when i look back to my beginning i wonder in amazement how our Lord has taken me from where i was to where i am. i know i started writing these messages back in september of 08. i remember putting my thoughts on paper for the first time because of the concerns i had with how our Lord's message was being presented by the churches that i had attended. The awful judgment that was being spoken by some of those pastors became a flame that ignited in me. For almost ten years before i started my writings our Lord drew me to His words like a vacuum does dust. i can not even begin to guess the hours i spent in His words. i remember finally getting to a church that spoke in volumes about a God that i had come to know, only to watch as the words separated from them at the door. i attended several churches where i had helped my neighbors begin each time only to see them crumble in their sin. there was a brief moment when i did find a church who not only spoke of grace but also practiced it. it was to this pastor that i shared my desires and thoughts. oh, how happy i had been to be apart of his church. yet the closer i got to our Lord the further away the pastor pushed me from him, seemed his grace was a secret that only he wanted to share. it was this pastor who recommended that i put my thoughts in a blog. i'm not sure exactly how many blogs that i've posted my messages on beside my own. i do know that i have found a special place in my heart for Christianblog.com it's a very special place where others can go and read about a life that has been saved to the soul. truly a church of complete understanding of His words. Some of the message givers astonish me with their insights. Almost all of them given the words of our Lord from what they have read and how He has spoken to them by those words. but and here is my but again, even they will have a hard time reading the rest of this message. please someone help me with this verse. Leviticus 19: 14 Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD. i do read the words and i do seek through the churches that surround this land, i've even watched on tv as pastor after pastor acts as if they have never read these words. I witness as they continue to curse those that have no ear and watch as they throw yoke after yoke in front of those who walk in the darkness. blaming this new coming on the evil is one thing but to place the blame in front of the others who have no sight and can not hear from all of the screaming that we do, is like blaming a child for not being able to read. of course the wicked had its chance and the lame simply stays in step by those that are willing to carry its load, but help me to understand why the weary have no claims. We seek our Lord and we stand on mountain tops, church steps, street corners and soapboxes sharing His words, but the vision of those gathering a soul has become more narrowed by the willingness of those to pay. the dollars that run like water through our fingers have become the God of so many who crave the riches that it bestows. HELLO, ok i'm sorry about that but can anyone out there remember these words? Colossians 3: 12 Therefore, as Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. i know so many struggle in this world. evil has taken it's temptations to a whole new level. with the knowledge came the disease that bares the stain of the flesh. those animal covers our Lord placed on us came with desires and instincts that we can not get away from without understanding the Truth. Even Stephen had to learn that lesson while preaching to those preachers of yesteryear. While screaming at them about all their faults he wasn't able to get them to hear. As he stood there in their presence as a witness to our Lord as He stood next to the Throne he wasn't able to get them to see. While pastor after pastor curse and scream out their message each Sunday the quietness has never been so loud, and the light as never been this dark. all i'm saying is that if we could just put our mouth where His words are without the throwing of a stone, maybe we wouldn't blind so many of those who can not see, and maybe just maybe we wouldn't have to scream. be a blessing, bubba
Thanks Brother Bubba for such a soul cleansing message! Very encouraging and insightful, at that, as well! God Bless you richly! Dave
Brother Bubba, yes there are so much around us, even in the churches that I see what you see. So many talk but never act, so many talk but like you say, so blind and so deaf to the true motive, the true spirit behind.
You have a discerning spirit which you may not even know. Let the discerning spirit within you guide you and teach you. Do not be discouragged by what you see or what you observe. I have seen such things even in my own family of many Christians. The Lord doesn't need the whole church to do something for Him, He only needs one man, one willing and of like mindedness.
Just stay faithful to your heart and guard it with all your heart. Follow the Lord, follow His leadings, even discerning what others do not see and pray for them instead. Pray for more to see and more to hear that many more will cry up to the Lord to do something and to help His people more.
Thanks for sharing your htoughts. May the Lord guide you further and grant you more in the spiritual even as you obey Him.
From Hwa Silverpen