A jellyfish is very interesting. It is mysterious and compelling. Much time around one and you can become quite comfortable with the “safe” top bubble of the jellyfish. You can become lulled into thinking you can play with fire, so to speak, and not get burned. You can start thinking you are smart and clever and beyond danger because of your familiarity and comfort with the dangerous creature. And all of a sudden, this familiar animal turns all of a sudden and stings you in a vulnerable moment of false security. This jellyfish warning is presented to remind you of how sin works and how the enemy lures us into a gals sense of security and when a time is right, drops the bottom out from under you. When we see the jellyfish, we have to have a plan in place beforehand. We have to have decided that jellyfish are dangerous and though tantalizing, are off limits and to be avoided to save our lives. Likewise, when we see sin ahead, we have to revert to our steadfast plan already in place that says, no turn away and go another path for this is blocked by a danger to my eternal soul. We must be purposeful and active and fight by determinedly standing on God’s Truth and deciding my need to please Him is stronger than my need to be pleased. It is that simple. We must make sin a black and white thing again in our minds and churches to survive this sexualized, sinful, self serving culture we are living in. We must shine like lights in this dark world. How else can we but to be as pure white as we can in contrast. It is on decision at a time and once we make it, we have the power of the Holy Spirit to keep us on task. Such an amazing gift!
“So then, rid yourselves of all evil, all lying, hypocrisy, jealousy, and evil speech.” – 1 Peter 2:1
I think as we do these things in obedience and strive for purity one right decision at a time, God blesses us. These little obedience blessings come when we need it most and they are fantastic little diamonds dropped down for us to find and enjoy the beauty of.
Days are not all the same. Having them all the same would be comforting and maddening at the same time. There are days that warm the heart. These rare days are my orange days. There are days of refreshing, my green days, my favorite days. There are red angry days and yellow summer fun days. Thankfully, black gloom days are rarest of all. But I want to discuss how to appreciate the blue days. Days are blue when we feel weight and darkness pressing around us and its blackness seeps into our happy warmth that naturally comes with following Yeshua and it reveals itself as blue, lumbering, somber, motivationally-challenged. There seem to be a lot of these days for many of my friends lately, and when they are affected, I am affected. So, if the blue days are here, what on earth can we do to make them more lovable. And I thought of a few ideas we can try. On blue days, don’t get out of bed u til you have read three Psalms. I think this might be a good step forward. Another idea is to pray right away and tell God that we have this blue day and need help. If we humbly ask God, our Heavenly Father for help, He does not refuse us. Ever. So, if we ask for a little help and motivation, He will send us little helps throughout the day. The next step is to get out of bed. Sometimes this is about all w can muster, but it is important. Get out of bed, shower, get dressed, force yourself to do this and as you do, God encourages you with strength. Happens every time. We can opt for a little help on being uplifted by listening to some great teaching of truth on the radio or internet or watch some I Love Lucy or Carol Burnett reruns. 🙂 Here’s the next fabulous and important idea. Help someone else. It seems like an impossibility, you certainly won’t want to, but there is something magical that happens when we purposefully obey God in serving someone else, which He says is actually serving and worshipping Him. When we worship Him in this way, He blesses us. The last idea is to stop focusing on the reasons for the blueness and thank Him and look for all the little blessings and good moments. There are always little diamonds He drops down for us. But we miss them if we allow ourselves to wallow and stay distracted. These are some ideas for loving blue days and maybe changing them to yellow. Let’s give it a try.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Now we hope for the blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you. God’s power protects you through your faith until salvation is shown to you at the end of time. This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles may make you sad. These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you. You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:3-9
We blessed ones in the family of Christ live as if we have hope for something coming. We live like dying tomorrow excites us, not frightens us. We live like we see ahead what some others do not see. We live life unafraid because any threat to our life only gets us to Christ’s side quicker. We expect Heaven as our home. We look forward to a time without evil or curses or sin or pain or tears. We look forward to reaching a land of beauty with the One who made it all and us. We look forward to actively worshipping our Creator God. We live our lives now knowing we work for God and for regards in Heaven which lasts forever as opposed to this life’s meager and temporal rewards. We love truth from the Bible and its truthful Words drip down our fingers as we hold them and eagerly read. There is a beauty in us because we reflect our God’s image of us and plan for our futures in Heaven. This is our goal, our focus, our hope. It can be yours too. It is as easy as humbly dropping your burden of sin and picking up His free gift of salvation. Then our hope is your hope, our focus is your focus, our peace and joy are also yours. These things are big enough to share and still all have a full share. Praise God for this!
I realized something today, something very personal. I have had a screwed up focus sometimes toward the man I love most in the world, my husband. I do not know where I started down the wrong path or maybe it was a slow gradual incline in effort. But I am thinking it was simply not putting enough effort into being purposeful in my encouragement quotient. See, we all decide what to focus on in life. That focus dictates everything we do, like a mission statement. I had loving but critical parents, so when I am not working hard at it, I tend to lazy down into critical mode. My poor husband. I must have been very difficult to live with. So, I have rewritten my personal mission statement, which I highly recommend everyone on the planet do. I intend to be purposefully encouraging and helpful to my husband and build him up. I intend to celebrate my life with him and focus on the positive. I intend to treasure my moments with him. There is purpose behind God putting people together in marriage and I honor and worship God by honoring and respecting my husband. A life of honor and worship is a life worth living.
Every octopus has tentacles to reach for and cling to something, to hold fast to it until it decides to let go for whatever reason. Some octopi will cling to something, even if their life is in danger. Some die. Others let go and swim away, saving their lives if danger is eminent. Some just are curious and mess with things out of boredom. Regardless, all have their tentacles to cling to things they want or need, for better or for worse. People have invisible tentacles. They have this inherent and built-in drive to reach for and cling to what they want or need. Sometimes it is good and beneficial, as in clinging to God and His Word and the hope of salvation and truth for permanent fulfillment. Other times it is dangerous and self-defeating, as in clinging to some sin or unhealthy person or bad habit for very temporary faux fulfillment. And if we can be made to desire the wrong, it would have to be masked by lies or we would be er be easily coerced into giving up lasting rewards for the chase of those which will harm you but feel good while doing so. No matter how fabulous the devil’s ploy and tricks are, the choice is still ultimately our responsibility to make. We cannot be forced, only led. So to arm ourselves and not be duped by an enemy out to kill us, we must fill up on the Word of Truth, the Bible, Bible study, prayer, fellowship with other followers of Yeshua Christ, and make purposeful decisions to cling to that which is good. In this way, we will be faithful to the end and be saved. What beautiful hope. How encouraging that we know this secret. How amazing to be so loved by our powerful Creator that He wants us with Him all the time. What an honor!