Lord, why ‘in the Hell’ am I here? “You are a Living Epistle!”
Just after crying out a night before with “Lord, why ‘in the Hell’ am I here?” and awaking the following morning to “You are a Living Epistle”, I received this message in corporate worship…
“Jesus is on the tip of your tongue. Open your mouth and speak Him!” [There was no mistaking His voice that day!]
Sadly, this appeared to be the only “good” [to my knowledge, anyway 😉 ], that had come out of the first of the two church services I’d attended on Palm Sunday. [I needed the second just to shake off the first.] It was also the first time I had been back to my former “home church” in a long time. It appeared to me after all was said and done that day, that I’d committed a great mistake and lack of discernment, to have returned at all. Nothing had changed, and if it had, it was seriously for the worse. 😥
So why am I sharing this with YOU? Because He is not just talking to me and I’m not the only one who has ever felt ‘the let-down’, the discouragement, the hopelessness, the isolation, the attack; have experienced a miracle that never happened, has said a bad “word”, or even the dreaded ‘faith failure’. [I knew it was for more than me, even at the time it was delivered.] That is why I said it that day, and say it in my out-loud voice today… “YOU are a Living Epistle!” ♥ None of us are perfect [no not one], nor will we be, until the day of Christ Jesus. But what we can be– is real, open, and painfully honest– for the others around us who are watching and weighing our true “Christianity”.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” [Romans 12:15]
Now may I add at this time, that being bold, courageous, opened to what He says, and obedient to speak, write, and put it all in motion, sometimes feels like it comes with its own trials, tribulations, and seemingly ‘blessless’ experience. [Or, maybe it’s just me.] But I believe the true worshippers will get up, brush themselves off, and try, try, again. And at this particular Sunday church service, I had to do just that. [This will have to be another post.] I think you will find that In Touch Ministries and Dr. Charles Stanley’s “Blessed with Less” daily devotional [attached below], is a good read and a liberating perspective to have. It also helps to serve in freeing people from the chains and entrapment of the ‘prosperity gospel’, which I find is neither Scriptural or the Gospel Truth, but rather– a lie straight from the pit of Hell. It says to me “If you’re not living the American Dream, blessed beyond measure, and not getting all “the desires of your heart”… then you’re obviously not one of His kids.”
— Someone please show me a “good example” of God’s people, His chosen, better off and basking in the riches according to the world’s standards… in the Holy Scriptures that I read. And if you say King Solomon, or even his dad, let’s look at exactly what that got him and The Fam.
I personally have found that it is sometimes what is taken away, that proves to be my personal best or even the bigger blessing. And I’m sure I am not alone.
‘BLESSED [or even BEST] with LESS’ comes as no surprise to me. I have a lifetime of examples [testimonies in fact] in which I can answer Dr. Stanley’s question [and with joy I might add]– “How can God benefit me by giving me less of what I enjoy?” The Lord has brought us up, through, into, and out of____, wouldn’t it be wise to trust Him with [and for] everything that concerns us [and the rest]? And I believe this should include– what we allow in and proceed from us [to our ears, out of our mouths, and from our fingers which text it]. “Garbage in – Garbage out!” or “Jesus in – Jesus out!!!” It’s about choice!
And I leave you, in part, with today’s daily Scripture reading…
“I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” [Psalm 81:10]
“YOU are a Living Epistle!” “GOD BLESS!” ♥ ~ jam4JESUS
Blessed With Less… In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley
To whom this concerns [and it’s not “YOU” who I’ve addressed from the start of this post]… I ‘trust in the Lord with all of my heart’– past, present, and future. I do my best to not lean on my own understanding, or that of anyone else’s.
(And no one- in any position, from any pulpit -will ever convince me otherwise!!! And it took all the strength within me, not to have said then [in front of the whole congregation], or even say now, what I myself would like to. It is not me with the trust issue, even AFTER IT ALL. I haven’t taken my eyes off from Him or put my trust in any other. You challenge my faith? “Anytime, anyplace” — but preferably at the altar!!! I’m an open book– but what do you say?)
In all my ways, I acknowledge Him, and trust in the Lord with what is written, said, and done… next.
“Blessless” no more! 🙂
Now this is a Word of “prosperity” to follow…
Prosperity of the One Who Fears the Lord.
Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who greatly delights in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. 6 For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.
7 He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries. 9 He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.