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Seeing Deceptions

September 15, 2016

Seeing so much deception in the world can be very disheartening. Yet, there is an upside to it, too. Yep, an upside. It makes me more grateful than ever that I can see as clearly as I can. Am I saying I cannot be deceived? No. But I am saying that I know the One who is never deceived and He gives me insight as to what is really going on in the world.

I am grateful for the Creator’s Word…both the written and the Living. I am grateful for His Spirit that lives inside me, leading me and guiding me even when I am not aware of it and helping me to understand His written word…the bible. I am grateful for His Messiah who took care of the problem of darkness within me…my own evil and propensity to do wrong things.

There are those who have wronged me in the past. I have forgiven them. There are those who, I believe, are wronging me in the present. I forgive them. Does that mean I am unaffected? No. But the effects are lessened by the understanding the Spirit gives me.

When I look at the world through the eyes of my Creator, I see a lost world. The greatest darkness and deception are not from those in the world toward the rest of us. No, it is a deception that the deceivers themselves are caught up in. And that causes me to pity them.

Those attempting (and being very successful with many) to deceive us are themselves deceived. They do not see the Truth about the bigger plan our Creator has for this world. They think they are gaining power and have wealth to make them better than the rest of us, but they only have and do what they are allowed by our Creator to have and do.

Our Creator has a bigger plan of redemption for this world. He will make it brand new. But before that time, there will continue to be a battle between Light and dark, between Good and evil, between our spiritual adversary and us. But I know who wins. In the end, it is US through the Spirit of our Creator. Messiah has ALREADY won the battle over death and sin, but we need to walk that out in our lives.

I truly wish I did a much better job of that, but I am entrusting my spiritual well-being to my Creator. He knows my frame and that I am merely dust. Yet, He takes that dust and raises up out of it human beings made in His image. He makes beauty and love and all good things possible.

I cannot choose what happens to me in life, but I CAN choose my response to it. And I choose to worship my Creator and to walk in His ways as best I can out of love and gratitude and respect for Who He is.

So, when I see all the deceptions and I am tempted to be frustrated…or worse, afraid…I look to Him. I am comforted by the prophecies where He has spelled out for us what has happened, is happening now and will happen. I do not need to fear the future. He holds that in His capable hands. I need not fear the now, for He is working something good out of it.

I see the Light shining in the midst of the darkness. I see Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) coming. I also see a time of great trouble on the horizon before He comes back. But I know I am OK in the here and now. And I will be OK in the midst of the coming troubles because He will be here with me. Yeshua promised to never leave or forsake us and He is not a liar.

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Transparency

March 3, 2008

I always have to ask myself how transparent should I be. How open? If I don’t share the things I have experienced…and the things I am currently going through, how will I find healing? And how will I help others to heal? It is in sharing our life experiences that we find out that we are not alone. Others have been through similar things. And the camaraderie and healing that can result from that sharing is incredible.

It is clear to me that we are created for community. Some of the most powerful healing I have experienced has come out of that community…out of sharing, whether in a small group or one on one. It is in the sharing and giving of myself with others and the sharing of others with me that growth is most often found.

Healing is hard work. But when we join together, how much more work is done as the stronger ones help the weaker ones. Those of us who are a bit farther down the road in an area of our lives can help those of us who are not so far along. Walking together eases the burdens of our hearts.

We all have something to share. Some of my healing has come in helping others. Some of it has come in others helping me. No matter how far along I am in my life, there are always some areas in which I am farther behind someone else and some areas in whch I am farther along. And the converse is also true. There are always others who have both something to offer and something they need.

I like the give and take in our healing journeys. No one is above another. We all walk together, side by side, being there for one another. How sad it is when I see someone who is still so locked up inside that they are unable to reach out. The fear is still so strong and it is sometimes next to impossible to trust anyone. Yet, the only way I know to learn how to trust, is to just start taking the risk and doing it. Little by little, bit by bit, I have had to learn who to trust and how much they can be trusted with.

Yes, I have been hurt along the way at times. In fact, I have been outright betrayed. But I have grown more than I have been hurt. I have been blessed in so many ways that I would not trade it for anything, in spite of the hurts and betrayals. And I have made some very precious friends in the process. I have also lost some very precious friends. But I am grateful for the gift of their friendship during the time I had them.

There is a bible verse that says:

2Co 1:3-4 HNV
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;
(4) who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I have been comforted. In sharing what I have gone through and how I have been comforted and healed, I can hopefully share that comfort with others. It is my desire and hope to give to others as I have been given to…to pass it on! And that means being transparent about myself. It means sharing my inner self and what I have been through. And that is a huge part of what this blog is all about!

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