect, if I have this I will be happy, if I can just do that I will be satisfied, if I can just date this person, if I could just have that car, if I can just build my dream house, if only I could be promoted, if I could earn more money. What if I just smoked this one joint? I can watch this adult video and be fine? If I email this hot guy at work, what my husband does not know won’t hurt him or our relationship, afterall, its a harmless email.

There is nothing wrong with wanting more and having materials things and wanting promotions, what is imporant is the motivation behind it. God was first trying to teach the children of Israel that God can be trusted. Second, nothing material or something we lust after or even covet was not meant to satisfy us. When we begin to put trust into material possessions and desires we take our eyes off of the one who is meant to satisfy us. Trusting God in every area of your life is a way of putting up proper boundaries in your life. It’s trusting Him and giving Him the latitude to bring not only what is good for you, but for what is best. Left up to me I can do some collateral damage and I have learned the hard way that I don’t know what is best always. I get frustrated that things are not happening in the time frame that I would like or looking at someone close to you and thinking that they are being blessed you are not. The truth is that God sees the big picture, He has a bird’s eye view that we do not have. As it relates to people, as soon as someone new comes into my life, i begin praying immediately for God to reveal their heart to me. Someone can look really good and seem perfect, but only God knows the hidden heart of an individual. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” This scripture does not pertain necessarily to a man, but to everything in your life.

Like the children of Israel, I have despised the methods and timing that God has chosen. And just like the children of Israel, I have bore a pretty deep trench around a mountain range that I have taken many laps around. The good news today is that I have learned the lessons that I have needed to learn and continue to learn new ones. God is a great father and He can be trusted. I understand your interruptions, time frames and circumstances that do not make sense to you because I have been there. I can also tell you that if you allow the true manna from Heaven which is Jesus to be your provision for everything and not be concerned with hoarding, gathering enough for tomorrow or lusting after something that has the potential to bring anything but the best to you – you will not be disappointed and you will be satisfied, you will have exactly what you need. God loves you and so do I.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized