We all know the wonderful fact of Abraham. But do you know Abram?
In our pre-christian walk we think that we are not worthy to have GOD care about us. We have done too (tooo, toooo, tooooo) many things to be forgiven of, frankly we can’t bring ourselves to forgive ourselves. Well let me introduce you to a man that is found in the Hall of Faith, a Hero, the Father of Faith and the screw up that got it right.
Abram lived among his daddy’s [Terah is his name] home with all the other Terahetts, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, baker and the candle stick maker along with Sarai his wife.
After the death of Terah Abram heard the voice of GOD telling him to hit the road and to leave all of the relatives he knew, loved and argued with behind with the exception of his wife of course.
Now during this great move I would suppose Lot asked where in the world was Abram and Sarai going to? It’s for certain that Abram told Lot the truth “I don’t know” but you can’t go.
Lot true to form of his name which means [Pebble] he came along anyway. Who asked Lot to come along? We must be careful with pebbles; they can sometimes get into your shoe and cause you to limp. Pebbles can be used to gamble with as dice. Pebbles can also be used to throw and cause harm. Though we often times use pebbles as vase, pot or landscape decorations, with them is always a hint of danger.
Now Abram was a punk from the word go. He must have lived a sheltered life because when he got into another neighborhood [The hood] he hid behind his wife Sarai. Twice Abram lied to save his own skin before he came to the end of himself. Real men don’t hide behind their women, they protect them.
Abram finally got enough and GOD said now you’ll be known as Abraham. This man fought battles instead of running from them. He tithed. He had a wee bit more of himself left in him and fathered the nation of Ishmaelite’s the nation of flesh. Abraham and Sarah finally had their child of promise Isaac born 14 years after Ishmael.
More than likely there are some points that I did not mention, but I learned some years ago to always leave them wanting more. So go on over to the most famous book on the planet; open up Genesis chapter 11 and find out more. I promise you that you will see that being a screw up; is not the end of the world. If HE did it for Abram (exalted father) who later became Abraham (father of the faith and many nations) surely he will do it for you.
Contempt; despise; detest; disgust; hate; loathe; mean; vile; worthless.
These are just a few choice words that have the same meaning as abhor.
These are very strong words and they are very strong emotions to have against a person. Yet in the everyday hearing of a person’s vocabulary; these words are spoken often. They are as casual as hello. But do you know that when you speak these words you invoke a lifelong hurt within an individual that is really hard to shake off. Most of those words above you may not use but the most common words that are used in a daily vocabulary is hate; loathe; mean and worthless. I’ve heard kids tell their parents that they hate them; just because they were not allowed to do something that they wanted to do. This to me is very hurtful. I remember when I was a wee lass my mother told me that she hated me; it nearly destroyed me as a person. But it also taught me how to fight mentally. I was 41 when GOD delivered me from that pain, that’s a long time to hurt. Then I remember when my son was a young teen; maybe 13-15 when I read his diary and came across a page that read “I hate my mother”. I called my ex-husband crying uncontrollably to him about what our son wrote. He calmed me down but that thought to this day is still there though I no longer am a prisoner to the pain. I still sometime wonder what did I do to make him write that or does he still hate me. I spoke to my son a few years ago and let him know that when he was a kid I read that in his diary. He explained that he never has hated me and that is just something that kids say when their parents cause them to be angry. I tried to explain to him that words kill. It’s very hard; if ever for a person to survive words. Words destroy the psyche and the emotions. Think about the words that have been hurled towards you and how they have affected your life. So it is important that we must first come to JESUS. Renew the mind which will then clean the heart which will then change the vocabulary.
Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
JESUS has been hated since it was publicized about HIS birth and believe it or not HE is still hated among those who don’t even believe in HIM. So I would like to know this; if you don’t believe in something or someone how is it possible to have contempt for HIM? I guess that means that you really do believe that JESUS is who HE is.
SON of Man that HE must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? Mark 9:12
Not only is this sad but it has a hint of humor. How would you like to be hated; treated unjustly yet given an extremely expensive gift and beautiful gift? A gift so awesome that people fight or gamble for it.
Then Herod, with his men of war, treated HIM with contempt and mocked HIM, arrayed HIM in a gorgeous robe, and sent HIM back to Pilate.
Here is a good lesson to learn; stop being so judgmental towards another.
Why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of CHRIST. Romans 14:10
Yuk mouth; profanity; speaking the opposite of what GOD has said about you, others and circumstances.
“His speech contemptible.” 2 Corinthians 10:10
ABANDON: to give up or discontinue any further interest in something because of discouragement, weariness, distaste, to finally and completely leave or forsake.
RENOUNCE: voluntary decision to give something or someone up.
No person on earth from earliest man to the last man on earth like being abandon. It’s a hurt to the spirit and soul of man. It’s not easy to bounce back from abandonment. It causes trust issues between people. It’s a cause for depression which will lead to oppression.
I sat on a bus one day and listened to a homeless man on his way to a shelter. He had been standing at a bus stop where a young mother had her son in her arms. Both riders chose to sit in the front of the bus; neither knew each other. Then the young mother decided to relocate her seat to the rear of the bus. When the gentleman noticed that the young mother was no longer seated near him; he asked another rider who also was at the same bus stop; where had the mother and baby gone to. The other lady said that she moved to the rear of the bus. Then he began to speak about how he never knew his father and his mother left him when he was a little boy. He spoke about how when he was growing up he often wondered if a stranger that he sized up to possible be his dad; was his dad. No one ever gave him a clue as to who his father was. I heard him say; my father must have really been a bad man; no one even dared discuss him. Then he said that the woman he knew to be his mother; one day just up and left. He added it creates such loneliness when you have been left alone without anyone to care for you. He also said I wonder if anyone really understands the importance of having a mother and father; it leaves you empty and you grow jealous of those who have parents. I watched the woman’s face as she listened to what the man told her. I could see the hurt in her eyes. I don’t know what her story was, but I wondered for a moment if she thought about her having parents?
