Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Reprising It

September 5, 2009

Have you ever noticed how deceptive our flesh is? Take for instance, how we think we have this great spiritual insight, only to have the Lord strip away the scales from our blinded eyes and give us an “Isaiah tours Heaven” experience. That happened to me today.

My life with my mother was not a pleasant one. Due to her upbringing, she developed a very unhealthy way of relating – that of constant criticism. It found its zenith in our relationship and deeply wounded me as a child. I still am, it would seem.

The Lord had me move in with she and dad to care for them about a year ago. (He told me to a year prior, but I didn’t want to believe He’d do that to me.) Dad passed away in March (read about that here). Well, she has not changed for the better and today, I lost it with her. After she refused to cease a critical attack upon my asking her to do so, I found myself delivering a very stern, “The Lord rebuke you! May the Lord rebuke you!” Being that it came from deep within, I was convinced that the Holy Spirit had just spoken.

In speaking about it with a close friend a little later, he was used of the Lord to open my eyes. It would seem that our wounds can express themselves. The scripture that comes to mind is, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;” Heb 12:15  By the time our conversation was finished, I’d had one of those holy moments where the Lord lovingly scourges us. So at church in the morning, I hope to get prayer for my all too human condition.

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On Being Judged

August 29, 2009

The scriptures make it clear that we will give an account of our lives to God, after this life. They also make it clear that our sins were already judged on the cross of Christ, some 2,000 years ago by man’s reckoning, yet before the foundation of the world, by God’s. So what’s the deal? What are we, as believers, going to be examining with Daddy?

We’re told that, “Man looks on the outside, but God looks on the heart”. Man sees the actions, God sees the motives. Therein lies the clue. Why we’ve done the “good works” that we have, will be brought into the light.

“Wood, hay and stubble”, will all be consumed in the fire of absolute truth at that judgement, resulting in loss. Only what is pure will remain and be rewarded for eternity. Only what has been done from love will be so accounted. All else is destined for destruction.