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Emerging From Caves Of Intimidation

When Speaking The Truth Hurts! 

Hi, family and friends, and cliques/clicks!  Being barricaded and isolated in our caves of hiding is daunting!  Is someone bullying you?  Gossiping about you?  Judging you?  Persecuting you?

How about expecting conformity in a Stepford Christian Clique/Click? 

My lack of conformity and refusal to live out the clique/click demands while standing for Truth and change caused me to be ostracized.

Ouch… 

No matter how you look at it, it hurt! 

Since I’m bold and courageous (generally), and love my Jesus, I tend to stir up controversy…

A lot!!! 

But the Truth sets us free, right?

Adversity ushers in promotion.

Being Bold Stirs Up Controversy

With cliques/clicks controlling power, people don’t have to go very far these days admitting defeat, they just hit the delete button without much thought of a salutary dismissal, a goodbye, a see ya, or kiss our assets. 

Those actions belong in hell! 

Where’s the love of Jesus there? 

Is church membership a do-or-delete click/clique?

If our relationships, families and congregations are ruled by cliques/clicks, how is that representative of Christ? 

It’s not!!!

Even Jesus condemned the Scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy in Matthew 23:1-12 for not practicing what they preach.

Many people say they follow Christ, but they don’t live by Jesus’ standard of Love.  Cliques/clicks don’t embrace others.

If God is a God of justice, and He is, then as His ambassadors and representatives, how can we blindly continue to overlook these actions without waging war? 

How do we teach and equip our children and grandchildren with the tools necessary to recognize the subtleties of evil?

Rejection may be our Protection…

But that doesn’t mean the pain afflicted doesn’t sting during the school of pain.

Being image bearers of Jesus Christ requires our actions to be centered around Love, His Love, that glorifies Him because we are made in His likeness. 

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It’s hard when our voices have been cut and restrained because we took a stand for the Truth.  Remembering Whose we are and belong to will validate our true worth and value as we embrace our identity proclaiming our uniqueness with royal blood running through our veins.

Who thought being in a cave of intimidation required boldness and courage while being bound, but exiting our caves to do wilder things for Jesus is quite daunting. 

Ephesians 6:10-17 proclaims, as image bearers, we were designed and created to wage war against the spiritual forces of evil, to push back the powers of darkness.

Voice of Truth vs. Curse of Deception

Gullibility and being easily deceived is where we have to take a stand by knowing what the Word says.  Allowing cliques to exist that deny fellowship/community because of race, age, marital status and/or conformity, we are partaking in the increase of the curse of deception.

Jesus extends open arms, not barricaded circles. 

Choose Love!

God’s asking us to trust Him.  Are we willing to step out in wild faith and wage war by allowing Him to clothe us in a new wardrobe of courage and strength? 

Or will we just retreat back into hiding?

Backlash and retaliation will be met with the roars of heaven as we boldly position ourselves for battle.  No more backing down.  If faith didn’t require sharpened swords, persevering through the great unknowns would not require fierce battle cries. 

We can’t become desperate.  Let’s believe God will not only come through, but expect Him to show up and show off in His own spectacular way.  God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or could imagine, according to His power within us (Ephesians 3:20), so… 

What happened to being that valuable person God designed us to be with our own unique qualities that only we possess?

Community is built on uniqueness, not conformity!

Are we seeking the approval of others or God? 

The approval of others is not only an intoxicating idol, it entices us to turn away from God through deception.

Do we hide from the truth and run with flags of hate when we become challenged with the truth?

Dwelling in the shelter of the Almighty opens our hearts to so much more during stillness.  We realize that God knew us long before we were born or even conceived.  He thought about us and even planned for us.

So when we’re feeling discouraged and inadequate, leaning into God’s Word, sweet friend, reminds us how we’ve always been thought of as valuable.  We’re God’s treasured masterpiece, and He has so much more in store for us. These promises bring hope for tomorrow and strength for today.

Love is patient and kind.  It does not dishonor others or is easily angered.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13).

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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Dear Treasured Pearl Of Suffering, You Are Not Alone!

Blameless Treasured Pearl

 

Dear Treasured Pearl Of Suffering,

You Are Not Alone!

