‘Father (big guns), make me not agree with evil any more. Only let this person agree with You.”
What is agreement?
Matt 18:19-20 (KJ2000) ” 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
1Pet 4:10-11 (KJ2000) ” 10 As every man has received a gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man ministers, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
When people come together who actually act in the Holy Spirit, there will be no conflict.
When modern churches fight over whether doctrine or healing power is more important,
When husbands and wives fight over speaking or acting lovingly is more important, Something is wrong.
My wife helps me stay on track by pointing out my sins. I get angry because she is judging me.
I need Jesus to help me accept her advice.
Something definitely is wrong but through Jesus there is hope that He will turn it around. He will accomplish His perfect kingdom now on this earth.
‘No you stop lying. No you stop lying.’ This is the conversation between a person who is seeing something beautiful in a situation and someone who feels the pain of reality.
Which is right and which is wrong?
I picture a beat up. battered and bruised child. Is it right to tell that child to feel better it all works out for their good? Or to tell the child that life is not fair?
I am challenged to be affected by seeing this beautiful child all beat up. My heart is sad for them and yet I am strangely happy because they are so beautiful and lovable even in their depraved and wretched condition.
It boils down to what Jesus said about burdens. ‘They are light.’
How can a burden be light? This is a paradox and doesn’t make sense. If its a burden its a burden if its light its light.
Either life is all wonderful or its all horrible and hard.
His cross was heavy but mine is light. He already forgave ALL my sins past present and future. That means I could do the worst crime ever and be forgiven. Of course there is a catch called presumptuous sinning which means I can’t intentionally sin and expect to be forgiven.
Repentance – true repentance means not doing it again. I can not truly repent unless I am honestly do not continue to do the wrong action.
I may not control much. but I can control what this body does, how I act. What I choose to do.
Life is a cross that is very light. All I have to do is let Jesus carry all my burdens.
All I have to do is let His infinite love pierce into the depth of my heart where I finally believe that He loves me unconditionally.
All I have to do is say, ‘Yes, Jesus, Yes.”
I think the word yes illustrates quite well what agreement means. When God says, will you do this for me? There are only two real responses – either yes or no.
All other answers are distractions. ‘Maybe, later, I’ll think about it’ all mean no.
What my mind likes to do which twists the truth is to think that it is OK to make up answers other than yes and no and that this is perfectly true. In other words the answer is not black and white.
And yet in the example of life being all good or all bad my mind wants to say there is only black and white. Either the world is bad or it is good. Either I’m right or I’m not.
The oposite is true. There are only two answers when God asks a question. And there are many creative expressions on the earth of beautiful people. All of life is beautiful. I’m not saying bad things don’t happen. I am saying that there is a deeper dimensionn that I don’t always understand. Life is rough at times and life is simple and beautiful at the same time. It is not an either-or thing. It’s an everything.
My mind is fighting me right now saying, ‘incorrect information’, ‘reject’, ‘rewrite.’
Rather like a computer.
I am allowed to be angry and I am allowed to have fun as long as I don’t hurt myself or anyone else.
‘Jesus help me know how to have Your kind of fun and to be angry at what makes You angry and then to express it only as You instruct me to. I trust you. I know you are good. I love you.’
How can a burden be light?
When someone a lot stronger than me helps me carry it.
That person is Jesus.