Are You a Bridge Builder or a Jersey Barrier Within The Body?

Handling offense can be challenging. However, even more challenging how to handle to being labeled as offended publicly, being placed in a defensive position within a body of believers. But exactly what do you do when you have been unjustly labeled as offended, with the self identified offender never seeking proper reconciliation? Sometimes there isn’t much we can do to make things right except to make sure we seek the Lord and be obedient to His promptings. Being offended is something most people actually can recognize within themselves. Advice to the offended is simple, go to that person and speak with them. If needed, go a second time, with a witness (Matt 18:15-16). Most importantly before you do anything…Always take the issued before the Lord FIRST. Although, perhaps we are the offender, offending someone, knowing that we ought to passionately pursue peace with that person, seek them out, and build that bridge. Honestly we have ALL been on both sides of the fence.

Offense can be quite the slippery slope and without Godly guidance no matter if you are the offender or the offended, all will fail at bringing the Lord His due glory, if our heart and motives are not right before Him.

Do you have a pointy finger? Name calling rarely builds bridges, it tears them down. As a body we ought to be seeking any and every opportunity to build a bridge to our brother or sister that may not be within our “inner-circle”. Building bridges can only strengthen the body; resulting in glorifying God! To call someone offended publicly is not Godly, ever. Let their fruits speak for themselves, no need for interpretation from you or anyone else. This just encourages division within a group. This behavior whether intentional or not looks much like placing a jersey barrier, the concrete dividers on a freeway that are used to split traffic, right between this person and the jersey-barrierbody; especially if this comes from an “inner-circle” or pastoral position from within the church. I cannot tell you how many of God’s people I have seen become professional Jersey barrier installers all in the name of looking superior by being the first to point a finger. People naturally feel as if they have to be on one team or the other. This only has the potential of becoming a public spectacle that will damage’s a church body’s ability to witness to those opposed to church in the first place.

Are they really offended, or did they just disagree with you? Too many times a rift will grow over simple personality differences. The only way a person can recognize if what is going on is a personality clash or a communication issue is to build that bridge, extend a bit of you to them. I understand that this can be hard work, but the investment made will be returned in ways you will not expect! Some people love to discuss opposing views, while others cannot handle disagreement (interpreted as rejection); figure out the basis of the conflict then move on (Rom 14:1-23). Not everyone in the body is meant to be your new found BFF( best friend forever) and that’s okay! Just as long as there is an understanding and respect is built within this new bridge.

Are you qualified to see offense in them?  Do not label those offended that you do not have a personal or close professional relationship with. After all as discussed just previously it could be a case of lacking in understanding or insight into that persons personality. Let’s define these relationships. Personal relationship means you meet together on an unofficial basis; there is direct communication (not exclusive to text or IM’s. You know their history and family make up beyond knowledge of a testimony. You “break bread” with them regularly. Professionally, you would be in direct working relations; supervisor, employee, or co-worker on an equal level with the same job. If you are outside of these close relationships you are not qualified to call someone out as being anything. Instead, get to know them…start on that bridge!

If you recognize someone as offended, then as the offender what should you do? Use a Biblical model in love. Do not use text messaging, FB, or email as a means of communication. Heart is how-to-build-a-bridgerarely felt or properly communicated in this manner. It will greatly hamper any feeling of genuine reconciliation. Having ANY conversations about the matter with anyone other than with those directly involved WILL cause damage. If a “consensus” is needed, do so in a proper face-to-face with all parties present. Do not be one sided. Do not tell them how they feel (offended, bitter, angry, or hurt). They are perfectly capable and more qualified to interpret their own feelings. Doing so will only place a jersey barrier between you and them and bridge building will cease. While they just may be offended (or not), acknowledge your part or role. We are not to make a brother or sister stumble (Rom 14:21). Offense in the Greek means just that, “to stumble”. Be humble, be gracious, and most of all be hopeful for real reconciliation. This is a new opportunity to get to know a brother or sister better and for all parties to grow in the Lord. Blessing will be multiplied more than you know if we have the courage, patience, and strength to handle these matters God’s way, not our way.

Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14

Being nice is a LIE

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Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

This is not optional, it is a command. Most, okay maybe only really some will go to another person when they have been offended, hurt. But even less will take action if they were the offender. I know I am guilty. After all, it’s their problem if they are offended, especially if they are not even willing to talk about it or have rejected an honest apology. “After all they should take it to the cross [insert sarcastic tone]”. But our command is clear…WITHOUT IT NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD. It’s not exclusive, there are no exceptions. No one, that means both parties are held back from holiness. Our pursuit for peace with one another needs be done so with passion and urgency.

NO ONE will see the Lord if we do not passionately and urgently seek peace with one another.

Make sure no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many. Hebrews 12:14-15

The root of bitterness is ugly and it runs deep; it spreads throughout families and infects entire groups. The root of bitterness is just the beginning to the division of the body of Christ. An issue between believers is an opening for that same bitter root to grow to their spouses, to their children, to friends, and so on. Bitterness grows unless ENTIRELY removed. Many times those that have been offended take this to heart. But how many of us hear this and say…”oh, so-n-so, really ought to be listening. They are so offended and hold on to stuff.” We have an attitude that it’s their problem and while that is partially true, it is the offenders issue too. We ought to be passionate about pursuing peace with EVERYONE. This is NOT just up to the offended but the offender too that must be just as passionate; not passing the responsibility off to the offended. “Well, I apologized and that should have been enough.” You are probably right. But this has nothing to do with being right, it has everything to do with pursuing peace.

How can one fall short of the grace of God? I think it has everything to do with being nice. Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about being “nice”. Christian “niceness” is a gigantic LIE. You will find kindness, love, and mercy, but never does it say be “nice”. I believe being “nice” has robbed us of grace. By being “nice” we deny grace, and turn to works. Being “nice” rarely resolves bitterness, never promotes love, and is an injustice. You have taken the Lord off of the cross, and replaced him with yourself with “being nice” to one another. Need an example? A person decides they are upset after a church function, and makes a vague complaint using social media. The person making the complaint is now over it, thanks to a vague vent and a bunch of “likes”, but the once offender, sees the complaint later and is now lie very much the offendee. The offendee talks to everyone but the complainer. The offendee has made ripples in the pond of fellowship yet continues to be “nice” to the complainer. Everyone thinks because there is niceness all is well. Usually to be nice is just another way to lie. It is no different than crossing your fingers behind your back.  Be kind instead, truly wanting what is best. We are called to be gentle and correct in love. To be kind would have been to go to that person in love and let them know what happened. Be patient with one another. AW Tozer in The Pursuit of God said “Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in ALL simple deeds and learn to find Him there [emphasis added].” I do not think we can find God in being “nice” because being “nice” is a lie.

Being nice is a gigantic LIE.

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

We will never accomplish the squashing of the root of bitterness unless we set ourselves FIRST aside for God. Only then can our lives, our deeds, and our word be spirit led. If we are not first led by the spirit, we must ask then who is leading? Second, we must set ourselves aside for others. We love others simply because He loves us AND them too. If you value them as He does, then eating a little crow then does not seem quite so distasteful, differences are not so dont-worry-i-got-your-back-woofirritating. We must strive for “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things charity.” Are we really giving our brothers liberty when we stand in judgment, that they are so “offended”, that we avoid any kind of approach? Are we really giving our sisters liberty when we make character assumptions and share those negative assumptions with others? In the body of Christ we ought to have each other’s backs. No question! But rather all the world sees is knives. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35). It takes so much more than just being “nice”. God sees it, and so does the world.

Do you really “have their back” in all circumstances?

