Weathering the Sin Spiral

This one may prove challenging today, even for myself. I struggle knowing where to begin but trust in the Lord’s guidance. Please! Come along on the journey!

“Rahab the Do-Nothing” (Isaiah 30:7)

I was first stricken, taken aback by this. “Do nothing?!” How can this be?! Ill words spoken of Rahab, the woman of faith who hid the spies? The mother of Boaz! Royal genealogy of Jesus the Christ! Rest assure folks, this is not the woman Rahab as we first thought. Rahab, a name designation for EGYPT. Whew! Relief right?

So what are these particular groups of passages showing us? Here’s where our new journey together begins, shall we…

This is about a group of people who begin to follow their own ways. They do not consult on The Lord before making their plans. (Isa. 30:2) They find themselves in sin and end up heaping more sin upon sin. Have you ever been on the Sin Spiral? When it seems one thing leads to the other, then the other, and so on… Once you get on this ride it begins to pick up pace and before you know it, are spinning out of control at a fast speed. Be wary of this! As you grow in faith and learn to discern The Lord you can stop this vicious cycle before it starts. When you sense one sin approaching STOP! Lest you can foresee what’s to come, spiraling down down down..

In v. 18 we are reminded of how much God longs to be gracious to us! (Thank you Jesus!) In all of our weakness He remains. As a parent will be disappointed in their child’s wrongdoing, they continue to love and care for them. So our God loves and cares for us. Can we give him praise for never leaving our side no matter how foolish we get, AMEN?! We are reminded of how Rahab was redeemed. The Bible shows us real people, like you and I, who out of our shame and darkness comes redemption and glory!

When we fail to remember this we may seek comfort in other things such as people, things to do, eat, or drink. Where do you turn when you feel abandoned or a failure? Are you a runner? Do you go into hiding? Do you lash out in anger and violence? Do we try to hurt others the way we’ve felt hurt?

Father God, we pray for those who are spiraling downward from one sin to the other with the hopeless sense of not knowing where to stop. I pray that with your strength and power they are lifted from the miry pit (Psalm 40:2) into your healing grace and salvation. Let us KNOW that during the midst of our foolish mistakes, you never leave us. You are a shepherd going out to bring the lost sheep home. (Matt. 18:12) We may run and hide but we cannot hide from you. We are reminded that the worst parts of us can be made new. Our filthy lives can change! Thank you for being the light that eliminates all darkness.

Amen

When Your Arteries Clog, Your Faith is Broken

I picture a clogged artery. The most vital and important ones you require to transfer healthy blood and oxygen to your heart and the rest of your body for nourishment and the LIFE to survive. Now there is something in the way. Nothing can get through, your body begins to lack what it needs the most. Things start to fail.

Such is faith! Faith is the communication line between Heaven and earth. Without faith your prayers are in vain. Faith is the necessary element for God’s messages of love to travel. He answers before you are hardly finished because your faith lines of communication are wide open.

“Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring- not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham.” (Rom. 4:16)

God made a promise to Abraham that his offspring would multiply and he would be the father of many nations (Gen. 17:5). Through his son Isaac nonetheless, Abraham had the faith in God’s promise that he was willing to sacrifice his only son! Sound familiar?! Now we know that The Lord provided a ram in the thicket to take the place of Isaac on that altar, however there was no ram to take the place of our Father’s only son, our savior Jesus Christ. And through Him all of us have come to believe and are children of the mighty God. We are one of those nations God promised to Abraham!! It’s doesn’t get more exciting than that folks.

When our faith is broken we have severed the communication lines necessary for God’s love and grace to shower us. The Holy Spirit resides in us, like logs on a fire to keep burning, we must keep the flames within us hot. Father, we pray that the Holy Spirit inside of us is awakened! We are your holy temples and we want to be alive! We want to hear your voice and know you intimately. Set us on fire Lord! That we burn so bright with your grace and love that others see the light. Your light.

Amen.

My Name is Mom

“Mom! Mom!”, yet only one motherly head turns to see. Because this simple truth is so profound:

We all have names by which we are called. In a classroom of people you hear your name and know that it’s meant for “you” alone. Or you hear the name of your classmate and know it is for them. However, when your child calls out “mom”, you know it’s for YOU simply by the tone of their voice, inflections, and nuances. Your child doesn’t need to shout out “Kathy!” or, “Mom Johnson!” for you to know its your child and you’re the one they call to.

Isn’t this the same with our Lord? Our Shepherd who calls us each individually? He knows us all by name yet it’s not necessary, we simply know His voice. If another shepherd calls out, we may hear it but overlook the command and do not listen for it’s not OUR shepherd.

As such, sheep learn quickly the voice of their shepherd. They will not come to be called by another. I pray that you learn the Shepherd’s voice. Seek it and you will find it. (Matt. 7:7) For his blessings are new each morning. (Lam. 3:23) He will not fail you or let you down. (Duet. 31:8)

All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. – Isaiah 53:6