The Journey Thoughts

August 9, 2016

In this day of political correctness, in which everyone has to be walking on
eggshells so as not to crush someone's emotional state, we have gotten to a
place in which we fear to witness because we might offend another.  It's
like we are walking this journey like a tightrope walker, who has to pay
close attention to his balance, so as not to fall off the rope. But before
we get too frustrated, let's remember that it has always been this way for
believers.  Matthew 10 records this: "Look, I'm sending you out like sheep
among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.
Because people will hand you over to sanhedrins and flog you in their
synagogues, beware of them. You will even be brought before governors and
kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the nations. But when
they hand you over, don't worry about how or what you should speak. For you
will be given what to say at that hour, because you are not speaking but the
Spirit of your Father is speaking through you." Matthew 10: 16-20  What may
sound like sending us out to be slaughtered, is actually our Lord watching
out for us.  Sheep among wolves have to be vigilant, for the wolf can attack
at any time.  Always know your surroundings and be sensitive to the
situation you are in.  We are to be shrewd as serpents, for the serpent has
good eyesight, and certainly is quick to learn, to take advantage of any
situation around him.  But we are also to be like doves, and remember, it
was the Spirit like a dove who came to rest on Jesus.  Doves are gentle, and
our message is one of love not condescension.  This takes balance for us to
be on the rope of life, to keep our focus, to not worry or fear what the
tabloids or the screaming around us is all about.  Sure we will be sent into
places where there is the potential for harm.  There has always been that.
Because Jesus was hated, so will we!  But in this current climate, we seem
to be seeing that more often, whereas, it hasn't been so obvious before in
our lifetime.  But it has always been present, it's just coming to our
nation.  Jesus knows the culture, the climate,  and the danger that
surrounds us each day.  He sends us out as sheep among wolves.  He does not
want us to be doormats to be stepped on by everyone, but He wants us to be
sensitive, yet aware (shrewd).   We must keep our focus, knowing that He is
still in control, and He will not place us where He will not give us the
strength to endure, or the ability to handle the situation, through His
Spirit.  Our focus is on Him, our direction is through the Spirit, trusting
that He will lead us, and protect us throughout the day.  We journey on,
knowing that one day it will be like Isaiah the prophet spoke: "The wolf
will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The
calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together, and a child will
lead them." Isaiah 11:6   Be smart, be shrewd, be gentle, be loving, be
confident that your journey each day, THIS DAY, will be one in which the
Lord will lead you, and He knows the circumstance that you will venture in,
so trust Him to clear the path.  Trust Him to surround you so that His will
would be accomplished in your walk.  Yes, we are walking like on a
tightrope, balancing the gift of understanding that is ours in Christ, with
the temptations of the world, and the evil that so rapidly wants to overcome
us, but we will walk confident in Christ, for we know that He will enable
those He calls.  He will be our strength in the time of trial, and He will
be our voice when fear grips us so that we cannot even speak, for He is
everything we need for the journey that awaits us - today.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, be our guide today. Please give us eyes that see clear, the
path before us.  Help us to be shrewd, yet gentle.  Help us to be focused on
You.  Help us be strong in You. I pray for Your Spirit to keep us balanced
throughout this journey, and please, You be the words when our lips and
minds fail us.  I pray today for those who, through pain or illness or
weakness, struggle with life every day. I pray that you will enable them
even now, that their strength will be in You, and they will see this
clearly.  I pray for: Grace, a 14 year old who has cancer; for Don, who is
in ICU; for Dwight, fighting for one more day to witness. I pray for: Betty,
David, Phyllis, Devon, The Thibodeau family, Mandi, Montella, Cindy, Terry,
Barbara, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah,
Japheth, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, BJ, Ida,
Isabel, Angie, Terry, Kristena, Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, JV,
Nada, Andrea, Alan, Lydia, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Barry,
Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Ben and his family, Tim's mother,
Shelly's mother, Julissa and her friend, Robbie, Laurie, Gary, Heather,
Codi, Jim, Jana's mother, Ron, Sam, Ada, Deane, Bill, Pam and her son, Kelly
and her son, Richard and his father, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Sammi,
Gus, Lisa, Alice, Dotty, Fred, Mike S., ( please give him strength). I pray
for: James, Scott, April, Craig, Ben, Ramona, Betty, Danny, Hunter, Asher,
Lynette, Kristen, Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret,
Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa.  Father, I
acknowledge my need, and our need of You in this troubling world.  Please
lead us Heavenly Father, for we are Your sheep.  I pray for these in Jesus
name. Amen.

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