RANDOM THOUGHTS Part #1

Posted: July 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

RANDOM   THOUGHTS   PART #1

RANDOM THOUGHTS PART #1

GUILT believes I owe God.                                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing wrong with feeling guilty when we are, but staying that way when God has forgiven is unhealthy, a way of self-sabotaging, and worst of all self-punishing even though Christ has already born the punishment for it all. Keep short accounts and let grace remind you of who you really and already are.  When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant that the debt of sin (yours and mine) was paid in full…no exceptions.  You are free from the debt of  sin… Confession breaks the power of guilt.

JEALOUSY believes God owes me…or that you owe me.                                                                                                                                                   Jealousy is often at the root of bitterness, resentment, and discord.  It is easy to fixate on what we “don’t have” or think we “should have” rather than being grateful for what we do have…especially in relationships.  Score keepers are  jealous people always comparing what they think they should have in comparison to what they perceive others having.  Feeling entitled is as old as the human race and just as deadly as it was in the very first family ever existing.  Jealousy seeks to have what another appears to have.  Envy is a dislike from the heart  often a reflection in another of something you are not and wish you were (or had) and seeks to hurt or deprive the object of your envy.  Coveting take envy and jealousy and goes into action to hurt, deprive, and obtain.  Love always does the opposite… love gives and love shares. Thanking God and praising the other person for the very thing we are jealous of is the pathway to wholeness and love.       Gratefulness breaks the power of jealousy.

ANGER believes you owe me.
My anger, your anger, or that of another does not produce the righteousness or character of God. James tells us that and admonishes us to humbly search our own hearts for the seeds of sin rather than expressing anger towards anther.  We become angry, at least in part, when we feel someone owes us something… or when people frustrate our plans or desires.  Christians like to justify our anger as “righteous anger.” Personally I think that is crappy thinking unless your anger is aimed at the injustice of mistreatment of people… We, however, often, in our anger mistreat other people… grieving the very God who created us, died for us, and arose too give us new life…His life.  Angry people cannot truly be close to God, but substitute religion and “church” for relationship.  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray “…forgive us our sns(debts) as we forgive those who have sinned against us (our debtors) He was saying this: The same manner of forgiveness you bestow in grace upon others (those who hurt you), will be the same manner of forgiveness you will experience in your relationship with God.  Unless you forgive from the heart you will not be close to God, but only to a religious system or ritual.  Forgiving breaks the power of anger…and forgiving means to give up the right to punish and to bring love in its place.                         Forgiving breaks the power of anger.

GREED believes I owe me.                                                                                                                                                                                              “Pick one word that starts with the letter “E” to describe yourselves.” Such was the instruction given to a sample population of the emerging generation.The emerging generation the three most common answers were: exceptional, excellent, and extraordinary.  However, the number one word used by their employers to describe this same group was not any of the above answers.  Their employers unhesitatingly used the word entitled to describe them. Greed is not an younger generation thing, but is as old as the human race and has been as issue for all of us.  Disguise it any way you want to, but we all suffer from the disease of the heart called greed.  What is the antidote to the poison of greed? Generosity. Give it away.  Give yourself away.  Give your time away.  Give of your love especially when it may not be returned to you.   Generosity breaks the power of greed.

FEAR believes God can’t.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Faith always follows God’s path, but fear will find another way. Oh, you don’t experience fear? Then go back and read anger and jealousy because anger and jealousy are often secondary emotions that cover up fear and hurt underneath.  We all have areas where we are afraid.  I find it “easy” to trust God with many things, especially when physical danger might be involved for the right cause.  I find it more difficult to trust him with other things that might seem small in comparison.  Choosing to trust God for who He is and what He has promised is key.  Now, choosing to trust Him even when He “fails” to live up to my expectations is even harder… trusting in His goodness and sovereignty even when my heart cries out for answers that may not come.     Trust breaks the power of fear.

OK…. More to come, but for today we will stop with Fear and Trust…. Jason Gray sings a song called Remind Me of Who I Am…. May I suggest you look it up and listen to it.  Grace is always the answer to our judgments and to those who judge us…..as someone once said: LOVE WINS….

More to come…another day soon:

SHAME believes I am a mistake.                                                                                                                                                                                        Truth breaks the power of shame…

PRIDE believes I can play God.                                                                                                                                                                                  Brokenness breaks the power of pride.

RESENTMENT believes you are my problem.                                                                                                                                                             Humble love breaks the power of resentment.

STUCKNESS believes there is no way out.                                                                                                                                                                      Seeking only Jesus breaks the power of feeling stuck.

LOVE believes people are of great worth.                                                                                                                                                                 Refusing to nurse your hurt and to truly listen to another values people as God does

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