Haughtiness Doesn’t Save

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Why would anyone want to embrace something that would make them feel inadequate, wrong, judged and condemned?

People like to avoid religion. And quite rightly, because it is a judgemental, elitist ritual, that says you’ll only be good enough if you do ‘this, this and this’.

That’s not what Chrisitanity is about. It’s about relationship with the One who created you, through the ONLY acceptable sacrifice of atonement.

Jesus never condemned. He spoke in love. He lead in love. He was the perfect example and display of God’s love towards us.

That’s what we as believers are called to do and be. To display love. The world doesn’t need more condemnation and proud judgemental attitudes. It needs love. It needs to know that despite all the rubbish and sin, God still loves them, and He wants them redeemed, set free and restored to fullness of peace and hope through His Son.

It’s only God’s unconditional love and God’s Grace that causes and motivates people to change. Because love is forgiving and understanding, always seeing the best in others, and always putting others first, it is the only force that will make someone actually want to give up living in a sinful way.

Let’s just imagine… You’ve got a baby that is trying to walk but keeps falling over. Would you…

A) Push them down and curse them, telling them they’re wrong and are failing, and will never be good enough if they don’t hurry up and walk – explaining to them all the sorrows that lie ahead for those that can’t walk?

Or

B) Gently help them up again, with patience and kindness, encouraging and praising them every time they successfully take a step, and supporting them every time they fell over again?

Which baby do you think would grow up secure, strong and able to walk without fear or paranoia? The answer is obvious. So why aren’t we like this to those people we encounter who are lost and broken, searching for help? Or those that are so lost, they can’t even see they’re lost? Most people are not bad. They are not trying to do wrong things, they are trying to get by and live the best life they can – they just don’t know that there is a better and easier way than battling it out alone.

Just because we’ve been saved doesn’t make us ‘better’ than those unsaved, it means we’ve understood and embraced God’s love and made a choice to let Him heal us. We should be encouraging others to do the same, not condemning them for trying to fix themselves.

The only one with the right to condemn is Jesus, and Jesus comes to us in love, not condemnation. God’s message is that of love, forgiveness, salvation, peace, joy and restoration. What message are you sharing with the world today?

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Peace in the Storm

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A God that never changes,
Knows just what my name is,
Knows my story and my place,
Watched me grow throughout the days.

You didn’t bring me this far to leave me.

The noise is real, I’m saying “Peace, be still”
And I’m still waiting for this storm to blow over.
This heavy weight that’s on my shoulder.
The night keeps getting colder.

You didn’t bring me this far to leave me.

The rain clouds spill and I start to sneeze.
The fog clouds and mist are making me wheeze.
I’m looking for shade but there’s no leaves on the trees.

You didn’t bring me this far to leave me.

Those sharp drops of rain on a windy day.
I can hear the pain as I whisper and pray.
I’m holding onto Your Grace, I’m held by Your Love,
That sign of hope, that pure white Dove.

You didn’t bring me this far to leave me. In You, I have found peace.

Day 28: The Ground

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So fertile, yet crops wither.
All that’s needed is Light –
But not even a slither
Reaches the depths of the compact soil
And the pavemented streets.
They suffer and dry up
Without the heat.

The war isn’t over
They haven’t found their peace.

It’s only Your Love that brings release.
So why are we still fighting,
Struggling to see
If we really want the captives
To be set free?

Day 8: Poetry – “When I’m Camping”

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When I’m camping, I’m held in Your grace,
A constant reminder of Your secret place.
It isn’t the same as the routine day,
I’m learning to trust in a whole new way.

A fresh mindset sets me free from clutter.
Reminded of Your Love and the peace You utter
Through the people I’ve met, and the Words You’ve spoken.
Now I come before You with my ears wide open.

There’s something in the breeze and the rain’s soft patter,
That helps me to focus on what really matters.
I’m not lost at home and I know where You are
I’ve heard Your voice, I’ve felt Your power.

I trust in Your Grace to lead me through,
Somehow, being outside draws me closer to You.
I hear it in the birdsong and I feel it in the wind,
The cares I’ve held so close begin to quickly dim.

The voices fully fade and all I hear is You.
There’s joy within the garden, an unobstructed view
Of Your glory and Your splendour. Your comfort stirs within.
I hear it in the birdsong and I feel it in the wind.

I’m trusting in Your mercy and Your awesome healing touch.
I know that You are with me when life’s storms just seem too much.
You’re with me in the trials, my feet on solid ground.
Your peace now washes over, Your favour all around.

My strength is in Your saving grace, I’ve known this every day.
My spirit rests assured that You alone will lead the way.
I’ve known Your mercy, true and true, Your arms are open wide.
I’m held within Your secret place, as I rest outside.

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I didn’t plan to write a poem today. My plan was actually to just write a piece about why I like camping, but as I started to type this is what happened. This was purely the Holy Spirit. I hope you’re blessed by it. 🙂

God is Still Good

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A friend of mine died just a few weeks ago. The funeral and thanksgiving service were on Tuesday. What do people normally say in a post like this? Yes I’ll miss her. Yes it is a shock, it is an outrage. She was only 16. So much potential, so much LIFE ahead of her. But I don’t want to dwell on that. I know that in all of this, God is still good. It is only by God’s Grace, and the Strength that Jesus has given to me that I am able to keep going. It’s been a tough week in many ways. Through stress and sickness, God is my Healer. God gives me peace. God has a plan. God is still good. So no, this is not me claiming to have no feelings, or to now be unaffected by what happened. But I recognise and cling to the Truth that in the midst of trials God is my strength. And life goes on.