I have not posted as of late so it is time for me to get back to writing.
In my church, one of my pastor’s say’s sometimes we do “stupid” – “stupid” is another word for sin. I guess I need to call it what it is – sin. Ugly before God, and painful for all those involved. Sin is insideous, it is crafty, it kills, it destroys, it condemns. I am not trying to give power to sin, but to not acknowledge it’s impact on our and others lives is foolishness.
Recently, I did something very terrible – I confessed, I asked for forgiveness from God, I had hands laid upon me, I have prayed, and I have read – but sometimes I feel I need a well of holy water so when I take a shower, drink water, wash my hands I can get it washed off all over again. Guess I have some work to do.
I understand that Christ forgave me and He has forgotten what has happened, and I know that He will help me get where I need to be if I let Him. My faith in these things is strong.
However, life is less easy to get moving forward. For me, it is forgiveness from those affected – that they have to go through some of the repercussions of my action, and that they memories of it. What do I do about that? Not so easy. If we have hurt someone, their feelings are their feelings – raw, real, and present. Any little thing might remind them of the hurt and they relive the whole thing over and over again.
As I prayed to God about this, He reminded me that He made me and He made them. He is the one that can heal their hearts and remind them of who they are to Him, just like He does for me. What I can do is pray for blessings, strength, courage, healing, freedom, love, hope, and peace for their lives. As far a memories in these situations, what I can do is create new ones that will bless their lives and hearts.
He also reminded me that He has the answer for my life – He always had, if only I would follow and listen to Him. I am reading a book called “Roll Away Your Stone” by Dutch Sheets. He talks about the Yoke:
New International Version (NIV)
Sheets discusses the yoke a little more differently and honestly than I have heard before. I mean, a yoke is a yoke –
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in “to yoke a pair of oxen”. Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys and water buffalo.
Sheets reminded me that if I am yoked to Christ, I will be led by Him and he will help me get to where I need to go – but it is still work, it will be uncomfortable at times, and I may not want to go where He goes – but if I choose to be yoked with Him, He can see me through it and I can achieve my destiny and avert the ramifications of being yoked to my flesh. Praise God that He is ever willing to lead us if we would just follow!
Today I stand on His promises and His Word!