Walking Your Path and Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

Sometimes you HAVE to stand for what you believe  . . . I’ve personally experienced this with my blog. Some people will be cruel and unjust about what you have to say concerning lifestyles and actions you disagree with, but sin is sin. White-washing, calling it another name, not talking about sin, and denying it, does not make it alright.  Wrong doing will always be just that, wrong, in spite of our efforts to make it appear differently.

Phil Robertson, the star of A & E  television channel’s “Duck Dynasty” has been the most publicly criticized example of someone being attacked and punished for speaking out about what he believes is sin.  This is Phil’s right of free speech according to our Constitution.  A right for which millions of military veterans have died to protect and defend. Mr. Robertson is a veteran and was removed from his family’s hit TV show for stating in an interview with GQ magazine what he thought about the homosexual lifestyle.

He called it sin and was immediately censored and removed from his “Duck Dynasty” show for stating beliefs that too many people consider “politically incorrect” and discriminating.  Now, it’s popular for people to discriminate against Christians, or “believers”, as I like to call us. It appears good is bad and bad is good.  John 3:19 (NKJV)  “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness instead of light, because their deeds were evil.”

People deceived by their spiritual darkness want others to accept their sin and if possible, be punished for speaking out against it.  It’s labeled “hate”, not the wrong for which it is.  Like the abortion business, get people to believe it’s a woman’s right, a choice, so we can keep killing innocent children and making money.

On December 25, people around the world celebrated the birth of Christ, the Light of the world, but we must remember what His purpose was for coming to earth. He was born to die. The son of the living God was born to die for sinners, and then live again, defeating darkness once and for all and the spiritual death sin brings.  How can we not choose the path to believe Christ’s message and share what Jesus died for, so that we may have forgiveness, and live with Him forever?  Jesus loves each of us so much. “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)  All people, not just those who we disagree with or the ones who disagree with us. Everyone!

Mr. Robertson, you have chosen your path, and I walk mine with you.  Christ’s blessings be on you and your entire family. May God’s divine purpose for you continue and be accomplished in your lifetime.

God’s blessing to you at this very special time of year!

Donna

 

Forgottten Places and Small Amounts

The more time I spend with God asking Him to show me His heart, the more simple details He reveals about our lives and how those details affect us.

I spent some time picking up the house from the previous week’s hurried schedule and during that time noticed the precious toddler window art left by my grandson on our glass storm door.  He loves to look outside and watch life “beyond the door”, while my older grandson can now open the door, but that’s a whole separate issue for another post.  I’m so blessed to have my grandchildren in my life!

I retrieved the window cleaner and wiped away the finger prints and lip marks from the glass, all the while hoping it wasn’t too long before he visited again and created fresh “art”.  While cleaning the glass, I saw the greasy smudges around the door knob, both inside and out, but what was under the outside door handle was not a pretty site.  It’s one of the forgotten areas to get wiped off, not as obvious as the glass and painted  surfaces.  I grimaced, cleaned it, and headed straight for the back door which was worse than the front.

I started up the stairs from the back landing, and noticed the grimy hand rail.  I exorcised the rail’s dirt along with other smudges on the wall.  Wow, I thought I did a better job with the details, but life gets in the way and it’s so easy to forget or neglect the everyday use areas that are not large, looming or smelly.  At the top of the stairs, I entered my kitchen, and noticed the wall next to the doorway was quite spotted.  It’s where we set the garbage just before we take it out, but sometimes, the trash sets for a day and we add to the bag before it goes out.  Thus, a dirty wall over a long course of time.

I know these are weird details to share, but the Holy Spirit spoke to me as I cleaned the wall.  He said,”It’s the same way in people.”   I stopped scrubbing and listened.  “How, Lord, tell me so I can learn.”  He didn’t answer then, and I went on to my next project, which was making cupcakes, white cupcakes.

I mixed the ingredients and carefully separated the egg whites, but a small drop of yellow yolk slid quickly and effortlessly down into my bowl of divided whites, threatening to discolor the entire batch.  I managed to get it out with a spoon, but the Lord, spoke again.  “Tell your readers that I see every detail of their lives, and they need to know how a little leaven, a little dirt, and what they think are small sins, can build up in their lives because they think those areas aren’t big enough to matter, but they do matter to Me.”

Scripture equates leaven or yeast, to sin. Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole batch.”  The best way to stay close to God is take care of sin, daily.  Confess it, repent for it (turn aside from it) and walk in righteousness.  Don’t ignore sin and think it doesn’t matter.  Sin builds and accumulates, and the more you feed or service it, the bigger and deeper it becomes.  The enemy, satan, wants you to believe the lie that sin is either to small to bother with, or it’s too big to forgive.  The enemy is the prince of liars and in him dwells no truth.  Tell God what needs cleaned up.  Don’t wait!

Remember, especially at this season of celebrating Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice for our sin on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, that Christ has already “cleaned you up”.  All He’s waiting for, is for you to reach out and take the gift He so freely offered.  You can’t buy the gift, or do enough good works to receive it.  Just tell Jesus you believe He is Lord, son the living God, and you want everlasting life with Him.

God knows every part of our lives.  He loves us unconditionally.  Small, large, forgotten, hidden sins and all.

Run as quickly as you can to His side, and let Him love you.

Donna