Saturday, January 31, 2009

Divorce..The Unforgivable! Part 2


NOT!

Have you ever heard some preacher or teacher say that "You cannot get to heaven on your Grandmothers coat tail." I have. That is how I lived. I remember the Sunday mornings and the Sunday nights and Wednesday nights and choir practice and WMU meetings (Women's Missionary Union). Grandmother took me to ALL of them. It was church church church. I was raised for the most part on the back of a pew in a small town and because of that I settled into a false reality of being "saved." After all I knew all the songs and could tell you all the bible stories. I was a good girl, did not drink (yet) smoke (yet) dance (YET). Justified by the law, living in the law, hiding under the "Do's" and "Don't Do's".
Religion....... It will kill you.

Why do we EVEN try to justify our sin? Not just the divorce that hangs over us that have lived in that shame but the SIN. All the sin, the sin that SO easily besets us.
We have the Scribes and the Pharisees to give us the example. They walked around pious with their sins and secrets hidden under a facade of their righteousness, and they demanded the same from others but not really expecting results.
Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery, and the crowd that gathered. They were shouting and reminding Jesus of the law. Now Jesus had quite a following so you must know that there was a crowd and look who brought her to HIM.
Take a minute and read this

Jhn 8:3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, Jhn 8:4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
Jhn 8:5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"
Jhn 8:6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have [something] of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with [His] finger, as though He did not hear.

He ignored them..... or so it seems... Just let them dig themselves deeper.. I would love to have been there and had my camera, take a picture of that writing in the sand.

Jhn 8:7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."

Jhn 8:8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.


He ignored them..... or so it seems... AGAIN.....

Now walk through that; they are not speaking to HIM in kind even tones, there is yelling and shouting and verbal insults being hurled. The woman lay curled up on the ground awaiting the first stone, and from whom she had no idea. There was chaos. There was a crowd.

Then HE waited. Then, by the burning conviction of their hearts they began to turn away, and do you not find it interesting that the oldest went first then down to the youngest. The wisdom of age, they knew, they turned away, THEIR sin had found them out and there was no justifying the slaying of the woman, unless they too be stoned.

Jhn 8:9 Then those who heard [it], being convicted by [their] conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest [even] to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Jhn 8:10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

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Jhn 8:11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.
Jhn 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Jhn 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, "You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true."

Jhn 8:14"Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.

Jhn 8:15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

Now ladies, do not read this in a passive tone, read it as it happened. Walk through that with the crowd and then with the ones accusing, then the WOMAN, don't forgot to see this through her eyes. Watch Jesus as they yell... Why do we think this was a peaceful crowd? It was not.. Watch them as they approach HIM.

They were so angry at him that they (the Pharisees) accused HIM in verse 13 of being a liar and spouting things that HE believes, and not the law. They were angry that they were not going to get permission to stone her.

I have said all that to say this, look at the last scripture in that story,

JOHN 8:15 YOU JUDGE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH; I JUDGE NO ONE.

I have not digressed from my original thought, this is about sin and the judgment of the crowd and the GRACE of the Savior.

In the later years after the Lord brought me out of my darkness and began to teach me as to HIS ways and the life that HE has for me I would use a scripture to stop many a different teacher and preacher that would want to put me back into condemnation.

You see God does not judge our flesh, HE has already judged us and killed us and we are buried with Christ.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

We have read these scriptures all our life, but we must understand what HE is saying. HE knew that we would be judged according to the flesh by the crowds.

God has made provision for the flesh, we need to understand that. There is a sin nature in the flesh and God had to kill it, so we were crucified with Christ. HE has made provision for our flesh, HE killed it. Consider yourself dead, but still alive, living according the the life that now lives in me, the life of Christ.

We have to learn that. We are going to have fits with the flesh until we lay it down. It is not going to go without a fight.

But now in the believer HE judges the heart. It is the heart where the trouble lies, it is divisive and evil and it is where HE comes and HE changes. What a job HE has.

In the book of James in the following verses we read.......

James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
James 2:9 but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Jam 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.

Ok. If you love your neighbor and do them no harm, but if you love your other neighbor more and do them well, you have more respect for one than the other, you have committed a sin. OMG! Then how do we live without sin? We do not.

Then it goes on to say that if you keep the WHOLE law and then fail in just one, you have broken them all. If you tell a lie, just one lie then you are guilty of murder, lust, killing, adultery, gossip stealing....you are guilty of breaking all the law. Now that right there will make a Sadducee very sad you see and a Pharisee, go and hide.

If you lust after a woman or man in your heart, you are as guilty as the one that commits the act.

IT is a heart condition, HE judges our hearts. That keeps us free, it is hard to understand but we are free when we understand that HE can come and live in our hearts and HE brings the life that HE now lives and imparts the full nature of the Father...... and if that be so then NO man can throw the first stone. For who knows the heart of man, Only God..

This is not a life of good, gooder and best, or bad badder or worst! (you teachers out there just take a deep breath, it will be ok)
There are not sins that God will wink at and sin that God will strike us down for; there is sin. If it is not holy it is unholy and if it is unholy it is sin.

