Being genuine


A newsletter by James MacDonald some time ago stated some characteristics/signs to know that a person is living in Christ…

  1. Increasingly loving. Not perfect but increasingly…
  2. Increasingly obedient. Not perfectly but increasingly…
  3. Genuine… Nothing phony…

My own life proves this to me. When I walk with the Lord I am increasingly all that is said above. And during the times I slip, my loving nature, obedience and genuineness all spiral downwards… And I am ashamed. Because I am not christian enough to be christian. I am afraid that people will find out the struggle that goes on inside everyday and how utterly I have failed and continuously fail all that I speak of and consider important.

But the mercy and grace of the Lord is that no matter how many times I have traveled beyond – what our enemy would like us to believe is – the point of no return, He has taken me back when I returned.

The enemy wants us to believe that we are beyond help. Satan wants us to give up. But don’t. No matter where you are, go back to the Lord. Never mind how many times you fall. Go and tell Him all. Tell Him everything! All the times you have been less than loving, less than obedient and all the times you’ve given in to the pressure to conform and betrayed that person you are inside and turned away from the inside-out change that the Lord is doing in you. Satan doesn’t want you coming to the Lord with your failures or your weaknesses or your sins… And so he will whisper lies in your ears to stop you from coming to the person who can heal all your brokenness away.

It is never too late until the very end. Even the very end.

And there is NOTHING that can separate you from the Love of God and He is faithful. He will finish what He has started in you and He will NEVER give up!

Grabbing is no good


Grabbing is no good..

I grabbed… It didn’t work out, so I had to give it up again… We can only be happy with and keep what God gives in His own time… And He knows the right time…

Sometimes when you’re afraid that you will not have certain things that your heart yearns for, good things even, but things that the Lord hasn’t chosen to give you just yet; things He wants you to wait for, and Satan comes and dangles it under your very nose, what happens is: you grab. And grabbing causes you to lose your balance… And you fall.

I don’t know whether I’m making myself clear here… Maybe I’m still in the process of understanding all this about grabbing… But I do already understand one thing. Grabbing doesn’t work. It’s good and right that you wait… For the Lord is good, right and fair.  And He loves you with an eternal love. He said seek the kingdom first and all other things will be added to our lot and He WILL do it.

Grabbing is no good… I have fallen… But the Lord hasn’t given up on me… And for that I’m thankful. And I hope in his promise that what He has started will be finished in me…

Grabbing ultimately fails… But Patience leads to all things good. God is good. And I must wait…