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Love In Action

What is your motivation when you help another, when you do a good thing, when you serve?

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In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.  Acts 9:36

On the surface, who does not want to always do good and help the poor?  I mean, it sounds like the correct thing to think and say right?  To say otherwise seems too pompous, too raw, too real.  Let’s face it—we are too polite for that, aren’t we?

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As a result, people say what you want to hear and do what they want to do without considering that the two never meet.  Yes, even those who profess Christianity are susceptible to this.

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There are, however, those who have spiritual gifts of kindness.  They are not simply doing good works and helping those in need because they are nice people.  They are not doing it for self-gain.  They do it because they have been divinely created to minister in this way.  Have you ever taken a moment to meditate on the power of such awareness?  These people are truly special.  Their impact is inspiring.

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I am challenging myself to become more aware of these people in my life.  I know that I need to identify and appreciate them while they are alive.  The examples, lessons, and insights they illustrate through the alignment of their words and actions are treasures.  The positive impact that they have on individuals and communities is far-stretching.  They represent so much love in a world where hate makes common headlines.  We need to see love in action.  I need to see more of this.  Don’t you?

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A Prophet’s Question

Have you ever wondered if you have rejected a message from God because it was delivered by a person you have dismissed as being too righteous, or too holy, or too plain, or too strange, or too this or too that?

“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears!  You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!  Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute?  They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One.  And now you have betrayed and murdered him — you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”  —Acts 7:51-53

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a wise man in which he said, “People always reject prophets.”

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He does not know it, but periodically I think deeply about his words.  He motivated me to study the prophets in the Bible and the situations surrounding their rejection.  I learned why Jeremiah is sometimes referred to as the “Weeping Prophet”.  Empathy will make your cries gut-wrenching and ironically silent at the same time.

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It makes me uneasy to think that there may have been times when I have rejected, or will reject, a Word delivered to me by a prophet.  Do you wonder about this?  Were there times when you believe you had a God-inspired Word that was rejected by people, by fellow Christians?  Where do people talk about this?  I once heard the saying, “It is tough to be friends with a true prophet.”  It may be, but a true prophet will lead you right.  Now, that is my REAL question, to both myself and to you, “Don’t you want to be led right?”  Yes, I do!

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Crippled Beggar?

Are you a crippled beggar?  No really, are you spiritually depleted, but boldly asking for help?  Do you feel defeated, tired, weary, and have accepted living less than your potential?  Has it become routine and you now only focus on surviving: second-by-second, minute-by-minute, day-by-day?  Is this you?  Have you been there?

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Would you take the hand of a stranger, if offered, and allow life to enter your soul?  Can you see yourself victorious, happy, excited about everything because everything is new?  Would you embrace your new position, rejoice and praise God for your healing?  Do you believe God can heal you?  Listen, He healed me!

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By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given the complete healing to him, as you can all see. —Acts 3:16

A crippled beggar is noted, even by those attempting to avert eye contact.  Some will attempt to help by meeting physical needs.  If asked for a dollar, a dollar may be received.  If asked to be carried, being carried may result (at least for a while).  A beggar’s initial pain of rejection fades away, outweighed by the need to survive:  second-by-second, minute-by-minute, day-by-day.  Through it all, do not give up hope!  Hold on to your faith, even if it is the size of a mustard seed!  God has a miraculous way of sending divine remedies in ways you least expect, from people you least expect.   Accept it!  Then, go forth exemplifying the living testament of which you are.  You have been healed…completely!

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Wicked People

There was a time when I thought all people were good people.  Then I thought, some people were troubled.  Now I understand, there are those who are evil.  Sometimes, they wear sheep’s clothing.   Other times, they do not.  Beware!

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This man [Jesus of Nazareth] was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  —Acts 2:23

It was not easy for me to accept the notion that wicked people exist.  If in a group, I would be the one trying to understand why one person would intentionally hurt another, why one person would intentionally be cruel to another, why one person would intentionally break the spirit of another—particularly when the two profess the same faith as I.

“How could this be,” I would think.

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Where is the love?

I would search to identify the why, not the wicked.  [You will know them by their fruit, I have come to rely upon.]  Truth is, some are wicked.  They are not crazy.  They are not demented.  They are not touchedThey are evil.  It is spiritual and as my spiritual awareness heightens, so does my respect for the spiritual realm.

Maturity has allowed me to accept people for who they are—not how they are with me.  There is always a spiritual conversation occuring, even when not conscious to us.  Because of this, I constantly pray for discernment.

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Do not be deceived:  Wicked people will work with you when you are working for their purpose.  Such agreement may not be obvious to you (immediately, if ever).  Know your helpmates and their spiritual significance.  It is a matter of life or death.

 

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