Tag: God’s grace

God Loves Rainbow Lovers

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God loves rainbows and rainbow lovers.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17 ESV)

God loves rainbow lovers.

Contrary to popular belief, the rainbow doesn’t belong to any one group of people.

The rainbow wasn’t invented by the religious world, or created solely for them either. It isn’t private property of the LGBT gang, or gay rights sympathizers.

God gave it to be a sign to everyone, animals included, that He is a covenant making and covenant keeping God.

(By the way, animals don’t have a problem with God. I’ve never heard a single rabbit complain about God, or a gorilla try and explain to zoo visitors that God isn’t real.)

When God sees the rainbow in the sky He remembers His promise to never again destroy the earth with water.

When He remembers His promise, He remembers why He destroyed the earth in the first place. Wickedness in and throughout the heart of man. People just like you and I. Hell bent on doing our own thing, living our own way, and totally ignoring the One Who breathed into the first man the breath of life.

He remembers His promise. 

He doesn’t say He will never again destroy the earth. On the contrary, He declares it will be destroyed by a fervent heat.

Why will it need to be destroyed again? The same reason as before. Wickedness.

And yet, even at that, He remembers His promise. 

You see, the promise God originally made is something to behold, and it’s the place where we can and will find safety from destruction.

The rainbow, symbol of a God given promise, is powerless when used as a logo, bumper sticker, or anything like it. It’s merely a nice array of colors; nothing more, without the God of the promise. 

God loves rainbows, and He especially loves rainbow lovers. He loves those who love His promises, and take Him at His word.

In fact, people who love His promises NEVER have to be concerned about being destroyed. Because people who believe His promises find themselves changing from wickedness to righteousness. No one can consistently abide in His “Rainbow” and remain unchanged by His Presence.

There are rainbow lovers all over the world who, at one point in their life, were enemies of God. Including me. I deserved destruction, damnation, and the wrath of God. 

“…and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV)

But someone told me about His Rainbow; His Promise. I began to believe His promise, live in His promise, and allow His promise to live in me.

So now, every time God looks at His promise, He looks at me. I’m abiding in His promise; His rainbow if you will.

Abiding in the place He loves to behold.

The rainbow. What is it to you? The promise of God or something else?

Remember: God loves rainbow lovers.

An Adulterous Affair 

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“It just happened. One day I was deeply in love with my wife, and the next day I found myself in bed with another woman.”

“I don’t know what happened!”

“I wasn’t flirting. I’m just an innocent victim.”

“My husband is never around. Even when he’s home, he’s got some stupid ball game on. But I never dreamed I’d find myself in the arms of another man.”

In today’s world, adulterous affairs seem to be the norm. Most of us know someone who’s been caught in the trap. 

Maybe you’ve been caught.

I know what it’s like to bear the guilt of an adulterous affair. I also know about God’s grace, and the love of a godly wife. I’m not proud of myself. I AM thankful to my Savior who, along with my wife, gave me another chance at purity.

But this post isn’t about me; it’s about you. It’s about something I heard the other day. Actually, I read it twenty years ago but was reminded of it just yesterday.

When I first read it I thought, “That’s exactly right! It’s just how things happened in my life.”

So when I heard it yesterday I knew I needed to share it with you. Because you may be about to be caught in the snare of an adulterous affair.

Emotional, sexual, or an affair involving fantasizing with pornography; it’s still an affair. It still steals, kills, and destroys.

But you don’t have to let it happen. 

No one accidentally becomes an adulterer. No one. People make a series of choices, bad choices, that carry them along the pathway to ruin.

I don’t know who originally wrote this (12 steps – I added the description to each one), but it’s true and full of wisdom. Pay attention and examine your life carefully.

There are 12 steps to an affair.

1. Readiness – not necessarily on the prowl, but your heart isn’t guarded either. Loose eyes, wandering thoughts, ever appreciative of eye candy. Discreetly, of course.

