Rebounding in faith and rejoicing in all things is a choice. People can say mean things to intentionally wound us, but we can wisely shield ourselves from their aimed arrows by actually loving our enemies. It can hurt when we are rejected or HATED for our faith. The reactions or behaviors of people who are flinging fiery arrows do NOT need to put us in a panic! How can we not panic in the face of threats? By simply BELIEVING what God promised to those who honor Him. Matthew 6:15 “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” May this testimony Inspire you to pray for those who hate you. https://youtu.be/mtjMANw2hCA
I may never see my grand daughter again, but I pray for her. When we choose to allow Christ to shine “in us” and through us, regardless of the physical or emotional pain, we bring God glory! Like Paul when he was chained in prison and singing, we can simply choose to rejoice. Christians are human and we do “feel” the sting of rejection, hardship, and failed plans, however, because our hearts have been changed, we respond with a hope that confounds others. We know the world watches, and with that awareness, we choose to glorify God. We suffer well knowing that this too shall pass. There are a lot of lost, empty, miserable people on this planet, and for this very obvious reason, Jesus has entrusted us to win them over with a kind of understanding that surpasses what those outside of Christ can fathom. Those who carry His Joy are a threat to people who are comfortable with their current state of misery.
Hater’s fish in the polluted pond of self-pity, so we show them a better way. Their attempts to snuff out our Light is their standard method of operation, it is not personal. We show compassion and trust in the Word of God. We respond with the love He lavished on us. Who we once were, and how we used to react, is dead. (Galatians 2) We have chosen to surrender our ways to Christ so we must NOT give our feelings too much authority! Once again, the true story of a jilted country boy reminds me NOT to place my trust in people, but in God. For centuries, people have let others down, but God remains faithful to those who revere His Word. We are reminded in the Bible that the heart is deceitful above all else, and so our feelings must not dictate our actions. Like many under attack these days, we must anchor our faith securely in the ways of God. The facts tucked in this Bible story cause me to remember that God does confound the wisdom of the world. (1 Samuel 16) Jesse had a litter of sons. The youngest runt was left out in the field while his brothers were brought forward to possibly be chosen as king. To his older brothers, David was probably just a catapillar, or a pest. David was the least of Jesse’s sons. His ruddy appearance was unimportant to God, but his dad discounted and judged his uneducated son as a boy who would never amount to much! Stunning everyone, God chose David as His perfect choice to be king of Israel. He was not just any king, little David produced the bloodline that Jesus would come from. David’s father Jesse – did not see greatness or any leadership potential in his son, but our heavenly Father did not consider David’s appearance, for God knew his heart. This story is our Father’s Way of assuring us that we will be overlooked, forgotten, rejected, persecuted, hated and judged in this world, however, He chooses the most unlikely and unwanted to do His will. His Word also instructs us to see each problem as an opportunity to trust in Him as we walk worthy of His supernatural equipping. Rejection has no authority to make us feel hopeless or defeated — unless we allow it. We do not pretend rejection does not hurt, and we are honest about our limitations. Wisely we take His promise to heart, “I will never depart from you, I will not leave you as orphans.” As I am a full time believer in Jesus Christ, that means that I no longer live, but Christ in me lives 100% of the time. As a full time employee of God on earth, my citizenship and destiny are secured in heaven. According to (2 Corinthians 5:11-21) ALL Believers are called to trust God and obey His command to persuade others. As much as my heart seeks answers as to what I might have done wrong, or why I am cast out? The superior question remains; what do I need most? Answer: Jesus! Our Lord already answered “Why do bad things happen to good people?” by His reliance and trust in God, Jesus was innocent, yet hated, beaten, and crucified unjustly. We may get mad and persist that we’ve been abused, mistreated unfairly, but with a defensive attitude, we deafen our ability to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. The trickster attempts to trip us, to blind us to what God is doing in our midst. Our accuser suggests that we have every right to hold onto a grudge, to be angry, bitter and rightfully complain. Whiners seek the company of others who agree, they do not seek or desire to hear Truth. Many question God as to WHY terrible things happen. His response is often to remind us that His Word is sufficient to sustain us. He warned us that life will be hard for those who love God. We are to hold onto the blessed Hope we have in heaven, with no pain, taxes or hate. Someday we will all stand before God and be judged and rewarded or punished. In our weakness, is when He shows up strong, but we must admit we need Him. May we continue to slowly savor His pleasure in us as we recount all that Jesus has done in us and for us. Take time to tenderly unwrap the unsurpassed gift of God’s eternal 💘 love. It is our daily choice to boldly walk in the power of God. AMEN. We must push through with prayer to His side of Peace. Our Beloved knows our hearts and what is left unsaid. He alone understands our deep yearn to be connected to those who have gone before us, and in their honor, we talk to our Father transparently. Jesus is never disappointed in us when we honestly struggle to fully surrender and embrace His Joy in this chaotic world.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). Nobody truly understood the loneliness Jesus felt in a crowd. He sought sacred spaces to cry out before He surrendered to His Father’s will. Consider Mary at the foot of the cross, a mother’s heart cracks and tears spill uncontrollably. As a swinging grace monkey i know that I hit and miss the Vine to obtain more fruit of His Spirit. Some days i merely survive, other days i thrive in His grip. He has used my lows to woo me into a deeper trust “in Him”. When we admit our limitations, deficiencies, only then will we seek HELP from the Holy Spirit and His power. Our dependence on His Joy is our strength.
