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Don’t Taint the Waters

2 Kings 5 – The Healing of Naaman 

So, certainly read the story yourself, but I will give a brief synopsis. There was a guy named Naaman that the king really liked. Naaman had leprosy, a contagious skin disease. It’s actually surprising that he would have such a high rank as an army commander since lepers we usually “banned” from society. 

Anyway, a young servant girl to his wife told Naaman he should go see the prophet Elisha to be healed. Elisha tells Naaman to bathe in the Jordan River seven times and he will be restored. Naaman is outraged at the menial instructions and asks why he should bathe in the Jordan River since there are better rivers than it. His officers tell him if it had been something extraordinary he was told to do he would’ve listened to the prophet’s command, so why not listen to his simple instructions? 

So, Naaman agree, goes to the Jordan and bathes seven times, and is healed! 

Many of us are like Naaman. We’re in a jam and we want to tell God how He should get us out of it. We want something and want to tell God how to give it. But that’s not how it works. 

The thing that has always stuck out to me was that Naaman felt that he should bathe in the best waters. That’s crazy right? Naaman has a contagious skin disease and he wants to get in the good, clean water? 

And just like Naaman, we have our own contagions, don’t we? We want a good godly man, but don’t want to be godly women, thus we taint the relationship. We want a promotion, but don’t want to learn and mature for it, tainting the position. Or better yet, we want a big salary, knowing we haven’t been good stewards of what we currently have, tainting our finances. 

When you’ve been involved in something with no intention or effort to make it better, every now and then, God has to keep us out of the good water so we don’t mess them up too. But, yet and still, God in His infinite wisdom, love, and care, still uses the menial to perform the miraculous.  

So ask yourself, are you keeping the waters clean? 

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Sorry not Sorry

You know, I really get tired of people coming to apologize for things they’re not going to change. I don’t feel like forgiving a mistake that someone is probably going to make again in the next hour or day. The whole I’m sorry, I won’t do it again, I’m sorry I did it again routine gets so old. 

But, what I really can’t wrap my brain around is how God does it. 

I can’t remember how many times I was sorry. Or how many times I was sorry, again. Or for that matter, how many times I was sorry and this was the last time. So, what I’m saying is, God forgave me knowing I would sin again. And His “know” isn’t a gut-instinct like ours, He really knows. Yet, He forgives. 

So, the question is, who am I not to forgive you for some of the very things I’m asking God to forgive me for? 

Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 

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Study this Book

I’m so excited about this idea “Study this Book.” Each week we’ll select scriptures, a chapter, maybe even a book of the Bible and read it together. At the end of the week, I will come back and share what my favorite scripture was, or what stood out to me.

Why?

  1. studyI want to motivate people to have a relationship with God, by reading His word.
  2. I want to encourage people to read.
  3. I especially want to encourage people to read the Bible.

I understand it’s hard to read the Bible using some of the plans out there.

  1. If you’re trying to read the Bible in a year, it’s a lot of pressure. In the past, once I missed a day or two I felt like giving up.
  2. It’s hard reading the Bible when you don’t feel like you’re receiving support or accountability.
  3. Sometimes it’s hard to understand, based on the version you’re reading or just because you don’t know what you’re reading.

Hopefully, this platform will provide encouragement and accountability, and understanding in some ways for us all.

At the end of the day, this is about you getting alone with God’s Word and reading it. It’s hopefully about you working to build a relationship with Him by studying His Word. Because I can get on here and tell you what I learned, but it will not replace you spending time alone with God yourself and having Him reveal something new to you.

Allow Him to do that. Study this book with us!

Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

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“Specktator”

Matthew 7: 3-5 (NLT)

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Christianity is not a spectator’s sport. It’s almost like we treat it as a way to justify watching and pointing at people and their sins.  

