It’s been a great week for us this week as Pat got a great doctors report. Our first great granddaughter Miss Marlee Major was born on Thursday (THANK YOU JESUS). I enjoyed a spirit filled Band of Brother’s meeting and we enjoyed accompanying our daughter Teresa Dobritz to New Horizon Ministries of Lincolnton, NC. We had a great time and loved the service. Thank you all for your hospitality, kindness and love.
During my studies this week, I heard something that brought these words to my mind. The decisions you make today, determine the drama you’ll face later! This blew my mind as I immediately saw how it was playing a part in my life. All those little insufficient comments I made about other people, those unkind thoughts that emerge in my mind while in heavy traffic or inconspicuously rushing to beat someone in line at a checkout counter. These are just a few attitude destroying meaningless actions that bring drama into one’s life. My thoughts, actions and beliefs either feed or starve the drama of this world!
Ten years ago, I couldn’t; “no” I wouldn’t understand why this subject is such a big deal. It doesn’t happen all the time and it’s never anything big, in fact most people don’t know or even notice what’s going on. Why? Because it’s happening inside of me! It’s like building a dungeon, it has to be done one brick or rock at a time. As you watch the any building process it takes place so slowly that you soon become accustomed to the obstructive view and simply choose to ignore or overlook the progress. 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NLT), But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. Satan works in a similar manner; his every action is so slow and so directed that we fail to realize he is methodically destroying bits of our self-esteem. Which weaken our resolve to follow Jesus, creating doubt in our belief and confusion to our commitment. Ergo attitude depredation!
Most of us will start to blame other people and situations for our dilemma which is only human. The sad part is, the longer we continue to be confused and blinded by the enemy the worse everything becomes. We lose our joy; our attitude stinks and we feel powerless to change. Then one day Satan sends someone your way with the message no believer ever wants to hear. We have become that word which every Jesus Follower hates to hear “hypocrite” and it is eating us from the inside out. Matthew 6:24 (NLT), “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. This verse uses money, but it helps me to insert the word self for money. As I have said for many years now, “I am my own worst enemy” when I sometimes forget that Father God Knows Best!!
It is at this point that our reading, praying and studying become just another routine to deal with. Our life begins to wither as our inside begins to suffer the battle scars of flesh and spirit. We soon develop an acute disgust for ourselves as we’ve allowed Satan to deceive us to the point of prideful shame and a real fear of public humiliation. God warrened us in, 1 John 2:15-16 (NLT), 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. The choice is ours to make!
I will be honest with you, it’s been my experience in meeting fellow followers of Jesus who are not joy filled, they are not living in the freedom that comes from Jesus. They know the scriptures, but they don’t know Jesus! There is no relationship of love being exchanged, no bond of trust to hold to and no hope for a better day. No quite time of seeking instruction, no feeling of relief for resolve toward situations and no resting on the promises of God. 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT), And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
This scripture encapsulates the root cause of drama and even give us the most needed instructions to prevent drama in our lives. We can live a joy filled, drama free life through simply walking, talking and obeying the examples Jesus left for us. Colossians 3:13-15 (NLT), 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Be reminded of, James 1:12-15 (NLT), 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. May God’s grace cover you with confidence and hope as you endure. Amen
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!