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Christian Living discernment

Willful Blindness

Does your computer or mobile device interrupt you at inconvenient times? Last virus scan was 73 days ago. “I can’t bother with this right now,” I say while quickly triple-clicking Ask me later. “I’ll just pretend I didn’t see that.” But then the inevitable happened; a virus wiped out my laptop’s hard drive.

Losing important documents and hundreds of pictures (no, I didn’t back them up🥺) was a real eye opener. These days I am more careful to perform the necessary preventative maintenance needed to keep my computer running smoothly.

There have been times in my life when I received a similar message from God. David, you haven’t REALLY talked with me in 7.3 days. Frankly, the Lord’s admonition felt more like an interruption. My heart wasn’t ready for inconvenient truth. “But Lord, I’ve been super busy.” Note to self: Any prayer that starts with “But Lord…” means danger. A wipe-out is imminent.

The unexamined life is not worth living

Socrates

Self-reflection can be helpful, but King David, of ancient Israel, went a step further. He asked God to examine his life.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Our Heavenly Father’s scans are always accurate. He tells us the good AND the bad. On the other hand, we often only tell ourselves what we want to hear. The world can’t be trusted to give us a reliable reflection either (1 John 2:15-17). My friend Alan, from Devotional Treasures points this out beautifully in a recent post, “The News of the World.”

Willful Blindness. It happens when we consciously close our eyes and ears to information we’d rather not acknowledge. And the outcome can be disastrous.

Kind reader, was your last “heavenly heart scan” simply too long ago? Yes, being searched by God sounds harrowing. But He knows everything anyway. May as well let the Great Physician do His thing.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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Portions of this post were taken from Wakey Wake, Cupcake, which was published on July 5, 2019.

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Christian Living Healing

Stop the Bleed

During an assembly at my school, a kindergartener developed a nose bleed. Her teacher grabbed a super-absorbent piece of gauze and helped the child hold it over her nose. A few minutes later, the adult let go and the youngster was instructed to, “Keep holding your nose.”

But six year old’s are SO curious; the young girl just HAD to look. But when she took the gauze off her nose it began to bleed again. And the sight of her own blood made her totally forget about the, “Keep holding your nose,” part. In tears, she started bopping herself in the face with the gauze over and over–trying to make the bleeding stop. But it only made things worse. Her teacher came to the rescue with a fresh piece of gauze and began again. “Keep holding your nose.”

Have you ever had a problem you simply could NOT leave alone? Me too. God holds a bandage over my swollen snuffer during these times, but I keep taking it off. And it only makes things worse. Bleeding is bad enough, but re-bleeding–for no good reason?! Thankfully, our Father in Heaven is merciful. He comes to the rescue when we try to stop the flow (for the umpteenth time) and hands us a fresh piece of gauze. “Child, keep holding your nose.”

Here are a few of my favorite, “Stop the Bleed” scriptures. Please share one of yours, if you’d like!


“In mercy You have seen my troubles, and You have cared for me; even during this crisis in my soul I will be radiant with joy, filled with praise for Your love and mercy.” — Psalm 31:7 (TPT)

“For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord,” — Jeremiah 30:17a (NASB)

“All the people tried to touch Him (Jesus), for power was going out from Him and healing them all.” — Luke 6:19 (GNT)


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Christian Living evangelism

Fishing for Souls

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While my wife and I waited at a stop light the other day, an old pickup truck creaked up next to us. I noticed the bed was filled with a hodgepodge of items.

The most curious piece of cargo was a single fishing pole–leaning over the passenger side, just behind the cab. My eyes fixated on a gleamy three-pronged hook, as a few feet of fishing line floated over the street in the breeze. It was al-LURE-ing.🥸

“He isn’t gonna catch much,” I joked. The light turned green and the truck took off. “Now he’s trolling,” I said to my wife. “That should increase his odds.”

The fascinating sight of a guy “air fishing” (unknowingly, I assume) brought to mind the time when Jesus met two men who were fishing for REAL. Simon and his brother Andrew were casting their nets at the seaside when Jesus walked up and said, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” – Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

“What are you fishing for?” This was the Holy Spirit’s question of the day–after I encountered the asphalt angler. In other words, what do people see when they metaphorically pull up next to my life at a stop light?

Jesus is primarily visible through the lives of those who abide in Him. Otherwise, the world sees an empty hook. Fish will sometimes bite a shining empty three prong (please chime in, Gary Fultz), but they’ve got to be pretty hungry!

🎶”Will they see God for who He really is… in what they see in you and me?”🎶 These are the opening words to the chorus of a popular contemporary Christian song from the late 1980’s.

I once saw a young Christian woman who was super-irritated with the cashier at a local hardware store. Apparently the clerk counted her change back incorrectly. Loud enough for anyone in the store to hear, the sullen customer said, “Are you an idiot?!” I looked over, and that’s when I saw her tee-shirt; it said, “Jesus Saves and Heals.” #stinkbait

So what bait should we use to catch people like Jesus did? In this case, the lure is a healing one. It’s Christ Himself!

“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

Jesus – John 12:32 (NIV)

Ready to wet a divine line?

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