Archive for July 2008
My devotion this morning covered the Beattitudes, Matthew 5: 3-12.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We all want to be blessed, right? I don’t mind being a peacemaker, pure in heart, merciful, and hungering and thirsting after righteousness. But let me tell you, I don’t want to mourn or be persecuted and poor in spirit. No one does!
So many times as Christians, we want to pick and choose what our Christian experience will be. We want all the “easy” things. We don’t want to go through rough times and suffer. And when we do, we glare at heaven asking “Why me?’ Everyone on this earth is going to go through trials. Life is not smooth for anyone! If you don’t have money problems, you may have health or relationship problems. Or some other problem that will affect you profoundly.
The difference with us as believers is that God uses these problems to mold us into His image. He uses them to bring the kingdom of God closer.
The rest of the character traits and their associated blessing in the list above only come after we are poor in spirit and mourn. Are they a prerequisite for acquiring the other traits and blessing? I think so. How can we even be saved if we are not poor in spirit and mourn over our sin? All the other traits lead up to being so righteous that a dirty, sinful world persecutes us. Maybe we should hope to be persecuted because it is a sign that we are growing. Or at least we shouldn’t whine about it! LOL
We all have people in our lives that we wish weren’t. People we must deal with regularly that make our smooth sailing life hit many bumps. Often these bumps knock us overboard. Sometimes it’s a co-worker, sometimes a relative, and often it’s our own child. I have one relative and one child that can make me sin faster than a dog can woof down a steak dinner. Seriously.
I spend three hours every morning in my car delivering newspapers. Not three hours tossing, but between getting to the depot to pick up papers, getting to my route, then tossing, it’s about three hours. Although it’s been tough to deal with getting up so early every day and not getting enough sleep, it’s also been good for me spiritually. I listen to Chuck Missler or Joyce Meyer while working. Both teachers have had a profound impact on my walk with the Lord. Chuck’s teachings have strengthened my view that the Bible is God’s Word inerrant and that every single thing in there down to the punctuation is there by the Holy Spirit’s design. I’ve also become rock solid in my conviction that God is, that He is good, that Jesus is the ONLY way to God for salvation, and that there is a coming judgment. Joyce’s teaching has changed my whole walk. The way I live my Christian life. Sometimes her CDs are so uncomfortable, I have to turn it off and repent right there in the car. (I know some people criticize her, but look at her fruit! I’m closer to the Lord now and trying to change more than ever before! People, stop putting God into a box!!)
Currently, I’m going through Joyce Meyer’s Love Is CD set which is the subject of this post. (Sorry it took so long to get to the point!). The first two CDs she said that in order to love someone, you can’t talk or think bad about them, even when they hurt, annoy, or otherwise make you miserable. It’s hard to ACT loving when you think unloving thoughts or replay in your mind all the offenses against them. We can go around saying, “I love _____” but if we are talking ugly about them, even if it’s just “venting” to a friend, we cannot love them. We just can’t.
I’ve determined that if I do not have anything nice to say about someone, I’m just not going to say it. Wouldn’t that be a cool thing to have someone say about you? “I’ve never heard Dawn say an unkind thing about anyone.” Wow! I know I’ve not been like that in the past, but I can start again.
If I am thinking loving thoughts, blessing and praying for them every time they offend me, and loving them when I am around them, maybe that person will come to Christ. Just maybe. Isn’t that supposed to be our goal anyway?
My poor blog has been languishing for quite some time. I’ve always meant to keep up with it, but of course, life got away with me as it has a tendency to do while homeschooling and raising 7 children.
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, we had a house fire and lost most everything. It’s definately been an experience. I do hope I can learn all that God wants me to learn through it now so I don’t have to go around this mountain again!
I had optimistically hoped that we would be able to begin construction in August and move in by October. That is looking a little dim. Our insurance company is jerking us around about our contents money and has been dragging its feet in releasing some of our construction funds. I realized yesterday after we got a very high estimate from the contractor, that I’m not even comfortable starting construction until I know exactly how much money we’ll be getting. I don’t want to be stuck unable to finish the project because the insurance company shorted us.
I am really learning how to give things to the Lord. I have anxiety attacks where I feel terribly nauseous and weak. My plan is to start praying and praising God that He has it all in control. Then maybe I’ll be ok.