Steal Kill Destroy

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This post is not about politics, even though it could be. It is not about ISIS although I guess it could be. No this post is about the things I have been going through lately. I will not bore you with the details.

I have been through some very trying days. They have brought depression, guilt, anger, sorrow, you name it I have felt it. How can a woman that calls herself a Christian go through all of this? Those words have run around in my brain like a knife carving out pumpkin. They caused more guilt, which leads to more sorrow, well you get the picture.

I hadn’t turned from God but kept seeking to find some help. An answer to all this pain. God has seemed so very quiet. There were days when I would feel that perhaps I was on the way again, but as soon as I left my quiet time the world would close in once again. I didn’t seem to be able to hold onto the words I had just read. I am sure I am not alone in all this. Have you been there? Done that?

This morning as I was waking up the words of the title were like someone shouting in my ear. Kill! Steal! Destroy! Now, most people wouldn’t want to wake up to those words, but they were such an encouragement to me. No, I am not out to hurt or harm anyone. I finally am beginning to understand.

We have an enemy. A horrid enemy that wants nothing more than to Kill, Steal, and Destroy.

He wants to kill all our hopes and dreams. He wants to kill the future we are promised.

He wants to steal all the joy in our lives. The joy, that God gives us each and every day.

This enemy wants to destroy our witness, the way we live our lives. He wants to destroy us so we will join him in everlasting separation from our Savior.

He is the one that tells you and me that we are never going to be good enough. We are never going to be perfect or do things right. We just don’t have what it takes. God could never love us or forgive what we have done. Lies meant to kill, steal, and destroy us. Don’t believe them for one nano-second! That is what Jesus came to take care of for us.

He has redeemed us, bought us back from sure death. He paid our price.

The reason these words brought me such encouragement is because I know that I am a child of God. He is my protection against all of this. He is the Light that pushes back this darkness. He is my shelter from harm. The Bible tells us if a man knew when a thief was coming  he would prepare. Well, guess what, I now know that the “thief” has come and I can once again be prepared.

I need to keep my eyes on God. He has no equal. There is no enemy that can even come close. He has no rival.

I must be doing something right that I have something worth trying to steal or destroy. Salvation! That just makes me more determined than ever to keep walking the path with God, holding tightly to his hand.

What’s in Your Future?

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Have you ever wished you knew the future?  Perhaps, what will my spouse look like? Will I have the corner office soon? Will this child have my eyes?

I think sometimes we are afraid to think of the future. Will I beat this illness? Will the world go to war? Will my marriage make it through this?

Easter is fast approaching and there are so many things to learn and think about. I have been reading the book of Mark lately since the Pastor has a five week study of the things leading up to Easter.

It has me thinking about how Jesus knew the future. He demonstrated it so many times. I have either taken it for granted or missed it altogether.

In Mark the fourteenth chapter there is a section that may have slipped by you as it did me so many times. It is the Passover and the disciples want to know where they are going to celebrate it. Jesus tells the two, Peter and John, the exact location. Not the street or the person’s home, no he tells them exactly what they will encounter.

13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” Mark 14:13-15

Did you notice there would be a man carrying a jar of water, that wasn’t normal, it was usually a woman. Then they were to follow this guy back to where he was going. Do you think the guy kept looking over his shoulder wondering why those two were following? They arrive at the house of someone they don’t know and tell them what Jesus told them to say. Just like that the homeowner shows them the room.

I don’t know if this amazed them but it certainly got my attention. Jesus not only saw the room where they would celebrate the Passover, he saw the man with the jar of water! Amazing, right?

Seeing what lies ahead seems like it would be so great until you get to the part where he sees the cross. Jesus is in the garden at Gethsemane and he tells the three, Peter, James, and John, to sit with him while he prays because “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34)

Jesus knew the future, the horrible things that lay ahead, yet he continued!

He saw you in the future and knew you were worth it! Imagine that!

Such love. Such overwhelming love and forgiveness to go through the beating, the humiliation, the ridicule for you and me.

Will you see your future and turn to Christ for salvation?

He has his arms open wide to welcome you.

What’s in your future?

It’s a Scandal!

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scandal-27Halloween is almost here! A time when you put on a mask and become someone or something else. You don’t need makeup on to cover your wrinkles, and no need to comb your hair because your costume will take care of that.

It seems that Halloween isn’t the only time we wear a mask. When you are having a day that started out with an argument, burnt toast, car trouble, or a headache, and you are asked, “How are you?” Do you answer with, “I am fine.” You have that fake smile that on the outside says everything is OK but on the inside things are not OK.

What if people knew what was going on inside your home? Would they judge you? Your house is beautiful on the outside, lawn is beautiful, flowers are just right, even when you walk in the door it is just perfect. They don’t know about the child that is doing drugs, or the husband that works all hours and isn’t there for you. Another mask.

There is someone that knows all those dark secrets and doesn’t turn away, He offers a gentle hand to pull you out of the darkness and into his marvelous light. He offers GRACE.

Grace is God offering to move heaven and earth to save you from all the masks you are wearing. He offers you a life free from all the guilt and shame. Scandalous! Shocking! How could anyone know your darkest secrets and yet forgive you?

Jesus does just that. He forgives our sins and puts our feet on solid ground and we get a new chance. One that requires no masks, just who he made us to be.

Today’s song is by Unspoken , “Call It Grace.” Listen to the words and know that Jesus IS unchanging, unfailing, and so amazing.

Won’t you let him take your place?