11 August 2013

{Crickets}

S: Jeremiah 9:23, 24 NLT

This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. 

But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken! 

O: The only being who stands perfected enough to praise boldly is Jesus. 

A: This has so totally been me today. I opened my mouth, and praised (and probably boasted some) in the astounding goodness of my God . .  . and in the joy, peace, light, love, happiness and goodness that flows into and through the lives of those who know Him. And the response?

{Crickets}

In a class of staunch believers in Jesus Christ, not a single one had a thing to say. Not an amen. Nothing. There was such a heaviness and dullness in the air. {shudder} Quite the feeling to carry away from church, eh?

P: Father in Heaven, open the ears and minds of those who hear the testimony of Your amazingness, of the radical power to save that comes only through Your Son. Continue to strengthen and direct me, and show me what to do, give me words to say, fill me with Your love. I just want others to feel what I feel...to know what I know. In Jesus' most holy and awesome name, amen. 

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!