Proverbs 6:19b …and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

John 17:21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

So the first scripture above is found amongst “seven things that are detestable to the Lord”.  Why do you suppose that it is listed with haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, and a false witness who pours out lies?  A good answer to this was given by Jesus himself when here with the disciples.  This brings us to the second scripture above.  If we who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior are to be one as the Father and Jesus are one, then stirring up dissension among each other would be a serious hinderance to the rest of this truth Jesus spoke.  . . . so that the world will believe you sent me.  If we cannot get along with each other as brothers, then how should we expect our example to show that God controls all things and loves us so much that He sent His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for our wrong doings?  Believe it or not, right or wrong, we as Christians are watched carefully.  This is why our light is to shine constantly. As we sang as kids at VBS ….. Hide it under a bushel, NO!  I’m gonna let it shine.  Our brothers in Christ should be the first to show their lights as well.  If we stir up dissension amongst us, then we are hiding our lights under a bushel. We’ve got to let it shine at all times.  Actions speak louder than words and we can talk about Christ and His saving grace all we want, but we are going to be watched to see if we display the correct actions.  I lived most of my life believing in Jesus and the Bible, but that’s where it ended.  I’m not sure I lived much differently than the world.  My ex-wife used to tell me that I talked the talk, but I didn’t walk the walk.  Maybe if had walked a little better, she wouldn’t be my ex-wife.  God’s mercy and grace are not excuses to do as we please because we know we are forgiven.  They are gifts that are not to be taken for granted, but have been given from Jesus suffering and crucifixion for us.  We should all have been crucified for the things we have done.  Instead, we reap the greatest benefit ever from it.  The display of true love and eternal dwelling with Him.  Let your light shine!  Love you all!  Bless God!!

Do Not be Afraid

Isaiah 43:1,2  Family of Jacob, the Lord created you.  People of Israel, he formed you.  He says, “Do not be afraid.  I will set you free.  I will send for you by name.  You belong to me.  2 You will pass through deep waters.  But I will be with you.  You will pass through the rivers.  But their waters will not sweep over you.  You will walk through fire.  But you will not be burned.  The flames will not harm you.

I’m not certain what to say this morning, but I know there are people who need this promise right now.  God loves us and wants what’s best for us at all times.  He is going to require obedience though, and faith that He will do what He says.  He says He will set us free.  He will be with us as we pass through deep waters.  When in the river, their waters will not sweep over us.  When walking through the fires of life we will not be burned and the flames will not harm us.  The trick is not going it alone.  Satan wants us to feel as though we are mighty enough to handle any situation.  Even the ones where we pass through the waters, go through the flames, and face towering mountains.  If satan can convince us that we are capable of going it alone, then he just sits back and waits for it to come crashing down upon us.  If we take Jesus with us we have the strength to listen, to wait, and to proceed at His leading.  Look at all the stories in the scriptures where a “nobody” was used to project God’s promises and leading.  He just wants a contrite heart that is willing to follow His will.  This is a combination that cannot be defeated.  God’s will + a contrite heart = A favorable outcome that displays no other explanation but that of God’s might!

If you face that raging river, that insurmountable mountain, that uncontrollable fire.  God knows all these things in advance and is just waiting for that invitation to be relied upon.  Seek Him with all you do.  Love you all!!  Bless God!