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

God is not asking you to make every member of the body your new found BFF. But if we want to grow in love, we must accept each other equally. There is no favoritism with God. There should be no division in the body (1 Cor 12:25).God see’s fit whom He wishes to add to the body (Matt 16:18). This body is His design (1 Cor 12:18). Yet how can you claim to know what the feet are doing if you never break bread with them? How do you suppose you would know the intent of the hands if you never break bread with them? The new comer gets greeted at the door, but does it end there? They are not truly added until they are breaking bread with in the body, are we including them? Is the mailing list updated periodically so no one is forgotten? Are new comers offered rides to bible studies? Or do we leave them to “fend for themselves”? When someone new invites you, are you too busy to find time because you have “plans” with the others? When someone comes to you with a prayer need, is there follow up? Prayer needs- Once expressed, are the clearest opportunity to act. Even if it is only a phone call, it is a green light to show love. After all it would just simply be “nice” to pray for them aloud during study showing concern but never giving it another thought once study has ended and life goes on. Prayer requests can sadly become biggest gap in the body. Someone is opening up, allowing you in, yet too many do not enter.
When you break bread with one another in your homes, who have you added, who’s offers have you declined?

So what now? I pray for a yielding body. Godly wisdom is not stiff-necked or stubborn when it comes to personal conflicts. A body submitted to godly wisdom is not afraid to yield or defer to another person’s view point as long as it does not violate essential truth, able to promote liberty. Pursue peace passionately, with urgency, and please quit just being “nice” to everyone.

If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

What Happened?

It has been almost two months since my last post.  Some may have missed me, others may not have noticed, and a few were probably just fine with that.  A lot has changed since January and February.  I am currently going to school full time, and have resigned from outside employment.  It took so much for the Lord to convince me…rely on Him fully.  He will support the call he places on His faithful servant.  I have been so blessed in do so!

So what am I doing now?  I am finishing up a degree I started 20 years ago, before I was married and before kids.  I am pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Psychology.  Returning to college, and mind you jumping back in, right in the middle, full steam was some cause for anxiety.  Not to mention the criticism over my choice of university and degree focus.  I suffered the consequences of denominational discrimination.  My connectedness with some that are close to me PSYCsuffered as a result.  Others could not believe that a Christian has a place in the science community.  I could not disagree more! Now to some my level of commitment to the Lord is questioned, as I must be watering down the Truth if I give science any credit.  I recently had to write on why I was taking a particular psychology class.  It was my first “big” assignment for this professor.  I reviewed the criteria, and wrote.  After polishing up the paper I reread it for the last time before submitting and realized (like a light went BING over my head) this sounds like a sermon.  I submitted it.  Well that assignment got an A and I thought I would share it.  It really reveals my heart for the science of psychology:

 

I am taking PSYC101 to complete my BS in psychology. This is my first term with Liberty University Online. I am returning after a 20 year hiatus. I resigned my educational pursuit after having my first son. “Life” took over after having his brother, divorce, and working to support us as a single mother their entire lives. Three years ago I lost my very well paying job and felt the Lord call me to return and finish my education. It took a while for this to sink in, as I am became so conditioned to being the sole supporter it took a lot for me to allow God to provide entirely. I have been so blessed in return for doing so, finally. I should not have been so stubborn! I live in a very rural community called Horseshoe Bend in Idaho. We have a population of maybe 700. We are so rural do not even have a traffic signal. No fast food, of which I hear complaints about almost daily from my teenagers. Horseshoe Bend is approximately 30 miles northwest of Boise. I love my little town where people know more about us then we know about ourselves. We enjoy typical Idaho country landscape with a river (Payette) that passes thru town twice, snow capped mountain tops, and of course lots of wildlife; all viewable from my kitchen window.

 
I am fortunate to have a very refined Biblical Worldview, as apologetics is something I thoroughly enjoy. There are not enough psychologists that while take the science seriously; apply a Biblical Worldview to their science. Christian counselors in my opinion have a bad reputation for not truly helping those with serious mental illnesses. I hope to bring the Lord to my work as a psychologist. The question of our origin is fundamental to any worldview. It literally sets the stage for the rest of the parts to play out. We are divinely designed, created by our loving God (Luke 12:7; Matt 10:30). Our purpose answers both our question of identity, and why we are here (purpose). We are here to know God in an intimate way, to have a reconciled relationship with the Almighty; to give Him Glory; and to fulfill the Great Commission so that all may come to a saving knowledge of Him. Apart from Him we have no identity or purpose (John 15:16; Matt 28:19; Eph 1:11).

