Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Who Cares About ISIS?


A name that reaps anger and fear across the world today.

Black uniforms, covered faces, heartless souls.  Or so they seem.

Underneath the black masks are eyes who can no more behold the face of God than I.

He went to the cross for their sins just like He did for mine.

When Jesus said, "It is finished", it was finished for them as much as for me.

The only difference?

I have come to know the love of Christ.  They do not know that love.

He loves them; of that, I have no doubt.  But they do not know the God who IS love.

They are the lost.  They believe they are killing FOR Him.  Only, He has not asked us to kill.

He has asked us to love.  

When we realize how He loves us, we cannot help but love Him in return!  And the overflow of giving and receiving love from a Holy God flows to others, including our enemies.

Who cares about ISIS?

We should all care.  

We should love them.  Truly love them.  Because He says to.

"You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and 
hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray 
for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father 
in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends 
rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, 
what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?   
And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? 
Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
 --Jesus, in Matthew 5:43-48

Can we love them across the ocean?

Can we love them if they enter our land?

What if they dress us in orange and walk us in line to our own martyrdom? 

Could we ask the Lord to forgive them like Jesus petitioned the Father to forgive those who took part in His crucifixion?

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  
Luke 23:34

Right now, ISIS is a group of men who will not be saved eternally.  They have rejected Jesus as Lord and Savior.

They are performing evil.

They are souls in need of salvation.

Will you join me in praying for all those who call themselves ISIS?    

Because He wants us to.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Man is an Island!

God never meant for us to do life alone, or to bear our burdens alone.  He tells us even to confess our sins--not just to Him for forgiveness, but also to one another for healing!  (My pastor just preached a wonderful sermon on this here.)

As I contemplated (which means I was thinking and thinking and thinking) about all that he preached, I heard a song lyric as if it were amplified in my radio above all other sounds around me.

"You don't have to fight me, I am for you."

Only part of a song, and its meaning is that we are in this together.

But how many times do we fight even the Lord Most High?

How many times do we fight against His way and His will?

Why do we not want what He wants?

Why do we think we need what we want, instead of accepting what He offers?

Like the song says, "You don't have to fight [Him], [He] is for you!"

Through setbacks and progress...He is for us!
Through loss and gain...He is for us!
Through the good and the bad...He is for us!
When it is easy and when it is hard....He is for us!

When He calls you to do His will, you don't have to fight Him...He is for you!

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31