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I’ve tried not to voice an opinion on the refugee situation. It’s not that I can’t take criticism or am trying to avoid dissention. It’s that I’m praying about it diligently and trying to find God’s will in it.
I’m saddened and I’ll admit, irritated, by those who always are quick to post anti-Christian sentiments, (some even claiming to be Christians themselves). Calling Mary and Joseph refugees is a pretty hard stretch. Then comparing Muslims to Jews again is a ridiculous argument when the situations have almost nothing in common. When people see something that sounds good, they just jump on it without researching anything. Then there are those who quote scriptures (out of context, of course) or do their best to make the question either liberal or conservative. Lately I’ve seen posts of non-Christians who are pontificating all about God’s will and Jesus’ words, and so on. Those people win the grand prize, since almost everything on which they purport to be experts, is drivel.
After much prayer, I still don’t have a concrete sense of what is the right thing to do. There are truthful stances on both sides. As Christians, we need to be reaching out to unbelievers with the gospel. These people need Jesus desperately. I’m ready to do my part to share the love of Jesus and even open my home if the Lord leads me to do so. However, what makes us think we will even have that opportunity? The countries such as Germany who have taken in millions, are suffering terribly already for their decision. The outcry there from the refugees is that all people need to bow to their religion and practices.
If a family needs my help, no matter where they came from or what baggage they have along with them, I will always pray for discernment and wait for God’s leading as to what I should do to help. There are many deceivers (yes, and many scriptures warning about that; funny, I haven’t seen that on facebook) and we need divine wisdom to make good decisions.
If “refugees” have an agenda to take over and destroy “infidels,” the only way we will have a chance to love on them or share Jesus with them is when God arranges divine appointments for that purpose. It is quite naive and even foolish to turn a blind eye to the negative possibilities. This cannot intelligently be explained away with one scripture verse or one lame comparison to the plight of the Jews. It is not all about fear. It is much more complex. And many of us have examined the Quran and seen those verses that would cause us to be cautious. Perhaps common sense is a thing of the past.
My thinking today is that we have not thoroughly thought this through, prayed for God’s direction or gained enough knowledge of facts to make a sound decision. People seem to love bashing those that disagree so they jump on the bandwagon because something sounds good at the moment. Since we’re now told that we are not a Christian nation, then it makes it pretty difficult to think that our leaders will seek God’s direction. It’s being made into a political issue, of course, which again divides us as Americans, just like every other big issue that arises.
Oh how different things could be, if only we could all work together instead of constantly fighting one another. But then, that’s pretty idealistic in itself. I’ll keep praying today if you will. God just might have a solution that’s not what either side of this conflict has ever considered. I’m counting on that!
Do you sense a change in the air? It’s not just the autumn breezes and golden leaves. I feel something in the atmosphere around me that’s different. I know that the spirit realm is alive and active, whether we can visually see it or not. We spiritually discern the angels warring, protecting, standing watch. At times I sense evil, though I see or hear nothing at all. The Lord is moving, my friends. He is calling out to us to get up and get busy about His business---Kingdom business. Do you comprehend the magnificence of being a child of the King?
Everyone these days is watching the stock markets, scouring the economic reports from all over the world. We know that change is coming. We have lived far above our nation’s ability to sustain the lifestyles to which we’ve become accustomed. We watch the news in shock at the crime, the perversion, and the wickedness that is a stench in the nostrils of our God.
At times I grieve over this nation and this world. At times I cry out for God’s mercy, and at times I lose myself in the internet so I can avoid the pain of the truth. Are you numb? Have you heard about so many shootings or wars that you just mentally check out because it’s too much? I fear that we as believers have joined the world in turning our heads and hearts away because it’s too overwhelming. Or maybe we’re just complacent because our job or family or hometown is not affected...yet.
Sisters and brothers, please believe me that the Lord is calling you in this hour. The spirit realm is bustling about, preparing for what’s to come. The Holy Spirit is prompting you to step up to the plate now---because time is short! He is grieved when we ignore His leading. There are lost souls all around us who need to know Him. He’s prepared those whom He knows are ready. and arranging divine appointments for us to utilize. If we’re playing video games, living on facebook or watching TV, that soul could be lost forever. Pray for boldness! Pray for sharper discernment to be aware when these divine appointments are in front of you.
