Once upon a time~
There was a young lady who had spent many days wondering what her purpose in life was. Many years she spent searching for a reason and a rhyme to why things happened from one day to the next. It seemed that no matter which way she looked or which time she would pause she noticed that good things happened to everyone. Not only that but she also noticed that bad things happen to everyone. So what she decided to do was to try to figure out among the chaos and blessings what she was supposed to do besides be born and live for awhile and die. She was convinced that somewhere between her first breath and her last that some form of impact on everyone she came in contact with was supposed to be made.
Once upon a time you were born and you experienced the same thing. I often wonder when God created each one of us what He was thinking, I mean as many times as we miss the point and fall short of His glory during the trying times and the times when we get so focused in the storms around us that we fail to see the reason that they have come in the first place.
When people say they serve the God of Abraham, I wonder if they know what that truly means. I wonder if when someone proclaims to be a Christian if they know what they are truly saying. I wonder if presented with a face to face encounter as Paul experienced on Damascus road how many thousands of people one could convince to be persuaded to Christ? I wonder how many times lukewarm Christians are going to have to wander in the desert before the victory of freedom is revealed in their spirit so that others can be set free through their life?
In my mind nothing that life can bring us should bring us to the place where we question God's existence. The Bible says that every temptation that we are faced with Jesus was faced with the same temptation. Not only that, but Jesus had to go through tests as well. We don't know what the life of Jesus consisted of until the latter years of His short life on earth. What we do know is that He worked with wood, his brothers were not as close to Him as they were to each other until after His death and resurrection. And His mother loved Him dearly, yet she still provoked Him to begin His work of miracles before He felt it was His time to do so. Jesus experienced both blessings and chaos as well.
It wasn't until after Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River that the spirit of God descended upon Him. We see in Mark Chapter 1 verses 10-12
"And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness."
Have you ever wondered why the spirit of God waited until this time to descend upon Jesus? Do you think God himself wanted to be faced with the weakness of being a man, the weakness of being in the flesh to feel Himself what the temptations were like, to see if one has strength enough to overcome obstacles, to stand upon the will within' oneself to do what is just and right? To see for him self if placed in the natural state of being human without the Holy Spirit of God one would be able to withstand the wickedness of the sinful nature? I do not understand why God sent Jesus, to me that is the only logical answer and upon doing so God saw through His own eyes the struggles of man. God saw through the eyes of grace. I don't think God had to provide a lamb to justify giving man grace. If God wanted to give us grace without sending Jesus He could have, because He is God He can do anything He wants to do. However, Jesus saw all the wickedness and yet there were a few despite their shortcomings, despite their accusations by religious leaders, regardless of any inwards flaws within their hearts radiated a love for God that went beyond traditional law. God's laws were never met by man, nor will they ever be. We do not have it within ourselves not to sin. I don't care how close someone walks with God, they will fall short somewhere.
I thank God for allowing me to see me through His eyes because if I had to look at myself through my own only I would be devastated of my inability to submit to His ways. One of my biggest problems is my temper when others do things intentionally to hurt me or take me down. I tend to always get angry and act out of a sinful nature, not cussing or throwing a fit, however I have been known to do the latter when I get pushed too far. Not that I am proud of it I just recognize where I fall short. You see I believe it's during times like this where God wants us to respond in the like manner of Christ. None of us will ever succumb to the torment and anguish that Christ endured, yet the little things that come against us we still can't find it within ourselves to turn the other cheek, or if our enemy is hungry to give him food (Proverbs 25:21). Let alone we actually look unto the Lord and say with an honest heart, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Unfortunately I myself like David pray for God to destroy my enemies.
Unfortunately I also have the audacity to frustrate myself with other people's sin when I see it also in myself. However, if I am willing to admit I have a problem with it I feel it is important to let others know it's time to wake up and stop killing ourselves. I don't know about you but I think if Jesus walked into any said given restaurant on any given Sunday in America that He would walk through it turning the tables over. There was two times in the Bible where Jesus lost His temper, one of them was when they had turned His Fathers house into a den of thieves (Matthew 21).
