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You Were Talking to HER?

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You Were Talking to HER?

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iamhe2"The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?"; for Jews have no dealings with Samaritans." (John 4:9)

The 'woman at the well' is a familiar story. It is one of the stories we tell our children. It is an account that we hear from the pulpit many times. I know I have heard and read it countless times before and yet today, I see Truth afresh.

As I read, the words come off the page at me, yet I hear them differently. I hear the same cries, yet they are different, "How is it that you, a CHRISTIAN, would ask for a drink from me, take time to talk with me without judgement, would look me in the eye and show love, me a woman of the World? for Christians have no dealings with drug addicts, unwed mothers, tree-huggers, drunkards, atheist, Muslims, people who curse, or die their hair blue."

Did that hurt? It hurt me. To be more accurate, it grieved the Holy Spirit which dwells in me. (Eph 4:29-32)

The Spirit, which dwells in me, longs to love on those around me. It longs to use my hands, feet and mouth to pour out Gods love to the people with whom I come in contact. You see, Jesus showed love to this woman who came to the well. He offered her life...everlasting life. He spoke to her. He looked her in the eyes and spoke directly to the heart of her need. He sees she is filling the hole in her heart with men. He sees her thirst for acceptance and love. He offered to fill the hole with living water, that she will thirst no more. He 'reads her mail.' He knew that she was an adulterer and that she was living with a man that was not her husband and He confronts her with that truth. He doesn't badger her, preach to her about how she was living in sin, stone her or begin to speak condescending and pious to her. He doesn't retract His offer of living water. No, he offers her the Truth of who He is. He offers her freedom from the bondage of sin that holds her captive. He offers her water that she may thirst no more. He offers to feel the hole with LIFE.

What do non-Christians have to say about most Christians today? Do they walk away and wonder why we can show love? Do they long for the joy they see in us? Truth be told, most non-Christians say, "Christians are Hypocrites, Judgmental and Pious." How do we change this? We must first start living like CHRIST!  Jesus loved those around Him. He healed their sicknesses physically so he could heal their sin spiritually. He gave the blind eye sight so he could open their blind heart to eternity before them. He fed their physical bodies so he could fee them spiritual Truth. If we, as Christians, want to see a change in this nation, if we want to save our neighbors and those we meet in the grocery store...we have to LIVE AS CHRIST lived. He loved on people. He met them where they were, met their physical need, their emotional needs and then He gave them spiritual food for their souls.

Don't forget Christ's death on the cross was for each and every person. (1 Peter 3:9)  No gender requirements or ethnicity specifications where placed on this gift. He died to pay for each of our sins. (John 3:16) Period. This gift of God is free (Eph 3:8) to anyone who will accept it but SO many don't even know what the gift is because His 'body', the church, is not being Christ-like. (Romans 10:14, John 13:35) Too many Christians are quick to point out the sin but not so quick to offer the love that can wash the sin white as snow. How hypocritical, judgmental, and pious...right?

My charge to you, and to myself,  is that we will truly follow Christ's example. That we will read the accounts of Christs life again and ask for the Spirit to give us revelation knowledge. That we will ask the Spirit to reveal prejudices in our hearts that hold us back from truly being the hands and feet of Christ. That we will learn how to offer the living water first, reveal the sin, in love, and then give them the keys to their freedom.  I pray we will have the courage to see Truth in the scripture, and to follow out God's leading when we do.

"And he <Jesus> said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel <the good news> to the whole creation." Mark 16:15

Katie

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My Floors Are Dirty!

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My Floors Are Dirty!

Clouds have covered the sunbeams for the most of 5 days. It has been cold and gray. Today, as I am basking in the beautiful beams of sunlight that are streaming into my living room…I notice that my floors are COVERED with dirt!  It has been raining and we have tracked dirt all through out the house. Last night…I didn’t even notice!  The light wasn’t as brilliant.

Dirty floors
Dirty floors

Our sin is like the dirt on my floors.  In the dim lighting of the world, it is hardly recognizable.  In fact...in comparison to the filth of the darkness, it even appears to be clean. But as I move closer to the brilliance of the Father’s perfection, and it begins to shine in and on my life, the spots of dirt become as evident as trash in a beautiful bed of flowers!

My sin becomes more evident…not more abundant…just more noticeable as my eyes behold the beauty of Perfection and see that I’m not “there” yet. As our loving Father gently shines on us His rays of light seem to point out areas that we need to “clean up”.  However, the Lord is not pointing out the dirt, the dust…our imperfections with an accusing finger.  No, He illuminates the sin so He can REDEEM us through His son’s great sacrifice. He shows us the dirt in order to make us more like Him…to walk as He is…Holy, Clean, Pure…as He sees us through the Blood of Jesus that covers us.

He came not to condemn, but to give us life! John 3:17, 10:10

So how do we clean up the dirt?

Just as spot cleaning my kitchen floor seems to be a good idea, once I start, there seems to be no end to the dirt and I just keep cleaning. I clean one area and it leads to the hall…then a bedroom…then another…and another. You see, it wasn't until I clean the source of the dirt…the Access Point…that I was able to know that the dirt would not continue to trickle into the rooms I had just cleaned.