What has gone wrong and what the solution should be is cause for many debates. However it really is not that complicated. There is no way to discuss this without bringing up the dreaded “s” and “r” words; sin and repentance (John 1:8-10; Ro 6:23). The Fall of man happened, the consequences were/are great. However, even before The Fall, God gave man free will. The gift of choice allowed for The Fall and people continue to make choices that are not right. Thus the problem of evil appears daily in our society (James 4:17). While the first and foremost step towards a solution is coming to know our Lord, we still have to deal with the repercussions of evil. God has given us a gift of science to do so. But just like any of God’s other gifts it has been abused. Professor Sundi Donovan made an excellent point in her introductory presentation when she stated, “If science ‘seems’ to disprove God’s truth as revealed in scripture, then the science is wrong.” Too many have gotten this backwards and the damage is evident; naturalism being the most prevalent enemy to the Christian faith. Science cannot be our only source of knowledge (Colson, 1999). Functionalism is favored by psychology seeking why human thought is adaptive (King, 2013). While seeking an answer as to why human thought is adaptive is important; if we only give credit to what can be observed we miss the very important and primary spiritual component. Relying on only what can be observed can lead to deception, like in Darwinism.

If we ignore answering the question of destiny, our views on purpose and identity fall apart. Life is eternal, as we are created in our Lord’s image, who is eternal (Gen 1:27; Isa 57:15). If we are eternal, then there must be a destination after our bodies pass away. There is so much that can be said on the matter of Heaven. John 14:2 says it best, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). The way to Heaven is not an easy way. Reconciliation with Jesus is our way (Ro 10:9; John 3:5; Eph 28:10).

Works Cited

Colson, C. W., & Pearcey, N. (1999). The Basis For True Science. How now shall we live? (p. 421). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.
King, L. A. (2013). Experience psychology (Second ed.). New York2013: McGraw Hill.

Happy Valentine’s Day to who?

There were those days, too many of them in fact.  The days were every married couple around me seemed so very connected.  I noticed the inside jokes or references.  I noticed glimpses of affection and courtesy.  I would envy the opportunities for connection:  Sitting together at church, worshiping and studying together, shopping together, dining together, ect.  These were not just tasks done at the same time, but and honest time of connectivity.  Either an opportunity for new ties, or old ties strengthened.  They are living life together.  I couldn’t help but begin to feel hopeless.  I saw everything that my marriage lacked, blinded to what my marriage had.

I have been studying and observing how offense has such an impact on our relationship with the Lord, and with others.  One of the most common, overlooked trap is comparison.  When we are busy comparing to others we are no longer focused.  In almost ALL cases of offense, wheither we are offended or happen to be the offender, we are not focused 100% on the Lord.  Yes, 100%.  Do you actually think He would actually require less?  If we keep our focus on Him, are no longer concerned with the affairs of others, what they may say, or what they have or have not done.  We look for Him in all aspects of our lives.

I should be focused on how He works in my own marriage.  I will never see the blessings if I am busy counting what is lacking by comparison to others.  I have a husband that would give us everything he has.  He is loyal, and he loves me unconditionally.  We have challenges that most other marriages do not have to contend with.  He is home only a few days a month.  Our only source of connectivity is the phone, almost 90% of the time.  Fatigue, bad service, and general communication failure happens daily.  Even more reason to remain focused on the Lord, who saw fit to bring us together.

That being said, wives — If you have your husband home every night, love him.  If you have the joy of serving the Lord with him, praise God.  If you have your husband there to pray when you pray, you are very blessed.  Always have his back, and speak highly of him.  So forgive me if I do not always seem so eager hear stories of all the wonderful things that your spouse is able to do.  But do know that I praise God that He is working in marriages around me.  He is working to take that sting away, a little at a time.  I can not afford to be pricked by a thorn of jealousy, for it is a huge stumbling block in my relationships with my friends that are happily married.  We are called to share in praises and blessings with in the body of Christ.  Jealousy, or the act of comparison gets in the way of being able to wholeheartedly take part.

There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc 4:8-12

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Which side of the FINGER POINTER are you on, today?

