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Are You Coexisting?

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     Last spring, my husband and I were both shocked to find out that we had a snake infestation at our house. Now to some it would just be a little problem, but both of us hate snakes and are deathly afraid of them. I cannot stand to see pictures of them, think of them, see them, and for sure be tourchered by them being right outside my door. When I see them, I try to chop their heads off as soon as I can so they will never be back (I’m sorry if anyone really loves snakes). What is it for you? Spiders, mice, bugs? I consider these things to be vermin. When I see them, I want to get rid of them. Not in a year, or a month, or a day; now!

 

     Here’s the thing though, if we are so ready to clean the filth out of our physical lives, why do we take our sweet time with clearing out the filth in our spiritual lives. Instead, we find ways to partially get rid of the filth. Then, when God is done convicting us about it, we let it slide right back into our house with us. Eventually, it becomes our “secret best friend.” God sees our sin as disgusting, abhorring, much worse than vermin. So why do we not see it like this? What is holding us back from reality? We look at gossip, envy, lying, strife, hatred, you fill in what fits for your life __________ and say, “It’s okay, it’s not really that bad.” If we stop ourselves and search the scriptures, we will come away wanting to chop the head right off those sins. James 1:26 says, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” Wow! Does that hit close to home? That does not make it sound like it is just okay and it’s not too bad. Galatians 5: 16-21 says, “16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (My emphasis added in bold) Let that last part of the passage sink into your heart. I know you do not fit that whole list! You are probably similar to me and struggle with what we call the “church sins” or “Christian sins.” But when I stop myself and really let that passage sink in, God’s Word tears at my heart. I want to inherit the Kingdom of God! I want to live my life to serve Him as best as I can! I know that I cannot do it with those huge, ugly, sickening “Christian sins” holding me back!


     Go, search the scriptures. Whatever it is that you are holding over Christ and giving Him full control of your life, go see what His Word has to say about that. Let Him speak to your heart and life. Stop looking at sin as okay or not that bad! It is why God the Father sent His precious and only Son to die on the cross! He went to pay the punishment for my sin and yours! Let’s do all that we can to rid our lives of the vermin. Chop their heads off as soon as possible. Think of your (physical-snakes) vermin. Would you want it to stay around and get bigger or would you want to get rid of it as soon as you possibly could? “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil. 3:10) He is not dead. There is power in His resurrection and it’s there for you to use. He did not defeat death and the grave in vain. Call on Him now and ask Him for His power in your life in ridding yourself of the vermin that wants to destroy.

Have Courage

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Today, during my Bible reading, God just hit me with the truth of His Word. Have you ever found yourself trying to gain the courage to be a light to someone that you know needs Him? Have you found yourself afraid of what others might think of you if you speak the truth? Join the club! How often I fail at going into all the world and preaching the Gospel (paraphrase of Mark 16:15). We are not called to live comfortable “Christian” lives. By this I mean: we go to church, talk to our Christian friends about how we want to be a light, sing songs (but not too loudly, because we do not want even our Christian friends to judge us), read our Bibles every now and then, but never really make the dive to fully commit to Jesus Christ. We are called to live our lives with eternity in mind. It is not always going to be a pretty life! Just think though, it is going to make living in paradise so much more worth it.

Friday, our courts made a decision to step completely outside of what the Bible commands and their decision both terrifies me and also encourages me. It terrifies me, because I know that I will get more persecution when I speak up about Christ and what I believe the Bible teaches. But on the other hand, it encourages me in my faith. It helps me to know that I really need to commit to Christ and know what His Word says! Matthew 10:16 says, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” I do not know about you, but that encourages me. Jesus knew the times we would be facing. Think about what Jesus endured for us…now that’s persecution. Normally, what we encounter when we speak up for the cause of Christ is some ridicule and mocking.

Jesus’ words to His disciples (that still apply to us) were, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28, my emphasis added in italics) He knew we would have fear, but He encourages that our lives are to be lived for eternity. Think about those friends again that you know need a savior… Now think about the one (Satan) this passage is talking about who is able to destroy both their bodies and souls… Do you think that their souls are worth maybe a little ridicule or even some persecution? You might even be rejected. That’s okay. Still be that light! Their souls are worth the risk! Who knows, you might be thanked for speaking truth into their life! Maybe they have been praying that God would send someone and you are the person that He sends.

Jesus came for those that were sick and lost (paraphrase of Matthew 10:6, 8). Go; reach out to those that you encounter that are lost and in need of a true savior! Do not let man’s opinions or rulings stop you from being beacons of light. God is backing us when we go out and are lights for Him. Yes, we might have to endure some hardships here on this earth, but the ultimate glory will be when we reach heaven’s shores. Let these words of Jesus Christ sooth your soul and give you the extra strength and courage that you need to go be that light. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12, my emphasis added) My heart is encouraged and ready to go fight the good fight! I hope yours is too! Go be that light!