How much focus do we put on ourselves every day? I pray for God's reminders to let go of my "petty" needs and to learn and grow toward focusing on Jesus and the purpose God has placed in my heart. Which, by the way, is definitely not... "Pray for a removal of this physical pain"... but, "Lord, show me how to use all things to serve You". As I sit here this morning, taking in the LORD's words, and the writings of others, I am humbled yet again.
My morning reading and "catch up" time in my social media arenas had me a little annoyed by so much of the false teaching and impostors who prey on the hearts of the non-content... I am very fortunate to connect with so many great Christian teachers here on Facebook... both personally, and through their public profiles. Often I get a connection with someone and think, "something isn't right"...
There is so much desperation to be "recognized" and to "be somebody" that people are willing to pretend they are someone else to realize this. Their words can be kind, and prayerful, but underlying they are deceitful in their request to "pray for you" or "send God's blessings".
We, in our discerning spirits, through the Holy Spirit have a responsibility to make others aware when liars are about... Yes, we must pray for them, but we must now allow ourselves to be weaved into their folly. (2 Timothy 3 in its entirety)
"Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].My thoughts did not ponder long on that sort of depravity of those who deceive and take from the desperate. I pray to be thoughtful in my actions and work from intention - so I read on! And, thought on!
But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.
But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them]," ~2 Timothy 3:12-14 (Amplified)
How can I be so selfish, are my momentary thoughts... when really God is not condemning me for being human, but drawing me to be Christ-like... CHRIST-LIKE. What does that look like?
As I sit here and ponder... my thoughts go in several directions. Am I thankful for the provisions... the lessons... corrections... my job... my family... a warm house.... MY FAMILY and FRIENDS... of course, but today - after reading Ann Voskamp's article When You are Flat Out Desperate to Live... the internal camera of my head just reels - and the pounding in my soul to "live right" beats even harder. We, I live like "this is life", and ignoring the calling out that is all around me. How LORD do we work through what is not silent, and needs so much, "in Your name"? How do we help... pray... give... serve?
Come to Me"At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:25-30 (New American Standard Bible)
I no answer today, but I do know that He is the answer.
Father, my heart is grieved in so many ways. Not just for those who revolve in the 3 degrees closest to me, but that I ponder the world at my fingertips and within a "post shot" away. Help me see the needs of the world, the blood of those truly living for You - TRULY CHRIST-LIKE. Help me to not only mourn their losses, but to grow in ways to pray wisely, act profoundly in Your eyes and persuade toward You, as You pursue me more deeply. Thank You for Your light that shines for those to see when the darkest moments are revealed. I pray for all those parents who lost children to the evil doer's deeds in all parts of the world... from the child-abuse that exists here and arises daily to those loosing their lives to stand for You. Let us all be so faithful Father. Let us/me do this in Christ Jesus and in the strength, power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
©2014 Shawn Boreta, Giving Thanks Daily