Isaiah 25:8 akj

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Death is a part of life, this life we are living now.
Someday death will not be a part of life.
The tears we shed in grief will be no more.
We can be certain of this because God said it
and He is always true to His word.

Isn’t it wonderful that God has told us some of what He will do?
Do you wonder what surprises he has for us?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Psalm 102:19-20 niv

wireGod will free any prisoner condemned to death
when He looks down on the earth and sees
a repentant soul. 

Do you remember what it was like when your death sentence was revoked?
What images do you see or what do you feel when you think of
your own release from death?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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1 John 3:14

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To live we must love.
It is a cold heart that does not love.

What is the temperature of your heart?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

Lies and Truth

 

Most, if not all, of us know lying is wrong.  And most, if not all, of us know that one of the Ten Commandments tell us not to give false testimony, do not lie.

But we do lie and we tell ourselves it is no big deal–everybody does it.  And we grade the lies, little, big, necessary, bad, not too bad, accidental, the list goes on.  There are the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.

We tell little white lies to others to make them feel better or because we do not want to hurt them.  Things like—no, that dress does not make you look fat, your new hair color looks so natural, everybody cheats on their taxes, do not give it another thought I am fine that you forgot my birthday, or you look the same as you did twenty years ago.  We tell little white lies to ourselves, too, one piece of cake will not throw me off my diet, I will start exercising tomorrow, I am fine one more drink then I will go home, as long as nobody gets hurt it is okay.

When we exaggerate to make others think we are more important, smarter, braver, more disciplined, happier, or more successful than we are we are lying.  Sometimes we want sympathy or we want to shock someone so we embellish the truth–with lies.  We even exaggerate situations or circumstances to ourselves.  We say we are starving or stupid or so tired we cannot move a muscle or that we will die if we have to do something we do not like or are afraid of.

Then there are the lies of omission.  We simply ignore the truth or reality of something.  We look away from the difficult or ugly denying it exists.  We do not speak up when we see or hear distortion of the truth, when there is deceit and perversion.  We keep quiet because it is none of our business, or we are too busy, or surely someone else is better equipped or qualified to deal with the issue.

Bottom line–pride is the beginning of lies whatever kind they are.  When we tell a lie to protect or help someone we are really protecting or helping ourselves.  The biggest lie is that it is no big deal to tell a little white lie or exaggerate or to turn away from a truth.  After all everybody does it.  We need to know, really know in our hearts, that all lies are destructive.  Lies destroy trust, confidence, reputations, friendships and families.  Lies wreak havoc with the mental, emotional and physical well being of us all.

Here’s what I have learned about lies and the antidote, truth:

Lies tear down, contaminate and pollute, like a cardboard box they offer false security, hidden and confusing, are never satisfied and exhaust us, limit and confine, imprison, restrict and stagnate and end in death.

Truth builds up, is pure, natural and real, protects like a strong fortress, open and transparent, content and filled with energy, encourages and enlarges our world, frees, is lush and abundant with life.

Lies hurt and sometimes truth hurts; the tears that result from lies are bitter and sting, the tears of truth are sweet and refreshing.

The Lord detests lying lips,but He delights in men who are truthful.  Proverbs 12:22

I wonder if the Lord has found delight in me today?

Just wondering…

Without reservation…

Before Jesus was arrested he went, with His disciples, to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.  He went a little distance from the disciples and “fell on His face and prayed.”  He needed to talk to His Father, Abba.  He came in humility, on His face, surrendering His life to His Papa.  He gave His life to the Father without reservation.
And yet He says, “if possible,let this cup pass from me.”  Was He weak, about to give into temptation, falling into sin?  No, He was being who He was, a son, honest and truthful.  He was not looking forward to this next thing. Of all the temptations and suffering He had endured up to this point Jesus knew that what He was about to experience would be unbearable.  The cup He wants, if possible, not to drink from is the cup of wrath.  The cup that will for a time separate the Son from the love of the Father.
Then Jesus says, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”  He is saying despite this, even though I will spend time in hell, let it be as You will.  You are Sovereign, my God, Your will be done.  He had no reservations He knew His God.
Jesus knew what was ahead of Him–the horror of it.  The pain, excruciating physical pain.  He would be whipped, a crown of thorns on His head, nails hammered into His hands and feet holding Him to a cross for crimes He was accused of yet innocent of any wrong.  The emotional and mental pain caused by mocking voices He heard, the pain of seeing those He loved as they watched His suffering and not understanding the why of it.  The spiritual suffering of being forsaken by His Father.  And still He was obedient without reservation.
Because Jesus was humble and surrendered in obedience to the Father, without reservation, that horrible event, His death on the cross, will never be repeated.  And because Jesus loves me–loved me before I knew Him, I, the sinner that I am, will never experience the agony of the cross.
And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
      Matthew 26:39
I wonder if I will ever really comprehend the love that was held fast to the cross with nails in hands and feet?

I wonder if I will ever humbly surrender in complete obedience to the Father without reservation?

Just wondering…