Monday, November 26, 2007

Thin Ice

Bubbles & cracks in very thin ice

"These six things the Lord hates..." Proverbs 6:16

I just don't understand people! Really! Why do Christians hurt other Christians? Why do we go out of our way to kick a brother or sister when they are down? How is it that we can be the ones to push eachother down? Doesn't Christian mean "Christ like", 'striving to be like Christ', or at least "Christ Follower"? How is it that we can lead one another to the edge of thin ice & then say 'go walk on it' and turn our backs?

We have been praying for revival in our church, for revival in our individual lives. I think its coming but it has come in a way that is unexpected. Well, God uses whatever ways He sees fit to do His work!

Sometimes a total cleansing needs to take place. Sometimes a total breakdown has to happen. Not everyone will like it. People will talk, people will say things, people will gossip, people will hurt others...because they are people! God can change any person! But He is very clear on things He doesn't like to see happen...

"These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16-19

The last part of the verse sticks out the most to me "one who sows discord among brethren" and its the part that baffles me the most. I know that even in the church world the phrase "why can't we all just get along" is not something that is possible. But the gossip that flies around corners of sanctuaries, beneathe the pews & around the alters of our churches today ... well, I guess sometimes it just surprises me!

Yes, our pastor has been encouraging us to pray for a revival, individually & in the church. I see it coming! I believe he sees it too! God will not be slowed down by gossip, by discord, or by wicked plans. God never treads on thin ice and He will not let a revival fall through the cracks!

7 comments:

  1. Becky~~

    I find it darker before the dawn.

    Revival is coming....you just have to get thru the gunky stuff first

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  2. You are right Becky, these things are happening in churches. My church broke up because of strife and discord.The Lord gave me a vision from Ezk. 36, He will make the wilderness in the garden of Eden and even in the most difficult and challengening situation I keep holding on to it.
    We are fight a war against the enemy.

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  3. Yes, Amrita is right. We are in spiritual warfare and the enemy lurks at every cornor. So important for each of us to put on the whole armor of God each day! I've seen and experienced some hurtful things in churches through the years, but there's one very important thing I've been learning, "Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the only perfect one." One day all of our sinful natures will be gone in Heaven, only then will there be no more discord among the brethern. Until then, we pray, we forgive, we admonish one another in love, we worship the Lord, and love each other like Jesus would love. God bless my friend, I will be praying. These things are never easy, but let it draw you closer to Jesus. Satan would love to let it tear you apart. Don't let him have his way. Keep doing what your pastor says by praying for revival. This could be God's weeding out process for it to happen.

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  4. I can feel your frustration and I empathize. I think Satan has really been attacking our churches. Don't give up!

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  5. So here we stand (Trevor and I) in the basement cooking soup for tommorrow - we dropped by your blog while the soup simmers... and found ourselves in near tears.... thanks for the good word!

    Revival will come - Bless you!

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  6. Wow Becky!
    Incredible word! I wish all Christians could hear that word and truly understand.

    Thanks for being such an encourager and friend.

    To those that truly seek God, revival will come to them. And boy, I want to be among that group.

    Love ya

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