One thing you won't hear preached too much is the sin of gluttony. Why is that? There are only two sins that we can commit against the "Fathers House" which is "our bodies" because they are "the temple" one is fornication or sexual immorality and the other is gluttony. Both of them destroy the temple of God. And yet every Sunday millions of Christians flock to the nearest restaurant and stuff themselves until they can't eat anymore. Also if you look around most the time 1/3 of them are overweight with another 1/3 being totally obese with young kids following in the same footsteps. To top it off, waitresses complain that Sunday is the day they least look forward to because a majority of the people leave crappy tips and they always complain about the food. It's sad because if that waitress needed to fill a void in her heart she would not feel led to ask someone who is in bondage themselves.
This subject came up last weekend because my husband and I went out to eat at the Glutton Trough which is where you can buffet yourself as long as you want with as many thorns in your flesh as you wish. If you don't know what I am talking about it's a buffet restaurant that is called Golden Coral. I came up with the other name because that is what they should call it on Sunday. I also found it quite funny that "buffet" and "buffet" are both spelled the same.
You see when we do that to our bodies, when we eat stuff that isn't good for us, when we do not maintain a healthy weight and we don't stay fit and we don't eat right and we don't take vitamins we are the thieves that are stealing from the "Father's House". Who else can we blame for the shape that we are in? It is our own fault and God in the end is the one that is going to pay for it, because when "His temple", "His Church" is not in the shape that is healthy it cannot be the carrier of bondage breaking salvation and reconciliation power. Same goes for our spirit man. Being overweight is like being burdened down spiritually with depression or oppression it stops you from moving into the fullness of God, it stops you from being able to set an example to the rest of the world. The Bible says, to whom much is given much is required the only thing that He requires of us is to be faithful to Him. If we can't control what is going on, on the outside of the temple, isn't that hindsight to what is going on inside the temple?
When we are overweight and we continue to eat things that are unhealthy and we raise unhealthy kids and set bad examples we breed heart disease, lethargy, leg problems, back problems, immune deficiency, unhealthy relationships, low self esteem, diabetes, cancer and list can go on and on. We breed slow suicide and that does not in any way shape or form glorify God and it destroys our witnesses as the body of Christ. The reason we don't hear this message as often as we should is because it would offend 80% of a Pastors congregation and well, for the most part 80% of Pastors as well. I may not be obese but I struggle with my weight enough to know that I have to exercise and avoid "buffeting" my own flesh because when your "fat pants" get tight the optimism and the reality of the issues, bring forth revelation.
Once upon a time there was a girl, who despite her failed attempts to understand what God wanted her to do, she still felt compelled to step up to the plate and keep going. She still felt like He was waiting on her to grab the bat before He threw the first pitch. She still felt like regardless of how others see her shortcomings and her tired attempts of holiness that if she would just step up to the plate that was a sure sign that eventually she would come running home safely. I may not have it all together, I may not know exactly what God has in store, but I do know this. If I stay focused on Him and I do what I think He wants me to do no matter how many times I hit fouls as long as I stay in the game I'll eventually work up enough practice where I will learn how to hit it head on and from there proceed to the next step.
Once upon a time there was a full grown lady who is still just a girl is trying to find her way home. I don't know what the fullness of the extent of Gods purposes are in my life and I don't think I ever will until I get myself in line with what I already know to be true. It doesn't take much to see what our individual issues are, but it takes a lifetime and a heart of humility and submission to overcome their strongholds. Let us pray one for another.
"And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard."
"For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags."
My name is Tina Leonard. I have been writing my entire life, but it wasn't until I accepted Christ in 1998 that I began to write for the edification of the body and to bring the rightful Glory to His Kingdom. Feel free to visit my website at www.myspace.com/christisking2.
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