I woke up this morning thinking about how Jesus invites us to walk on water. Water symbolizes emotion. It’s unstable, it’s certainly not a sure foundation. It’s volatile and the sea is unpredictable.
Our lives get that way sometimes. When you feel like you have no foundation anymore and emotions brim at the surface, keeping your eye on Jesus and realizing He’s right there with you, helping you walk on the water, reduces anxiety and facilitates miracles.
That’s one thing I love about the 90 Day Light The World: Build The Kingdom Challenge. Each morning we ask God one thing we can do to be a light, to build His kingdom. Then we act on the inspiration and opportunities that come. This shifting of perspective to focus on the Master calms our hearts and minds, and before long we’re walking on water. Please join us! It’s incredible!
I taught a class in Utah on transforming your troubles into thought leadership and creating your online systems for getting your message out online. During the lunch break, I had a great conversation today with one of my students (soon to-be-best-selling author, Cosette Snarr) about the power of pain and how resisting pain actually prolongs it.
What we resist persists.
I think one thing that has expedited my healing is immersing myself in the memories, embracing the pain, shedding the tears, and seeing the blessings laced within the tragedy. God’s hand is everywhere when we take time to look for it.
The joy in this journey has been every bit as exquisite as the pain. It seems that pain hollows out a deeper crucible for joy.
I never thought such a thing would be possible, but through the grace and mercy of the Holy Messiah nothing is impossible. I’m incredibly grateful for what God is doing in my life.
As I’ve pondered on this further, I’ve thought about Jesus and the immense pain that went through — more than anyone, more than all of us combined. Then I think of the exquisite joy and glory He obtained as He now sits down on the right hand of the Father. I’m so grateful for what He endured for me and the rich blessings that are available to each of us through His grace.
(By the way, I wasn’t able to record a video for today because I was teaching all day and on the road to visit my grandson in Idaho all evening. But I hope this little thought gives you something to ponder.)
I had a couple interesting conversations with people about how the need to look perfect and like you have it all together can lead to depression, hopelessness, addiction and even suicide.
If you think about it, our society glamorizes the ideal. Photoshopping is not reality. A lot of us are tempted to portray only our “best side” on social media. There are subcultures in some religions that pressure people to look like they’re perfect and have no problems. And people with some “sins” or life challenges are hammered by internal and/or external shame.
The first thing Satan told Adam and Eve in the garden after they ate the fruit was that they should be ashamed because they were naked and to hide. He’s still telling us the same thing. That we should be ashamed of who we are and what we’ve done and to go hide.
A big part of my growth and healing journey has been to openly feel and admit my emotions and my challenges. When I acknowledge to another person (aka confess) Satan can’t shame me anymore over that thing. I’ve called him out and he holds no power over me there.
Satan tempts men to sin, then to be ashamed and to hide from each other and from God. Husbands hide from wives. Wives hide from husbands. Children hide from parents and we hide from each other in every aspect of society.
God gives us the solution. Confess, open your eyes and your ears to his love, receive Christ’s grace, let him heal you. Every sin is a result of a deep unmet need. Let Him meet the need and heal the wound and the desire for sin goes away. Then he touches you with his finger so you can shine like a candle on a candlestick.
With God, condemnation and shame are never part of the prescription. Don’t let Satan shame you. Call him out. Go to someone you can trust and confess the doubts, fears, emotions and thoughts he’s putting into your mind. Go to someone who is connected to Christ and let them walk beside you back to the Savior so he can heal you.
Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite hymns, “Be Still My Soul”
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” John 3:16-21
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
Peace of mind can be one of the most elusive things we seek in life. It remains out of reach for most people because there will always be challenges and problems. If those things are allowed to disrupt your peace, you’ll never know it for any length of time. Philippians 4:6-7 holds the answer. I discuss it in Day 21 of the Light the World: Build The Kingdom 90 Day Challenge video.
How many times has someone said something on social media that offended you or led to you feeling hurt or angry? It’s really easy to misunderstand what someone is saying on social media or via text. It’s hard to know what someone really means without hearing their tone of voice, seeing their body language or being able to read their minds.
How can we apply Biblical principles of how to treat each other to how we interact with each other on social media platforms like Facebook?
“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21
This short video talks about how to apply this passage to how we treat each other on social media.