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REVENGE!

As I think over the last several days, Father, I realize with the utmost of certainty that You have been by our side all along the journey. It is always an extremely busy time of year in the retail world but adding hours of sitting with family needing our comfort and support added to the load. You are our sustainer and provider, Father. You have used us in so many ways – all praise to You!

Matthew 5:38-42 (<<click the green)

Revenge…there really isn’t a nice way to even say the word. But even the nicest amongst us have had the thought traipse through our minds on occasion.

We have all been hurt…stepped on…belittled…disrespected. And we have all, at some point and time, plotted to get even. Many follow through on their plotting and some just think about it but as we’ve already learned, Lord, thinking about it is the same as acting upon it.

The Old Testament concept of “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21) is still one that permeates our minds. Even those who may have never stepped inside a place of worship have this as a part of their mindset.

We get into trouble right from the get-go in that this quote, which is from the Law You gave to Moses to give to Your people, was absolutely never meant to give us a license for revenge. My Life Application Study Bible states, “These laws were given to limit vengeance and help the court administer punishment that was neither too strict nor too lenient.”

So once again, Lord, You set us right side up in an upside-down world. The Amplified Bible Translation clearly states verse 39 communicating a full understanding,

“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise].”

It goes on to say in reference to the word slap: “In this context the ‘slap’ is not an act of violence, but more likely an insult or violation of one’s rights.”

Lord, as I look over my life I am not one to act out my thoughts of revenge but I must admit I think of it more often than I should. May I live out my life as You do – help me to “turn the other cheek.” Help me to love as You do. Amen.

Nov 26th, Sun, 6:27 am

Dead to Sin

Father, I need more of Your help this morning. I praise You for Your touch earlier but I am dependent upon You to get me through the rest of this day. You are the solid rock upon which I build my life. I know I will not fail if my eyes are kept on You. Thank You, Father.

1 Peter 2:21-25 (<<click here)

Lord, we don’t like anything that makes us uncomfortable but this life is full of struggle and pain. Many things come our way that we have no control over. There are times, too, when we bring suffering upon ourselves – we sin and often it is just because we do things that are not too bright. But as my study Bible* points out we often suffer but that’s not what Peter is speaking of here.

Using Christ as the ultimate example, he is speaking of suffering for doing good. Christ did not sin. He led a life of service and love. Even when he was confrontational with the religious leaders of his day, it was not done out of hate but out of love. He was trying to wake them up – trying to bring them from the darkness into light.

So, You Lord, were sinless but just because You did everything right that didn’t mean You could avoid suffering for the good You did. And no one could have blamed You if You had struck out in retaliation or revenge. You surely had the power to do so…but You didn’t. You left the judging to Your Father – who always does so fairly. Regardless of the pain, You did what needed to be done – You carried our sins to the cross – every single one of them. So that, as Peter says “we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.”

Lord, help me to die to sin and to “live for what is right.” It will not always be sunshine and roses but You will be with me all along the way, for You have already traveled the path and You will not forsake me. Amen.

Dec 13th, Tues, 5:25 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Bible

I Have Rights! Right?

Oh, the beauty of Your creation, Father! Absolutely nothing man has ever done or ever will do can equal the blessing of snow coming down and covering the earth! The detail, the diversity, the enormity of it all causes me to lift Your name in praise, Almighty God!

Philemon 8-25 (<<click here)

Lord, even good people – devout followers of You – sometimes have to be encouraged to stop…and think… about doing what is right. Philemon had every “right” to deal with Onesimus, after all he was his property, he had run away, it’s implied that he may even have taken something that was not his to take. Everyone would have backed him in whatever action he chose to take – everyone that is except Paul.

Paul’s testimony was that Onesimus was a new man –  Christ had changed him to the core. Philemon had lost out on many fronts but had gained on so many more!

It is easy for me to feel put out – someone doesn’t drive (or park!) the way I think they should, I can’t take my break when I want to, my fries are cold, someone questions my “authority”, etc. ad nauseam. I could become angry, I could demand my own way. I could seek revenge. I could refuse to forgive…

Wait a minute! Am I innocent? Am I perfect? Just on a human to human level I fail miserably! That’s bad enough, Lord, but what about my relationship with You? Talk about ad nauseam. I’m sorry for my self-righteous attitude. Jesus, we both know there is absolutely no room for that whatsoever.

I don’t really know what Philemon did but I hope that he looked at his own life and all God had done for him and then embraced Onesimus as a treasure that was lost that was now found. Lord, may I have Your mindset in how I respond in every situation today and every day!

Feb 10th, Wed, 7:49 am

I Am a Cup

It’s hard to believe that what caused me to wake up several times this morning for fear I would miss is something I wasn’t even thinking of doing a year ago! But Father I do not want to miss our special time together. Granted at this point the compulsive part of my personality may be making a contribution but it’s all good! Father, You made me and whatever it takes to get me up and at it with You is fine by me! Bless our time together; speak to me for I am listening…

I’m not exactly sure what he said, but a radio preacher got my mind going down a certain track. Then end result was – I am a cup. (Profound, huh?) At the beginning of each day I get to fill it with whatever I want. It is a choice but it is also possible to relinquish that choice and to just let the day fill it with whatever it will. A big problem, though with going that route is that all kinds of junk can be dumped in my cup – anger…apathy…bitterness…envy…lust…revenge…need I go on? And more often than not these things will leave a residue in my cup.

In the past when I’ve made chocolate milk, sometimes the chocolate syrup sticks to the side of my cup even with lots of stirring and scraping. Now what was in my cup was very good but if it is not cleaned properly the residue that was left will still be there the next day when I go to use my cup again. So unless I take care to clean my cup, each day’s residue will continue to accumulate and before too long things begin to taste funny. If I’m not careful it can even begin to affect my health.

That’s one way I can go about being a cup but is not the only way. I am a cup who knows its Maker! Those individuals who make things usually know a great deal about their care. God made me and who better to help me care for myself?

Each morning now, I start off clean – no accumulating residue to mess things up. And each day God fills me. He fills me with himself and all the good things that make Him who He is…love….patience…forgiveness…purity…devotion…joy…and boy, could I go on! And He doesn’t just fill me a little, His fill is to overflowing! It is clean and pure and whole and it fills my every need. And my overflow can’t help but splash those around me – some get a little sprinkle but if they get close enough they might just get drenched! What could be better than that!?

There’s a song that comes to mind that communicates these thoughts so clearly – “Fill My Cup, Lord.”

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

     Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord;
     Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
     Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
     Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So my brother if the things that this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Words & Music by Richard Blanchard

Lord, fill me this day. Use me as You will. Help me drench those around me with all that You are! Amen!

Feb 6th, Sat, 5:11 am