A Foolish Thing

Oh, yes.

We do a foolish thing..

We say a foolish thing…

We buy a foolish thing…

We make a foolish choice.

It happens to all of us.April 16 2016 a foolish thing

As we read 2 Samuel, we see King David doing many good and courageous things.

And also some very foolish things.

But he was still called ‘A Man After God’s own heart” because, when he sees the wrong things he does, he admits it.

He repents.

He deals positively with the negative consequences of his choices.

And he praises God through the whole experience.

David is a good role-model for us.  When we mess up – and we will! – God wants us to own up to it, turn away from the sin and turn towards God.

Unfortunately, many of us get mad or frustrated when we are confronted with our foolishness.  Worse yet – we deny it.  We blame it on someone else.

Too often, when we don’t like experiencing the consequences for our foolish choices, we turn away from God and stop doing the things that help grow our relationship with him like participating in worship and reading God’s word.

Foolishness upon foolishness!

When we own up to our weaknesses and sin, God opens up his arms, ready to hold us close so we can feel his love and grace as we walk through the mess that is the result of our foolishness.  He lights our way and gives us strength to grow through the trials.  All of our trials.

Just like he did with King David thousands of years ago.

Thank you, Abba Father.

Sword Fighting Class – No Condemnation

Our Sword Fighting classes are all about helping us to memorize God’s word.  Then he can clearly speak to us when we don’t have a Bible in front of us.  He can also transform our thinking by removing the old lies and etching his words of truth on our minds.

We just finished Proverbs 2 and 3 – what a blessing!Romans 8; 1-9

And now we start Romans 8.  You may have memorized a verse here or there in Romans 8 but we’re going for the whole chapter.  This is definitely a God-sized task because this wording is tough.  I’m glad God has promised he’ll do his part if we do our’s.  Here’s the first verse:

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’.

What an awesome promise!  Jesus paid the price so we didn’t have to.  Because  we can’t.  Only he could.

If we are ever in a dark place, smothered by guilt, this is a great verse to say over and over.  Because the Evil One uses guilt to keep us down, to keep us focused on our failures.  If he can keep us feeling guilty, we aren’t living in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Guilt comes from Satan.  Conviction and the desire to repent – turn away from the sin – comes from the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for your power and grace, Dear Father.

 

A Weapon Of Satan

Sometimes we are weighed down by guilt.

Guilt about things we have done.

More guilt about things we should have done but didn’t.Dec 4 2015 eagerness to do the right thing

This dark, depressing pressure of guilt should remind us that guilt is a weapon of Satan.  He uses it to keep us focused on our sins, tied to the past – held back from the joy that comes from grace of God.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us that Godly sorrow comes when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins.

Godly sorrow brings repentance and leaves no regrets.

Godly sorrow brings an earnestness and eagerness to get right with God.

It brings indignation that we have strayed – that’s not who we are anymore.

It brings alarm because we realize we’re doing things we don’t want to do and we’re anxious to change.  We’re longing to get back on the right path.

We evaluate the choices and decisions that brought us to this place so that we don’t make them again.

We are ready to make things right.  We want to make amends.  We have a strong desire to do the right thing.

The darkness and depression of guilt is not Godly sorrow.

When we are convicted of our sin, God wants us to move forward.

He wants us to eagerly repent and get back on the straight path.

Godly sorrow helps us turn toward the light and find our joy once again.

Because we repent.

We change.

And we are reconciled.

Thank you, Abba Father.

Psalm 51, 2015

I ask for a pure heart, O God!

A heart that is focused on you.

Keep me close to your side and grow your spirit within me.

Bring back the joy I felt when I first asked you to save me.April 11 2015 Psalm 51, 2015

Give me a faithful heart so I remain very near to you.

Then I will tell others about your saving grace.

I will share the truth you have revealed to me.

Please lift the burden of my guilt from me, O God.

Help me live in your grace and I will sing of your goodness forever.

When I open my mouth, Lord, let it be to praise you.

I know you don’t want me to just ‘show up’ at church because it’s the right thing to do.

I know you don’t want me to give money to the church just because it’s the right thing to do.

I know you don’t want me to read the Bible just so I can check it off of my reading plan for the year.

You want my heart to be broken open,

repentant,

humbled,

willing to be filled with truth by you,

my joy renewed by your grace.

Thank you, Abba Father.

 

It’s So Easy

March 17 2015 Its so EasyIt’s so easy to listen to the selfish, sinful thoughts that come into our minds.  Satan’s team is also always there – encouraging us to focus on ourselves and what we want.

We take our eyes off of God.

We wander away.

It doesn’t take any effort at all.

This is what happened to the Israelites after Joshua died.  They didn’t finish the job of completely take over the Promised land.  Despite all of their promises to God, they let the pagans continue to live in the land.

It was easier.

Some of the pagans were forced into being servants for the Israelites but they stayed…

along with all of their idols and false gods.

This began a period of decline for the Israelite nation.

Yes, the idols became snares for them.

Yes, the false gods became traps.

The Israelites disobeyed God and began to experience significant adversity in their lives as a result of their bad choices.

Just like we do when we choose to disobey….when we make decisions without consulting God and his truth….when we focus on our own desires rather than God’s.

Fortunately, we read over and over in the Old Testament that the Israelites also recognized their rebellion and repented.  They turned away from the things that were trapping them.  They turned back to God – just like we need to do when we recognize our own rebellion.  Our own sin.

Dear Father, Please guide us back to you whenever we wander.

We Have So Much More

King Josiah was very busy in 2 Kings with cleaning up the messes that the unfaithful kings before him had made.  One of his projects was getting the temple of the Lord back into shape.Aug 2 2013

In the middle of doing this, the priests found the Book of the Law that God had given to Moses.  The first thing they did was read it.  Then they took it right to King Josiah and read it for him.  The King understood that this was God’s word and tore his robes as an outward sign of the repentance he felt regarding his behaviors and the behaviors of his ancestors.

He recognized that the Lord had been angry with them because they had not been keeping the Word of the Law.

After reading the limited version of the Word of God that they had, they immediately changed.

How much more is our responsibility as we hold the entire revelation of God in our hands?

Or even worse – as God’s revelation to us sits in a pile of books somewhere in our house gathering dust?

We not only have the entire old testament, we have the incredible new testament.  God’s became flesh and came to dwell among us.  We have seen God and it is Jesus.  The new testament tells us everything God wants us to know about Jesus.  It completes God’s revelation of his Love Story for us.

King Josiah got it right.  He read, he believed, he applied it to his life and he exerted all the influence he had on the world around them to help them also see the Truth.

Now, what about me?