Archive | November 2013

A Callout

I Timothy 2:1-3: I urge, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

 

This morning and for the last couple of weeks God truly has pressed this issue in my spirit, politics and our reaction to it. I normally keep things I see about politics to myself, why, because it is a dividing issue. Yet God is calling on His bride (the church) to come back together in unity. He is tired of seeing the division of those who truly acknowledge Him. He has had enough.

This morning God asked me these four questions:

1. Why are my children bolder in sharing their political beliefs than sharing me to someone who does not know me?

2. Why are my children attacking leaders in the nation more instead of praying for them?

3. Why are my children rejoicing more over missteps of a leader instead of rejoicing and worshiping me?

4. Why are my children more interested in serving a political party instead of serving me through the church and serving the poor in a true loving manner instead of a judging manner?

 

Can you tell how much God is frustrated with his children over this matter? Why is he? Doesn’t He have the right to be frustrated with us over this?

Yes he does because we have gotten away from his instructions regarding leaders. Throughout the bible we see how God deals with leaders. He holds leaders more accountable, He allows good leaders and bad leaders, He allow leaders to have flaws. Wait there is no perfect leader, no perfect human leaders. God knows because of sin the leaders won’t be perfect even those who worships Him (David, Hezekiah just to mentioned a few). Yet we children of God are demanding that our leaders bow down to our will and to the “vision” of God has for this nation.

 

Vision for the nation:

I have heard it said that God’s vision for this nation is to be a true Christian nation where everyone is worshiping God and there is no ungodliness. Can someone please show me in the bible where this is said? God vision is not for a “Christian” nation, God vision is that everyone will hear the true gospel and worship him. Because of sin there will always be ungodliness. People hearts are stubborn there will be many who will reject the message of Christ and do their own thing. Again we see this attitude throughout the Bible. Not even God’s chosen people the Israelites was immune to this, how many times do we see them punish because of their disbelief and turning to idols, it even gotten to a point where their religious practice became so restricted (I don’t think God liked that one bit).

When Jesus came he didn’t come to overtake the government or lead a rebellion like many hope. No Jesus came to spread the good news, to show people about God. He even told his followers give to Cesar what is Cesar and give to God what is God. Even after Peter told the collectors of the two-drachma tax that yes they will pay the temple tax. Jesus told Peter after asking him questions so that we may not offend them go fish and the fish will have the tax. We see by these two examples even though Jesus the Son of God respected the government the leaders. What Jesus attacked was the religious beliefs not the leaders only what they believe.

This truly shows me that God’s vision is for people to be reached with the gospel not to be reached for a political party.

 

Godly Leaders:

A woman once told me that God was taking out the ungodly people and putting his children in office. What I have seen those who truly follow God has a harder time in office. Why? They are sometimes stuck with a political party agenda. They get attacked more harshly in the media, fellow colleagues, and believers who say they are not Christian. We have to remember that a person is representing the needs of all and it is a burden. God does not like it when his children attack their brother or sisters in office by saying prove to me that you are a Christian by meeting my beliefs.

Because you know a person who is pro-choice is not a Christian, or a person who wants to help the poor by feeding them is not a Christian, a person who is for the death penalty is not a Christian. None of these beliefs makes a person a Christian. Jesus said that He is the way, truth and the life no one comes to the father but through me. Jesus did not say by believing and living every of those beliefs makes you a follower of Christ. It is believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died and rose again for our sins.

When Samuel went to anoint a son of Jessie, he kept looking at the tall and handsome boys but God said no. God told Samuel that people look on the outside but he sees the heart. We are not God we cannot judge by a person action what they believe. We can only go by what they say they believe. During the 2008 elections Rick Warren held a meeting invited both John McCain and Barack Obama. He asked both of them how do they know that they are saved. John McCain answered I go to church, I help people. Barack Obama said because Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave. Yet even after that answer many are still saying that Barack Obama is not a Christian because his political beliefs do not match their own nor seem “Christian” enough. As well President G.W. Bush gave the same answer and many believed why because his political beliefs matched their own and seem “Christian.”

Does this seem right to you?

