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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Hide and Seek


Humility- Defined

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Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God. –Jerry Bridges

Where are we all going these days? What is happening to people? The trains we hop on to escape truth and conviction are at a halt deep in the desert of reality. There is no denying the condition we have put ourselves in as far as a united army against the enemy. The enemy, our own agreement with spoon fed defeat in any and everything, manifests in a display of hatred versus hope, pride versus humility, and destruction versus deliverance.

We are playing nothing more than a game of hide and seek during our days on this planet. Pre determined days, might I reiterate, ones that God has ALREADYintended for us to personally use in a purposeful and powerful way. There is no escaping truth. Either you seek hope, grace, a light load and peace, or you hide from accountability and a free hand of rest and resolution.
Imogen Heap brilliantly executed my point in one of my favorite songs of all time Hide and Seek. What she means with her lyrics I cannot say, nor do I pretend to imply, that they are about what I am speaking of. In any case, the point is made clearly by her words no matter how you choose to apply them on your own.

I imagine God would write similar lyrics about our state as a unit, as a team, as a species. Disappointed would best be my answer if asked how God feels about the way people are turning out to be collectively for their purpose.

If, as an army for peace and prosperity, we could all just stop hiding from the fact that we are all scared, we are all flawed and all sometimes living in a world of disappointment, then we could all seek God and a solution.

God loves each and every one on this earth. Yep, even the ones you judge or preferred to categorize as doomed just minutes ago. Hate to break it to those who have stood on God’s Word only to use it as a podium to preach their perversion of the truth, but God does not exclude anyone from His love. Regardless of interpretation or litigation, God does not look to people to dictate His love. He created us to demonstrate it and be fighters for it.

You cannot be faithful to a movement when you are following a parked car. Get behind He who looks to always move you by moving through you and before you. He wants to take the heat for you by leading you. Glean behind the reaper. Stop shoving opposition in front of omnipotence and then God will find you. You seek what you find. That’s not an opinion, it’s a reality.

All we are is dust. All we have is a place to fall and a shape to create collectively. I hope to be a part of a beautiful, natural disaster. Peace and encouragement as a team are the perfect storm! God is warning us to prepare for the impending events which cannot be out ran, out worked, out smarted. God is saying I love you. The blood and tears were here before you, In fact, they were shed by the Jesus because of you and His love for you! Now, the outcome of what you want to do with your chance at greatness is reliant on YOU. God will. He has, is, and always will deliver. The only thing this world and it’s embarrassing display of unity has, is, and will continue to do do is get worse if we don’t choose to seek God together.

Read the lyrics, cry, kick, scream, or toss this message in the trash if you like. I am never posting to dictate or debate. Why would I think God needed me to defend Him or beg anyone to be loved by Him? I’d be an idiot to put such a high label on myself or ability. God needs me to do one thing. I am to seek the hurting or hopeless, those who, like myself, have a world of crazy and only ounce left of optimism. To relate to people through telling my testimony and, by His Word, help hide the the illusion of defeat and illuminate the truth of DECREE. We are heirs to the kingdom of Heaven! It’s decreed! Stop hiding from your shadows. The light is what removes even the scariest of shapes that creep in the night. If its dawn you are after, quit staying out all night and falling asleep before the sun can rise. Trust me! It’s always darkest before the dawn. Grab a Starbucks and wait for it. You won’t want to sleep through another sunrise again once you have experienced God’s daybreak on your breakdown! Push to participate in what you already are enlisted in! God’s army against the dark! You win already! Why choose to lose? Don’t be shocked at disappointment when you seek it. Don’t be shocked at God’s love for you when you receive it!

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