Restoration instead of Recrimination

We are now so morally and emotionally bankrupt as a society that we allowed ourselves to be conditioned to believe that the absence of dysfunction is privilege.
This is a strategy of the enemy to breed envy on one side, and resentment on the other, when we should have loved one another to build a better future together.
We can easily get caught up in this dynamic, and a clear example of it is the interactions in which one person says ‘Black lives matter,’ and the other person responds ‘All lives matter,’ as if this should be an argument instead of a conversation.
While that movement has been distorted by people with wicked, divisive motives, there is nothing wrong with the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Within that statement is the cry of a piece of our society that is hurting, that may perhaps be articulated as ‘I’m hurting. Why doesn’t it matter to YOU?’
We can argue whether it matters to some of us or most of us, but the truth is we as people in general have a tendency to listen to RESPOND, and not to UNDERSTAND, so while some of us care, we haven’t always understood, because we haven’t loved one another to try to understand. This is true on all sides.
The answers, complex though they may be, must begin with REPENTANCE, and a genuine submission to the Lordship of Christ, that our hearts may be purified and we are thereby made better able to forgive one another and engage in restoration rather than recriminations.
Where we go one, we go all.

It’s one thing to answer the calling on your life, and another to fulfill it.

Okay, so you’ve found what you really want to do or be in life. How close are you to it?

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Forgiveness is NOT an emotion

Forgiveness is not an emotion. It is a decision.

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The Real Power of Circumstance

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
John 19:19-22

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Keep on Keeping on

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-11

Some of you have been through a lot, and very often it can seem that all the suffering has no purpose. Indeed, in my own journey I found that people and situations which would have seemed to have been intended for my restoration turned instead to the purpose of further harm… and yet even in this there is sometimes a dual purpose. One is that of a shattered vessel which cannot help but pour out what God has placed in it, and the other is that of God speaking through those who in worldly terms would seem unlikely mouthpieces, so that only God can glory in it, and so that those who hear the message must believe it for its own sake, and not the vessel’s.

So, if you find yourself among the walking wounded, don’t despair just yet. Keep on keeping on, God’s not done.

A thought to take into the new year…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

Sometimes the real problems presented by the past are not its events and consequences, but rather what has happened to our perception of it, ourselves and God.

For many of us the issue at hand is not whether to move on, but rather to move out of the prisons that circumstance and the enemy have created for our minds.

#donewiththat #pouritout

Safe, or dangerous?

It is essential that a church be more than a place for worship, fellowship, and instruction. It must also be a place that is both safe and dangerous; safe to those in need of healing and restoration, and dangerous to the wicked, a place where the wounded, destitute, and troubled can find hope, and a place where the wicked are confronted by the convicting presence and judgment of God.

#lead4real #apostleship