In the above scripture, I believe that JESUS was able to withstand all that HE had to go through. But HE could not handle HIS FATHER turning away from HIM. The story of his brutal beatings and the injustice that HE had to go through brought about fatigue, hunger and thirst; pain from the torture. But have you ever noticed that JESUS never cried out until HE realized that for the very first time in HIS earthly life HE was all alone. HIS loving mother was near and watching in agony what was being done to her baby; but it was not her HE cried out for. JESUS lost HIS very life force when The FATHER had to turn away because HIS SON now had the sins of the world upon HIM and GOD cannot look on sin.
JESUS has been where you are if you are suffering from abandonment and the repercussions of this destructive emotion. Come to JESUS; let HIM know that you no longer want to experience the pain of being abandoned. Open up the door of your heart and let HIM come in to live. Allow HIM to clean all the loneliness away; to turn on the lights and to furnish your heart with all HIS wonderment.
Whoever confesses that JESUS is the SON of GOD, GOD lives in HIM, and HE in GOD. 1John 4:15
That CHRIST may live in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Ephesians 3:17
Because GOD has declared that there is a time for everything; why is it necessary for us to stress about time? There is no reason under the heavens why we should stress about meeting deadlines; getting from one place to another; meeting our goals and so on.
The first thing we need to know and understand; is that GOD alone is in control of time; everyone has the same 24 hours within a complete day and there are 365 days in a year with the exception of leap year which adds 1 day to the calendar.
When you go to the FATHER at the beginning of your day worshiping HIM; thanking HIM and asking HIM for HIS guidance to fulfill the task of the day; you will begin to notice how your day aligns. When you ask for GOD’s wisdom and understanding of how to accomplish your goals for the day; you will begin to notice how your day aligns. When you make the proper preparations and execute your task instead of waiting until the last minute; you will begin to notice how your day aligns.
There is nothing we can accomplish under our own power except get stressed out. From getting stressed out; we become sick in our body an ache here a pain there. Do you know that even depression can come from stress? We are GOD’s creation not your father and mother. Most people have cars; when something goes wrong with the car they take it to a reputable mechanic or dealer. Why? Because they have gotten the training required from the manufacture to repair what has gone wrong with the car. Same thing with GOD; GOD is the manufacture so we must go back to GOD so that HE can repair what has gone wrong with us.
In Italy and Mexico it is mandatory that at certain times of the day; everything must shut down for siesta (a break). After siesta where work and the tasks of the day are not spoken of but they rest or commune with laughter or so on they come back refreshed. These two countries do not have the same stress problems as we do in America. Maybe we can learn from them. If every born-again CHRISTian would use their 15 minute breaks and lunch break to refresh themselves in the Word of GOD or worship and thank GOD. I guarantee that you will come to notice how the concerns of this world will no longer get next to you. Non-believers will take notice and you will be able to share the Peace of GOD that passes all understanding. Philippians 4:7
As I studied Romans 12:1-3 it occurred to me that many Christians may want to be a living sacrifice but fall short just because of their own perception or what they are taught.
I want to dissect these verses and hopefully with a renewed sense of awareness we can all grow in the unity of the faith.
We all have to be decisive; putting an end to controversy in our lives and our speech without hesitation commanding our flesh and minds to do the will of GOD. In this we prove to ourselves GOD’s grace and mercy in and on our lives.
We all know how to dedicate ourselves to someone or something, we do it daily, never giving it much thought.
It’s no different to dedicate ourselves to GOD who has been very merciful towards us. After we were born-again GOD HIMSELF consecrated us to HIMSELF. HE set us apart from those who do not believe on HIS SON, JESUS the CHRIST. We are asked to become living sacrifices to GOD. JESUS is our living sacrifice prior to HIS crucifixion. JESUS also was our sacrifice on the cross. How many of us would be willing to be sentenced to death for a crime that we did not commit. Today those who are found guilty and sentenced to death fight to the end on appeals, but not JESUS.
We must dedicate our thoughts (mind); our eyes; our ears; our mouth; our limbs and the core of our body to GOD. It’s not some parts that will go to heaven or hell but the entire being. It’s not enough to get our bodies in line with the Word of GOD and not our thoughts. After all it’s the mind that is the playground for the enemy.
Is there any reason why we should not offer our bodies as living sacrifices? Doesn’t it make sense to do this act of love once we believe and realize that this is a small thing to do for all that JESUS has done for us. The more that we sacrifice our bodies to GOD, the more recognizable HIS mercy toward us is. We will obtain and see the goodness that HE will lavish upon us. This act shows that we have good understanding; the ability to comprehend and good judgment. In other word we are intelligent.
We have become closely akin to GOD’s will; purpose and outlook. Because we are abiding in HIM. We have a reverent honor and homage that is to be given to GOD that will come from our living sacrifice.
Now because of this we are not to become high browed and think that we have arrived because we have not. We are still human with a propensity to fall. It’s just that in our falling and without shame we are quicker to get up and dust ourselves off asking GOD to forgive us. Know your abilities don’t speak or do more than you are equipped to do. We are all in the body of CHRIST with gifts to help build the kingdom. One person will not get it done. Pay it forward help our less mature brothers and sisters in CHRIST to grow and speak as well as show the lost that we are different. We want those that are lost to come and ask “Why are we the way we are?” and it be in a good way.