Lights For Lent 3/23/2019
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Do you have anyone in your acquaintance who’s continually asking for prayer to get out of a situation, but it never quite goes away? And they complain all the time… These words below by T.A. Sparks hold valuable clues as to why that may be the case. Current pop “churchianity culture” ways of thinking do not take into account the fact that God’s ways are not our ways. Many think that belonging to Christ is about a bless me club where everything always feels good. Reading your Bible in its entirety, instead of what cherry picking false teachers want you to focus on, is a good way to get your mind right. We have forgotten that self gratification needs to get crucified, not exalted. That can be accomplished by surrender to the Presence of the present, not trying to escape His ways of bringing forth the likeness of Christ in us.
“… live your life and do your work in all the trial and difficulty and suffering of it, and do not strain to get out of it. Do not lose the present value of it by always living mentally or hopefully in a time when you will be out of it, but go back there and recognize that if you are the Lord’s, if you love God and are called according to purpose (as you are if you are in Christ), God is seeking to do something with you and in you by means of the conditions of your present situation. You will only defeat God’s end if you try to get out, and will fail to recognize and accept what He is seeking to do.”
Analysis of the consequences of a decision – not just on something involving yourself, but where others are vulnerable – is not a “he who hesitates is lost” proposition. It could be more along the lines of “look before you leap,” for he who leaps before he looks is more likely to experience loss than the one who hesitates long enough to WISELY assess something, especially where others are deeply concerned and involved. We live in a self preening, ego driven world where too many people sing in the key of me. There are even some “Christian” religions that also encourage this kind of mindset, with their bless me club mentality. Where there’s a demand for ear tickling, there will be suppliers. It’s the nature of the beast. But at some point, there is going to be an accounting. This is a form of spiritual roulette: just because the m.o. has worked in the past, and you’ve been bailed out before does not mean it’s going to work forever. The odds are less and less in your favor. If this shoe fits, wear it. And be forewarned.
This is a list of my favorite quotes so far. Some of them are from Scripture, some from general sources, real people, or fictional characters… and some of them come from my own thoughts and experiences.
*There are some things in life that ought to be questioned. Then there are other things not worth getting in a stew about that need not be questioned. Being wise is being able to tell the difference. ~Blaise~
*The root of all mankind’s problems is separation from God and the fact that we exist in a fallen realm in need of receiving its redemption which has been provided in Christ Jesus. ~ Blaise.
*One does well to check and see that the bridge you’re crossing doesn’t lead you out of the frying pan into the fire. ~ Blaise
*Truth matters. ~ Blaise
*Paintings are stories written with colors. ~ Blaise
*A curious glitch in communications often occurs when people are answering a question according to the filters in their head, rather than actually hearing what one is asking. ~ Blaise
*We have been redeemed from darkness, the devil, and deception – freed from it by the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, “Coexist” does not exist! Never did. Doesn’t now. Never will. The thoughts and ways of darkness can never co-exist with the Light of Christ. ~ Blaise
*Remember, only real musicians know how to spell A Cappella!
*”This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” ~ John 17:3
*A thought to consider: Each day holds a challenge, but within that challenge lies a blessing. Just as surely as Christ was hidden in a manger and Redemption within the Cross, you will find it if you look for it. Seek it and it will reveal itself to you. ~ Blaise
*”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” ~ John 14:26
*If it works, don’t fix it. ~ Author unknown
*The enemy of good is better. ~ Author unknown
*”Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ~ Mark Twain
*”What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.” ~ Sherlock Holmes
*”I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.” ~ Sherlock Holmes
One does well to check and see that the bridge you’re crossing doesn’t lead you out of the frying pan into the fire.
(This is just one of those little thoughts that won’t leave me alone today, gently offered and shared with anyone the shoe might happen to fit.)
Here’s wishing for you, who come for a quick visit into and out of the blue, a blessed and wisely lived weekend, full of what’s good and true!