SIN is like this.  We cannot merely clean up one area and hope that it will not return. NO! We must find the Access Point and cut it off.  In my home, the Access Point for dirt is the front door and porch.  When no one is passing through the door, the floors remain clean. If I want people to come through that door AND keep the floors clean, I have to sweep the Porch. In the same manner, if I don’t clean up the doorways to my life…what I read, watch, listen to, who I hang with, etc…I will continually have to clean up the messes it leaves.

Here are some whys to get our hearts and lives cleaned up?

  1. Stand in the Light. Don’t be afraid to dive into to the Word, Sing from your heart the songs of Worship and to be still and know He is God. His light is not an interrogation spotlight, it is the gentle, warm beam of light that shines through the window and leads to healing.
  2. Ask to see the dirt. Scripture tells us that when we ask the Lord to give us wisdom, He gives it abundantly. Ask Him to show you where sin is rearing its ugly head. Sometimes, we are walking in the shadow of the clouds and don’t even see the dirt. Pray and ask the Lord to reveal it in you…and ask Him to prepare your heart to receive what He shows you.
  3. Find the Access Point. When you see the dirt, ask the Lord where it is originating. If your attitude toward your husband is being effected by something you are watching, stop watching it.  If you see that resentment is building towards your children, ask the Lord why. If He reveals that the company you've been keeping is influencing that relationship, take a step or two away from that person. Clean up your porch and your house will stay clean.

 He gives beauty for ashes Strength for fear Gladness for mourning Peace for despair.

Beauty for Ashes, Crystal Lewis from Isaiah 61:3

Lord, thank you that your light is beautiful, revealing and gentle, Thank you that you give Beauty for Ashes. Father I ask right now, that you speak to our hearts and reveal in us areas that are dirty. I pray for strength to clean up the access point and I rejoice in the outcome. Fill us today with more of you!

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Sin Encroaches

The morning sun has made it's way above the trees.  It has greated me with a beautiful warm glow that I can feel penetrating into my room as it streams in from the windows.  I am sitting in the beams...reading the TRUTH, and observing.

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The pollen on the trees outside my window is dancing in the breeze. The sunlight makes them glissen like gold.  I notice I am a bit cooler...a chill has overtaken my warmth. The sun is a bit dimmer...not yet hidden. I look out.

The clouds are slowly encroaching. A light hazy look is now over the sun...but a gray glooming mass of clouds is soon to overtake its radient beams.

Sin is like these clouds.

Death comes crouching in...slowly...unexcpetedly. Then, we are over taken.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1Pe 5:8)

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. (Jas 1:13-16)

Stand firm...Be on guard...Put on the Armour of God that you might stand!

 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1Co 10:12-13)

Do not allow sin to steal your beams of radiant light! Stand and be on guard. God IS faithful.  He has and will provide a way of escape.  He will give you wisdom to thwart the enemies plan.  You can remain in the glorious, warm, golden beam of the Son...whose Light shines far more radiantly than the sun in the sky!

I am praying that our eyes are opened to the encroaching clouds. I am praying for wisdom...strong defenses...and VICTORY! I am praying that the peace of God that surpasses ALL understanding will be our refuge so that we can stand and stand firm in HIS power against the devour!

Love to you all!

Katie

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White as Snow

My son took this picture in our front yard...not as much snow as the back...but beautiful just the same!

This morning when I woke and peered out of my sheets, I beheld a beautiful, rare sight...snow covered branches and grass. There was gentle flakes still falling down. Again...Texas...this is RARE. I love the whiteness. I love how "clean" it looks. It covers all the mud we have been tromping around in for weeks. It makes the old table behind my house look charming again.
I got out of bed to go outside to listen to the snowfall. I am, and probably always will be, a Texas girl but my heart lives in the mountains of Colorado. I can't explain how snow sounds as it gently lands on branches. It's far different that any other kind of precipitation. And the smell...could it be any better...that cold, crisp scent of snow?
As I watched and listened to the snowfall, I was reminded of a scripture I read on Tuesday. Revelation 7:14b "...and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." What a picture. I was thinking about how the snow covered a multitude of ugliness. In the same way, Christ's blood covers a multitude of human ugliness. Hallelujah! What stuck out to me the most was that His blood doesn't melt away when it gets warmer outside, or we are in the fire of temptation, or when we've messed up! It remains. It's the filter through which the Father see us. He sees us as the beautiful bride in her white dress...waiting, preparing, longing for Him. Even when our dress has a stain...He sees the Blood of the Lamb that washes us white as snow. "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they be red as crimson, they will be as wool" Isaiah 1:18.
I want to take a snapshot of the trees in my mind and apply it to my heart. To see myself as God sees me. If we remember what we look like, we begin to act in that manner as well. Now that's food for thought.
I'm going to load cameras with batteries for my children to take pictures, make a hot breakfast and enjoy this beautiful day.
Blessings to you all as you go about your day!
Katie

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