Now, I’m not saying we should have a blind eye to sin. As Christians, we are to speak the truth in love and recognize sin for what it is, sin. The issue lies in my blind eye to my own sin. If I’m so busy telling you what you do wrong, it doesn’t leave much time for me to see my own faults. 

In doing so, I’ve lessened my sins and focused on yours. Instead of seeing you as a brother/sister in need of truth and love, I’ve turned you into a spectacle.  

The more I maximize your speck, the more likely I am to increase my log. So, what would cause all of this? Pride. And I believe we don’t need any more people who sit around and pridefully watch wrongs. And we certainly don’t need any more that refuse to see their own wrongs. 

In essence, pride see what you’ve done as worse than what I’ve done. It seeks to compare and to judge. Pride is the very log that sees the speck as being the problem. 

In fact, pride refuses to realize that it’s easier to remove a speck than it is to remove a log. Pride is the spectator that makes a spectacle of your sin. 

 

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Diversity

I could be wrong. I could be overreacting. But in my opinion (key words), there’s just too much of a lack of diversity in several areas of our lives. Maybe it’s just my being in the South that plays a part in this.

I believe we have all these unique people created in God’s image to be able to engage with one another. I don’t think He made us different to stay away from one another. I think it’s our differences that enable us to creatively cultivate ideas and concepts.

This is a short post, but I was curious to see if anyone else felt that the lack of diversity was an issue? I’m used to being the only black person in a lot of places, but should I have to be?

I could be wrong. I could be right. I just wanted to invite people to think about whether or not this is an issue where they are. It may not be. In fact, I hope it’s not. However, I do believe that if you can easily count the people in a room that look like you, it just may not be diverse enough.

 

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Crucifixion Biography

027441-glossy-black-icon-culture-religion-cross-simpleI really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.

The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.

To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.

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Hear Me Out: It Bothers Me

This morning I had a very interesting thought. I am speaking from what I observe most of the time, so I’m not saying this happens all the time. I’m not here to preach on sin or sinful lifestyles or sinful choices even though that might seem like where I’m going, so hear me out.
It bothers me that if a Christian speaks out against drug abuse, or sex outside of marriage, or drunkenness, very rarely if ever, have I heard the media or public label that person as someone who hates those people. I’ve yet to hear a Christian described as a person who hates people who do drugs or hates people who have sex outside of marriage, or as someone who hates people who get drunk.
So my question is why is that usually the first thing the media wants to tack onto someone who says homosexuality is wrong? If a Christian says homosexuality is a sin then they seem to almost immediately receive this stigma that they hate people who are homosexuals. Why is that?
As a Christian, homosexuality is a sin along with many others. So why is it that if someone says that, they are intolerable and we should boycott everything they do, but that’s not the case when they speak out against other sins?
I am grateful for the Christians who undergo so much scrutiny for simply sharing God’s truth. There have been many who have been successful in the limelight and have not compromised their beliefs. But I am also saddened by our society.
How is it that a group of people can ban together and decide to boycott someone for speaking God’s Truth, and that person can have so much removed from their lives by this movement? Yet, Christians don’t seem to do the same. How can a show like Lucifer be on TV, while the cast of Duck Dynasty has to explain why they don’t mean to be offensive by praying?
Shouldn’t it bother us that we live in a world that if any one group of people disagree with what you said that could be the end of your career? Shouldn’t we be upset that we seem to live in a society that says it’s OK for me to be intolerable of your beliefs when I don’t want to tolerate them?
This isn’t meant to be a blog about homosexuality or drugs or sex outside of marriage or drunkenness or any of the many sins we all commit or have committed. This is just about something I have noticed in our society that, to me, is a real issue. Trust me, I am a communications major so I know the love I should have for the media, but the issue I am addressing here is caused by the power we have given media as a society.
The power to paint the picture of hate where love is the intent. The power to color in lies where truth is spoken. And the ability to get you to believe whatever they say is true without promoting a desire for you to research it yourself. Let’s all do better, OK?

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