“Okay Kitty Cat, Let’s Dance!”

During prayer and soon after prayer I have found that my confidence in God’s intervention, help, and in His will soars skyward. Any situation that arises, regardless of its threatening countenance and ferocity then is faced with a deep internal peace and confidence that is anchored in God.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.”

~ Psalm 27:1-3

Confidence that is wise and true is anchored in God. Confidence that is foolish and faulty is anchored in everything else.

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“God is My Judge!”

A common defense of people who want to live according to their own earthly desires, when their behavior is challenged by another person, is “God is My Judge!”

It’s a simple twist of the scriptures that they either have been deceived into believing, or they just don’t care.

The word “Judge” is basically used in two ways, depending on its context: (1) Judge, as-in condemning with punishment and being completely rejected, and (2) Judge, as-in discern the moral value of a thought, attitude, or action with the intent of lovingly warning one’s own heart or another person in the hopes of avoiding sin and God’s final judgement.

The scriptures teach followers of Christ to “judge” (i.e. Discern) each others’ lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors and to encourage one another to pursue holy living. (See Matthew 7, Luke 6, Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 6, etc.)

“… their earthly lives… for evil human desires… what pagans choose to do: living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

But they will have to give account to Him Who is ready to Judge the living and the dead.”

~ 1 Peter 4:2-5

When someone defends their pagan-ish lifestyle or single activity with a response of “God is my judge!” it is surprising that the very thought of facing the final judgement of God does not scare the hell-ish attitudes out of their hearts!

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Living with Unrelenting Body Pain?

Are you living with unrelenting pain? Do you sometimes wish that God would either heal you or kill you? Job did too:

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose His hand and cut off my life!

Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.”

~ ‭‭Job‬ ‭6:8-10‬

The biblical story of Job’s suffering is an incredible example for us of perseverance. Job suffered greatly in his entire being: in his mind, heart, and body.

He also experienced seasons of desire to die. Though he did not give serious consideration to suicide, he definitely longed for relief through death by the hand of God. He knew that death by his own hand was an ungodly, futile direction to go in.

Job was faithful to God in all of his life. He spoke of his consolation and joy while in unrelenting pain was his faithfulness to God and to what God had spoken to him.

The Apostle Paul was also an individual who suffered greatly. He too wrestled with alternating desires to live for God, and to die by God’s hand. As a follower of Christ he knew that death (by God’s will) was his doorway into the eternal presence of God in Heaven.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

~ ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:21-24‬

(Suicide is not an option, that is a doorway into a realm of eternal suffering that makes any suffering in this life seem welcoming.)

As followers of Christ who suffer with unrelenting pain, let’s be like Job whose joy in his season of unrelenting pain was his continuing faithfulness to God and His Word. Let’s be like Paul who considered his ongoing presence in this life to be fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

Be of good courage, my friend! God has a powerful reason for having entrusted us with this very painful mission for our lifetime. Let’s find the joy of faithfulness to God in our unrelenting pain.

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