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Friends, Foes and Frenemies!

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“That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.” Luke 23:12 (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite scripture verses in the Bible, simply because it keeps happening to me.  It has happened to me so much in life, that I can spot, feel and sense it even when across cyberspace.  It used to crush my spirit sometime ago, but now it just makes me laugh so hard, because I know with time it will not only disintegrate, but the elements of decomposition will so splatter on the participants, that they have to be kept from doing damage to each other.

Have you ever had people who became friends because the only thing they had in common was a hatred or envy of you.  They had been around each other for years, hated themselves all that time and knew what each other was all about.  Then you came along, they knew that they needed combined efforts to support their ‘green monster’.  So they swallowed the slimy knowledge of one another, and became friends.  An incredible example of ‘cutting the nose to spite the face’.

You have to feel sorry for them, because if a friendship is not based on at least fondness it festers on falseness.  So one person actually feels superior to the other, but they are willing to stoop low and endure the subservient inconvenience until the intended goal is achieved.  The other knows that they are looked upon as the inferior and underserved chapter, but the burning envy in them supersedes any correctly or incorrectly perceived status.

They are united for one purpose; to crucify the innocent one. Luke 23:13-24.  After the curtain is lowered, they taste the resulting bile from their unnecessary tirade, and they inhale the putrid stench of their vileness.  Alas, they are still who they are, unchanged, unfreed and unhappy.

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Dead or Stronger

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It is often said, “that whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger”.
Yeah, but I still don’t like to deal with or entertain things that seem like they could kill me. I like to play it safe and simple with a touch of drama every now and then of course.  But somehow the killer hurricane finds me.  And every time I think, this has got to be it; I am dead now. As the boisterous wind blows and my boat threatens to capsize.  As I am tossed about like a rag doll,  I can only cry God help me!

There are a lot of possibilities of what might happen, but let us look at these three; The wind does blow the boat over and I end up in the sea or I am tossed so high in the air that I dangle of a tree branch, with the potential of … ending up in the sea. Or the third option, the wind stops and my boat stills while I am in the sea. Either way, if I emerge alive (which I already did), then I am the stronger for it.

Sometimes the storm that so easily threatens us, was sent by God himself. It may have come to purge.purify or perfect His will in our lives.  He is the God that sits on the flood and controls it, according to scripture (God’s holy word). Example Psalm 107:29 (NIV) says “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the wave of the sea was hushed.”  That means this God I serve said to all your issues at the appointed time to “Shut up”!  And when He deems it time, all he has to do is say the word and the once towering and hovering monster wave cowers.  Now I don’t know about you but that sure sounds like power to me.  Why should I waste my time on a god that expects me to do everything for him and then worship him too. Please…

No I can only worship an Entity that wields this kind of power (“You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them” Psalm 89:9 (NIV)).  And not only is He powerful, He says He loves me.  That is sweet and super!

Do not fear the threatening storm that encompasses your weak vessel for He has said;

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

Seriously; He is God indeed!

Answered Prayers?…

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Grace and peace dear reader, glad to have you on board.  hope you were blessed by our maiden publication.   Let’s keep praying for that family.

I had something else in mind to share with you today, but God seems to keep me on the path of reminiscence with stuff I would rather not deal with.  But here goes.

As I woke this morning and glared at the cross I had tried to dismantle the day before, so I did not have to carry it again today. (please don’t judge me for trying to cut corners)  Luke 9:23 “Then He (Jesus) said to them if anyone desires to come after me, let Him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  I wondered how much longer I had to deal with this particular cross, it was irritating me and I was getting bored with it.  That wasn’t the only cross I was carrying mind you, it was just a very annoying and reoccurring one.  You know like the roach you thought you had drowned in the kitchen sink, and then 8 minutes later it crawls out again.  Then you are like Lord, for what reason did you make roaches?

Anyway, as I pondered my lot and arranged my crosses so I could pick them up in the order they were received.  The Lord dropped a thought in my mind.  Could these daily irritants be the boundary God has set for me, to keep me from marching full throttle into a sin filled life style?  I thought about the (painful) denying my self part, having to say no to my good plans that were not God plans.  Fleeing like an Olympic Sprint medalist from temptation and of course constantly by the grace of God resisting and warding of the devil. (Who happens to enjoy stalking me all the time!)   Phew! does the weary ever catch a break?  Yes, I guess when they get to heaven.

I once had a friend whom I loved dearly in the Lord, I was especially taken by their commitment to raise the banner of truth and glorify God in all they did.  They also had very pressing issues that plagued their very life daily.  I willingly and joyfully stood in the gap of prayer for them.  If they had a battle I would stand with them or even for them and fight.  so committed was I in praying for my friend that I neglected my own ‘vineyard’ (Song of Solomon 1:6).

A big weakness I have, I am too real and loyal in a fake and swindling society.  Then my friend got a break, and completely turned on me.  Even in the issues we agreed on as God birthed.  To say I was shocked is an understatement, but then again betrayal seems to be the rule of the day these days.  Every time you turn around, Judas has sold Jesus for another 30 pieces of silver.  As I went lamenting to the Lord, He simply reminded me that He had answered my prayer for that former friend.  In my fervent intercession, I completely wiped out any obstacle to pride in their life and probably with the help and sympathy of other saints unknowingly created a monster.  If they had a perceived enemy, I would work the grave shift on my knees.  If I heard a negative word about them, I would hold a seminar to clear their name.  (Psalm 55:12-14)

So do I still have a problem picking up some cross every now and then?  Absolutely not.  I want to finish this race well by God’s grace.  It’s like Jacob’s limp, I am reminded who is in control everyday and the fact that we will all reap what we sow.  My reward is not dependent on that friend and what they do, my reward is dependent on God.  It is okay if I ere’ for being just and true.

So much for answered prayers, huh.  Praise God and Hallelujah anyhow!

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