As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King today and what he stood for there couldn’t be a better song that symbolize what he stood for. In our current state of racial tension and divide and as we embark on a new journey with the inauguration let us remember that Martin Luther King might not have agreed on certain points with the President Elect but one thing we know based off his legacy despite how he may have felt he still would have consider the President Elect a brother and a son of the living God. #takealisten
How we respond when someone insults us not only shows us who they are but more importantly show us who we really are and where our hearts truly stand. In the midst of being insulted Jesus did a couple of things that can only be done in the spirit but in our flesh we want to do the opposite. This is what he did.
1. He didn’t retaliate.
2. When he suffered he didn’t make threats.
The reason he didn’t make threats was because he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He totally trusted in God and not himself understanding that what he was going through was purposeful.
1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
When we are insulted we want to retaliate and when we suffer we want to make threats instead and put our situations and trust into our own hands instead of putting them in the masters hand. We can truly trust that he has a purpose and plan far greater than our own and know that just like Jesus in difficult times we too can tap into the Holy Spirit allowing it to lead us.
Forgiveness can really change someone’s life and draw them closer to Christ.
With that I’ve watched Les Miserables twice when it first came out after getting the DVD for my wife because she enjoyed it and I fell a sleep on it both times we watched it. I remember the first time watching it I asked my wife five minutes in will they be singing like this the whole time because I hope not it’s making my head hurt. She said yes and I was like oh no lol and I fell a sleep after 15 minutes in.
Well yesterday I actually watched it seriously with my bride without falling a sleep and just couldn’t stop thinking about the love of Christ and just how one-act of forgiveness can change the world and the story to someone’s life. When Jean Valjean was homeless needing someone to take him in it was the Bishop who took on that burden to cloth, house and feed him. Valjean out desperation took items of value from the Bishop and fled which would cause trust issues, bitterness and unforgiveness. But when Valjean was caught and brought back to the bishop by the police the bishop denied him taking the items even given him more than he had taken.
That one-act of forgiveness changed the course of Valjeans life drawing him closer to Christ and it changed the life of Fantine, Javert and Cosette to include the people Valjean was the Mayor of during his time and it all started with the Bishop displaying the love of Christ through his forgiveness.. I could write more about the love of a mother willing to do anything for their child displayed in Fantine. I could write more about the duty Javert felt like he had to do believing he was doing truly the right thing reminding me of Saul before he became Paul and I could write more about Cosette a girl in desperate need to be loved after losing her mother. I could write more about a group of people wanting and desiring fairness and a better way of life from those who oppressed them. I could write more about a group of wealthy young men who were willing to stand against oppression against the will of their wealthy family. But what speaks to me the most from a story with several stories. Is the Christ like act of forgiveness. Reminding me just how impact full forgiveness can be.
Only God can give the type of favor that would cause you to get promoted after refusing to bow down to a King even if it would’ve cost you your life.
Daniel 3:28 (NIV)
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
Daniel 3:30 (NIV)
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
Abraham in total trust put Issac on the alter and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in total trust went into the fire and God delivered them from death to life…
I’ve heard so many Pastor’s and brothers and sisters in Christ who have all the greatest intentions in the world to uplift their fellow brothers and sisters up when down by making this statement “God will never give you more than you can bear”. But is that true? Is that true scripture? I believe the reason behind that statement is to provide hope but that statement can’t be found anywhere in the Bible which if spoken to someone not of faith can be misleading. What does the scripture in relation to that statement really say?
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
The scripture says God will not let you be (tempted) behind you can bear. The scripture deals with temptation and within the temptation God will provide a way out but we have to accept his way and put it into practice in order to overcome the temptation.
Misquoting scripture can have a lasting impact on those not familiar with it if we just ignore the truth we know because it may sound good.
Are you inclined to through in the towel in a certain area of your life because it’s hard and tough and the season you’re in is just to difficult? Take a look.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up.
Now the key word here in this verse for us all is IF. According to this verse the only way we will reap a harvest is IF we don’t give up. What happens IF we give up? We may missed the very thing we’re asking God for and in order for us to receive it we may have to go through the harvest and a pruning process but because it was to hard we threw in the towel right before the harvest.
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
Perseverance for the purpose of the Will of God opens the way for the reception of God’s promises.
Now there are times when God calls us to shift and transition in a season but we must go to him in prayer because if not we may miss something if we shriek back.
It has truly been sometime since I’ve sat down to write what God has spoken through scriptures because God has taken me on my own personnel journey of pain that has required me to totally depend on him and him only the last six months. Through the process I’ve learned there are moments when we unintentionally but selfishly believe our struggles are about us but they”re really about him and for him. Everything about our lives comes back to him and is about his glory not our own. He has blessed us not for us but for his glory, he chose us to be holy and blameless in his sight and he did it in his love with his pleasure and for his will for his glorious grace. We bring praise to him through all situations for his glory and his word provides that truth for us to see in Ephesians chapter one.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Since every part of our life is all for his glory here’s something for us to all think about. How are we glorifying God in our, marriages, families, relationships, with our time, talents and gifts, money, platforms, careers, hobbies, with the words we speak, type, tweet and text and with the things we watch and hear. Going forward let’s make an effort with assistance from the Holy Spirit to glory him in all things not somethings. Lets stand clear of our self glory or self-focus but instead focus on HIS GLORY. WHY? BECAUSE THE BREATH WE BREATH, IS BREATH BREATHED, BECAUSE OF HIS GLORY!!
THAT INCLUDES SELF!!!