May 11 2 Samuel 19,20; Psalms 55; Matthew 28
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Praises for You!! | Nikki Metzger
S~ Listen to my prayer, O God…..Everything is falling apart…..But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me…..Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. ~Various verses in Psalm 55
O~ I am not one who usually writes in my Bible, but when I do, I know it means something and is POWERFUL. One year ago, my precious son said he wanted die. My world instantly went inside of itself and I became paralyzed. I had no idea what was happening inside my son’s head or heart, and I couldn’t fix it or help him.
A~ Psalm 55 is where God put me. I prayed that Psalm, cried that Psalm, felt what the author wrote and through that Psalm, God grew my trust in Him in a really difficult season of my life.
P~ God, thank You for Your Word that day, and that season. Morning, noon, and night You taught me to cry out to You! Thank You for my son! Thank You for opening my eyes deeper into his heart. Please let me see him as You see him and give me wisdom to parent and love him in a way that grows him to one day be the man of God You have designed him to be. In Jesus’ Name I pray!
My Experiences Prevent Me From Only Seeing Gum Drops and Lollipops | Michelle Myers
S~ It was not an enemy insulting me. I could stand that. It was not someone who hated me. I could hide from him. But it is you, a person like me, my companion and good friend. We had a good friendship and walked together to God’s Temple. Psalm 55:12 (NCV)
O~ This person was hurt and betrayed by someone they trusted, had a friendship with, etc. One book that I read, to help in my healing, talked about the spouse of a sexual addict not being co-dependent or being a co-addict, but suffering from trauma upon the disclosure of the addicts addiction, lies, and betrayal. Psychologist have discovered something called an “attachment bond”, which is a very strong bond that we form with people that we feel we can trust, rely on, etc., at the deepest levels. When that bond has been compromised and a person realizes the person they have that bond with, really isn’t safe, it creates trauma. Much of the “controlling” behavior exhibited after that, looks like co-dependency, but actually follows a trauma pattern of someone trying to regain the security and re-stabilization in their life, after the traumatic event shattered their world. I refer to it as being “blind sided” by something. The person in the psalm appears to have been “blind sided”.
A~ I have been blind sided by so many people that I thought I could trust. In a healthy or normal relational pattern, I should have been able to; but instead I can say……
“It was not my enemy who insulted me, but my own mother”.
“It was not my enemy who betrayed me, but my own husband.”
“It was not my enemy who stole from me, but my own sister.”
All of whom are Christians. In fact, my husband was sitting in a church class, when I found the financial issues, that were the catalyst to everything else spilling out.
I once taught at an all male, juvenile detention center in an inner city. I struggled to understand and empathize with the boys. We came from two totally different worlds. My boss, whom I really didn’t care for all too much, said to me, “Michelle, you are young, naïve, and have lived a sheltered life.” I was a little offended, but as my life has progressed, I realize just how right she was. Experience after experience has taken me one step at a time, closer to wisdom and the reality of the evil that hovers around us, waiting to turn our faith, lives, loved one, etc. inside out.
Toward the end of my teaching at the alternative school a few years ago, I pretty much had gotten to the point that there wasn’t too much that had shocked me in regards to people’s actions, attitudes, and behavior.
As of lately, that has all changed and God is back to educating me and shocking me in regards to the evil that is around us. When I sit in these groups, with these spouses married to addicts, my heart breaks for them, and I also realize how fortunate I am that my husband isn’t as far on the spectrum as some of theirs, he is willing to get help, etc.
I want to cover my ears and tune out some of the things they say is going on in the world. Someone betrayed by their pastor having an affair with their spouse. Someone betrayed by her husband, because after he found his biological mother; they started having sexual relations. An elderly woman, woken in the middle of the night, by police who had come to confiscated their computer, because her husband was looking at and distributing child porn.
I love hearing about the goodness and Grace of God. I loved being able to see the “gum drops and lollipops” of the church, people, and the world. I just can’t anymore, or at least see only that. And, I am sure that what I have been exposed to, is only a sliver of what is really out there. Living in the United States, alone, is a source of protection that keeps us naïve about the world and its yuk. Being of middle class in the United States, deepens the protection and naivety.
