Father this molding process does not feel good. I guess it shouldn’t. There are moments of what appears to be reprieve, like the water being added to the clay, and then as time progresses the friction intensifies. I know that You are preparing me Father and I apologize for whining, complaining, and crying. I apologize for being weak when You need me to be strong. I apologize for doubting when You need me believe and have faith that I’m never out of Your sight and reach. I apologize for focusing on the temporary and physical when You’re trying to get me to focus on the eternal and spiritual.
It’s clear that my fear and doubt reveal that I still don’t fully believe, because if I truly did, then I would not crawl on my belly in fear but rather walk upright in faith and conviction. Father thank You for loving me enough to patiently wait as I belly crawl, knowing that one day I will reach my feet and stand tall as Your reflection. Thank You Father. I love you!
How exhausting and exhausted Jesus had to be to teach and heal to those who doubted Him the entire time they witnessed God working through Him. We limit our minds when we obsess over the finite and physical, matter and material. The only thing we can conceive to be everywhere is air but at some point we would find reason to doubt a space somewhere. We say we believe God’s power to create all things large and small, then doubt that one of His creations is the person that prophets said would come to bring salvation. We sure are a difficult crowd. The rest of God’s creatures believe, yet the ones He created to govern over all of the creatures don’t believe. How ironic is that?
Interesting enough, this all took place more than two thousand years ago and even with all of the Bible thumping, hallelujah yelling, tongue speaking, and new age prophecy plot twists people ramble on and on about—if Jesus was walking amongst us right now we would treat Him the same way (or far worse) than He was treated over two thousand years ago. I will laugh at you hysterically until I pass out if you think otherwise.
We’re hypocrites who think we have it figured out and are far more superior and intellectually inclined than the morons of Jesus’ time who should’ve realized who He was.
Yet look at the moronic things we do and say still, more than two thousand years later…
We have so-called Christians killing others in the name of Christ, totally ignoring God’s commandments. We have so-called Christians shooting up and bombing family planning clinics, killing people in the clinics because they are protesting against abortion—how can you be “pro-life” when you’re killing people? Scratching my head still hasn’t helped me answer that question.
We have so-called Christians self-ordaining themselves as judges over the rest of us, declaring which of us are going to hell and how, yet these same judgmental people have repeatedly broken both God and Jesus’ commands. The hypocrisy of it all is unnerving.
What cracks me up are the so-called Christians who will spend hours at church praising God and Jesus, and then leave the church premises (if they even make it out of the parking lot) and in moments they are cursing and giving someone the middle finger because the other driver or pedestrian made a mistake. Oh yes, that’s the Christian way, isn’t it?
We have religious leaders denouncing homosexuality (and saying there’s a special place in hell for these sinners) while they have their stash of kiddie and/or adult porn hidden under their bed or in a box in their basement or attic. Then when they are caught, they want to cry out about being “weak” and “a victim of satan”, and blah blah blah. The same thing when we have these high and mighty, I’m-so-righteous types who get caught cheating on their spouses. Same weak excuses yet they judged so harshly others who committed the same or lesser offenses.
Don’t they know that those who judge others are judged even harsher?
Jesus said that whomever had not sinned could cast the first stone upon the woman that these so-called righteous men called a whore and adulteress. All of those sinners had to put their rocks down and slide their sinning behinds back down the street. Honestly, that’s what we need more of right now. Stop casting stones at other people like you’re living a sin-free life. Jesus said that even our thoughts were not free of sin, so by thinking something lustful, vile, or violent was no different than committing the act—because the mind is a powerful thing and the space where the enemy attacks us first and last.
People keep screaming “Jesus is coming!” and I keep saying to myself, “and what in the world would they do if and when He arrives?” because if there is an actual place called hell, I wouldn’t be surprised to see tons of so-called righteous folks stacked to the brim wondering how they got there. If Jesus walked amongst us today and His skin and hair looked much different than how you were taught he would look, would that change your opinion of Him? Would you believe it was Him or would you doubt Him and be quick to say, “string him up!“.
You’re not really ready for Jesus to openly walk amongst us. Work on yourself and get your mind and heart right. If you have hate towards others then you can’t call yourself a Christian. If you think you know who is going to hell and why, you definitely need to look in the mirror and ask yourself who are you to make those judgments and declarations, and how would Jesus address you if He saw and heard the things that came out of your mouth.
If you truly believe in Jesus and God, then your walk, talk, and thoughts should be more Christ-like, and not just during church hours. And if you’re still a work in progress like me, then the last thing you need to do is be a hypocrite and point your self-righteous phony fingers at other people—you definitely aren’t carving out a space for yourself in a place called heaven that way!
Questions of the Day
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2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
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