that you go back and read it before you read this one.
I will say before I begin this---- this incident did not involve anyone in blogdom and I am not looking for a sympathetic reaction. I am sharing this so that you will see that we are in a battle. A battle to knock down every advance of the devil
with the word and truth and the love of our Father.
I have become aware that there are many people who because of things that have happened in church, refuse to go back and expose themselves to such pain. Let me say--I understand! Truly! That is right.... satan does not stop at the doors of the church and not go in like the ground is somehow hallowed--wouldn't it be nice if it was that way?
I posted the post last night and I repeated a warning I had been given to "watch my six".
Many times God brings people into our lives that severely test our resolve to respond in love--just the way Jesus would. They use every opportunity--probably because of past hurts--to try and drive away the very ones who could love them with an unconditional love.
There is a woman at our church that is like this.
I understand what God is trying to do.
I understand that He is asking me to love and forgive 70 x 7.
I thought we had passed a huge hurdle the other night. Thought we had moved on.
And then today at church---BAM!!!!
I was hurt. When you love someone--it can't help but hurt.
I am thankful for a pastor who knows me, loves me and will speak the truth in love to me.
I won't repeat all that was said--but bottom line.......I am to keep doing what I am doing.
Love her and then let God deal with her about the ball in her court.
I share this not because I want a pat on the back. Or because I want sympathy.
I share this because I want you to be aware that satan is all about trying to destroy the ones that God loves-me and this woman. He will use those who do not stand and appose his schemes. And if we are not aware of his schemes then we are likely to fall in line with what he wants.
For those of you have been hurt by God's people--this is me looking deep into your eyes--
I am so sorry. (xoxo)
Sorry that satan was allowed to reach into your heart and rip it from your chest.
And even more sorry that he used one of God's people to do it.
One day he will pay dearly for touching the LORD's anointed.
We are to love each other.
It is not supposed to be this way.
One day it will all be fixed--and we will live at peace and free from pain.
But can I say one last thing?
If you have been hurt--you can reach out to others. You can tell them that you love them and you are sorry. And although they were hurt by a sister or brother--you will stand and love them.
You will walk by their side. You will draw them close even in their pain. You will hurt with them.
When we can do that....then we will truly be His arms on this earth. And people will feel and know a little of the love that is waiting for them in the arms of Jesus.
I know that the woman today was being used by satan. I know that sounds pretty harsh.
But it is true. He goal is to steal, kill and destroy.
Don't get your eyes stuck on the wrong enemy. I think we give him a deep belly laugh when we do that. And the last thing I want to give him is the right to gloat.
I hope this has put a little balm on any hearts that are hurting.
Let's love the way we have been loved--unconditionally.
--This was in my email when I got home from church--it was from
a blogging buddy. She did not know about my day.
Think God was talking loud and clear or what?
Read Numbers 16:1 through 19:22
Dennis had sensed something brewing in the office for several weeks. He had only been the manager for three months. That was not enough time to implement the changes he thought necessary. He thought things were going well, but Michael, who had wanted his position, was determined to criticize his every move and sniff out any dissatisfaction in the office.
There was a knock on the door. Michael and a few other coworkers asked to speak to him. The meeting was not congenial. They vented their criticisms and their plans for getting his promotion reversed. He was floored. He needed wisdom.
Moses experienced opposition. Korah and his crew rose up in rebellion against him and rebuked him. They influenced 250 leaders, who joined them in turning against Moses.
When Moses heard this, he fell face down (Numbers 16:4).
Moses humbled himself before God in the presence of his accusers and demonstrated his absolute dependence on the Lord. God gave Moses the appropriate answer for his opponents.
Thought for Today: God helps you to face any opposition.