Good News In Action

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I wonder why we speak of peace and joy and harmony yet live so inconsistently? We can so easily speak the good news of the gospel yet live a lie of Gossip, backbiting, arrogance, and selfishness! Strife seeks to walk among us and we succumb to it’s danger and the just plain, wrongness of it by taking sides and fighting with crushed and arrogant spirits. Yeah, it seems we have the talk but not the walk and then we wonder why others don’t get it or understand Gods’ grace and accept His unconditional love. Hypocrisy is the most confusing message we can send to others within our circles of influence and it’s so very real, and so very rampant in our churches and in our own hearts. When do get the fact that God’s work done in God’s way will be victorious and God’s work and ministry is the Good News in action as well as word? It’s not accomplished through down-talk and jealousy, backstabbing and ridicule. Through rivalry and bitterness! When do we wake up to see that withholding forgiveness, smiles, kindnesses and love only prove to worsen issues as they subtly and slyly become our strongholds used by the enemy to divide and destroy? Our Saviour came to break through the darkness of sin with His glorious light on that night so long ago. His divine and royal credentials became a humble birth in a stable. A heavenly, all-powerful God gave up His heavenly status to become a helpless babe born into a humble lineage, a poor family! God gave up His royal robes to be swaddled in clothes and laid in a feeding trough. From riches to rags He entered the world of rejection in order to bring hope to us here on the wretched earth, bound in our sin and strongholds. To us who speak the good news yet live lies of selfish arrogance. Yeah, He came to bring Peace on Earth and to reign glorious and victorious over our strife and fighting, and bitterness. Let’s get it as we enter into the glorious celebration of His birth. Let’s let go of anger, wrath, malice, hurt, pain and rejection long enough to see His divine light in our darkest of moments. Yeah, if we say we know the Truth of His love, grace and forgiveness, then what better time to demonstrate it through love, grace and forgiveness, than at this glorious time of joyous celebration of His birth?
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We can be as King Herod seeking to destroy with lies and jealousy or we can be as Wise Men seeking Christ to honour Him in the way we live!

“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men and he learned from them the time that the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find Him come back and tell me so that I can go and worship Him too!” ….the wise men went their way and the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were filled with joy! …They opened their gifts and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2: 7,8,9, 10, 11b

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When The Way Is Long

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So when the way is long and unending and the night lasts oh ‘ so forever ‘ ~ to throw in the towel seems awfully tempting doesn’t it? To run and forget it all just seems so much easier than dealing with the ‘stuff’ on your plate. You can run to the farthest room ~ store or the farthest park on the planet, but you know that your night will follow you! It will even beat you there and conveniently hang the welcome sign just to make sure you feel at home with your troubles. 😦

So ~ I guess running isn’t going to do it for us. I guess when the night goes on forever, we have to face whatever it is that makes it so dark, so alone and so empty. Perhaps it’s jealousy that gnaws, fears that stalk, worry and anxiety that tear you up emotionally, perhaps prayers that go unanswered ~ these all need to find peace in the dark nights and our lonely, but oh so sweet and beautiful souls need to catch a glorious vision of a God who made us and yes, a God who really does care and is in full-out control, even when it seems like He’s not. He’s promised never to leave or forsake His own and because He was faithful yesterday, we can trust Him today for that. Are you trusting through the dark ~ the long night ~ the unending unanswered prayer? Don’t fight and don’t run but simply stand still and see the salvation of our Lord.

Exodus 14: 13
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”

Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Peace Wins Every Time


Colossians 3: 15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must cloth yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Make allowance for each others faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love which
binds us all together in perfect harmony and let the peace which comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace and always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all it’s richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives.. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3: 12 – 17

Paul speaks of the supremacy of Christ in Chapter 1 and how, through Him, God created everything 1: 16. Christ is also head of the church 1:18 and our Allegiance to Jesus as Lord must transcend differences. A “true” allegiance to our Savior will result in peaceful, harmonious relationships within the body of Christ and His church. It just will!! If we struggle with it then it calls for a true” evaluation of where we stand in our faith. We must clothe ourselves in love and forgive our offenders as Christ forgave us.

Peace is our inheritance and we are asked to enter into it by believing His words and trusting Him through our difficulties.

I so love the concept and very nature of peace. It’s a gentle resting and trusting in the Lord. Actually, as ironic as it sounds, peace is an aggressive method of warfare for quickly defeating the enemy. Generally our first reaction when someone or something upsets us is to feel hurt, disappointment, frustration, anger, jealousy or bitterness. All of the above are things that open the door to strife giving the enemy a foothold and a ticket into the intricacies of our life. Our warfare? Revenge? No, absolutely not!! When does revenge bring peace? The best defense for trouble is pure simple trust in the sovereign God, the righteous judge!! The One who says “Fear not, I am with you, be not dismayed, I am Your God, and I will strengthen you and uphold you with my victorious right hand of righteousness and justice. The enemy can’t handle us when the peace of Christ rules us. The peace of Christ reigning and ruling within is reason enough to rejoice and be thankful!