DISCLAIMER:  Please do not apply this as a personal message to any one person.  It is not.  I just  honestly believe it’s something we should be thinking about; something the Lord is working on in me.  I have spoken many many times on the cultural gap in churches.  Feel free to browse my blog 🙂

FINGER POINTING:  WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?  No matter what, you WILL end up on a side:  Deliverer, receiver, or just plain stuck inImage the middle.

So like I just HAD to dig up this song….it’s from a Christian Punk Band (some of you will debate whether that is possible or not…that is not the “point”) … The date on the link says 2009 but this is from the early 90’s if not 89 or so.  My best friend at the time, her boyfriend (now husband) was the drummer.  I have grown not to be so harsh as I had once been…but despite such MONUMENTAL growth…some still see this within me…..and that’s okay 🙂

Finger Pointer, by Nobody Special (I apologize but the link only works on PC)

Sometimes we do not realize just how hampered our vision is by cultural differences.  Cultural differences hampers communication, both in delivery AND in reception, yet BOTH are equally responsible.  “Love in action” can be defined in very different ways from one person to another, from one generation to another, from one part of the country to another.  Maybe you are so busy judging the “pointer’s” delivery, you have not realized that there was a legitimate message to be received.  It’s almost like a double negative!!!  What do we get with a double negative?  🙂  While YES we are to deliver in love…but also respond/receive in love as well.  So let’s remember that when there is communication we have an opportunity to have it be ALL POSITIVE, no matter the delivery, no mater the how it’s received.  So let’s not hamper GROWTH!

Cultural differences hampers communication, both in delivery AND in reception; yet BOTH are equally responsible.

Only God can build that perfect bridge of communication between cultures….but will you let Him?  He has built bridges in my life to those that felt to be a millennial of years away from ever understanding and for that I am forever grateful.  Those my friend, are called miracles and they happen ALL THE TIME 🙂

Are we letting people be who they are, or who we think they should be?  Are we letting people take their places in the body based on gifting … or are we trying to make the body into what we think it ought to look like?  These are legitimate church growth questions we all should be asking….That I am asking myself.

Finger pointing generally starts with an expectation.  Some where or some how that expectation fails.  Failed expectation always leads to offense.  We must be on guard!  Flee from offense at every opportunity.  Maybe it’s time to reevaluate my (our) expectation of others.  After all this all has NOTHING to do with us.  It’s all about what HE wants to do!! In a way that HE wants to…  ❤

Finger pointing generally starts with OUR expectation of others, that fails.  Failed expectations always lead to offense.

Typically it’s failed expectations on BOTH parts.  The pointee:  “Oh but he did not come to me in love! That was just outright not nice!”…or The pointer:  “I’ve told them once, I’ve told them twice, no use in casting perals after swine…”  But we are to have NO EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS.  Expectations often lead to accepting exceptions and there are no exceptions in the Word of God concerning love.

Love must be without hypocrisy.  Detest evil;cling to what is good. 10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit;serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs;pursue hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice;weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another.Do not be proud;instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.  Romans 12:9-18 HCSB

One of my favorite passages:  Note it gives NO CONDITIONS or exceptions.  It does not say….”Outdo one another in showing honor…as long as he doesn’t cuss”…or ….”associate with the humble, as long as they don’t wear rock and roll T-shirts” … or even….”Share in the saints with their needs; pursue hospitality…..unless they live in the next town over”

Expectations often lead to accepting exceptions and there are no exceptions in the Word of God concerning love.

There are NO CONDITIONS on love, even if you a called to love a “finger pointer”, or maybe you have been over exercising your own finger, please remember to open your palm once in a while, reach out, and love those you have messages for, and to receive messages given.

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Just DO IT!

Why are we as Christians so slow to action?  I mean come on the Word is clear:

Jesus sent out the 12 after giving them instructions:  “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and do not enter any Samaritan town.  Instead, GO TO THE LOST SHEEP OF HOUSE OF ISRAEL.  As you go Imageannounce this:  “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN HAS COME NEAR”, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons.  YOU HAVE RECEIVED FREE OF CHARGE; GIVE FREE OF CHARGE.  Do not take along gold, silver, or copper for your money belts.  Do not take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a walking stick, for the worker is worthy of his food.  MATTHEW 10:5-10

This was not just for the Apostles…it applies fully to today.  CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE NOT CHANGED, NOR WILL THEY UNTIL THE LORDS GREAT RETURN.  This portion of scripture is so full of what I call ‘meat of Christianity’, but I want to set apart the command to heal.  Yes, I said COMMAND TO HEAL.

