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Hate: Stumbling in the Dark

Father, what a day of emotions yesterday was – up and down and all around! I’m so glad You were along for the ride and continue to help me keep things in perspective. You are bigger than them all and all I have to do is to look up into Your face and know that we’ll get through it together.

1 John 2:9-11 (<<click here)

Lord, “hate” is a very potent word and in the next chapter, John even equates “[hating] another brother or sister”, i.e. a fellow believer, with murder. (1 John 3:15) From a very early age, it was drilled into me to not hate others. We might strongly dislike the actions of someone but we were never to hate them. It may seem like I am splitting hairs but even at my age I still feel that there is a big difference between the two. In Romans 12:9 Paul tells us,

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.”

When we “hate a fellow believer” we are “still living and walking in darkness” and hate coupled with darkness is always misleading. If we were to have to navigate someone else’s home in the dark there would be many stubbed toes, banged shins and probably some broken things as well as we stumbled about trying to find our way through the maze of the unknown.

Hate is just as blinding. The emotion skews our view of the circumstances. When we see the person we hate our perception is distorted. But again, as I referred to last week, You stated from the cross in regards to those who had nailed You there, in regards to those who were hurling insults upon You, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Hate is debilitating. When it factors in we hurt ourselves and we hurt others. We are not the only ones stumbling about but we can “cause others to stumble”, too.

Lord, the culture in which we live is a breeding ground for hate. Hate speech is everywhere! Help me to avoid feeling that way when I think of fellow believers who don’t agree with me, especially when we disagree strongly or when they lash out and hurt me. May I be like You. May my love be unconditional. Amen.

Apr 11h, Tues, 5:23 am

Keep Us Charged

What a blessing it is, Father, to set aside time to be with You. I know that You never leave my side and that You are never more than a thought away from consciences – and I am so grateful for that but there is something very special about setting aside a block of time when I can focus on my relationship with You.

Every day I run here and there, going to and fro in a dark, dark world. Your light, Lord, is ever so bright within me. I do my best to not keep it hidden. I want to let the light you have given me to pierce the darkness about me.

Something we tend to forget is that we are incapable of generating the power we need to sustain our light. We must spend time with You. And it can’t be a hit or miss kind of thing either. One of the many things I sell at work is solar watches. Basically, they never need a new battery but to keep functioning they must be exposed to light on a regular basis. Occasionally someone will bring one in for a new battery because it has stopped working. I’ll ask if it has been kept in a drawer for a while and 99.9% of the time it has. I instruct them to set the watch in a window with direct sunlight and it will recharge in a couple of days.

As followers of You, Lord, we cannot avoid being with You and expect to have the power we need to let our lights shine. And truthfully it needs to be an every day connection. Sunday worship is of vital importance but daily contact is vital, too. Constant exposure to Your power and light keep us charged.

Lord, I am here. Charge me. Empower me. May my light shine forth brightly for You.

Mar 14th, Tues, 6:19 am

Cloud Cover

Father, thank You for the wake-up call and for helping me to get up, too. It is early but there is already much on my mind. I pray for a discerning spirit, Father. Help me to see through all the cloud cover to the truth. Give me Your eyes with which to see. May Your love and mercy and compassion be mine.

Lord, it has been 15 minutes and I have not written a thing. I am torn. I am uncertain of which way I should go. Part of me wants to stay with the norm. It is easier. My mind and heart see the truth, it is right there. The other part of me is struggling with the cloud cover. What is true? What is false? Fear, anger, trust, genuineness, deceit, blindness, love, hate, reality all factor in. This is not just a hypothetical situation where theology and philosophy are hashed out. It involves real people, in real life. To some, it may be an inconvenience – a frustrating bump in the road. To others, it may be a life or death circumstance – a life changing situation in which their hands are tied.

Lord, nothing is hidden from You. The Apostle John says of You, “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”1 John 1:5 You pierce through the cloud cover. You, as light, pierce the darkness. May Your light rain down. May we see reality. May we discern the truth. Guide us with Your outstretched arm.

Lord, I feel compelled to write out one verse in particular (v12) but the whole passage is applicable. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

That is where the battle is! May we abide by Paul’s proclamation in verse 18, Lord, as well.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Amen.

Jan 30th, Mon, 6:09 am

Tears of Grief and Joy

Father, in this wee hour before the dawn on this Easter Sunday morning I cannot help but think of Mary Magdalene and her friends readying themselves for their journey to the tomb. There are no smiles – they have no reason to. There, I’m sure, were tears – they have every reason to.

Jesus is gone – they are still in shock. How did things spiral out of control so quickly? But…they blow their nose and wipe their tears for there is a job to be done. Jesus had done so much for them, the least they could do was to lovingly care for his body. The Sabbath was almost over, only three days had passed. They still had time before his body began to decay. It would be difficult seeing him lying there, touching his now cold skin, but it needed to be done.

As they headed out darkness was still about but they wanted to be there for the task at hand as soon as the morning light broke the horizon as they came closer, it dawned upon them that they would have to move the stone that had been rolled over the entrance of where His body lay. I was way too big for them to move – what were they to do? But they were almost there – they would figure something out. As the sun crept over the horizon they could see the shadowy details of Golgotha and tears once again threatened to rise but there was work to do and they would do it. And then they were there and nothing was as it should be! The stone had already been rolled away – they had worried for no reason. They carefully and reverently stepped into the tomb and… the body was not there! They knew they were at the right place. They would never forget watching Nicodemus assist Joseph of Arimathea lovingly place the body in its final resting place. These facts were just going through their minds when out of nowhere two beings stood before them blinding them in their brilliant attire. Terrified they fell to the ground. Then came the question. “Why do You seek the living amongst the dead, He is not here, he has risen. Remember what He said?” Luke 24:5-6

What? How could this…? He said so many things that they couldn’t understand. But…wait…he did tell us!! Why didn’t we believe? He is risen? He is risen!

Once more there were tears – but no longer tears of grief but tears of joy! Praise God! We must tell the others and off they went!

Mar 27th,  EASTER Sun, 5:30 am

Expel the Darkness

Father, I am so looking forward to today! I am eager to share what You have laid upon my heart. I am so grateful that You found me useful in proclaiming Your word. But I guess when it comes right down to it, I am overwhelmingly grateful that You found me period. It is truly an honor and a joy to be Your child. I am blessed beyond measure! Praise Your holy name!

Hebrews 4:14 (<<click here)

Lord, You are a High Priest that surpasses any other. Being fully God and fully man You fulfill that role perfectly! And because You are who You are, we can “hold firmly to what we believe.”

Quoting a current cultural colloquialism, “You got my back.” There is nothing that we can’t handle as long as I rely on You. In and of myself, I will fall. Even now totally random things keep popping in my head. Things that are not of You but I am holding to what I believe. The minions of darkness are not welcome here! You, Jesus, are my Lord and Savior, You are my High Priest. You were the Supreme Sacrifice that eradicates the sin in my life. I, right now, claim Your forgiveness. I, in You, claim the power to overcome! Darkness, you have no power over me. You are expelled from my presence, because the King is here – be gone!

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1

Thank You, Jesus; I am an overcomer because of You!

Mar 6th, Sun, 6:19 am