Now, after reading that, which is the word of God and not my thoughts it is clear that Christ came to save us from our sin and not sins. Oh Lord help me for I am a sinner saved by grace and not of works least any man should boast.

Now all of this said is not to justify anything, least of all divorce, but where in the world do we say that one sin is forgivable and the other is not, or where do we judge the hardness of the heart in divorce over the hardness of the heart over murder or stealing or lying or malicious hatred and the list can go on and on and on. Where do we find in the word of God the greater and lessor sin? We cannot. HE walked the walk to Calvary to cleanse us from our sin. HE saw ALL my sin when HE hung on that tree... HE loved me still and HE offered to me salvation through HIS shed blood. HE judges me not in the flesh but now HE judges me according to my heart.


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Ladies, I think I might have only one more in this study.... possibly two.............

Next Wednesday

Ignorance Gone To Seed...............




Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why Her? Part 1


She does not have much "space" in the word of God......Only a few scriptures, but the impact of that few scriptures has had and will continue to have a profound meaning to countless women around this world............IF we as believers walk with her through her life we will see the sorrow and see the joy of that moment in time in her life.

I studied very many years ago via tapes and even in his church back in the late 80's,
a man of God that was so deep in the word it left a lasting impression in my spirit.
I am so sorry to say that I cannot recall his name right now, but maybe before I finish this post it will come to the front of my memory. His church was in Tulsa but not sure if he is even there now. I learned many things from sitting under his ministry but the most valuable thing was the way that he studied scripture. He studied in stories and not in chapter verse.

I began to do that many years ago and to this day I can tell you where a story is but I have a hard time giving you chapter and verse. You see once I began to study in story form
it surpassed the stop start titles and verses and chapters. The word of God took on life and in each story I traveled with each person to peer through their eyes of the things that were recorded.
Her story is passed over by many due to the fact that they do not know what to do with her.. I have read many a commentary that makes me angry as to the "interpretation" that they pen.
Harsh words spoken about her and her scarlet letter. I beg to differ.

It was in the study of the scripture in story form that I became to so love this woman with no name. I studied her, I admired her and I wept with her and I felt her anger and her loneliness. I lived the day to day with her as she walked the streets of Samaria and listened to the whispers and the scorn and the religious hypocrites of her day, the men shunning her with their words and the women with their eyes.

I am just guessing but I would think she was in her middle 40's given the life span back then and she was tired and worn out. She was a mother I am quite sure that and a daughter, possibly a sister or even an aunt to children of her siblings. She was you, she was me, she was intended to be recorded in the scripture. It was not by chance that HE went to THAT well THAT day and THAT time. HE does nothing by accident. Nothing.

I walked with her that day to the well, she did not go early as the other women of the city. She was tired of their unspoken disdain. She knew they watched her, she felt their eyes. She was weary and would rater suffer the noon day heat than the piercing stares of their judgment. She went in the heat of the day, she went alone. I have acted in the very same manner. Easier to go alone than risk their stares. And so goes the voices in her head.

He arrived first, HE was waiting. She approached HIM with caution knowing that HE was not a Samaritan, but a Jew. Jews did not like the Samaritans and viewed them as low class. They would not even walk through Samaria, which is called Sychar. What was HE doing here?
She was a dog in HIS sight, or so goes the voices in her head. She was regarded to be unworthy to even look at HIM let alone speak. Her eyes cast down as she approached that well. Her life was fixing to change.

If we are to believe that the Father God wrote not with pen and ink but wrote upon the hearts of those that are authors of HIS word, then we must believe that each jot and tittle is inspired by the third person of the trinity and each jot and tittle is anointed to be recorded.

What do you think of her? What do you REALLY think of her? She has 5 divorce papers laying in her top drawer. Each a lifetime past. Each with sorry she reviews them in her head and moreover in her heart. What is there about that men hate? Why do they use me and then throw me away?
I am just like her and I am living in your town and I am shopping at the same place that you shop. I could be sitting in your church or sitting beside you at PTA. I might be one that works in your local hospital or in the city court house. I am the one taking the kids to school and hurrying on to work and maybe I am the receptionist at your dentist office or Dr office .......
she could be in a million places doing a million things but I can tell you without
a shadow of a doubt that SHE is among you.

She is broken some days and some days she is angry and sometimes she just does
not see the need to ever try anymore. She has been thrown away.

I can tell you this one thing before I finish and let you ponder and wait till part two, her heartache is twofold. The world gives her brands with an unwritten standard and the second source of her heartache comes from within walls that bear the name of the very one that came to save her.
A scarlet letter that comes from the Sadducee and Pharisees,
the religious order of the day is the one that causes her much more pain than the world can inflict. That is the one where hope is destroyed and grace that HE gave so freely, she can not afford. HIS grace is replaced by judgment and her sins are far too many and not even HIS blood can wash away her stain.
Listen to the voice in her head, listen to her reasoning as she approached that well. Listen to her heart.............. The very heart cry that caused the HOLY SPIRIT to speak to the Christ and causes the Christ to go toward Samaria .......... John 4:3 He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee John JOHN 4:4 AND HE MUST NEEDS GO THROUGH SAMARIA

Why do I admire her and name my blog after her? Why do I read and read her story again and walk with her before salvation and after salvation? Why her, I will tell you.