2. Alertness – you seem to notice when someone looks your way more than usual. You curiously return the glances, or find ways to interact with your new found friend.

3. Innocent Meeting – “Well look who’s here. Fancy meeting you here.” Or so you say, when all along you were hoping to see them.

4. Intentional Meeting – you’ve learned your friend’s schedule, and you begin to justify your feelings. You are becoming trapped. But it’s not too late to back out.

5. Public Lingering – such fun; being with the other person. Even if your spouse is around, you’re getting an emotional high out of just being in the presence of this dear, precious person.

6. Private Lingering – you’re pretty bold by now; caution has been thrown overboard. You haven’t touched your “attraction” yet, but you’re closer to the sack than the altar. You are in a very dangerous place.

7. Purposeful Isolation – by now, you’re looking for any and every reason to communicate with you know who. Sneaking, lying, whatever it takes to make contact.

As you’re reading this, are you thinking of a particular person? Is there someone you’ve become a little too chummy with?

If so, break it off right now. The longer you stay connected, the closer you are to ruin.

8. Pleasurable Isolation – alone at last, where you can speak openly with each other. Alone, except for the all-seeing, all-knowing God who has been trying to get your attention.

9. Affectionate Embracing – nothing physical, other than a caring hug. However, you are a mess on the inside because your heart is trapped, entangled emotionally with someone who doesn’t belong to you. Someone other than your spouse.

10. Passionate Embracing – hands flying everywhere. You’re just about finished. You’ve lost control. To stop now you’ll have to practically cut off your hands and feet. You’re on autopilot, getting ready to crash.

11. Copulation – nestled between the sheets with the devil.

And finally…

12. Acceptance – this is the scariest part of all. You’ve become calloused to true love, to commitment, and to those who’ve loved you through thick and thin.

Hard-hearted. 

“God wants me to be happy.”

Yes, He does. But true happiness begins with holiness. Living life according to His principles, as well as your marriage vows.

12 Steps.

If you’ve found yourself at one of these steps, here’s what you need to do:

1. Repent.

2. Break off any connection or contact.

3. Talk with a true friend, possibly a pastor, who will pray with you and help you get free.

4. Don’t lie to your friend, or yourself.

5. Work on “returning” home; first off, emotionally.

May you find freedom before it’s too late.

An adulterous affair can become an eternal nightmare.

Disabilities

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Today we attended the funeral of a 29 year old young man. For over 20 years he had battled diabetes and its complications, including blindness.

But there was something special about this young man named Josh. He was a real life version of Pollyanna. Always positive and affirming to others, he was known throughout the little town of Mitchellville. In fact, there were at least 200 people who attended the celebration service.

How could one young man impact so many lives? I kept asking myself that question as I listened to person after person share their stories of Josh. How could a young man, cursed with such a debilitating disease, and the disability of blindness, be so encouraging, so positive and full of love for others; and show such love for life?

There were two answers I settled on.

One, he had given his life to Jesus. That in itself is a powerful, life-changing thing.

But just becoming a Christian doesn’t necessarily change a person’s disposition, demeanor, or determination. Determination to live life to the fullest, in spite of the mounting disabilities.

That was the biggest reason Josh could live like he did. He refused to see himself as someone with a handicap. The fact he couldn’t see didn’t keep him from encouraging everyone he came in contact with.

Incredible!

As we drove away from the little town, I started thinking about the ways I’ve let my disabilities control my life; limiting my dreams, squelching my faith. No, I’m not blind, physically anyway, but I do limit my vision at times by concentrating too much on my lack of education, finances, personality, or anything else that tries to keep me from living life to the fullest.

I finally settled in on this one thought: every one of us is endowed by God with some sort of disability. No, I don’t mean physical sickness, or anything like that. But none of us were created perfectly; we all have flaws, disabilities, which can hold us back, OR, reveal the goodness and power of love.

And the God of love.

Disabilities? No. Just special frames to showcase God’s grace.

Thanks, Josh, for the life you lived. My life won’t be the same.

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