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20 Dec

I had to do a lot of praying and searching of my heart before I could write this post. I wanted to avoid writing something motivated by my emotions, ensuring that I deliver something that has been prayed about, thought about, and prayed about some more.

In light of the new Phil Robertson “scandal” saturating, well, everything, I wanted to highlight something that many of us (including myself) often forget: We really shouldn’t be offended or surprised that this occurred.

I would be lying if I said I was happy, happy, happy when I first learned about this. I wasn’t. I joined the “Stand With Phil” FB page and took to Twitter to make the world aware of how upset I was. Because, I didn’t immediately take my concerns to God, I was ultimately stricken with frustration over my reactions. I allowed my emotions to navigate my actions.

Don’t get me wrong, I do stand with Phil, but this post isn’t about that. It’s about the perspective I have yet to see many people talking about. The real target isn’t Mr. Robertson; it’s Jesus.

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:17-18

Peter knew that suffering would accompany those who took a stand for Jesus Christ, and he knew that we were not likely to respond positively. This is why I believe he wrote in such an encouraging manner. He could’ve said: “Suffering for Being a Christian is totally not worth it. Renounce your faith and move on. Retaliate when those haters start hatin.” But Peter got it. He was like the football coach trying to fire up his losing team. He understood how great the reward is if we would persevere and stand firm in our faith. Jesus, Himself, even warned of this:

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:18-19

Christ was persecuted for the EXACT same reasons. He represented God in the flesh, taking a stand for His truth. People disagreed with His beliefs. Their solution: persecution of all forms. However, He never denounced His faith or beliefs, all the while knowing He would be persecuted. He continued delivering the Truth in love. He did not discriminate. He did not spread hate. We need to use His example of how to respond in situations like these.

Prayer: When we face the firing squads in our own lives, let us not become discouraged. May we use the persecution to fuel our desire to love more, and may we remember to seek God before we react in any way. He’s been there. He knows our emotions. Let Him take control.


Mary, did you know?

11 Dec

I wanted to re-focus my attention this Christmas to what this holiday time is truly about. I have to admit that I get completely caught up in the traditions: parties, presents, decorations, movies, etc. I mean, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without these things right? I’m not so sure. I’m finding that Christmas would still be Christmas, because our Savior doesn’t depend on these things to still exist. This is what I’m re-learning this year.

Now, I must add that I will still be filling this season up with the aforementioned exciting things. However, I want them to be the sprinkles on the Christmas cookies, not the whole cookie. I am starting this venture by re-reading the Christmas story, and the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Every year prior, I have depended on a pastor to deliver the message, rather than studying it myself, and boy was I missing out!

I plan to write a few posts following my studies, in hopes that you will also re-adjust your Christmas lense.

TEXT: Luke 1: 26-38

While reading this passage I couldn’t help but think of Mary’s emotional state when she was first told that she would miraculously conceive the Savior of the world. Uhhhh, say what? Here, we have a girl waiting to marry her Prince Charming, remaining pure, eagerly awaiting their union. Then, God interjects and turns her plans upside down. Hmmm, seems like I have something in common with Mary.

The Bible doesn’t give us the inside scoop to what she was thinking when she was first given the news, but mine certainly would’ve been along the lines of:

Great, God, just great. Here I am about to have a secure life, with a man willing to marry me, and You just messed it all up!

I would’ve been devastated; revealed as an adulturer. That just shows how weak my faith is compared to Mary’s. Take a look at her repsonse: I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.  What faith! What courage! In an instant her life had changed completely; seemingly for the worst. Security seemed impossible; her fate, unknown. Yet, she accepted what was to come, because she trusted God completely. And she would soon find out that God’s plans for her were much greater than the ones she had for herself.

APPLICATION: We can adopt Mary’s attitude when our own lives seem to be turned upside down, and when our plans don’t go accordingly. Rather than immediately responding with fear and anger, we should learn to react with acceptance and courage. Will we run away and refuse God’s great plans? Or will we stand firm, like Mary, and hold on to the truth that God is for us, and not against us

PRAYER: My prayer for each one of us this Christmas season, and beyond, is that we would begin to trust God completely. Whether we find ourselves struggling to put presents under the tree or dreading the in-laws coming to town, place your trust in the God who is for you. He has the power to turn your difficulties into treasures.

Merry Christmas. 

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