Oh my! There has just been so much on my heart about the Bible, Christianity, God, Jesus, etc.; I often feel that I just don’t fit into the “Christian box”. And, it isn’t because I have experienced pure book knowledge. The world is NOT perfect and above any law, rule, or regulation JESUS loved people and their well being. So, I don’t believe that every marriage should stay together, but I do believe that every individual in a marriage needs to whole heartedly put work, effort, and sacrifice into it, before anyone ends it. And, like the institution of marriage, that takes 2 people. I would rather have a married gay couple raise an orphan in a loving, functioning home; than raised in foster care, where they are abused, beaten, unloved, and forced into sex trafficking. I grew up in an unloving, dysfunctional home; with a traditional marriage. I know, in our imperfect world, which one I would have rather have had. I would rather be around a sinning prisoner; who eventually declares Jesus as his Lord and savior, than be around a life long sinning church goer, whose life, family, and house is a hidden mess behind closed doors. I would rather see someone who is financially struggling themselves give their last pair of gloves to a freezing homeless man and not tithe every month, than see someone follow the “law” and write a check for their monthly tithes. Then hear them take “pride” in them doing their duty, which in the scheme of things, didn’t even put a dent in the amount of financial blessings God bestowed upon them. Or, listen to someone who does tithe every month, and still has the resources to live in a quarter of a million dollar house, drive multiple nice cars, and do some traveling; complain about how hard it is to tithe, because when they write that check, they are thinking about what “else” they could get, what kind of vacation they could take, if they didn’t “have” to give that money to the church.
Now, if we lived in a perfect world; none of this would even be an issue. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and I don’t have all the answers; but I do have some experience in the world and its imperfectness. And, each and every time, my heart tells me to go with compassion, love, and acceptance of people; even if it doesn’t fall into the law of the “Christian box”.
P~ Thank you God for sending your son, Jesus, to die for my sins that have helped cultivate the evil that hovers around the earth. I have had my fair share of sin, and even though it does not include rape, murder, etc.; my sin….pride, judgment, self-righteousness, greed (I am sure there is a lot more)…..is JUST as powerful and destructive. It also is JUST as helpful and assisting to the enemy as is rape, murder, etc. Thank you God, for finally making me see and feel, that my experiences, the ones YOU gave me, don’t allow me to fit into a “Christian box” and that is OK, and that is by YOUR design, for a purpose. I realized along time ago, that I don’t have all the answers for the best way to live in this imperfect world, where people you should be able to trust hurt you, because they too are broken; so I ask, that you just show me and guide me, into being the best person I can be, in spite of my own brokenness and getting through this life, in this messed up world, the best possible way.
Make Followers | Luisa Penaherrera
S~ Jesus came and told the disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:18,19 (NLT)
O~ Jesus has complete authority over heaven and earth. He’s the boss, the king, the one that reigns, and he has given his people (me, you) a job to do—to make disciples.
Disciple: a follower or student of a teacher, leader or philosopher. Synonyms: follower, believer, devotee
A~ I feel God stirring my heart in this. I need training in how to do this. I need help in stepping out of my comfort zone and reaching out.
P~ Dear Father, you know me and you know my heart. I want to bring others to you. Maybe I’m making more out of “the how” in this then it needs to be. Please show me how to do this and help me be more effective for your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Go, Make Disciples | Kim Chipman
S~ Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
O~ Jesus was crucified, died, and rose again! Just as predicted! Here, Jesus is talking with the disciples (some of them doubted – WOW!) and this was His message to them.
A~ Go and make disciples. This is my responsibility now, also. I know this is what You are asking me to do. Go. Make disciples.
disciple [dih-sahy-puh l] noun any follower of Christ; a person who is a pupil or adherent to the doctrines of another; follower.
Being a follower to me implies a continual action. Believing in Jesus can be very different than following – adhering to doctrine. John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Here Jesus is telling people who believe in Him how to become disciples of Him…remain faithful to My teachings. THEN you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. The mere existence of truth, or believing in it’s existence will not set me free…if so we would all be free…to me this means the key to being a disciple is remaining faithful to Your teachings. Which would mean I should know what Your teachings say. Not what someone else says they say, although teaching by preachers and other disciples is awesome and one of the ways You speak to me…I NEED community…but I need to know exactly what Your teachings say to follow You most intimately.
SO, how do I go and make disciples? Same way I become a disciple. Simple, but not easy. Know Your teachings. READ YOUR WORD. Daily. So I can follow. Daily. Moment by moment. Walk in Your truth and Your freedom.
P~ Thank You for Your Word. Help me to represent You well. Help me to make disciples wherever You lead me and whomever You put in front of me. I love You!
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