Oblivion: The Deadliest of Plagues


For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV)

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Futile and fumbling we all need to be saved;
Arrogantly and ignorantly, that’s how we’ve always behaved.
Yet we act like we are so powerful;
We fake it like it’s real.
We curse the remedy to our suffering;
We prefer to remain in our sickness instead of ask for the One who can heal.
Pointless riddles have become our favorite past time;
Truth is hidden under foot.
Every step we take in pride lead us farther from our roots.
God forgive them…
The “wise”, the “mighty”, the ones who assume they are ahead;
The ones who would willingly waltz right into hell than into your kingdom if they simply learned to be led.
Have You not made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Why can’t they see they will come to nothing?
All the labels, all the empires, all the hatred…. All for nothing?

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And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

God thank You for Your Power, thank You for your grace;
Help us frail human beings to stand firm in this place.
The devil has deceived so many, just like I was once led far away from You;
Convinced them that their idea of knowledge somehow makes what they understand to be true.
A lie is never the truth even if told a thousand times;
What we see isn’t what we always get, God help them read between the lines.

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.“ For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:3 – 15:6 NKJV)

The Gospel aka the Good News, God why won’t they just receive?
We will all stand before the judgement seat of Christ, regardless of what we believe.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation (2 Corinthians 1:3-1:7 NKJV)

God, You make beauty from ashes, a message of our mess;
Help all to hear You in the darkness and let them all confess….
That they cannot be You in any way; they must be able to be led.
That they labor in vain to reach Your heart because Christ’s blood has already been shed.
Sound the alarm God, please wake this world from their sleep;
You have promised us redemption in Jesus;
Every promise You make, you keep.

Get right with God before you get left;
Forever in your worst nightmare and a victim of identity theft.
The devil may be a liar, but what then does that make you?

Easily fooled and only left out of God’s kingdom because you CHOSE to….listen to yourself instead of to your creator; To accept that Jesus came to rectify your selfishness and your reckless behavior.

WAKE UP WORLD!

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God loves you. Do you love Him back? Get honest with yourself and let Christ give you what you lack….

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 1:4-7)

Caught Red Handed


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“He who chooses to be a master never does just enough to get by; nor does he cut corners or attempt to cheat the system. He who chooses mastery lives his life asking, ‘How can I do more, give more, be more, and thereby accelerate the achievement of my ultimate destiny?’.” -James Arthur Ray

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Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me. The war against trickery seems to be fought on a daily basis. My favorite book, the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, not only addresses such deceit, but the very worst kind….The lies we tell ourselves!

We have an awful way of breaking our own hearts with some of the things we convince ourselves of, however, when another person takes it upon themselves to do the breaking, it seems much harder to recover. There is nothing worse than coming to find out the truth you very much believed in was all the while a fraud. I am not a stranger to this tragedy. In fact, I may as well have written it myself. I have been both the liar and the lied to and can confidently say both are just as painful. Thank God I was blessed with the opportunity to rebuild the bridges I burned with the fire of my tongue, but sadly there are people who are completely content in watching the cinders burn. People who lie for sport. People who simply do not care what they have to do or who they have to hurt in getting what they are after.

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But no, the people are like crafty merchants

selling from dishonest scales –

they love to cheat (Hosea 12:7 NLT)

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Honesty is the foundation of all relationships whether they be with others or ourselves. One cannot plant strong roots in weak soil. When we lie, cheat, and manipulate in order to satisfy our wants, we forfeit our ability to attain true happiness and simultaneously destroy the idea of that happiness for those we hurt when they realize what we have done. It is so much easier for everyone if we say what we mean and mean what we say. God sees all the things we do when we think no one is watching.

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The sick feeling that accompanies being a fake is actually discernment. We know very well what we are doing in the midst of dishonesty and that it is not okay, but money, lust, and fear have brilliant ways of convincing us otherwise. Regardless of the temporal gain we may feel we achieve via cutting corners and the hearts of others, the long lasting outcome is loss of much more than we realize. In an instant all the things the devil promises you will fade and you will be left empty handed and full of regret.

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Do not get caught red handed in the cookie jar. If you know you shouldn’t be eating a cookie then don’t eat one! If you want a cookie that badly ask for one! God would rather you ask for help than see you take matters into your own hands despite the consequences. He knows your desires and He knows much better than you whether or not what you crave now will be satisfying to your long term happiness. Trust Him and be trusted by others. Eventually someone will notice they are low on cookies and you will be the only one around with chocolate on your face and
a tummy ache!

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Mean What You Say, Say What You Mean


Gratitude

is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:15-16

“Thank You” … Two little Words. One big problem. These two words are what we use to represent one of, if not the most important, things which make us able to love and be loved.
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Break down the word and basically you get “Great Attitude”. To be lacking something of need and receive it by another is an experience that never feels the same way twice. Each time we sigh that sigh of relief it is for a different reason, but our reaction to the receiving should stay the same.

We should always be grateful. To express appreciation we should at least say thank you. Every time. The problem is today many people do not say anything. Unfortunately it is becoming clear that when we say or hear thank you, it is insincere and is simply an automated response or a requirement.

The sad thing is that I have found myself accountable many times behaving this way. I am sure at some point or another many of you have as well.
I suppose it would depend on what was given to decide our level of sincerity when we express our thankfulness. It It is not suppossed to be this way. To have something, anything, that we did not have and now do because of another is reason enough to be appreciated and reciprocated.
Jesus is our model for every possible response to any given situation. He gave when He should not, He suffered when He did not, and He died because we could not. We never could have done such things in our own strength. He did.

Nine people out of ten fail to understand the lengths Jesus went to in order to secure our salvation. Most people fail to be truly thankful for what He gave us and continues to give us as believers. ETERNAL LIFE.

The lyrics to the song One Gave Thanks by Charismatik reflects on all this and inspired me to write and think about significance of the words thank you. The song beautifully depicts the way we should show gratitude to the Lord and why. The song also led me to Matthew 21 in the Bible which teaches us about our faith in the fact God will provide in the first place.

Matthew 21- An Analysis

A page from an 11th century Gospel of Matthew ...

When we have faith we then receive all we need or want from God. We should be in a constant state of awareness that each day is cause for thanks to God not just what happens during them.

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