Topic: Off the Deep End
This morning we started out our bible study kind of clueless at where to begin honestly. (Sorry, but bear with me and keep reading, I will get to a point). I began by just flipping through the bible – not really reading, but thinking of other things. Others did the same. I finally tried to focus by looking back at yesterday’s “to chew on” verse;
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6: 10-13)
…and I continued reading in my bible:
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Just press play 🙂
While I was deciphering exactly what the “armor” is, another told me a verse that they were struck by: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10).
We continued on by determining that maybe we don’t understand this, possibly fear this and seemed to question our deeds. This led into discussing the unexplained guilt that some of us have felt since being a child. Not one could define a single reason (or deed) for feeling not good enough. And there we went “off the deep end”.
The guilt, shame, worthlessness, feelings of not being good enough etc., that some feel by words indoctrinated into our minds repeatedly at a young age, created who we feel like we are today! Keep in mind that in our youth, we did not understand spiritual principles set forth in the gospel (the gospel of peace – see above). We had little to no armor, today we do! And we must believe it! When we were young, we listened to them – today, we listen to Him!
God is a loving God and who He is (as He states in Jer 17:10), is one who rewards according to their conduct. We did nothing wrong, they did! Our job now is to pray for them to turn away from being evil to others, to exhibit love. It is not our job to condone what they’ve done, but only to love them (and loving them from a distance is smart). We don’t (and shouldn’t) continue to allow disparagement in any form. We are God’s children and we answer to Him.
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name… (Jeremiah 10:23-25)
Please watch the video above. Maybe I am wrong, but I have sat in a room of nearly 100 addicts and alcoholics who were practically strangers. Some of those people I outwardly didn’t care to be around – however, if one of them suddenly had a heart attack – I would instantly jump into action without hesitation. When I read others struggles on their blogs, or on social media, or I see someone crying – my heart instantly feels despondency and I want to comfort them somehow. When I see a homeless person or a hungry person, I feel the compassion in my heart – and so on… The bible study agreed they experience the same feelings. This is the love and relationship that Jesus desired for us – and this is in our spirit! He felt it too! Take note: so did the Jews in the following verse:
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
We all have it inside of us and we are all worthy! Take up space! Hope this has helped someone. Feel free to comment. Todays “to chew on” verse is:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.