Get out your favorite version of the Holy Scriptures and turn to 2 Chronicles 7:14

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Two Things I Hate

Recently, (since Dave Cathey took a stand), I'm getting involved in arguments about same-sex marriage. And I find myself getting angry. My pastor said from the pulpit this morning there is no room in a spirit-filled life for anger. I don't know if I agree with him on that. Even Jesus got angry at the money-changers and merchants, because they were defiling the temple.

A popular saying is: "God is Love." That He is. But even the most well-meaning people tend to get confused and begin spouting a "Love is god" doctrine. There's a tremendous difference in meaning when you switch those two words around.

One lady asked "What difference does it make what gender people are if they love one another?" It makes a big difference, because my God called homosexuality an abomination.

However, when I quote from God's word to bring home a point to the "Love is god" team, they drop out, never to be heard from again. They're willing to accept man's explanation of what Christianity should be, but not the word of our Holy Father. Or they waffle off into some pseudo-spiritual mumbo jumbo and it becomes like arguing with a two year old.

Political correctness should not be confused with kindness. Kindness comes from the heart. PC is a manipulative tool of the Devil. And it's here that I get into trouble every time. It seems I have no right to quote the Creator if what He said is not politically correct. News flash! God doesn't give a hoot about political correctness. He cares about truth. And I don't give a hoot about political correctness. I care about pleasing Him.

To please Him, I'm required to love.That's right . . . love . . . sinners. No problem, in my lifetime I've known and loved quite a few people who were sinners. I'd hope others feel the same about me when I'm out of God's will.

But He does not require me to love the sin. Quite the contrary, I am to pray for the sinner but hate the sin. How could I ever hope to escape Satan's clutches if I didn't learn to hate sin.

And there's that word. The one with which we are being blugeoned by the media on a daily basis. Hate. If we don't agree with the homosexual lifestyle, according to the media, we hate the homosexuals. How did this happen? To quote my friend Ellen Kennedy, when did the word "hate" replace the word "disagree?"

I hate only two things in life . . . sin (not the sinner) and the perpetrator of all sin, known as Satan. I cry for the misinformed, the ignorant, and the brain-washed who consider me a hater because I try to live by God's Holy word. And please note . . . I said I try.

Who do you think is stirring up the misunderstanding and hatred the has beset our people? Who came up with the idea of political correctness in place of honesty? Who laughes his ugly head off when one of God's people decides that the world leaders know more than the Heavenly Father?

 Three quesses.

The battle is real!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lean on the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will mean health to your flesh and strength to your bones.

Man could write a thousand pages and not even come close to the wisdom contained in this Scripture.

Read it again. Let each line soak into your soul. Does any of it apply to you?

How easy it is to lean to your own understanding. How tempting it is to feel like you're the wisest person ever to come down the pike. And in this busy world, do we take the time to acknowledge Him in ALL our ways?

And then we get too busy, too stressed, and bummed out. (Just where the Enemy wants us.) When all we had to do was lean on Him.

The battle is real . . . 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Does God Hear our Prayers?

I awoke one day recently with God's commands on my heart. I had a job to do and I wanted to do it in accordance with His word. So I asked Him . . . "I know You require integrity, but what else do You require of me to do this job in such a manner as to receive Your blessings?"

His answer wasn't immediate, but before I arose to start my day, He'd laid on my heart the word "compassion." Nothing more . . . just one word . . . compassion. It seemed too simple. I'd expected some complicated instructions. I showered and put on my makeup, rolling the words over and over on my tongue. Integrity and compassion.

Integrity in the business world is, to a certain extent, required to stay out of trouble with the law. But compassion is from the heart and isn't regulated. Not by man's law. But if I'm to believe what I feel I heard from the Lord . . . it is required by Him.

I poured a cup of coffee and sat down to read the morning paper.

I don't remember the day of the week, but it must have been a Saturday, because I turned to the "Religion" section of our local newspaper. A small article was featured in the lower right hand corner of page three. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the subject matter. "What does God require of Christian business people?"

The referenced Scripture was Micah; 6:8:  He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, (Integrity) to love kindness (compassion) and to walk humbly with  your God?

Coincidence? There are no coincidences with God. Before you ask . . . beloved . . . before you ask He knows what's on your heart.

The battle is real; and God is the Winner!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's Been Too Long

I got "thrown" a couple of months ago by my blog peeps. Now . . . I've been away from it for so long, they've changed the entire system. Hopefully, that's a good thing, and my blogging woes are a thing of the past. Crossed fingers. (Makes it hard to type.)

My debut novel "Handful of Demons" will be on the market in a matter of weeks. That means I've got to get my act together and become consistent in my blog posting. Part of my problem is I'm not too swift in all things technological.

For instance, posting from my telephone if I'm away from my office? That's probably not going to happen in this lifetime. So, I need to utilize my time more efficiently. There's all that wasted time between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. when I could be productive. And if I moved my computer to the kitchen I could keep the words flowing while meals are cooking. As it is, I've worn a path in the floor from the stove to my office . . . and burned more than my fair share of food trying to multi-task.

If I sound like I'm feeling sorry for myself . . . forgive me. I do feel a little overwhelmed right now. But, you know, there's not a single thing I do that I'd willingly give up. If only the blog ideas would  come to me while I'm sitting in front of the computer, and not when I'm in the shower or driving down the road.

Wednesday and Sunday evening. Those will be my blog post days. If I don't live up to that promise, please email me and complain. (That way I'll know someone out there is reading it. :-D)

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And don't forget . . . we can have fun and still keep our eyes open. Because the battle is real.