Cleaning Day

Today I got bit by the cleaning bug. I swept and mopped, vacuumed, neatened, cleaned bathrooms, and even found time to grocery shop and watch a movie with my daughter. It is amazing how much I get accomplished when it is just my daughter and I. And I am thankful. Love a clean house but it is hard to keep it so on such a busy schedule. It will be better come May but I am very grateful for this catch up day. Thank you, Lord!!ūüėĄ‚̧

On Prideful Arrogance vs. Humble Truth

The original sin of the original sinner, Satan, was pride. So every sin since has been rooted in pride. It is the most natural root of all sin because we are built in with this sense of goodness in self and a desire to care for and protect ourself. It is easily blown out of proportion and switched to a desire to get more than our fair share perhaps and that can manifest itself lots of ways. Recently I saw a new set of ugly in an attitude of pride which manifested itself within the church as a supposed self righteous indignation. I saw accusations hurled in an attempt to get back at for some perceived wrong, to look right to the world to cover their own sins, a flaw which was taken to the church authorities in an attempt to divide a church just to get back at someone for something they actually did. And at first seeing this I was angry because it throws spit up at my Lord by saying He authorized dividing His church, which He never would and by judging another as guilty and self as perfect when My Lord said we are all having sin and do not judge. Those which use His name and attach it to their own will and pride to justify their own sinful desires and faults are to me the ugliest sort of criminals. But upon further thinking, I began to realize that people who do this are pathetic, lost souls that need the One they are claiming to know better than the truth of the Bible. You cannot distort the truth of the Bible and create your own truth with some verses thrown in for out of context support and expect to live a fulfilled life. Truth of the Bible needs to be read and heard in its entirety. The better you know the Book, the better you know the Hero of it. Picking and choosing what you like to suit your own selfish prideful desires and whims and thoughts follows a dangerous line of reasoning which is based on lies. And that is very sad because you miss the point then entirely. The point, ladies and gentlemen, is that truth is truth. It is not based on your interpretation of the truth or your idea of what the truth might mean in this situation. It stands for itself. Truth need never be defended. Truth does not require your biased interpretation. Not one bit. And truth always wins. It is a quiet defender of itself and is never shaken, never wrong, never weak, never meandering, never wavering. Truth stands alone. And it stands for whoever seeks it devotedly with a humble heart. So those weak ones attacked by lies or biases or prideful ones actually are a million times stronger with a much better fate than their attacker because the humble are lifted high. What lifts them? Truth. When truth is on your side, you do not need anything else. Truth protects and uplifts and where you humbly allow it to work, truth will be your greatest hero and ally. How is that possible? Because God is truth. There is no truth apart from God. So when truth is on your side, so is the greatest Superpower in the history of anything at all. And I would much rather fall on my face in humility and allow God and His truth to work than to stand pridefully up against Him to feel better about yourself for a minute or justify incorrectly your own perfection, as if. The choice is between bowing low to God of your own volition or being forced to later, I choose to bow.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-24

“Now, brothers and sisters, we do not need to write you about times and dates. ¬†You know very well that the day the Lord comes again will be a surprise, like a thief that comes in the night. ¬†While people are saying, ‚ÄúWe have peace and we are safe,‚ÄĚ they will be destroyed quickly. It is like pains that come quickly to a woman having a baby. Those people will not escape. ¬†But you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness, and so that day will not surprise you like a thief. ¬†You are all people who belong to the light and to the day. We do not belong to the night or to darkness. ¬†So we should not be like other people who are sleeping, but we should be alert and have self-control. ¬†Those who sleep, sleep at night. Those who get drunk, get drunk at night. ¬†But we belong to the day, so we should control ourselves. We should wear faith and love to protect us, and the hope of salvation should be our helmet. ¬†God did not choose us to suffer his anger but to have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. ¬†Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. ¬†So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.¬†Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. ¬†Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do.¬†We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who do not work. Encourage the people who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. ¬†Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.¬†Always be joyful. ¬†Pray continually, ¬†and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.¬†Do not hold back the work of the Holy Spirit. ¬†Do not treat prophecy as if it were unimportant. ¬†But test everything. Keep what is good, ¬†and stay away from everything that is evil.¬†Now may God himself, the God of peace, make you pure, belonging only to him. May your whole self‚ÄĒspirit, soul, and body‚ÄĒbe kept safe and without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. ¬†You can trust the One who calls you to do that for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-24