PART TWO SATURDAY

DIVORCE: THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN.......
(or so the voices say)





Monday, January 26, 2009

MY 15 Minutes of Fame...........

MY INTERVIEW

Hootin' Anni has asked for volunteers to be interviewed by none other than Anni herself. Since Anni is so much fun, I couldn't resist volunteering. She sent me the questions in an email and this is what I have to do.




Now for my questions sent to me by Hootin Anni ............

1] Your town is going to collect items from those who reside there, and asked you to participate. The items will go in a time capsule not to be opened for 200 years. What would you donate and why?

Answer.

I have a Dake bible that I have had many years now. I bought it right after being born again. It is old and worn out and its pages are marked with yellow and green and blue. In the margins are notes scribbled with pen and pencil and you cannot find one "clean" page in it's entirety. When we were pastors of a church in the late 80's I wrote the day and time that each person in our congregation was born again, and then the date that we baptized them.

It contains scraps of paper with scriptures and notes and pressed flowers and a few pictures of the members and the pictures of the days we filled the church with laughter....... Some of those people have gone on to meet the Lord and with some I have lost touch, but within the pages of that bible is the history of many lives and the history of the years of growth in the Lord for me. Within those pages is the words of my Father God to instruct us how to live without fear......... I am afraid that the coming generations will move further from the word that will save them and keep them safe and in 200 years, who can say.......... I want that generation 200 years from now that 200 years before them there were people of God , full of grace and passion. People that believed what the book said from cover to cover. Christians, believers in Jesus Christ....


2] Envision the color red and describe what you see at this very moment, as objects you love, with the color red in/on them.

When I look out my back patio door, I see many a pair of red Cardinals. I make sure that have plenty of the things that they love to eat. They bring me joy just to sit and watch as the move from feeder to feeder. They are especially beautiful when there is snow and ice on the ground. Then there is the Climbing Don Juan Rose bush that is silently moving up the back of the house between my bathroom window and my bedroom window. They are absolutely beautiful in the summer time with their deep burgundy red blooms on long stems...... I clip them and have several vases around the house to display them for may hours of enjoyment.

I also have a red dress jacket with a little white hankie just peeking out of the pocket.. I love wearing it with my black dress slacks when I want to look sexy! I will be sad when it is worn out.. or too big...........(yeah)

3] If you were going to be interviewed, literally, by a celebrity....who would you like to meet/have interview you?

President George W Bush..... I want to see that man face to face. I want to meet the man that had the faith and conviction of what he believed in to do that which was necessary in the face of great disdain. He kept us safe from harm and he was treated as a devil. He was hated for what he believed in. He kept the unborn safe, he gave us a since of security that as for me now I have lost. Yeap. He is a celebrity in my eyes and he is a faithful obedient child in the eyes of the Father God.


4] Fashions and fads come and go....in your lifetime, did you ever wear something that was en vogue, and wouldn't now, that you're at your age you are? If you did, what was it...why did you like it?

Oh yeah baby! I wore micro mini skirts with halter tops.. I had black chokers with cameos. I had Afro hair. I had bell bottom pants that were at least 18' across. I wore hip huggers with chain belts and suede vests with tassels to my knees........... Oh yeah baby! Why did I like it? OMG........ I was as wild as a MARCH HARE, and everyone else was wearing the same!
NO I would not wear today.......... my son would arrest me and lock me up !


5] Do you have any phobias? If you do, list them and try and tell me WHY you've come to fear these things. If not, then, what makes you fearless?


The only thing that I fear is heights. Cannot go up into the mountains and especially cannot go up if the road is on the side of the mountain. Cannot look down. It is a fear that paralyzes me and the reason being as I had a bad encounter in Germany with a very very tall mountain. I was on a very large bus and the bus went around corners that were not wide enough for all 4 wheels. It moaned and groaned up that mountain and by the time we were half way up I was on the floor board..... I swore when I got to the top that I would not get back on that bus............. When it was time to leave, I found the walking path and walked down that mountain. Four hours later we arrived at the plateau where we had left the car. My friends and my husband did not speak to me the rest of the day and night......Cannot say I blame them........ It left me with a terrible fear of heights... I see no need in trying to overcome it now! hahahah

Now that was fun !!!!!!!!!!





Sunday, January 25, 2009

SWAMP BUNNY

Hahahahhahhahah Is that too cute or what! I found this picture
AFTER I named this post.......... hahahh I could not resist!

Girls, most of you know I have my own business here at the house....... and I am SWAMPED !!

I will be back Tuesday to post my interview with Hoot and a new post you do not want to miss...... Pray for me as it is the nearest and dearest thing to my heart.......... Divorce! It is why I am here in the blog world........ Got to share!

Love ya all!