Heavenly Father, before we were in the womb of our mothers, You knew us, (Jer 1:5) You set us apart, each for a divine purpose, to bring You honor and glory through Jesus, by Your Holy Spirit. Not a one of us were an “accident” or a “mistake”, but each one of us were Handcrafted by the MasterCrafstman, The Great I Am Himself-Jehovah God! Not one, not one person is beyond help, beyond hope, beyond salvations reach through Jesus Christ. Oh Father God, use this message to reach into our hearts, to pluck up every lie, every ungodly belief, destroying every high and lofty thing that has built itself against the knowledge of the Truth of Your Word, in Jesus name, and shed abroad in our our hearts, minds, our souls and spirits, like a mighty flood by Your Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, speak the Truth of Who You are, What You say, and Who You call us to be for Your glory, and for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, in Jesus name, Amen!
We can certainly agree, times have changed. I recently shared with a brother that I find myself longing for simpler times. Though times will keep changing, one thing about people that will remain the same is the need to be accepted. Notice, I said to “be” accepted, not “feel” accepted. God’s word will open the way for us to understand this further.
Let me preface what God has given me today by sharing from my own personal experience. My spiritual address for too many years was on “rejection lane”. Oh my! I overstayed there. I must have packed up all my belongings and tried to move from rejection lane a thousand times, even using the Word of God as my moving van to get out of there…but the problem went deep and the root system went in many directions, causing this strong grip to be a strong-hold in my life.
To the glory and praise of Jesus Christ, I am happy to say, Rejection Lane is no longer my address. The root system has been cut, the strong grip of enemy has been replaced with the grip of God’s grace and the stronghold has been replaced with the loving and safe embrace of Jesus, my Savior. God graciously moved me by granting me revelation, and bringing “movers” (relationships) that are filled with the Word of God, yes, but those filled with love, grace, mercy, and acceptance through Jesus Christ. You see, I tried to move on my own with God, but God wanted to bring a whole company of movers to help me in my weakness….
Rom 14:1 “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.”
Accept in the Greek translatessso beautifully- proslambano-to take in addition, to take to oneself , to take as one’s companion; to take by the hand in order to lead aside ,to take or receive into one’s home, with the collateral idea of kindness, to receive, that is, to grant one access to one’s heart; to take into friendship (from The Online Bible Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)
God would have us receive another as a companion, leading another aside to the very feet of Jesus, taking this precious one not only into our “home” but into our hearts! How beautiful “with the collateral idea of kindness”..in others words..with the secured interest of kindness. Being that our main focus is kindness, not judgment!
We are human and so we are prone to judge and want to “air our opinion”..but precious ones, we are always first, foremost and forever, accountable to the standard of the Word of God, by the Love of God, and the Holy Spirit is tapping upon my shoulder at this very moment for me to heed this word. Accept the one who is weak in faith..don’t judge them, love them wherever they are at. Weak here is the Greek word astheneo— to be without strength, to be needy, to be sick, diseased (The Online Bible Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)
Living at Rejected lane..my heart was definitely sick and diseased, and my faith to believe God for others healing seemed stronger than to believe Him for my own. God saw the need to bring others around me who were without judgment, those who are full of His mercy, grace, acceptance and love. He knew my heart was diseased, and so was my faith in Him ! It was poisoned by my hearts wounds. I saw God through the lens of my sick heart, so my view of God was skewed terribly.
It’s all about the collaboration. The ministry of the Trinity….His Kingdom come, His Will be done here on earth..AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. God, the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are constantly working together for the purposes of the Kingdom. Jesus while here on earth lived to bring glory to the Father in Heaven and now by the Holy Spirit, the Father in Heaven uses The Bride of Christ to bring glory to Jesus Christ!
Romans 15 talks about those who are strong to bear with those without strength…
Rom 15:1-2 “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”
What does is look like to be of those who are strong? This Greek word is – dunatos– and is; able, strong in soul, to bear calamities and trials with fortitude and patience, strong in Christian virtue, to be able (to do something), excelling in something, having power for something (from The Online Bible Thayer’s Greek Lexicon )
Those who have been given the anointing and God given strength to bear through a trial someone else does not yet have their “faith legs” for, the strong one in Christ, stands with that weak one, holding them up through intercession, being a good listener, sharing words of encouragement, however the Holy Spirit calls that strong servant to serve through Jesus for Jesus. Surrender will always bring about victory (Exodus 17:10-13, Phil 2:5-11) “Strong in Christian virtue”– those who don’t just talk the talk but walk the walk. Who live the Word..who live out the character of Jesus Christ by a life yielded to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. (James 1:23-25)
Rom 14:19 “ So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Lately, God has brought to my attention the danger of narcissism. Narcissists usually care more with getting heard than with hearing another’s heart. They are proud, defensive, argumentative, self-absorbed, controlling, and all about themselves. My guess would be, not good team players. Every human being has narcissistic tenancies, so there is a constant need to ask the Holy Spirit to purge away our selfish ways, that Jesus would increase and we would decrease. ( John 3:30)
May we all, beginning with me, Oh God, truly be one with You in Jesus name, in rhythm with Your Holy Spirit, bearing with those around us who are weak, who may not be where we think they should be, but where You are allowing them to be. May we each have a humble estimation of ourselves, and remember You God are The Perfect One, in Jesus name. We are being perfected through Jesus Christ. Reveal each day to us, there is a world of broken hearts and lives out there, that even though changes happen, people are hungry to know they are accepted, accepted in the Beloved as beloved children of the Most High God through Jesus Christ. Open their eyes that they may see, open their hearts that they might have true revelation Oh God, of Your crazy love for us all through the sacrificial gift of The Son of God, Jesus Christ. And God, I pray for those reading this who do not know and believe they are accepted in the Beloved..those struggling and want to change their address..bring about them, brothers and sisters in Christ, who will love them in the Lord, build them up in the Most Holy Faith, in Jesus name, wash them with the water of the Word, hear their heart’s cry, and really see them! In Jesus name. Love on them God and remind them how precious they are to YOU..that they are so valuable that if they were the only human on the planet, You, Jesus, would have still taken the nails for them! Let healing break forth ..In Jesus name!
Rom 14:7-8 “For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”
Rom 14:11-12 “ For it is written, AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.“ So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Rom 14:16-17 “ Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Rom 15:5-7 “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”
Loving to Love through Jesus