Reaching out the right hand of fellowship to my sisters and brothers in Christ. It's so easy "to feel alone in a room crowded with people." The truth is you are not alone, whatever point you are in your walk with Christ, we're on a journey, one that will have us transforming every day of our lives - until we are with Him. We're many members but one in the body of Christ - it helps to share our experiences along the way.
It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!
I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.
Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~
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Oh how hard
headed we can often be! I have come to wonder how God puts up with ANY of us!
(Myself included! Probably myself more than anyone else…) what’s it going to
take for us to realize that God’s Word is true? That His promises are REAL?
That He is a faithful God, not one to lie.That the examples He has given us in His Word are there for a reason, for
us to learn from?
I don’t know
about you, but I have discovered that I am totally and completely hard
headed!I know I serve a patient God
because He continues to be so patient with me!Honestly, there are days when I want to run away from my own self!
God is not a “far
away God” – the Bible tells us that:
“He is the same today as He
was yesterday as He will be tomorrow.”(Hebrews 13:8)
He is trustworthy.Perhaps many of us have trouble believing
this because of situations that have occurred in our lives.People have made it hard for us to trust God
in the manner that He deserves.This is
where faith comes in.
“Now faith is confidence in
what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews
We confuse our
past experiences (or current) with how we should feel about God, or how He
feels about us.This is a huge
mistake.I have realized that we shouldn’t
put God in the same category that we put people.People disappoint us all the time!God never will.He has your best interests at heart.
There is a
country singer, named Carrie Underwood who a few years ago came out with the
song, “Jesus take the Wheel.”The
problem many of us encounter with our lives is that we think we are more
capable of driving our lives than He is!“I can do it Lord…”Or we
backseat drive – “No Lord, that’s not where I want to go… You made a wrong turn…”Can you imagine us saying that to the One who
knows and sees ALL things?(I’m getting
embarrassed because I am recognizing myself in this post…)
God does not
want you to be a “part-time lover.”He
wants You (and me) to trust Him completely.That’s not an easy thing to do when you are used to “driving your own
car.”I think the older I get, the
harder this becomes.Life experiences
can make you pessimistic.If you are not
careful, your heart can be hardened.Don’t
make the mistake of hardening it towards God.He is on YOUR side.Sometimes I
think we take out our disappointments and our anger on God instead of the
situations or people who have made us feel that way in the first place!It is misplaced distrust.One of the hardest things to do is to pray
for forgiveness, but the truth of the matter is that praying forgiveness over a
situation frees you from it!It takes a
lot of emotion and energy to hold on anger or hurt towards someone.LET IT GO.I’m not saying it’s easy to do this – it’s not, so if you need help with
it – go to the one WHO forgave YOU (and constantly forgives YOU for your sins) –
Your Heavenly Father!Be honest with
Him!I cannot tell you how often over
the last month I have had had to pray, “Lord – I’m having a hard time letting
go of these feelings.I’m angry! I’m
mad! I’m hurt!I don’t have it in me to
forgive this person (or situation) for causing me such heart pain – so I need
YOU to help me with this.It is bigger
than I can handle. CHANGE MY HEART.” And in time, you will find as you are
obedient and submit to Him in prayer, that you are able to truly genuinely pray
for that individual and situation with a heartfelt forgiveness.”The key is obedience in doing it, and not to
go by your feelings.Go by what God
tells you to do.Why? Because He tells
you to do it!
“For if you forgive others
for their transgressions, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
God knows that
forgiveness frees you, un-forgiveness binds you up and keeps you from moving
forward. Pray until it becomes genuine and you will see God change you, so that
it truly does.
The life lessons
that we go through should draw us nearer to God and make us wiser.I don’t know about you, but if I reach out
and touch a “forbidden stove” and get my hand burnt I’m in NO RUSH to touch
another and experience the same pain!Fool me once!The lessons that we
go through should teach us and show us that God has a rule book – The Bible.There are rules in there and examples in
there not because “God is a MEAN Father.” But because He knows that if we
disobey and touch the “stove” we will get hurt.We often think we know MORE than He does and then, when we “hurt” we
mistakenly blame Him for our pain.
“God, I’m so sorry for those times I
blamed you for my own stupidity.For my
own ignorance.For my own choice in
disobeying that which you told me not to do in the first place.Forgive me for my disobedience and hard
headedness and help me to realize that what you say, you say for my own
good.How much it must pain you when you
see me go in a direction you did not mean me to go.Forgive me for my sins and help me to hear
your voice clearer and to allow YOU to drive my life.”
Life is a
journey.We each have our own individual
journey, and there are lessons that are learned along the way.We can choose to allow those lessons to help
us grow and move forward, or we can allow those lessons to stunt us, bind us up
and keep us stuck in a hole we have dug for ourselves.Which do you choose?
learned a huge lesson from a very painful experience, I am someone who you don’t
have to tell twice, once is good enough for me.It is what you do with what you learn that helps you mature and grow in
your walk with Him.It is how you APPLY
that lesson.What have you learned from
it?Are you allowing that lesson to help
you help someone else with the knowledge you have gained? Extending the right
hand of fellowship behind you to the grasp the hand of a brother or sister in
Christ who is on the verge of learning what you have already been taught?This is why God made us many members but one
in the body of Christ. (Romans 12:5)
To help each other!
Now, when red
flags go off in my head, I know that they are from the Holy Spirit and they are
going off for a reason – for me to take consideration, use wisdom and proceed
with caution.I no longer ignore
them.The Holy Spirit is my “Jiminy
Cricket” – and I have learned to allow It (The Holy Spirit) be my guide.
Who is driving
your car? Do you like the direction you are going or are you feeling tremendously
lost? If you are, it may be time that you allowed God to take control, He’s the
BEST driver there is and He’ll show you (take you) places you have never even