Every Step….

It certainly has been quite a bit since my last entry.  Much going on in this heart of mine as time seems to be ticking away. Time stands still for no one and I find myself looking around at these children of mine who continue to grow quite rapidly.  Yes, I know that is what they do.  I am beyond grateful to have been given a second chance at being their mom, sober this time…that God has redeemed the time with them and I am able to impact them for eternity’s sake.

If you have at all followed the anchored life, you would know I am perhaps extreme to some and probably down right radical to others.  I am learning to not apologize for that anymore and to live in the light of eternity as Jesus and His disciples did.  In doing that my time, talent, and treasures are spent much different than most, not to mention, my perspective, is well, different.  That perspective causes me to choose obedience over comfort, at times, obedience over good standing with the world, most of the time, & obedience over what the world tells me I should do, all the time.

We, as believers, are to preach the gospel to ourselves, reminding us of what Jesus saved us from…eternal separation from Him.  That is truly one of the only things that wrecks me…for God so loved Cissy.  Five words that changed my life forever and continues to shape and mold me in ways I never thought were possible. As I step into things that aren’t comfortable and that are contradictory to the worlds ways, I am finding such joy and such peace that its almost comical.  I am finding joy and peace with every step of obedience…not always easy, but I am finding them.

There is a song by Jesus Culture “Where You Go, I Go” that with every step I “go”  and every step that gets me down on my knees strengthens my perseverance to run this race with the endurance and joy given only by a Holy and awesome God that desires me to finish what He started…and that is to share the gospel with as many as I can and to make disciples who make disciples.  There is a phrase in the song that states :
“When every move that Jesus made was in surrender.”  I cannot help but think that should be how we ought to live…every step Jesus made, led Him to the cross, surrendering His rights and His life for the sake of others…its a radical way of thinking, again, contradictory to the worlds ways, yet that is exactly what Jesus did.

I challenge you to look at the things in your life that you are still holding onto and not surrendering to Christ…you know what they are.  Instead of every step leading you to a place of surrender, it leads you to your own devices of trying to do things your way as you try to maintain the perceived control you think you have.  Take that step…surrender!

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Quick, hold this beer, I need to go witness to him…….

I seem to still take for granted certain ideologies that I feel others hold are the same as mine and I find myself completely at a loss of words when I find they do not.  I know..pretty ignorant and niave of me.  I cannot imagine choices made by those that go through this life thinking there will be no consequences for their actions.  I know where I once walked in darkness, I knew there would be consequences of my actions, but tried to live in denial thinking if I could just bury that truth “under the rug” then it would eventually disappear.  Boy did I wake up in a huge heap of reality when I looked around at the collateral damage of my sinful lifestyle. Fortunately, I was also overwhelmed when I felt and was suffocated by God’s mercy and grace when I surrendered and repented of that lifestyle as stated in Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of
refreshing may come from the Lord.”

I watch many go through life the way I did.  They think because they carry the name of a Christian, that is a free ticket to say and do anything their flesh desires as long as at the end of the day, they repent.  That line of reasoning is so far from the Christian life that it saddens me to think that is exactly what most think! Do what you want, repent later, because, hey, God is a forgiving God, right? Yes, He is forgiving and He is a very extravagant loving God, but He also is a very just and holy God where sin cannot be where He is. That would be like trying to get water and oil to mix…it is just not going to happen! We are living in a day and age where doing what “feels good” is rampant and where doing what “feels right and holy” isn’t the norm and we are slowly being looked down for that kind of thinking. We are no way being persecuted as Paul or Stephen was, but the days are getting closer and I have definitely felt the heat rising as people everywhere are beginning to believe the lies of hate and discord spewed by the enemy regarding those of us who are true followers of Jesus.

Are you a true follower of Jesus?  Does it show in your words….in your actions?  In Matthew 7:13-14 the Word says “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” It also states in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” What a sobering thought….many who claim the name Christian will be turned away from the Lord.  Only God knows those who claim the name and walk the Way!

I want to encourage you to examine what you call yourself and how you live your life.  To me, it would be better to not claim the name and just live your life as usual, than claim the name, not live the way and cause someone to stumble. I apologize for the bluntness of this post, but I find the final destination of everyone’s souls more important than walking on someone’s toes and if you know me, you know this as all the rest are written in complete love!  Also, as Charles Spurgeon once wrote “Time is short. Eternity is long.  It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in the light of eternity.” What light are you living in?