“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” John 3:19-21, Message Bible
If I claim that I am living my life walking in that God-light, addicted to His way of thinking and acting, then I will experience a shared life of fellowship and unity with Him and those around me. If this isn’t the case, then I am probably living more in that place of darkness, afraid of exposing myself. Check out 1 John 1:7. Accepting His forgiving grace removes the fear of blame and shame.
Addiction is simply a persistent compulsive habit. Transparency that leads to exposure of wrong thinking often is painful but does not have to bring shame. Instead of compulsively trying to cover up my wrong thinking and actions that keeps me from unity with God … Read More »
The leader faithfully kept them in a steady rythmn by methodically clacking the drum sticks together in the hot sun for days in a row. They marched in a designated pattern, snaking their away across the parade ground; right feet together followed by left feet together. No complaint was heard or seen as they followed their leaders quiet directions hour after hour and day after day. Each day the formation became more unified and more confident. The final day their voices began to ring out the tune that their instruments would eventually play as they marched in their hard earned military type formation. Watching the local high school marching band learn their new routine brought a powerful truth home to me again. Who am I watching, listening to and following? The right leader will lead me in the right rythmn of thoughts, the right group to march with, the right song with the right words of victory to declare. The two greatest commands are to love God and to love people. As I keep my eyes on Jesus, my ears straining for His direction and allow Him to bring me alongside others who are seeking to … Read More »
Ran across this quote by Robert Ricciardelli, “Religion has a way of comforting rather than truly demanding change within. Through outward activities and rituals, we can go through the motions without dealing with the turmoil in our hearts.”Relationships that are truly rewarding require more than “going through the motions”. Deep lasting and rewarding relationships require loving honesty in expressing thoughts and emotions. Jesus wants to hear about the turmoil in my heart. He wants to help me sort out what is real and what is a lie. He wants to help.