Faith Stuck in Auto Pilot -by Lois Macdonald

Are you flying by the seat of your pants with your faith stuck in auto-pilot? Sickened by the lust and corruption polluting this world, the young man began the search for a better way of life. Fueled by faith not bigger than a mustard seed, he found Jesus and asked him to be his personal Saviour and Guide. Leaving all the baggage that he had accumulated from the past, he stepped out from the shadow of denial, into the brilliant Light of Salvation.

“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18).

Empowered now by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, the new believer’s faith blossomed, and eventually bore fruit. Those who knew him before he became a Christian, could not help but see the incredible transformation taking place. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The further he navigated away from the world’s escalating immorality and brokenness, the more this young man’s life shone and reflected Christ’s goodness. He experienced peace for the first time. So much so in fact, that in time he forgot God’s warnings and set his faith to cruise in auto-pilot. Within the blink of an eye, they hit a wall of turbulence!

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

Though well-studied in Christian theology, and though he sat in the same church pew religiously, the young man had grown complacent and needed a wake-up call. Like so many Christians, he preached but didn’t follow Christ’s mandate. To “love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The Spiritual gifts God had blessed him with, served his pride well, but seldom served the poor and weak of heart. They were given with clear instructions to be used for the “soul” purpose of spreading the “Good-News” of Salvation and sharing God’s unconditional love.

So I ask you, Without our lives reflecting Christ’s love and his mandate, we might just as well step back into the shadows of denial, that rule this corrupt world.

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Beauty of the Lamb -by Lois Macdonald

Whether told through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or the mythology of Helen of Troy, the power of beauty has been evident since the beginning of time. It is a force like no other. Praise-worthy when seen through the lens of nature and poetry. Destructive when tainted with jealousy and pride. “Thus, says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” (Ezekiel 28:12-15). God was referring to Lucifer, the most beautiful angel. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.” In verse 16, God banishes the rebellious angel who he had previously loved, ordained and anointed. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So, the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9 (NIV).

Satan is the Spoiler. He won his first victory in the Garden-of-Eden where he deceived Adam and Eve, desecrating the perfect relationship between God and mankind! Knowing that one request from Eve’s lovely face would send even the wisest of men spiraling into an irrational tailspin. Adam took the bait, and the couple was banished from Paradise.

Though beauty inspires love songs and romantic novels, leading roles in movies and budding artists; only God can see what motivates the heart beating inside. Carefully examining to make sure pride hasn’t taken root.

“Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:4.

There is a Beauty that has never been tainted. A Mighty Force like no other. The Perfect Beauty of the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus, that dwells in the heart of every Christian. It has the power to renew and transform us into his likeness. Shining like a beacon of hope until the day He returns.

Silence is Not Always Golden -by Lois Macdonald

“Silence is golden.” The crowning jewel of etiquette for children growing up during the 50’s and 60’s, in North America. Politeness stood for good-breeding. Hence, little ones were only invited to speak in social settings if prompted by an adult. Then under the scrutiny of an anxious parent, they were expected to “think carefully before they spoke,” a lesson I believe should be revisited today, and respond with words pleasing to the ear. While manners have done an about-face, hopefully, respect for self and others will always be in season. So, what does Scripture tells us about being silent? Do the same restrictions rule over our prayer life?

There is “A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:7. NLT.

In silence, one can leave all worldly distractions behind, and draw near to our Maker. Free to bare their soul, and soak in God’s wisdom, love and grace. In silence we can give our Creator the honor and respect, he is due. It is a sanctuary for honesty, repentance, healing, and salvation. Where “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13. NIV.

The question many Christians ask themselves is, “Can I possibly admit that there have been times when I was disappointed or hurt by the way God answered or didn’t answer my prayers?” Must I tremble in fear, expecting lightning bolts to strike me dead for allowing such thoughts to surface? Or has our Father waited like a good parent for the moment when we trust him completely with the secrets of the heart? For myself, I believe God wants a “close-and-personal” relationship with his children. After all, “Nothing …is hidden from God’s sight…” Hebrews 4:13.

Speak up when the time is right. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King.

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