Rejoice In Your Suffering

Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

I was reading an article this morning and it made me realize that we do all have a choice in our suffering. We have a choice to let it define us, or to move forward with learning.In fact scriptures tell us to “Rejoice in our suffering.” I would barely be able to grasp this concept, except I am reminded of things in my past which have brought me to this place today. All the battles have been to grow me for the things which the Lord has prepared in advance.We all have a destiny in this life. A mission. It is living with purpose and growing in wisdom. To accept the call is only the beginning. That does not mean life will become easier. In fact, it’s usually the opposite.

 The only thing which brings some element of comfort, is the knowing that we are a vessel prepared for our Lord’s use. And He has the master plan. He promises that “all of these things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

 Years ago, I was in the midst of warfare. I was at the breaking point. I had experienced fear. I was thrust into the streets of London with bombs exploding. Having strayed from my faith, I had forgotten that my heavenly Father is my protection.I had many things happening in my personal life, and then this was the final straw. I had suffered Post Traumatic Stress. I began losing weight and losing my hair. I was terrified to go to work and at times, I just wanted to curl up and fade away.

 Reading this article made me think about the things which are important. Of the greatest importance, I had to list my suffering. Yes, that’s right. The article mentioned the term, “Post Traumatic Growth.”For this is the outcome, if we choose to allow this to be our stepping stone. A few years later, I had taken a trip to Israel. I went in an armored vehicle to the place of the first altar. I shared this with a friend, and she said, “I wouldn’t have put money on this adventure of yours. I would have never imagined you doing this.”Yes, after she’d seen me in my most vulnerable state, and now this voluntary experience, she was amazed.But then, I had become firmly planted in my faith, and now I knew that live or die, I am in the Lord’s hands

. As ambassadors for Christ,  we have a commission, to go into the world. We cannot do this, when we are running in terror. But more specifically, we are commissioned to the people which the Lord has surrounded us with. Our families, friends. They are not an accident. If we say we believe in our Lord, and His calling, we must know that there is no coincidence.He revealed the picture of Himself on the cross. With His dying words he told John to take His mother to be his own. And His mother to take John to be her son. John faithfully cared for Mary until her death. In this picture, our Lord wanted us to understand a very powerful message. Knowing these to be words uttered by a dying man, He showed us that it is not flesh and blood which make us family. It is knowing that we need Him and accepting His blood at the foot of the cross. This is what makes us one. His body, unbroken. There is absolutely no division in the body of Christ.

 The very people you have been commissioned to, may persecute you.  But this is why our Lord also said, “He did not come to this world to bring peace, but a sword.” And clearly tells us this sword, which is truth, would divide family members.He has reminded me, that it is not our place to defend ourselves against accusations. As the accusations come from darkness. We do not return evil for evil. The Lord stands as our defense. Though rejection and persecution hurts. He had experienced this too.

 Remember our Lord as He looked over the city of Jerusalem and spoke, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you. How often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I was reminding my son the other day that the Lord had felt as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. So much anguish that He had droplets of blood fall from His forehead. “Imagine this,” I said. “Our Lord was also a man. And even He was afraid.” I told Him that I had seen this stone in a church in Israel. I touched it with many others who longed to imagine that fateful night and the despair He must have felt. The prayers so heart wrenching, as to sweat blood.I told my son, “Christ could see what He wa about to endure. The beating He would take. The whips and crown of thorns. And finally the cross. And He felt enough fear to express this to the Father. He asked that the cup of suffering be removed.  But He also knew it was necessary, to finally concede, “Not my will but thine be done.”  Our Lord also knew the final outcome. “For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.

I was trying to help him understand that in our pleas to the Father, it is not for our wants, so much as it is for His wants. He wants us to turn to Him in every detail of our life. He wants us to become fit for His use. He knows that suffering is what “produces a harvest of righteousness.” So knowing this, I don’t want the easy way out. I want, The Way, The Truth and The Life. This is my choice. Whatever comes my way, I know it has come from the Father’s hands.

Don’t Back Down!

