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Debridement of a Sinner

Posted by on February 21, 2013  |  No Comments

Spiritual peaks and valleys!  Have you noticed this in your walk with God.  You’re on this plateau holding God’s hand and walking.  You share the beauties you are experiencing. He tells you how He loves you and is so pleased with your commitment and you tell Him how thankful you are for His blood that has covered you and how He led you to the cross.  The journey is upright and blessed and then suddenly you feel the sting of a poison arrow shot by the enemy.

Not expecting it, you limp a bit dazed and confused.  Struggling, you feel disabled only to feel the impact of yet another poison arrow. By “feelings” you think you’re becoming more distanced from your Savior.  In fact if you’re not careful, you might even begin to think that your Savior is somehow responsible for your weakened state of mind.

In reality, what has just occurred is that the enemy has found a weak spot in your armor. You know… the shield and helmet you’ve been advised in Ephesians to keep in place at all times. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Perhaps a worldly distraction caught you off guard and before you knew it, your defenses had become weakened.” Ephesians 6:10-13  

In our clouded vision and disabled state we tend to forget this beautiful promise. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Sometimes our past comes back to taunt us.  I am frequently accused by the enemy that I’m not really a New Creation at all.  Because I experience temptation, the devil tries to tell me that there is no healing. But the fact of the matter is … my temptations are a reminder of how much I need Jesus. In order for Jesus to trust me for His kingdom, He must see me choose Him over and over again. There is no room for self in the kingdom. Jesus is asking that I live to glorify Him.  The world is asking that you accept yourself for who you are.  However it is the world that is trying to make sure that is shaping who you are … rather than God.

Faith is the absence of feeling.  A trust in fact. God’s Holy Word contains so many beautiful truths and principles. But they can only become a reality if we apply them by abiding in Christ and claiming that which we may not feel, but is truth.

In the absence of feeling, God is loudly declaring to each of us that it is decision time. “15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Wounds (sins), if not properly attended to, can get reinfected. The pain of eliminating infection can be very painful.  Sometimes debridement of wound requires the patient to be anesthetized.  And then care for the wound must be diligent and tended to with great care.

In a weakened state, often Jesus picks us up and carries us during the healing process. He puts wonderful caretakers in our path who reflect His love and share His promises and give us hope for regaining our strength in Him. His truth never changes. We do. We often fluctuate in our weakness while He is ever present trying grow us in Him.  He invites us to cling to Him.  Cling to the old rugged cross.  Soon you’ll be walking beside Him once more.

In your woundedness, claim His many beautiful promises for you.

John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “… give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 55:22  “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

2 Peter 2:9 the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment.”

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”

 

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Rewiring Same-Gendered Relationships

Posted by on February 17, 2013  |  No Comments

Everywhere homosexuality is mentioned in God’s Word, it is in a negative connotation.  Well.. everywhere except one.  1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says; “and such WERE some of you.” God is showing all who witness earth’s struggle with sin, how there will be a people who will honor and obey Him. A people who will actively decide to do God’s will instead of following deceptions that satan has laid out for us.  Feelings are powerful.

“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”  Proverbs 28:26

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

Without our complete reliance upon God, His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are forever lost. How many of us walk with God? How many just check in once in a while?  How many of us rely upon our feelings as a barometer of what we determine acceptable? Many profess self truths today which are not based on God’s Word.  They speak loudly seeking to influence those around them to partake of theories which have no grounding in God’s Word.

This is how it was when Lucifer’s fall began in Heaven. While His words, feelings and actions did not have the blessing of God, he was able to infect a third of the angels cast out with him.  This clearly demonstrates how effective His deceptive thinking is.  As a result of his fall, he and his angels now seek to convince us that our feelings equal truth.  This equates to the lifting up of self and not lifting up God and dying to self moment by moment.

Thousands of years have played out.  God’s Word has given us examples of how dangerous it is to let self rule. Not just in homosexual behavior, but with any sin temptation that we allow (choose) to let overcome us.  Temptation as shown throughout the Word of God is not sin.  But acting on temptation is giving in to the lies and deceptions of the evil one.

We have witnessed trends.  We have seen great peril throughout the Word of God as examples of what we can expect in honoring self, instead of God.  He has given us light and truth that point to Him. Promises of healing, peace and joy in Jesus are a result of trusting Him, not self. Faith and trusting are superior to “feelings.”

God has allowed many to explore their internal fleshly desires.  When there is an intent desire to seek Him, He does not hold back, but provides His divine and inspired guidance and the promise of the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to us.  Dying to the flesh and the intents and desires of self is often a painful process. But He promises to restore us.  Joel 2: 24-26 promises that He will give back to us what the locusts have eaten. He allows us to go down some very dark paths only to discover His truth is after all sovereign.

After living for nearly forty years as one who sought love and acceptance from the male gender, God is today restoring to me His perfect plan for same-gendered relationships.

2 Samuel 1:26  “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.”

It has been the enemy who has substituted sex for love. Not just through homosexuality, but in any relationship where flesh has risen over the pure love of Jesus which transforms the heart.

Each gender is apt to understand its own nuances better than that of the opposite gender. But this is not an automatic president for an expression of sex.  The story of David and Jonathan comes with great depth. Such protection and love extended beyond an act of sexual intimacy.  The love described in God’s Word does not point to sexual intimacy but to a head and heart love that extended beyond their love for their wives. While they would likely die for their wives under a set of circumstances, they would also die for one another because of how well they understood and loved each other.  This is not sex based, but heart based.  Jesus is pure love. His intimacy with us is not sexual.  It’s far beyond the expression of sex based on knowledge, relationship and understanding. Sex is not a component of this love.

It is this love that God wants us to purely reflect to others as His sons and daughters.  This is the love that church bodies need to embrace today. There is healing in “heart” love. This love points each other to Jesus. This love transcends beyond sexual expression.

God’s Word provides us balance in the many truths it contains. It serves as our guide. It helps us develop trust through its author. Love is the theme of His Word.   John 13: 34-35  34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Clearly God is commissioning us to lift each other up. He is instructing us to know one another and to walk together on this journey here on  earth. He is asking us to reflect Him and share Him as we encounter all of life’s experiences.

Our flesh will cry out. The lies of the enemy will seek to invade. Temptations will come. We have been given the power of choice. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. Live according to His Word and He will reward you. We are held responsible for the pure representation of the love of Jesus as we apply it to each other.

While sex is very much a part of our physical being, God has asked us to keep it within the confines of holiness.  His Word confirms His plans for us.

Let’s walk together and share our burdens within the plan of God.  He has showed a physical intimacy between same-gendered people that includes holding one another and even greeting one another with a “holy” kiss. But we must not translate our flesh into that which has not been ordained by God.  His purity and the depth of His love must be perfectly reflected.

After all… sex is not what we are taking to heaven with us, but a sharing of the pure love for one another that He instills in our hearts. This will be love eternal!

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