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Forging Ahead in the Face of Rejection

Posted by on February 15, 2020 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)
Have you recently experienced a traumatic letdown at the hands of those that perhaps you looked to for support? Have you reached out in love, assistance or service to others only to draw back a bitten, bleeding hand? Were you good enough for a person or group of people until they reached a pinnacle of some sort, then found out that suddenly what you had to offer was no longer enough? Well, having been there myself on not a few occasions in my own earthly experience (giggling) let me see what I can draw from this in hope that it might bless you somehow...and--who knows--I may just get blessed myself in the process! First of all, whatever experience we had is not a unique one, however alone we might feel or might have felt during the experience. We live in a world filled with hurting people, many of whom suffer from an unrelenting desire to feel important and accepted. Sometimes, in their pursuit to magnify themselves in their own eyes, the only recourse that they know of is to minimalize, reduce and reject others. Then, too, some folks are just plain evil and do what they do out of malice and hatred, pure and simple. A lot of the pain you feel or felt stems from trying to be friends with, work with, be accepted and approved of by or, in some cases even worship with people of this sort. To the seeker, this more often than not does not turn out well, because one of two things always happens: either you end up being used, abused and/or taken for granted (and that becomes the norm in your life), or you end up being flat out turned away which I believe is the better outcome, because it forces you to move on toward the better situation that God has for you. That being said, God DOES have a better situation for you. Be reminded of Jesus' example. Imagine the very Messiah that religious leaders read and studied about, preached would someday come--finally comes to earth in the flesh--visible to the human eye--only to be unrecognized, rejected and even condemned by the very people who were supposed to know best what to expect when they saw Him? Theoretically, they shouldn't have missed it. All of the signs were there, prophecies met to the letter, and yet He still had to endure the mock trial, the mockery, the beatings, the slapping, the spitting, the march down the Via Dolorosa, the nails and the lifting up on the cross. In fulfillment of Isaiah 53:3, "He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." Understand from this that in our times of isolation and despair, we are in the best possible company there is! Jesus, too, was rejected, let down, marginalized and excluded by others (and still is today, unfortunately). But this is not the only thing to consider--notice what it also says of Jesus in Philippians 2:6-11 "Let this mind be in you , which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." What does this have to do with you, you ask? Besides the fact that He endured all of this to pay the cost of our souls' salvation, that as I first stated in this paragraph, GOD HAS A BETTER SITUATION FOR YOU. He has a plan and purpose in your life, the pathway to which includes the trials and suffering and hurt that we go through, which will often encompass the rejection and misunderstanding of others. Remember Joseph, how he was sold into Egyptian slavery by his OWN brothers, falsely accused by his master's wife, thrown in prison forgotten by his fellow inmate only to be brought forth to utilize his God-given gift that got him into that situation in the first place, but now has him saving all of Egypt from starvation and thereby exalted as the second most powerful man in Egypt? Of course even Pharaoh himself admitted that he was greater than Joseph only by virtue of his throne (Genesis 41:40)! You may not see it now, you may not come close to feeling it now (it's not about how we feel, anyway) but God has you on a path to that place, that season and that situation where He will unleash all that He has put within you, for the purpose of edifying His kingdom and His people and ultimately, glorifying HIM on this earth! Praise God from Who ALL blessings flow! Tell you what, let's make a pact from this day forward. Let's agree together that this thing--whatever it is, whatever it was--will NOT lick us, will NOT defeat us and most of all, will NOT define us! Let's keep forging ahead in the face of rejection, denial, despair, destitution, and all pain so that God can do what He wants to do for us, in us, through us and around us so that those that come after us will be better because of it. This thing that He is using to get our attention and shift us in the right direction, is bigger than all of us. Keep praying, keep listening, keep searching His word and stay positioned and prepared for what's ahead for the joy that is set before you! Then, all of this will fade in your mind as a distant memory for the reward of the things that God has in store! May God bless you, as He has me! And make it a great day, in Jesus' name!

The Signs Are All Here!

Posted by on August 14, 2019 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In Matthew 24, Jesus took the time to explain to His disciples what to look for in determining the general time frame when He would return, and time as we know it would come to an end. When we study the signs that He gave and measure them against today's current events, and unbiased person would conclude that there is nothing left that needs to be in place before Jesus' iminent return. He said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name saying I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famine and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places All these are the BEGINNING of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. BUT HE THAT SHALL ENDURE UNTIL THE END, THE SAME SHALL BE SAVED." (Matthew 24: 4-13)

It does not take much research into current events to see that all of these things are in progress as you are reading this blog. We hear on a daily basis of everything from genocide, to physical warfare, to trade wars and iminent wars that haven't happened yet. We know that many who pose as spiritual leaders are not preaching a true Christ-based gospel, but a gospel of prosperity and the here and now, with no mention ever of the eternal implications of the lives we now live. We see the extreme poverty in some countries while we take for granted the riches (at least in comparison) that we enjoy here, not to mention that small percentage that live like royalty while millions wonder where their next meal is coming from. We hear of the diseases old and new that come or resurface with each passing year, some affecting populations to epidemic proportions. And although we still enjoy the freedom to express our religious beliefs here with few repercussions, the are some of our brethren and sisters in other parts of the world who do endure great persecution for their faith, even down to the laying down of their lives (The Voice of the Martyrs provides an excellent resource for this particular discussion). However, being an American does NOT exempt us from the ostracism we can face from our family, society and so-called friends because of our Christian profession--and in a matter of time, it is bound to get worse. The comforting part of all of this is, that for those of us who can stand until all of this finishes its course, He promises us that salvation is ours--and all of the rewards that accompany it. 

So if there was ever any doubt that the Bible is true, and that Jesus is soon to return, I would advise you to refer to the Scriptures and read the rest. Then, having done so, make the decision to surrender your life to Christ. Nothing and no one in this world is worth your neglecting to make this eternally critical decision. Time is running out, and the signs are all here! If you consider the estate of your eternal soul, and realize that you have not acknowledged Jesus in the pardon of your sins, then I refer you to our Contact Us page, where you can see how to pray a prayer of repentance and contact us to learn your next steps. And remember, if you want to reach the right destination, you must follow the signs! God bless you and keep you is my prayer! :)

He's Here

Posted by on April 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)
It's not every minute that I feel His presence And ride like the wind on a spiritual high; It's not every day that I'm up on a mountain Entranced by the feeling of His passing by Sometimes I am down, knee-high to a cricket, Drifting in a pool filled with my own tears; Other days I sense that I'm caught in the middle Somewhere between my frustrations and fears. Doesn't matter how high, doesn't matter how low I may feel on any particular day, I've learned to ignore my most grave suppositions And know that the Lord is still here anyway. His wisdom is in the decisions I make. His patience is in the cruel gestures I take. His hand is my boundary providing restraint, When I would speak or act unbecoming a saint. His mercy and love take their respective place, As His peace beyond measure blankets my face. His joy lifts me up from the depths of despair-- I don't need a reaction to know that He's there His presence is with me with or without the feeling No theatrics needed to prove that He's healing The pain in my heart and the hurt in my soul And filling each void and every empty hole As we walk in fellowship cherished and dear I know by experience and faith that He's here! --Vickie E. Johnson April 8, 2019