Don’t Count Them Out!

The wonder of God always amazes me. This morning I boiled eggs for my breakfast and lunch. I packed it away in my little plastic bag (my way of recycling … LOL) and put it in my tote. My tote sat in the passenger’s seat, unmolested in any way, as I drove to work.

In my office, I began to take from my tote the things I needed for my day including my food and snacks. As I separated the food items for what needed to be refrigerated and what could go in my cabinets, I saw that 2 of my eggs were cracked. One looked like a puzzle of a shell and the other looked like car glass when it’s hit by a rock with an impact point and little cracks spreading out from it.

I felt bad for my eggs.

However, as badly as their shells were damaged, they would still serve their purpose. They would provide my nourishment for the morning and give strength to my bones. They would satisfy my desire for healthy food.

Sometimes, we forget that people are like these cracked eggs. On the outside they appear broken, cracked, and unusable, but God, never wastes the hardships in life. Instead, he takes what he has put on the inside of the person, and uses that person to feed and nourish others who have been broken, cracked, and rendered unusable by society (and sometimes, the church).

When I listen to people who struggle with mental issues (suicide thoughts, bipolar, anxiety, depression) openly relay the glory of God, and how God gives them exactly what they need to push through these too often unspoken struggles, I KNOW THERE IS A GOD! We are far too silent in the church about mental illness, in my opinion, which may explain why they aren’t flocking to join with us. Just my opinion.

Too many Christians look down their noses at people and say, “they’ll never amount to anything or they crazy; I’m not messing with them.” But I praise God every day when I see and hear and talk to these very same people whom God uses in mighty ways to reach others who are without the hope believing Christians have. They are transparent about their struggles with mental issues and they openly shed light on the fact that God is a very present help. They speak openly and boldly on how God is right there with them, helping them body slam the lies the liar whispers to them. How God is there helping slay the dragons that nip and breathe fire upon their thoughts and minds in those dark hours. And how God wants to help them, too, if they will only let him into their lives.

Don’t count them out! That family member, loved one, or enemy whose shell is broken, cracked, and appears unusable. The power of God MOVES MOUNTAINS and PARTS SEAS; it causes the SON to shine, and the HOLY SPIRIT to apply healing ointment to comfort as He guides them back into the light of day. And this I know to be true because “it is written” for my ensample and example!

Don’t count them out! Instead, pray for them, listen to them, counsel with them, and both pray for them and with them. Don’t miss your divine appointment to meet someone right where they are at in their life – right where you are in yours. Try educating or learning a little something about mental health.

Don’t count them out! – God didn’t count you out, now, did he?

“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

James 5:11

Joseph: A Picture of Remaining True

When a man’s ways please God…

It starts from birth.  Children start out tender and sensitive to their environments.

Genesis 37:4 (KJV)

And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

  • A parent’s affection or lack of affection begins the building blocks of their foundation. When parents show favoritism to one child more than others it sets up an ungodly competition and causes discord between siblings. Every child should feel loved by their parents, even when they make poor choices and/or behave in ways not pleasing.
  • At our spiritual birth, we are hated like Joseph was, because of God’s love and favor towards us. Satan, once the anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28:12-15), hates us because we have becomes God’s heirs to the throne, the place he wanted to be, and the reason he was kicked out of heaven. And because he hates us, he continually seeks to make us stumble and fail at pleasing God so he can accuse and shame us before God as he has been shamed. The Story of Job is our picture of this truth.

 Don’t expect everyone to rejoice in God’s plan for you.

Genesis 37:8 (KJV)

And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

  • God has a plan for every Believer’s life. There are ones common to all of us such as “to love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37), and to ‘go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • Your service gifts are specific to you and how God has shaped you to be. Not everyone will be able to accept God’s vision for how He is using you to serve. So, don’t let other’s ridicule or rejection of sharing Christ and serving Christ affect you in a negative way.
  • Jesus was hated for proclaiming himself as the Messiah and saying he was sent by God the Father to do the will of His Father, even though it was true. Don’t expect to get a pass on being/doing what God is shaping you for, because Jesus didn’t, and he was Messiah (John 10:30-32).
  • Don’t feel bad when people reject the truth you speak from God’s Word. They have been blinded, and only God can remove the cover from their eyes. It’s our job to provide the torch that is lit by the power of God’s Spirit within us.

031219-HolyBibleLessons on our character, resisting temptation, unfairness, patience and God’s faithfulness.

Genesis 39

  • 1-5 – (v2) the Lord was with him; the Lord made him prosperous (v3, 23; it is God who gives us power to get wealth – Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.; Psalm 1:3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.);
  • 6b) He was a goodly person (He practiced living right… Proverbs 16:7When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.)
  • 7 – He was tempted to sin;… 1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
  • 8 – He refused to sin;… – 1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
  • 9c – He shows discretionhow then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? [Discreet: Prudent; wise in avoiding errors or evil and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash] (also, Genesis 41:33, 39; Mark 12:34And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.)
  • 10 – He resisted the temptation (hearkened not unto her) (James 4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.)
  • 11 – He didn’t avoid the temptation – (Proverbs 4:14-1614 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.)
  • 12 – Yet, he was delivered (And she caught him by his garment, … and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. [God will deliver us: 2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:]

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[Eternal security is found “in Christ” and, there is a plan already in place to guide you to that road:  Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:12, 10:9; 1 John 1:9]