I am astonished at the hesitation we have AS BELIEVERS towards the faith-fill prayer for healing.  Jesus gave us example after example.  With the power of the Holy Spirit we are to do as Jesus did, HEAL WITH OUT PAUSE, WITH OUT HESITATION.  Jesus never waited for it to get “bad enough”, He did not wait until “there were no other options”.  He is to be our FIRST option.

James even gives us instructions via the Holy Spirit, James 5:13-15.  The prayer of the righteous shall be answered.  It does not excluded the prayer for healing.  It does not say the prayer of what seems possible.  The Word of God is always clear to those who seek.

ImageRepeatedly we hear from Jesus, “Your faith has healed you…”  It’s never a question of IF He will heal, rather whether we accept His healing.  His healing may not always look the way we expect it to look.  Our concerns are not necessarily His concerns.  Remember that as you pray, keep it in perspective. He may want a change of heart.  So rarely seen, yet this is the most important healing and the most miraculous.  We can never be a good judge of a heart.

Make no mistake God is all sovereign.  He will have His way no matter how we may see fit.

14 What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 15 For He tells Moses:

I will show mercy
to whom I will show mercy,
and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion.

16 So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture tells Pharaoh:

I raised you up for this reason
so that I may display My power in you
and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

18 So then, He shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden.

19 You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault?  For who can resist His will?20 But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God?  Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 Or has the potter no right over the clay,to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?  ROMANS 9:14-21

FIRST:  Do not hesitate to ACT on our CURRENT and RELEVANT commission.

FAITH:  Freely given to you, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

SEEK:  His will in ALL matters.  He will show you, but you may need to adjust your priorities and perspective.

Love to you all.

Can you handle the TRUTH?

Too often we use excuses given the current climate in our society that you really never know what is really the truth anymore and what is a lie.  If this statement is made in a political context you just might be very correct.  However, how many of us are applying this apathy or indifference to knowing truth to the matters of the eternal.  Or is it that it’s just too confusing to know what is true so we put it off.  Or is it that we decide that there is just no way to really know, so we stand on a fence of “not denying” but never admitting either?

I believe the reality of it is that deep within us, we know that if we found truth it would forever change us.  Everything that we exist for would have to change.  This is what people can not handle.  You can not handle to the truth so you stand on a fence.  But don’t you see? Atop of the fence is absolutely the worst place to be!  Ever heard of humpty dumpty?  Got the picture?Ault_Humpty_Dumpty

So what I am saying is we MUST be seekers.  We must know what we believe and why.  If not just for ourselves but for our children.  We are setting examples for the next generation.  Will they be truth seekers, or lemmings?  Believing what they are told without question, because that is all they know to to?

The truth is here.  The truth has been proven.  Truth has stood the test of time despite attack after attack.  The truth is proven every day as each day ends.  So why are we so afraid of the change that Truth brings?  I believe because of the rolling eyes of “friends”, behind the back comments from co-workers, the labels, and letting go of some of our pleasures.  So what is this Truth that causes so much trouble?  Jesus.  Word of God.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (JOHN 14:6)

So what I have learned is we worry about the rolling of eyes from “friends”…when people are kidnapped, beaten, tortured in unspeakable ways for speaking the Truth, for speaking His name, professing the power of His spilled blood on the cross.

I have given them Your word.  The world hatedthem because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. (JOHN 17:40)

If it’s habits we are not wanting to change, then we are sadly missing on just what Truth has to offer.  In that case all I say is DON’T EVER STOP SEEKING, it will become clear.

You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (JEREMIAH 29:12-13)

But make no mistake, there will come a time to chose.  The fence WILL come down and you with it, and you will need to answer as to how you choose.

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked… (REVELATION 3:15-17)

 

So can you handle the truth?  You can not afford not to.