July 8, 2015

My Own Initiative and Right


And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right? Luke 12:57 
Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Proverbs 2:9,10

 We are still on the topic of God shaking things up, in and around our life.  He does this to continually give us the opportunity to find out what we look like and who we intrinsically are outside of "human opinions".  Those are never reliable; as my dad said to me "people are only going to tell you what they "want you to know".  The rest comes in broken, shattered pieces if we get them at all, more often than not.

God does not come toward us and create trembling situations to cause us to shrink back.  We discuss often that He implores us not to shrink back to the destruction of our soul, but as Hebrew 4:16 says:

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

He continually shows great patients with us as He contends with evil ways.  He allows us to do the same things over and over till we know that we know we've done something that is not good.  And we know by this point God has given us enough rope to call our actions evil with intent. But God doesn't think like us and Christ is much more gracious than us mere mortals.  Instead of calling us on the carpet, when we are His children, He simply addresses an issue without sugar coating yet surprisingly without shaming us.

This is a very familiar story, but from this point of view we just may learn something deeper, Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus a entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

How much of our attention goes toward thinking about someone else's behavior?  How much of our prayer life is spent requesting God's involvement toward the modifications of another person's actions? Why do we not stop and bend our knee before Him, thinking soberly and giving an account of ourselves before His throne?

Most of the time we are anxious and troubled about many things, but not the ONE NECESSARY THING. We through out a lot of distractions, diversions tactics, smoke and false images.  Much like the Wizard of Oz, we get good at disguising our true identity.  When many people believe our propaganda, we begin to call to claim it; calling what is evil, good....till some brave soul calls us on the carpet.

We are no different with God than we are with humans.  In fact, God tells us if we cannot be honest with people we will never be honest with Him, a God we cannot see.  It is hard to hide things from easily from most humans, but it is easy to fool ourselves into believing a God we cannot see, cannot see what we think, do and say.

God gave us relationships in a tactile form, in real time to help us, actually to save us.  If we will desire those relationships He calls good and call the evil relationships evil and act Godly toward them, then He will surely bless our lives and be a blessing unto them.  Let's end today with Romans 14:10-13

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 
I pray that each of us approach His throne boldly, bend our knees and give a clear account of our self and then just give amazing thanks for His grace - can we resolve just this one thing?

For Christ and His Glory,
Kisses,
Candace


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