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What happens to any of us when we do not have Godly counsel?
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What happens when we are ignoring God and we are left alone to our own devices with no one to hold us accountable? What happens when we are blinded and there is no reliable sharpener in our toolbox? We lose our way. Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. One that we can go to and ask directly for a truthful and honest answer. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter.
God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.
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In any given situation, we need to ask if we are being called to sharpen or we are to leave that task to someone else. We are not always to be sharpeners. Our purpose is dulled and not as effective. Sharpening gives us a point. As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation.
After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray. Mark The Message. Did you ever notice that God starts with a meal — A time of nourishment — A time of preparation — A time of fellowship — A time of joy — A time of miracles — A time of heightened awareness — A time of love experienced. At the beginning of a new leg of a journey, God prepares us. We are often times caught up in our agenda — our plans — our resolutions and our goals.
But those do not concern God because He is concerned with our journey.
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He pushes us out — He insists that we go — He provides a sturdy and strong vessel to protect us — He gives us tools for the journey — He knows the journey is not more than we can handle — He also knows we would not go if we were in charge or if we knew what was out there — He knows we are prepared even if we do not. Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land.
He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. He intended to go right by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits. It is not that He leaves us alone. He is watching us. He sees the struggle.
He already knew we were going to have it remember He insisted we go forth having prepared us himself. He allows us to experience the struggle waiting until it is the right time late enough but not too late — He comes close. We can see Him if we are paying attention — if we are looking for Him. Or we can go it alone struggling to pull through on our own. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts. The comfort we receive brings peace within our souls — not necessarily because we know why something is happening or how we are going to journey through it or how the storm will end.
What we do know is that God is with us in the journey. He knew it was coming. He is watching and waiting for us to call to Him. He wants us to notice His preparations within us. He wants us to recognize our need for Him and allow Him to calm the storm — calm it in His way based on His knowledge and judgment — not ours. He will not insist on it. But He will insist that we go out again.
What we do learn this time will be woven into the fabric of our soul, strengthening and preparing us to journey again. The truth is, God is about the journey — not about our plans. His plans for us are always good because His ultimate plan is for us to join Him in eternity. Each moment, He is guiding us towards that Goal — His goal for us. You are my friends if you do what I command. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
John There are three kinds of friends. Those who pull you into a pit, those who keep you in the same place you have always been and those who elevate you to be the person God intended you to be. Change the first, elevate the second and treasure the third. The pit-pullers are people who draw your attention away from God and fuel your basic ungodly desires. They complain and gossip enticing you into doing the same. They pit friend against friend — co-worker against co-worker — sister against sister — brother against brother — pulling you into the pit of turmoil.
They thrive on intrigue and underhand machinations fueled by jealousy and pride. They are quick to tell people what to do and what not to do — judgmental of all but themselves. They stab you and others in the back drawing you into the same dreadful behavior. The pit pullers are toxic to spiritual growth and emotional health. They stunt others progress in life. If you are a pit puller and we all are at certain times in our lives make a concerted effort to turn to God, change your thinking and seek out friends who can encourage Godly behavior.
They agree with you on most things. They rarely disagree and rarely encourage you to seek God in your quest to figure out a problem. They will certainly aid you in times of trouble but are not helpful when it comes to figuring out your course of action because they are lost themselves.
Although they rarely pull you into a pit, they do not challenge you to turn to God or seek Him in your quest. They do provide companionship, laughter and friendship — very good qualities in a friend. But when your life gets tough, their companionship does not propel you forward — it keeps you where you are.
God-seeking friends are keepers. They are people who you know care deeply for your soul. They do not have to be people you see everyday, but they are people that would lay down their lives for you — in a heartbeat they would pick you up from any place you were stranded; they could be called anytime of the day or night. God seekers are people who challenge you to be your best — to be who God intended you to be. They do not gossip but instead discourage you from sliding down a slippery slope.
They rarely tell you what to do because they know that you must seek answers directly from God — they know they are merely facilitators in your quest. God seekers walk with you — they stand beside you — they encourage you to do what is right and good. God seekers remind you of who you are in Christ — they remind you that you are beloved by God.
They remind you that your faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. Maybe you are the one being called to be the God seeker to your pit-puller!
I was one of the walking depressed. Some of my clients are too.
Stains of the soul — from hurt and embarrassment — from pride or greed — from our own making and the making of others — from circumstances beyond our control — from childhood and recent stains from yesterday. In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed!
Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? Hebrews The Message. Some of the stains were recent — caught quickly.