 

Praying for our leaders:

God calls us to pray for our leaders even when we do not like them. The verse in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 clearly says it. It does not say pray for Godly leaders so we can have a Godly nation. It says: first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

It clearly does not say so we may live in a “Christian” nation but no that we may live peaceful and quiet lives. Are our lives right now peaceful and quiet? No it is not. We are fighting to even pray in our schools and work! We want to do it through the power of the politicians and not through the power of God!

We rejoice when a leader we do not like has a misstep. We want to flash, and blast it all over Facebook. I remember how God called me out on this. I was making fun of President G.W. Bush over a comment he made. I was saying how stupid it showed him, God said to me why are you making fun of a leader who I have in office, why don’t you pray for him instead of mocking him.

How many times is God seeing His children mock the leaders of this nation? Rejoicing more over their missteps than praising God not for their missteps, but just praising God for who He is. My mother told me of a conversation she had with a friend, where my mother was saying no matter who is in office she prays for them, and my mother’s friend replied you are much better woman than I am because I can’t.

Yes you can, pray for the leaders you disagree with, pray for their protection, pray that God will speak to them, pray for them to have wise counsel, pray that they have wisdom, pray for the burden that they carry to give it to Jesus, and pray that if they don’t know the Lord that they will hear the message of the true gospel. Do not pray for them to bend to your agenda, pray that they will do what is best for all people in this nation.

 

Dividing the Church:

We need to stop dividing the church over politics. I am not a big fan of speaking politically from the pulpit because it will divide the church and or turn non-believers away from God. Why do I say turn away non-believers? Who is shouting the loudest on TV? Christians who are set in their own agenda and not for God is shouting. Non-believers who are hearing this walks into a church where the pastor is bashing the leaders of the nations will put two and two together and hearts will harden will walk out before hearing the true gospel. Churches are pitting against one another because of the political stuff.

After Rick Warren prayed over President Obama at his first inauguration other Christian who loved Warren’s book and his ministry started to attack him and say that he is not for Christ etc. Do you see the pattern here? Do you see the division? I was told that a prominent ministry during the last presidential election took off the definition of Mormonism as a cult because of Romany. When they were holding a revival many Christians didn’t want to do it because of what they did. Who knows who did not hear the gospel because they were mad at this ministry!

We are to love our brothers and sisters even when we disagree with them. In 1 John it says that anyone who says I love God but hates his brother he is a liar. If you love God you will love your brother and not attack him, because when you do you are attacking God. When you are attacking a pastor or a ministry that is truly following God you are hating your brother and dividing your family. God does not like this.

 

Final Thoughts:

The church is not defined by their political beliefs or defined by a political party; the church is defined by Jesus Christ. Not once in the bible do we see the church referred to religious party or a political party. The church is defined by Christ as the Bride of Christ.  We who are the bride need to stop our sinful actions when it comes to how we treat our leaders. God is getting tired of it. He is getting tired of the division. He is getting tired of the attitudes. He getting tired of the lack of empathy among his children. God is calling on His children to serve Him in this area to let go of the anger, maliciousness, hurt, confusion, and the urge to slander. He is calling on His children to pray for their leaders, to share the true gospel and not a political agenda, and stop attacking their brother and sisters in this area who disagrees with them.

Do not believe in the lie that there is power in politics; there is not power in politics only what God allows. The true power lays in prayer through the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

Action Point: If this has been your attitude to repent and start praying for the leaders in your country today.

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The Courage to Love

I John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made in perfect love.

 

I have been hurt by love. I have a family member who verbally abuses me but I love the family member. I had two boyfriends who just used me and I thought I loved them. My father who isn’t he supposed to love me automatically rejected me for 11 years, and am I supposed to love him. I would search for love in the wrong places. I went back and forth about wanting to be married because I doubted that a man could love me when I didn’t love myself. I would say that I love God but in truth I was afraid to love Him fully and completely.  Truth was that I was afraid to love. Yet God seeing the brokenness in my heart, seeing the hurt and pain, knowing that He had plans for me which it included me loving Him fully and without fear. Here is a key truth God loves you perfectly. Yes God loves you perfectly. When you learn to love God first He drives out that fear to love someone else.

