WHO AM I “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/15/20 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a Church in Texas.)
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal. 1:20
Guard Your Sense of Value
If somebody did you wrong, rather than internalize it and wonder if there is something wrong with you, have you ever thought that they hurt you because they were messed up? Maybe they felt so badly about themselves, so unlovable, that they tried to project it onto you. How they are treating you flows from their own insecurities, fears, hurts, wounds, prejudices, and dysfunctions. Hurting people end up hurting other people. Messed-up people can mess you up. If you base your value on what they’re giving you, you can end up dysfunctional. Don’t let what others say about you define who you are. Don’t let what you didn’t get from them make you feel as though you’re to blame. Quit letting how people treat you make you feel inferior. You have to go to your heavenly Father. They’re not your Savior. You already have a Savior. He’s on the throne. Go to Him and not to people.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can come to You for all the approval and love that I need to live securely. Help me recognize that hurting people hurt others and guard my sense of value when I come under attack. Thank You for being my Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
When entering the 1st grade at Elkhorn Elementary School in the country, in Kentucky. I was a good looking kid with very Curly blond hair. Being with other kids was a brand new thing. And there was these twins, beautiful, also with blond curly hair and I was immediately in love (infatuated) and made quick friend which was great for them as well. Until strutting with them during recess holding hands until was confronted by their former admirers and beat up pretty soundly. Turned out to not be a good day at all. They had friends, I was the enemy… continued on the walk from school to home. I was very angry and threw rocks at a window. It busted, the owner was watching, my father was contacted and the day got even worse. Seems we have all had bad days like that. For years after that the kids would call me Can Not rather than Kenneth. It has taken years of getting out from under being made into an introvert by my reaction to the rejection. And it was all about what I looked like and not what was inside. Many need healing from such experiences that may go way back. But the LORD delivered me. Use to be I was afraid of everything, Now I just try to stay close to the Holy Spirit. Use to be I was uncomfortable with speaking to only a few friends. But the Lord has used me to speak to hundreds as times. Once you really learn to walk in the Holy Spirit the sky has no limits.
Fear is Faith going backward. Many Christians are still needing to be delivered from the fears that they have picked up through negative experiences with the world. They are afraid to even share the Gospel with their best friend for fear of losing them. Even though the friend may be headed into the world’s judgment and darkness. Humanity is like on a wide freeway that looks safe but is going around a blind corner and the bridge is out over the deep canyon below. So many eternal souls are shooting off the highway at high speeds into a chasm of deep darkness unless they are re-directed to the Bridge over which Jesus came to give us of a safe passage and Eternal Life. When I go to a big box store and see the hundreds of people in the store I am reminded of the words of Jesus who taught us that: “Straight is the way and narrow the leads to eternal life and few there be that find it.” That out of a 100 all around me only about 2 will find the way into Eternal Life. I call it to learn to make the jump to “Light Speed.” We are taught in Holy Scripture that our Creator is pure LIGHT and that in HIM is no darkness at all. That into HIS presence no one who has not been made like HIM can come into HIS presence and live. So to become HIS family we need to be changed to become like HIM, Gen.1. Jesus did just that, check it out. John saw HIM. Rev.1 & 4-5. And the Good Book is a text book on how to do exactly that. The Creator’s original intent was to make a family like HIM that HE could enjoy that also had free will and would come to loved HIM for who HE REALLY IS.
In the Revelation of Christ Jesus, The Word of God made Flesh we find these words. Rev.22:14 “e] Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those who wash their robes [in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him—the righteous who do His commandments], so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers], and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating). 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you and to give you assurance of these things for the churches. I am the Root (the Source, the Life) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and bright Morning Star.” 17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost.” So you are invited……
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