“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).

Suffering Produces Character!

Dear treasured pearl of suffering, if your heart will bare only one thing, please just know how loved and precious you are!  I love you and God loves you, and we both see you.  I mourn this dark period right alongside of you.  I hear your pleas for help and the cries of your heart.  I’ve been where you are.  I understand how cold and lonely it is swimming through the fluidity of unknowns.  Grace is extended freely from Love Himself.  The powerful force of acceptance that you yearn for is waiting to catch you.

As much as it pains me to release you back out into the ocean, I have done all I know to do. I will continue to love you to eternity; but I personally cannot be your savior.  That is Jesus’ job and one in which only He is qualified for, paid the full price for, and died for!  I am a mere mortal, prone to make mistakes, with my own broken blood vessels chasing after His heart.

Every Beloved deserves to know and experience that she is not only loved and valued by the God who magnificently created her, but awakens to the Truth that her worth is as priceless as the treasured pearl.

Matthew 13:45-46 gives us a stunning rendition of God’s Great Love during the struggles of life using the analogy of a pearl with great price.  Pearls are created when a foreign substance like sand, a wound, creeps into the oyster through either a crack or hole in the Blameless Oysterhard outer shell that protects the tender insides from harsh elements.  Surrounding storms and crashing waves weaken the outer shell which causes cracks and broken shells.

Divinely, the oyster doesn’t expel the irritant.  Instead it decides to persevere through the adversity by painstakingly covering and bathing its wounded foreign object over and over from its own secretions inside the shell.  This perseverance produces character.  This beautiful pearl would never have developed had it not been for the oyster’s endurance to withstand the pain.

What an unfathomable example of redemption and an example of beauty found after suffering through adversity.  The alchemy developed through this period of unwanted and uncharted territory is nothing short of miraculous, designed specifically to bring out the brilliant treasure within. 

Sometimes when God is developing and refining us in our school of pain, we often perceive it as humiliation and punishment in order to bury us.  These opposing forces not only strengthen us, but the surrounding storms develop brave hearts who persevere.  This process and development is coming straight from Love Himself.  After all, Jesus is like the merchant, He values us so much, He sold everything to buy and redeem us.

Suffering in loneliness only enhances the sting of rejection.  Anxious knots hold it captive.  The pressures from life combined with waves of unforgiveness and lack of community create a powerful force similar to an undertow that makes us feel as if it’s pulling us back out into the raging sea like a tsunami. 

When we feel we’re drowning in the crashing waves that have beat and pound us to the bone, we can’t lose sight of the extending hands and feet of God that are trying to hold us as we actually develop strength that ignites treasured pearls in this school of pain

To see the true beauty of the treasured pearl, the oyster must die first that was working hard on its own journey with the adversity so the treasure buried beneath the surface could be found.  Talk about vibrant beauty being found, the pearl of suffering!  God is there right alongside of us not wanting anyone to perish.  Please fathom one thing:  Tragedy leads to His Majesty!  

Beautiful Beloved, don’t let the fears of yesterday’s guilt and today’s fear pull you into tomorrow’s grave.  Leave what happened in the grave.  We all yearn to be surrounded by love, life and community.  We must tackle our Giant of Fear and move forward.  Perfect Love casts out all fear and God’s Love never leaves or forsakes us.

When we’re washed up on the shore all alone, battered and torn, the outside appearance of our circumstances are not reflective of who God says we are.  He knows and sees what’s developing on the inside of our broken and decaying forms, treasured beauties.  It will require work and trust as we walk out that faith being surrendered, but it will produce character and patience.  Seeking God is similar to prying open the oyster; its mysterious marvels are worth the discovery.

Relationships are built on time and communication.  During the turbulence of the storms, fears and insecurities hinder our bearing threshold that needs to be firmly grounded in the gospel so we will see these gifts of friendships that are honest, open and transparent and that can make riding the waves so much easier.

I pray as you’re choosing to sit at the feet of Jesus, you will be able to see the love in His eyes while hearing His beating heart that shares what a treasured daughter you are and how loved and precious in His sight you are.  God sees you as His prized possession, His treasured pearl.  That’s worth claiming!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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