How have you been hurt by love and are you afraid to love again? Do you feel that no one could ever love you at all! Here is the truth God heals, and He wants to take you on a pathway to heal in this area to take a step in the pathway to love courageously. The courage to love is a step of faith. I found this out truly in the last couple of months.

As I said I was afraid to love but didn’t know it. I was looking for love in the wrong places and ended up being hurt even more. What God wanted of me was to love and trust him completely and first in my life. I would say yes I love God but in truth I didn’t want to open my heart to Him fully. I would say oh God is teaching me to trust Him and He was but I didn’t fully trust Him. What would it take for God to show me this simple truth? It would take a crush on a guy friend and falling in love with an amazing man to show me this truth.

I had this guy friend and for the first time through his eyes I started to see myself. I started to see that I was beautiful and accepted. God used him to show me the empty areas in my life. I started to grow more confident about myself just a bit though. I had to see  a counselor because I saw that I did a lot of negative self-talking. She help me learn to affirm myself and accept myself. Even to mourn my father before the reconciliation. In fact the reconciliation with my father also helped me to take a step to love.

Then about 2 ½ months ago I meet the most amazing wonderful guy Richard. I was just blown away by Richard. Yet I lost the confidence that he would want me. I wanted to be chosen, I wanted to be loved by him. I was afraid that Richard wouldn’t see me as I am. I was afraid that he could love a girl like me. It definitely didn’t help that at the time he was seeing other girls. But what it did do was make me run to God!

Yes because I was with Richard I had to run to God for assurance! It was the first time in my life that I was completely honest with God. I stop talking at God but instead with Him. I developed a deeper imitate relationship with God. For the first time I had to trust God in this area especially when He told me to stay with Richard when I was ready to run because I was afraid that Richard wouldn’t choose me.

As well during this time I started to fall more in love with God. As I was falling in love with God He chased out my fears about myself and what I believed. God gave me the confidence to endure. When I stop being afraid I was able to pray for Richard. Eventually God started to work in him, and took out the other girls.

For 6 days I didn’t talk to Richard but God spoke to me. He showed me a wonderful vision about him, and more scriptures than I could imagine. At the end Richard said we were friends and I try to set some boundaries. I was heartbroken. I was ready for love and all I could think of I was back to the drawing board. God had different plans.

I was at a retreat and God just loved on me healing my heart. Later the following week Richard and I were out for coffee and it sort of felt like we were starting over again. This time I asked God to protect my heart, I saw His hand covering my heart. Then we went out again and a week or so later we changed our status to boyfriend/girlfriend. But get this both of us had fears about love. Yet we took a step of faith and said yes! I know that for me most of the fears are gone and I have this perfect peace, my guy is more than I could imagine!

I John 4:18 says there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. Human love is failing but God’s love is perfect. There is no fear to love God. He is the one that we can bear everything to I mean He already knows but wants you to talk with Him. When we first learn to love God He is the one who will drive out that fear. It is hard to love God after a hurt. Let say you have been divorce, and you say I can’t love anyone ever again. In truth you can love someone again God. When we have been hurt we take the hurt and put it on God. Yes we do it. We want to hold back from God instead of releasing and giving all to Him. In a way we become dissatisfied with God and have to learn to be satisfied with God again.

Then on the flip side maybe you are single and been asking God, where is my….? You start being stingy with God, holding back your heart. You don’t want to go on dates with God you want to go on dates with a person. You become dissatisfied with God. How can God trust you with one of His sons or daughter if you are feeling this way? He wants you to be satisfied with Him alone first. He wants you to trust Him completely, love Him completely before He gives you one of His children.

Before a person can love, you must learn to love God first and completely. When you have been hurt you have to learn to love God again completely. In order for when those pesky fears pop up you can look to the perfect love who cast away fear.

When you have been hurt or rejected by someone. When how you acted in the past comes up and you are trying to forget or when you are afraid to open up your heart to someone. Look to our Heavenly Father who first loves you. Our Father is in the business of healing and preparation. It might take time or it might be swift but His timing is perfect. When the time is right and you are afraid take the Father’s hand and take that step of faith because it is worth it. The courage to love is worth it.

This a great word about being truly loving Jesus first, and it does apply to more singles but for the married a great reminder

This a great word about being truly loving Jesus first, and it does apply to more singles but for the married a great reminder