I’m preaching to myself friends! But God is pushing me, reminding me, stirring up His Presence inside me, to be alert. He wants me to push you as well. Take a deep breath as the Fall winds blow, listen with your spiritual ears and wait attentively to receive what He is leading you to do. The time is short. You have a mandate to live out His plan, follow His directions, and spread His message!
Today is a day of gratitude. Many of you have prayed for my husband throughout this journey with cancer. This trial of over four years has been one of sadness, disappointments, sickness, changes in our household, in our marriage, and in our thinking. I would guess that we will be realizing the lessons from it for years to come.
First, I want to say thank you to all of you for your constant encouragement, prayers and love. You will never know what a few kind words can mean on the darkest days. I love you and I appreciate you in countless ways.
My husband has been declared in remission! We’ve learned that malignant melanoma, stage 4, is usually a death sentence, especially when it goes to the brain. However, our God is more powerful than melanoma!! Yes He is. We give Him all the glory!
From one day to the next, none of us ever knows what trials we will be asked to endure. One phone call, one blood test, one letter in the mail….life can turn upside down. If you believe you are immune, think again. Those who claim that God doesn’t bring or allow these things don’t really know God. His plans and purposes for us go so deep that only He knows what will change our hearts or conform us to the likeness of His Son. And these refining fires spread to our family and friends as well. We are always a work in progress. And we know that God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are calling according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)
One night, instead of pleading for my husband’s life and healing, I simply surrendered him to God. I told God that no matter what His decision, I would accept it and praise Him and be thankful, for I know His purposes are always best. I meant it. When I released that fearful pleading, a peace flooded my soul.
The beauty of living with the Spirit abiding inside us is that His power moves and conquers devils and diseases. The battle is the Lord’s. We can rest in Him, knowing that no matter what comes He will sustain us. Not only will He sustain us, but He will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. Why would anyone choose to live without Him? I can’t imagine.
How are you doing these days? Today I feel the need for a personal check-up. One would think that since I spent years as a counselor I would stay on top of these things but truthfully, I get bogged down just like everybody else. As I examine myself and force my vision to focus in on the uglier things, it’s not fun. Maybe it’s time for you to do an assessment for yourself too. Sometimes I’m listening to someone spewing out all their resentments and hurts and I think to myself how much better off they would be if they would only let it go. Then, while pointing that finger, I have to see those three fingers pointing back at myself. It’s so easy to identify dark issues in others, but when it comes to ourselves we are full of defenses.
Since we know how emotions affect our health, we need to do a self-evaluation on a regular basis. How do I define regular? At whatever interval keeps you in a state of peace with God, yourself and most others. You maybe wondering how to do that assessment. The other day I heard someone on the radio say, “What is deep within you that you know, but you won’t allow yourself to recognize that you know it?” Interesting question. I began to ask myself that, asking God as well, and really soul searching for the answer. The result was that I dredged up some emotions that had been eating on me, but I was avoiding dealing with them.
Here are a few questions to guide your introspection: (Honesty with yourself is mandatory)
Who have I not forgiven fully? And why haven’t I let go of it by now?
What is the real reason for my irritation or frustration in some identified area?
When I’m sleepless or stressed, what is the bottom line reason?
What am I afraid of?
Am I eating healthy? Am I getting enough exercise to be healthy? Why not?
If I could do anything I wanted today, I would _______________
What is the real reason I’m not doing that now or planning for it?
Am I continuing to dream and/or set goals for myself? Why not?
How am I my worst enemy? What are 3 steps I could take to change that?
Have I spent time with God to invite Him to help me with these issues? Why not?
These are only a few guiding questions, but they do assist me in identifying where I am losing ground and why. It takes some brutal honesty because if you blame others or money or even God, more honesty is needed.
Remember that we are body, soul and spirit. When one part is ailing, the other two suffer as well. I’m writing this to remind myself. I’m in a season of being a caregiver which drains my energy. Therefore, I must make an intentional effort to keep body, soul and spirit balanced and as healthy as possible. It doesn’t just happen on its own. I must humble myself before God and others to admit I’m not superwoman or super-Christian and accept help and keep my eyes on the prize. I am fully aware that “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
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