This is part of the prophesy of Jesus, written hundreds of years before He came. Two sentences stick out to me. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” And “a man of suffering, familiar with pain” He was not sent here in the name of beauty. He was never meant for that. His looks and stature in life were never what was important. He was sent here with a purpose and He lived for that alone. He was always meant to take all the pain of sin and bear it so that someday we will no longer feel it. We may suffer for a little while but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5) Some sweet day we will rest in the true beauty of our Lord who understands our pain. Just look at how He was rejected and eventually “pierced for our transgressions”. These actions were prophesied long before they happened! Jesus always knew. He was never surprised by the actions that took place, yet He came here anyway. He isnt surprised by your actions either, yet He sent you here anyway. You are here for a purpose. Maybe you dont feel you have great beauty that attracts others to you. Maybe you strive for that. You dont have to. Maybe you feel that you suffer great pains and no one could possibly understand. There is a Man that does understand every bit of it, and He is a Man that promised to turn all bad to good if you will just give it to Him(Romans 8:28). “By his wounds, we are healed” Resurrect what Jesus has put inside of you. We all have purpose. My prayer is that we all see that, understand it, and live for that purpose alone. In Christ name, Amen
Acknowledging sin is not judging. Judging is when you pick apart someone’s sin, talk about it to others as if you dont suffer from sin, and look down on that person because of their sin. We are ALL guilty of being judgmental. It is impossible not to be, but we can ALL strive to do better. Let’s take the half time show for example. (I know, old subject now but stick with me). There are some that called those women trash. There are some that called their behavior trashy. Both sound pretty harsh. When I prayed over how to feel about situations like that, situations where sin is blatantly happening, God gave me an answer last night. Love those women. Are they willingly getting on that stage and possibly performing the same kind of dances that got John the Baptist beheaded? Maybe. Some say since they are doing this willingly then they are not being exploited. But God says they are being exploited. They are exploited by the enemy causing them to feel they have to behave that way to be entertaining. It is the same way I am exploited when the enemy convinces me that Im not strong enough to fight off cravings to eat, or that I shouldnt have to keep my mouth shut when Im angry. Honestly, it was only a few years ago that I felt like I had to be drunk and dance crazy to be entertaining as well. I love these women as Jesus loves me. I will pray for them. I will pray for our President. I will pray for Pelosi. I will pray for drunk drivers that caused life ending damage. I will pray for myself and my family. Anytime a nerve is struck by the enemy that makes me want to judge them, I will remember to love them instead. We were all made by the same God. Maybe choices we or others choose can make that hard to remember at times, but it is never wrong to pray.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds
Lord, help us to discern judgment from acknowledgment of sin. Help us to remember to pray for others while remembering we need others to pray for us. Thank You Lord for Your prayer warriors and remind us that prayer is always our strongest weapon and our responsibility as Your family. In Christ name, Amen
- You can pray all day for a blessing that God has promised, but if you won’t sit still and be quiet you can delay that blessing until you do. Just like a deer.
Psalm 62:5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
- You have to watch for blessings. If you keep your head down and sights on worldly things then a blessing can walk right past you and you will never even know it was there. Just like a deer.
Matthew 26:41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Sometimes the blessing isn’t what you expect. Sometimes the blessing isn’t if you receive what you prayed for, but what you exprience while you are waiting. It’s hearing the birds and the squirrels come to life as the sun rises. It’s watching the rabbit dance around the field. It’s seeing how nature behaves when it doesn’t know you are watching. You have to learn from and appreciate your experiences in the waiting because sometimes what you think you need never shows up. Just like a deer.
Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.
- Never stop praying and looking to God for wisdom. Just because the answer didn’t show up today doesn’t mean it is not on its way. Have faith, be patient, and keep showing up. Eventually, you will get it. Just like a deer.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.