Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God…
1 John 3:1, 21
I should have known it was going to be a bad day.
You know the kind of day you get just after you are so
tickled full of God moments
that you fail to see the writing on the wall…
that Satan wrote that very morning because he was so annoyed with your joy.
The plotting that took place while you were busy recording
all of the awesomeness of God and then you figure
there is enough grace to spill over from yesterday to today and
the teeniest of sinful attitude sneaks right by without you even aware.
You move on through the day and feel one droplet of joy, less.
But, it’s OK, because you had such an amazing day yesterday
that you did not realize you left your Spiritual Armour
by your bedside and overlooked clothing yourself in love.
Because well, yesterday was so good, it will count into today.
The enemy smirks as He knows he just might be able to rob you blind,
before you realize your mistakes.
Then the day carries you off on wheels and you are wondering if that brief prayer was really enough
because your joy hit the brakes just as your attitude took that sharp left turn…
and you start to look at those you love as enemies.
You ponder to yourself when they morphed.
Now you hold your tongue because you know it’s counted as wisdom.
But you’re dirty.
It’s not even noon yet, and sin has soiled your day.
Confession takes a moment but your heart is hanging on to that
because it feels somehow good, even though you know deep down it’s wrong.
“You Know Who” is smiling,
and you are starting to feel
ever so less
Flesh is rank and its remnants surface… familiar.
The stench is bad but you are too busy justifying the whole stinkin’ business, now.
You are wondering where God is…because everything feels off.
Rationalization starts to get mentally creative as you are no longer present
with your loved ones but standing at the edge of an abyss
that beckons you come…
you look down peering long and hard and every dark thought
that’s crossed your mind
swims in the dismal sea bidding you to jump.
You look back, remembering His face-
grace holds you firm.
But you are walking a dangerous line.
Poison is running through your veins and
the memory of His blood,
Sin’s venom can kill, or slowly deplete you of love, joy, peace.
Coldness seeps in where warmth lived.
The angry words hit your face like a slap.
You absorb them.
The lack of intimacy leads to disrespect and murder.
You die inside.
Every gesture a landmine.
Every response a loaded gun.
He makes everything new.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He forgives now.
“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
He is coming in the clouds.
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
The reason the Son of God appeared
was to destroy the devil’s work.
1 John 3:8
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
hat whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because
he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
It takes one minute to turn back to the everlasting arms.
Be embraced by His grace.
He has promised.
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.