Hey Occupy Wall Street, don’t be distracted and don’t fall for media focus on the negative.
This latest news about the woman in LA, spouting anit-semitic remarks, is just one more reason, that is being exploited to shine a negative light on the 99%.
We have real issues on the table and the proof is the pitiful attempts to discredit the whole movement.
This is enough to prove that this movement is scaring the movers and shakers into action.
The reports I had seen on FOX news, the other day, was ridiculous. Their attempts to portray the OWS people as dirty hippie, drug addicts, was beyond silly.
All it did was make me see, that OWS, is intimidating, the 1%, and I have to believe that it’s just going to grow.
Now, after reading this statement by the woman of ignorance, ranting against the Jews, I have to wonder, of all the people, why did they interview her?
I think it’s pretty incredible to see this many people organize in agreement in one place, let alone cities across the country, and even the world.
There is great power in unity and of course, those who would try to destroy this unity,must thrust a divisive person into the forefront.
It’s not going to work.
I had a union doing the same thing to our member, once. They kept telling us that “we need to stand together!” As they still tried in vain to lead all of us, with intimidation and scare tactics.
I responded, “Well, they’ve finally succeeded in bringing us all together, AGAINST THEM!”
The reports of the oddball, here and there, throughout this movement, (perhaps even plants), would only serve to strengthen the bond of the people.
I have yet to march, but I stand with the 99% and I’m ready. Why wouldn’t I?
This is historical and we are a democracy. This is the purest form of democracy.
We are the majority, injured by corruption. We are the ones who bring about change.
Now the Lord reminded us of our power, when we agree. He has spoken of this all through His word.
He spoke of this, same experience in Genesis, with The Tower of Babel. “If people agree, with one mind and one language, then nothing, that they seek to do, will be impossible to them!”
That’s right. One mind, and one language, is true unity.
And we have all the power of the universe at our disposal, with this one-ness!
Stay strong and Don’t Back Down!

Tragedy…Our Opportunity to show love

Love flowing through our hands

The devastation of Haiti. It’s everywhere. The compassion is being poured out, by others is astounding.  “Why do these terrible things happen? Doesn’t God know what’s going on?”

Oh yes, He knows and He is with us during these terrible tragedies. He was there at the cross too, when Jesus saw these days coming. This is horrible to live in a world of sickness, famine, earthquakes, tsunamis’ and death. And this is why Christ endured all of the pain and suffering. He knew the future and redeeming  the creation was worth every bit of His suffering and death. Yet, creation is still in its painful grip….for the present time.

This is something we cannot avoid…at least for now. It is so horrifying to see these things, yet, we know that no human being could even begin to show compassion toward another, unless opportunity arises for us to do so.

Our Father told us that “He  holds all of our tears.” This means that our tears are precious to Him. He also grieves with us. He told us that man was not created to experience this heartbreak, and one day it will all come to an end.

For the present time, we must live with this. And do the best we can to extend our love and compassion to others in need. Haiti, is right in my back yard. I see the people every day in my community. Many of them have loved ones that are missing or dead.

The depth of sadness is palpable.  We tend to feel helpless in times like this. But we can do much more than we think. The smallest act of kindness, is seed sown into a harvest of compassion.

The Word of God has spoken into the power of unity and these events are the very circumstances that bring us together. In Genesis 11, mankind had come together to build a tower to the heavens. The Lord Himself came down to see this tower and He spoke of a powerful concept to men, if they can understand. He said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Of course, if you look at the lines previous, the motive of mans heart was all wrong. This is why God scattered them. It was pride. They had “wanted to build a tower that reaches the heavens and make a name for ourselves, and not be scattered.” But, now reading what our Lord has stated, there is hidden a mystery. The power is in unity, and that being birthed by Gods love, will bring the very power, in which nothing is impossible, for man! This is what He wants us to discover in our suffering.

I believe that if each person reaches out in love, we become a powerful force. We become the hands and feet of God. His love poured out on others. Yes, some people don’t even know how to help, yet they want to be a part of something.  We can help them be a part of Gods love and mercy, by asking them if we can become a chauffeur to take their donations to drop off points, or bring them along as we serve. We can canvass the neighborhood and request unused items which they wish to give.Anything to help is incorporating this unity of spirit

Pass out flyers and make purchases for a few extra items when you shop. You can also give money to organizations. Former presidents Bush and Clinton, have just set up a charity organization to help rebuild Haiti.

We have the privilege of being part of Gods very heart to a hurting world. The harvest that we reap for sowing these seeds, is the harvest of righteousness and love.

“Give and it shall be given you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” (Luke 6:38) It is a spiritual principle that God will return a harvest of whatever seeds we sow into the world.

The natural inclination of mankind is to serve self. But when we turn the natural laws upside down, by doing the unnatural, the actions become supernatural! Our time is short….sow good seed!