In a technology world, we get lovely sickos who use that technology to attack people in the privacy and cover of their own homes in complete safety and security. They live for preying on people. Of course if you do not use technology, you are protected but probably less able to function as time goes on. And many people have had identity isses and scammers or hackers or credit card thieves attack them or try something somehow. And that is horrible. Thieves have a curse on them. It is very terrible to take away what someone has worked hard for. But there are other types of wrongs done online on social media networks all the time. It is the glorification of ourselves and degrading other people. This is also stealing, stealing someone’s right to be as much of a child of God as you are. Not o E person, regardless of status, is any more important than any other person in existence. Every one of us makes mistakes, but every one of us is just as able to bow humbly before God and approach His throne directly in prayer. Every single person. When we use our words carelessly, we are in grave danger of Speaking against God and His creation. He pours a little of His likeness into each of us. We are all valuable. And when one of us is wrong, better to pray for God to help them ease back to the fold rather than attack them and create the potential of adding weight to their sin and matching that with your own. Just something to think about.
“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds of suffering.” – 1 Peter 5:8 – 9
“The Way to Heaven Is Hard “Enter through the narrow gate. The gate is wide and the road is wide that leads to hell, and many people enter through that gate. But the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to true life. Only a few people find that road.” – Matthew 7:13 – 14
Sometimes we share our thoughts and experiences with others and that is nice. But except for a very trusted close friend or two, sometimes we show people we care more by not sharing. Yes, opening up to the Lord and one or two closest friends for prayer and help is definitely required. Other people don’t need to be burdened. Quite frankly, unless they have a vested interest, they probably have enough on their plates or could deep down care less or may be well meaning gossips. It is best to keep things to the Lord and one or two close, trusted, vested friends and siblings in the Lord. I say this because the enemy is also listening in on your conversations and will do his best to use what you say and who you say it to against you. We are commanded to trust the Lord but never commanded even one time to trust other people. If you are blessed enough to have a best friend, especially one who is a sister or brother in the Lord, that is sufficient. God is sufficient to meet our needs. A friend can help you pray and bless you with help or council. Other people may not be such a blessing. And if you do blab to them, and then are surprised by their lack of discretion or comments or whatever, they are not who you should be annoyed at. Not my normal topic but gossip is such a huge problem in the church. Sometimes it is disguised as someone wanting to pray for you. And they may mean well. However, not everyone in the church, despite their age, is mature as a believer. We should always be aware of that. Some people, I have decided, are simply content to not ever grow in their spiritual maturity. And I have participated in my healthy share of gossip in the past. I am determined to only listen to what I sincerely am praying over and say no to hearing the rest. Also, I have become very guarded who I speak to about issues that arise in my life. I only speak with spiritually mature close friends who I love and trust to pray with me. Sometimes we just need the prayers of a friend. However, in being a worship leader and always in a church band, firsthand I have seen such hurt and betrayal when people blindly put their trust in an unworthy subject, as worthy as they look on the outside. I believe this can safely fit into the category of not throwing your pearls before swine. And as the days grow closer to the return of our Lord, it is more important to be very careful who to trust. God is really sufficient for all our needs, when in doubt, and He will never betray your trust.
From early on in Sunday School, we learn the song “Oh be careful little eyes what you see”. Once we grow up, we seem to forget that. It is as true all our lives as it is when we are children. Seeing the wrong thing, as in King David’s (and so many others) case causes you to want who or what you cannot or should not have. ” Do not covet” is one of the 10 Commandments for a reason. We want, we “just do it” or “go for whatever makes you happy” or “you deserve it” and we’re surprised when all hell breaks loose. There could be jail time or worse or separation or it may be as simple as hearts getting broken and trust dying. Or the worst case scenario happens and you get away with it. Why is that the worse case scenario? Because you are led into a false sense of security and try for more next time, making the stakes higher and possibly becoming trapped in the lies and evil lifestyle, a stronghold that keeps you prisoner in your mind. But even little things can throw a wrench in your walk with the Lord. When our eyes see a promotion in sight if we just bend a couple of rules to get. Or we see a really nice car that we suddenly must have but can’t really afford or see someone else’s kids and how well-behaved they are, whatever, and you want that. In sharp contrast, seeing with the eyes of Christ allows us to see past the stuff and fluff and determine what we should be looking at. Will what you are focusing on edify Him or a brother or sister in the Lord? Will He or others be blessed by it? Or is it a distraction or temptation that would pull us away from a right relationship with the Lord. Can you carry on a conversation with God while you are watching what you are watching or would you want to turn it off if He were to walk in right now? Well, guess what? He is everywhere and can see in the dark. That is a good thing to remember. God deserves our respect and honor. Sometimes we honor Him best by changing the channel, is not on the TV, then maybe in our minds? Something to think about.
1. There is right and there is wrong. Right and wrong are not relative, but the circumstances in which either has a distinct purpose changes.
2. No one inside a church or outside a church should have supreme authority over people but God, who can handle it.
3. Christians should actually emulate that name or never have the audacity to use it for themselves. We who are followers of Christ should desperately strive to be like Christ or drop the name from their lips. You represent Him in all areas or you gently walk away from it entirely.
4. Struggles come to everyone but they are miniscule in a historical and futuristic perspective when walking with the Lord.
5. We who are in Christ will definitely face persecution because we are the most hated beings on the planet… Not because we do wrong but because our rightness shows clearly the evil all around us and that truth is hated.
6. We are never to compare ourselves with another human for our self worth but to Christ to keep us humble and correct.
7. People wearing the name of Christians should never ever put their own selfish desires above another Christian. It is wrong and contrary to Scripture. Those who persist should refer to number three of this list.
8. Treat each person on the planet as more important than yourself in love and respect. Those who demand respect will never obtain what they seek but those who give respect will be respected.
9. Never let any person’s rude insults change your opinion of who you are in Christ. Never let someone steal your peace and joy because these are things that can never be taken from you, only given.
10. Many people dress up in lamb’s attire which are inwardly ravenous wolves. These people will gain enough false confidence within themselves that their costume will be gradually worn away to show their teeth. These people have little that holds them together and are very dangerous when it all inevitably unravels around them.
11. This life is not ever going to be perfect or even close. That is not it’s purpose. That is the purpose of heaven, the place of reward, for which this messed up world and our response to it earns us admittance. The goal is never the now but the forever after. That matters.
12. God is all that matters. When we start to think we or anything or anyone else matters more than God, we become fools with an idol but no hope.
13. Belief gives hope power to act on our behalf. Belief in salvation through Christ is our only way to hope.
14. Never misunderstand that anything we think we own in this world are not ours but God’s. It is by His grace and will and plan that you are loaned things on this planet, and sometimes those are tests which will be rewarded on the day everyone will bow and realize everything is God’s.