The truth is that our humanity is fraught with pain, ship wrecked plans and reoccurring problems which are simply more opportunities to trust God. The Deceiver will offer detours away from our reliance on God. We must look in our rear view mirror and remember all the times Jesus stepped into our midst and provided, protected, and renewed us with hope. Do NOT be self-deceived, but fully alert. We have tons of evidence, we also have YouTube testimonies as a witness of our faith in Jesus, Who remains the answer in all circumstances. Many believers struggle and sadly they choose to complain rather than give thanks, in every situation. I have learned from the people God placed in my life that we must be real, raw and honest before our Lord. He knows it all anyway.
Deeper intimacy and trust in God is born in the midst of pain and tragedy. I feel the pain, I know hurt people hurt others. Wisely I acknowledge my limits, and I return to His Word to be inspired by the truth about how big, how faithful, how powerful my God is. Jesus is my Super Hero, He is more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than any military army, and more effective than any of man’s human effort. My God causes me to gasp in AWE as I consider His brilliant plan to save us all from an eternity without hope. His grace and mercy gives me room to swing high and low and then land in His ever welcoming lap. His Word encouraged me to keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of my soul. The apt words in the psalms of the shepherd boy comfort me and I walk with great expectation through the ongoing drama of 2021. ❤️ Continuing with a flow of honesty, today I humbly agree with Pastor JD Farag, Pastor Jack Hibbs, and Amir Tsarfati, that the rapture will take place very soon, just as God said it will — right before the looming Middle East war of tribulation begins! 🎯 Do NOT allow the “one thing funk” to get your mood all messy! When that one thing goes wrong, when your prayer goes unanswered, when a funky cloud of confusion gets in the way of clarity, grab those dark thoughts and choose His light! Seek all the GOOD around, and refuse “the one thing funk”. Do NOT edge out God as a “grumpy funk” attempts to darken the Light in you. Simply say hello to a growth opportunity.”
🤓 SPEAK with AUTHORITY: “Grumpy, you’re not getting me today!” In the powerful name of Jesus I command the funk spirit to go! Lord I confess my bad attitude and ask that You forgive me and saturate my mind with all the good that surrounds me! Whatever is good, whatever is praiseworthy, draw my attention to these things! Lord give me fresh eyes to see all that You are doing in me and through me. Joy breeds joy so let’s have more of that in 2021 and beyond. 😀 This is the day that the Lord hath made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. 🎶 Sing praises to God before the miracle! “You are a GOOD, GOOD Father, that is who You are, and I am loved by You, that is who I am, yes that is who I am.” As His obedient servant, forgive all offenses. “Here I am Lord, use me.” Declare the blood of Jesus and the victory we have ‘in Christ’. Organize a personal “God Squad” of like minded believers. The greatest GIFT is love and their loving prayers and wise words remain a valued treasure. God bless us all with increasing faith and favor in this exciting new decade ! My God Squad for the duration of 2021 – thank You Jesus! Worry No More