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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Can you humbly be tough on someone, even to the point they resent it, yet be righteous?
falselyaccused.jpgCan you humblybe tough on someone, even to the point they resent it, yet be righteous?
"Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course." ~Adrian Cadbury

Ever had to tell someone something they really didn’t want to hear for their own good?

 It’s tough to do isn’t it?

 What is worse is when the person hates us for it!

Here is one example…

I work as a project manager and a few years ago I got called into a project that was in trouble having spent $600 000 and had failed to achieve anything. The project manager was supposedly totally inadequate to the challenge, but they had known that when they put him into the position.

Now, I had to rescue the project and the company doing the work was to pay for it as the client was not going to.

I specifically asked for the project manager to stay on as he had knowledge I needed. I pointed out that I could build his knowledge so that he would not do this again. This was agreed to.

We worked had, I rescued the project and I did build the project managers skills hugely. Yet, my superiors told me that they were going to let him go at the end of the project and that I was not to tell him.

Integrity meant I had to comply and those last days were difficult with much prayer as I never lied but had to redirect questions to comply with their request.

The project ended and we had to let him go.

He hates me!

Yet, all I did was attempt to assist him.

Sometime when we do the best we can for someone, they just don’t appreciate it. Yet I know that being subject to his verbal abuse is worth it because he has skill to go forward in his life successfully. Skills he would not have had if I hadn’t bought the time to help him by requesting he stay until the end of the project. I think the company was admirable in giving him that time and not firing him immediately as well.

This is a case described by the bibles words…

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

We all have times when we interact with others.

We need to be sure we are not manipulating them to achieve our own desired goals, but rather caring for them and respecting them as we move towards the goals God has placed in our lives. If we are looking to do the best for others, and they don’t respect it, then we are doing right.

Even if they hate us for doing right!

Every parent with a teenager knows something of this. Folk, when we do things for the good of others after prayer and consideration of God’s direction we are doing good.

Think about that today!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is this “living sacrifice”? I thought sacrificing was over in today’s world!
WalkingThroughChallenges.jpgWhat is this “living sacrifice”? I thought sacrificing was over in today’s world!

“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” ~ Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Okay so “living Sacrifice” is a Christian band…but they didn’t invent the term.

Paul, a guy who lived around the time of Jesus the Christ coined the phrase “living sacrifice”

Around that time, sacrifices were made to gods to take the place, and be the receptacle, of the wrong things done by the person offering it.

It was believed that unless blood flowed and something died, the wrongs a person had done would accumulate on them and drag them down in life and later after death, destroying the ability to live well and happy.

Poor people used smaller animals and the richer more expensive, but they all had the same effects.

Paul explains that this is not necessary since Jesus died in Hebrews 9 (NIV)

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. … 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. … 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Then Paul writes the following in Romans 12 as well …

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

He is referring to the fact that we as Christians have given over control of our life to God to use as he pleases.

We use our bodies as an offering to God for his good purpose. He completes us and directs us on eternal paths that right and true. That way we respond to God daily each moment with joy and love. Wanting to be the sacrifice to Him that is pleasing and right. God blesses us as we do this and we are given a joy that is different to happiness that seems to be the utopia in the modern world. We find deep meaning and true purpose that fulfills and completes us. Jesus takes away the pain of our failures and grows us towards eternity. When we die we go to be with him where we will do amazing things with God.

Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t it wonderful to be dead to sin but alive as a sacrifice to God’s amazing challenges daily?

Let’s go enjoy today knowing we walk with the creator of the Universe! He's our protector as we walk the path he has planned for us, no matter how difficult it appears to be. He is near!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The trustworthy one
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“People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

Trusting ourselves is probably the most certain way to be confident of an outcome, and we often fail ourselves, don’t we? We deny truth about ourselves sometimes as well. "I'm completely trustworthy" we can sometimes say while knowing there are times we have failed. Our statement rings about as about as true as a pregnant women denying she is having a baby. We all fail ourselves sometimes!

If we cannot be certain when trusting ourselves, we have less certainty when trusting others, don’t we?

This means we can be afloat in a sea of uncertainty very quickly in life. Obviously we learn we have to trust, even where there is no guarantee the trust will not be abused. We learn some people are more trustworthy than others and we learn to make ourselves more trustworthy to others.

Yet, there is one person who is completely trustworthy!

Psalm 25 in our sacred writings put it this way:

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.

No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

Jesus is trustworthy and died to prove it. He rose to prove he is the ultimate hero.

 These days we are so impressed by these Marvel comic hero’s that they bring to life on the big screen. These fake paper born characters enthuse and delight us.

Yet they are vapour, not real and have no truth or integrity other than that which some person wrote into them.

Jesus was a living flesh and blood guy. He lived, slept with, ate with and walked hundreds of kilometers with others who thought him so important they wrote down what he did. He is God come as man.

Can we trust him?

Absolutely!

Let’s trust him today.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Forgiveness and trust are not the same
yourFaultPointing.JPGThere’s a world of difference – a night and day kind of difference between forgiveness and trust. Forgiveness is about the past – what has happened. Trust is about the future; what the relationship will be like from here on out.”  JConrad

Forgiveness is instant, trust takes time!

Christians are forgiving people, but that does not mean they need to be trusting people.

Ask anyone who has had to deal with an alcoholic and you will get a clear distinction between forgiveness and trust. The Christian dealing with the alcoholic will forgive them, but trust them around alcohol or money and access to buy alcohol. No! That will not occur for many years.

Why?

The alcoholic has a drive to do evil to themselves that overcomes their good intentions and self-controls.

God wants us to forgive others.

God does not want us taking revenge.

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19 NIV)

Paul advises the Christian Colossians in chapter 3(NIV) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

That’s significant forgiveness. It is total and complete.

Yet he advises the church at Corinth, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

The person is forgiven, but not trusted and must in fact be expelled from the church.

In fact Paul advises Timothy (1 Ti 5), “As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

We as Christians are not push overs. We are not to be manipulated by those who would use underhand techniques to get their ways. Jesus is truth, sincerity and honesty in person. We being like him should be the same. Jesus loves all and forgives all. Yet sin is not accepted.

He says…Matthew 23:27-28(NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Jesus called it like it was. He didn’t trust these people. He knew their hearts. Yet he died so that could be saved. He forgave them!

Trusting them would be dependent on how they changed and earned that trust.

That’s the difference. That’s what we as Christians are meant to do as well.

We can forgive but be careful in trusting.

How about let’s do it today?
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