A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I’ll tell ya, John is MUCH more brave than I am!  If something is hidden, I tend to just let it be…  you know, like the Beatles taught us to do so long ago…  😀

I have so many fears…  too many to list here, actually.  The top of that list, however, would have to be SNAKES!  I don’t care if they are deadly or not – it makes absolutely no difference to me.  They’re slimy and slithery and they’re sneaky and…  well – there’s a reason God turned the devil into one – jus’ sayin’…

My theory is that nothing that is hidden can be very good.  If something has to hide, it must be either illegal, immoral (does morality matter to anyone anymore?), or just plain bad news.  This video got me to thinking about different ways to face the things or places in our lives that are hidden.  We can ignore them or we can face them head on and chances are, they will not be so scary or spooky to us once we’ve encountered them.

Fight or flight???  I’m big on FLIGHT.  I don’t think it’s always been the best choice, and I readily admit, it’s the path of least resistance.  I hate to face opposition.  It’s easier to just agree or ignore – but to actually stand up and say I disagree with someone – then explain clearly and boldly WHY I disagree – well, no I’m not good at it.  In college I opted for Interpersonal Communication because I didn’t want to take Debate.  That was such a weird class.  But I digress…

I want to be better at charging into the hidden forests in my life.  As with everything, it’s a process that begins with a single step.  I’ve found that facebook is an excellent practice field.  It doesn’t take long at all to find people talking about a subject and offering advice and opinions that I completely disagree with.  There was a time I’d just think, “Oh I’m not getting in THIS mess.”  Now, I speak up – well, I don’t actually say anything…  LOL.  It’s facebook – I type my opposing views.

Sadly, while I’m in the thick of the hidden forest, the language tends to get not only offensive, but rude and completely obnoxious and uncalled for.  Once again, with God’s help, I type that I don’t believe just because I disagree with a viewpoint, I should have to read verbal vomit.TRUST FOR STRAIGHT PATHS

As Christians, we like a peaceful life in a little corner where we can sing praise and worship songs all day long.  The fact is, there are times when we have to go into a hidden forest – face something or someone who is offensive to our morality and our value system.  We must be willing to sharpen our debate skills, while also keeping in mind that we’ve all come short of God’s glory – none of us have arrived and none of us ever will.  It’s only by God’s miraculous GRACE that any of us can stand.  Without HIM and HIS sacrifice on Calvary – we’re nothing – and I mean NOTHING.

While the world is twisting and turning with every whim that comes along, we trust God to make our paths straight.  We long for simplicity that is a life lived in Christ.  We know that He will provide for us and that He will hear each prayer we pray.  We are never alone and that gives us such comfort – comfort that the world considers weak.  I once asked a co-worker, “I lean on God to help me.  Who do you lean on?”  Without hesitation, she boasted, “I lean on myself!”  I didn’t say anything else, but as I walked away I muttered under my breath, “Okay…  good luck with that.”

Join me today in praising Jesus Christ for the sacrifice He made for all of mankind on Calvary – for HE IS WORTHY of our praise!  🙂

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1 PETER 5:6 ON 5/6

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  – 1 Peter 5:6

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When I need to be humbled, I pray, “Dear God, please HOG TIE ME & STICK DUCT TAPE OVER MY MOUTH!!!”

We know when we see the word therefore in a verse, we need to look at the previous verse to see what that verse is there for.

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.  – 1 Peter 5:5

Want God’s grace?  Be humble.  How?  Pray.

Have you ever been tempted to pop off about something under the guise of “righteous indignation”, but felt the Spirit of God “check” you about what you’re getting ready to say?  We are to humble ourselves and stay under the safety and protection of God’s mighty hand.  Why?  Because if we just stay still and pray…  GOD will handle it – better than we can even dream of handling it.

I’ve decided to say my prayer for humility more – and engage in worthless debate less.

DEAR GOD,  PLEASE HOG TIE ME & STICK DUCT TAPE OVER MY MOUTH!!!  IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Humility – it’s a deliberate act of discipline and faith.  We need to trust that our God will right the wrong in the world – and what do these verses tell us?  God will GIVE GRACE TO THE HUMBLE & LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME.

What’s the secret to success?  There are no secrets.  Be humble.  Be hungry.  And always be the hardest worker in the room.  – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

A few times I have actually “popped off” and then sort of retro-prayed the prayer – and have had some amazing results.  It is literally as if no one heard what I said.  I know that is God at work on my behalf.

One time I actually asked my friend if she heard what I said and she said, “No, Linda – I don’t remember you saying that!”  I smile, hug her and whisper “Thank You, Lord!”  🙂