It’s been a while and I’ve missed you! Writing is something I love but something I take very seriously. My break from the blog was necessary as our life has been going 1000 miles an hour and I needed time for my spirit to catch up with my body. In light of the recent tragic events I really didn’t know what to say but I felt the yearning to write again.
I read a statement in my study Bible a few weeks ago and it was like a weight that dropped into my heart and spirit. “You don’t have to be sinful to be ineffective for God, you just have to be confused about what you think He wants.” Woah….confusion is all it takes to derail us and our purpose. I began to think about many times over the years and even in my current season where I have felt confused. Confusion creates question, which creates doubt…doubt produces fear which leads to poor decisions and, at times, paralysis.
Confusion is a tactic of the enemy to distort our perspective, our thoughts and actions. I’ve often wondered why do we turn on each other? Why do we lash out, why do we wound physically and with our words? Why do we believe the worse in people? Why, when we hear something do we automatically become offended or angry at the person or people group rather than seeking to understand our battle is much bigger? Why do we not value each other, the need for relationships and the power that comes when we refuse to allow the enemy to confuse us, distort our thinking and divide us?
Pain is real and emotions are powerful but our actions and words are who we are at the core of our being. Our actions and words come from what we have received in our heart to be true, even if that isn’t the case. Deception and confusion was the enemy’s ammunition used in the garden to pursuade Eve to partake of the fruit. What fruit are you being tempted with or what is the enemy preying upon to get you to act on your confusion…is it insecurity, is it jealousy, is it anger, is it power or position? Whatever it is, I encourage you to take a step back, dive into the word and think about what your words and actions should be in response to the reality of what is tempting you. Is this battle worth the loss…the loss of a friendship, the loss of a life, the loss of a child, the loss of yourself and your purpose?
Our world is broken as are the people in it and now is the time for us, as Christians, to stand up and step out. We are called to be IN the world but not OF it…that means we are to live differently, love differently and respond differently. Our lives should be a reflection of the God we serve, speaking so loudly we never have to open our mouths to convince others of what we believe and the values for which we stand.
To all those who lost a loved one in the recent tragedies, my heart is broken for you and I pray peace beyond what you can imagine. May God fill every empty space in your heart and comfort your every need during this time. To the Noble family…God is bigger! May you press into Him and each other during this season of healing.