I awakened in awe last night. I don’t remember it all, but it was an amazing dream. The parts I do remember still make me smile. The parts I remember started with a large crowd of us together, then came the announcement, “They are ALL here!” I remember the state of us all before the announcement being full of love, joy and peace. After the announcement, a clear gelatinous 1/2″ to 1″ wall appeared before us. Here is the fun part, we all dove and pressed our way through it. Imagine back to the Lord of the Rings movie after Frodo had been stabbed by one of the dead kings and the elven princess had him on her horse and had crossed the river. She called the river forth and it formed a team of horses running down the evil kings that were in pursuit. Or The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe movie where the river formed a foe to the defeat the Talamines(?). That was us bursting through the wall, being one but separate. After we were through, everything we looked at had the wisdom and knowledge of the Father intertwined into it. I could see words and numbers as I looked at things. What was neat was, He waited till it was all over and everyone was there to experience it together! What fun and interesting times await us. Please join me there.
My first response to this was “Nope.” Then the Father started talking to me.
Mt 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.
Mr 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners…
Okay, so most of the Christian world would consider being gay or a homosexual a sin, Selah. (Stop and think about it considering the above verses) Since when are we called to live our lives in the monastery of seclusion? Is going to a family wedding of an unbelieving family member any different than going to a wedding of a lgt (lesbian, gay or transexual)? Are they both sinners? Yes! Or are you afraid to go, because you would slip over and become lgt? Who will be the light at such events? Did Jesus draw the line to eat with liars, but the prostitutes were left on the outside? Sin is sin. (and yes, there are varying consequences to sin, in this world and also on judgment day, but an unrepentant liar will be kept from eternal life as well as an unrepentant murderer). Here is another verse similar to the above ones, but with a twist.
Lu 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them.
The word receives means awaits, accepts, allows. You could say, He made purposely made and sought out appointments to eat with sinners. We are called to be the light wherever we are, whether it’s at communion time or eating with the “worst” sinner.
Lu 11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, puts it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
Darkness exists because the light (or maybe I should write the Light) is ABSENT! You are called to be an ambassador (a Light-bearer). As a Christian, could hiding your light be a sin? You may be striving for your constitutional right not to serve at a wedding and at the same time ignoring your ambassadorial duties to serve. Where is your light shining? Is it only by others that live with you under your bushel or by all because it is on your candlestick?
We all like new things. New phones, new cars and even our old sheets that have been washed (anyone ever sleep on sheets that have been dried outdoors? They are so fresh smelling). We celebrate the new year even though there is really nothing all that new or different. I remember turning 18 years old and people asking, “How do you feel now that your are 18?” My reply? “No different than yesterday.”
We see verses that talk about the “newness of life” or that “His mercies or kindnesses are new every morning” but, it really doesn’t seem that way. What’s happening? Why do things feel the same as yesterday? I believe it is because we are holding on to our hurts, failures, unforgiveness or tragedies of yesterday… or those that happened 5 or even 10 years ago. When we choose to live in the past we can’t lay hold of the new. The unforgiveness or bitterness that you hold on to usually never affects the offending person, but its killing you. I remember listening to a pastor that was wounded by a church, he said he forgave them and moved on, but he talked about it several times a year. What was happening when he “shared”? Some of the puss of unforgiveness was coming out and we were all exposed to it again. Most of the time, the person sharing does not see the infection of unforgiveness but a lot of the rest of us do. The worst part is that some of us get infected with the same hurt or offence even after that sharer gets cured and here we are, covered in puss with no solution in sight. I have never had a tragedy in my life, praise God, but I know people who have and many live constantly in that place and cannot move on in this life or into the newness of God. Like that pastor, it gets brought up often and the hurts and devastation of those moments get relived again and again. I’ve had failures in my life that occasionally get flashed before me and if I start dwelling on them or the humiliation of them, they start to hinder and limit me so that I won’t or can’t do what the Father has for me to do. I don’t deny that they ever happened, but I do deny their right to control or have a limiting influence over me now. After all I am not the same person that I used to be. I am a new creation. The old things have passed away. ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW! Paul writes it this way, “Forgetting those things that are behind” or things that previously happened (and he is not limiting the list to just the bad things that happened to him). How would you feel about a group of people that picked up rocks and threw them at you hard enough to kill you? You talk about having a right to hold unforgiveness or bitterness toward someone. He goes on to say “…reaching forward to those things that are before” or ahead or even reaching forward to the new things!
Sometimes the Father can use the hurts and tragedies to teach us things, but don’t let them become your pets, view them for what they were, from the enemy. Therefore, they were and are despicable and nasty events and things that were meant to take you out.
Let’s move on with our lives and let the old thing or things go!