23
May

Retreat, evil! Advance, Christ!

Morning Moment of Power –

What about YOUR pain?

This morning I stopped in prayer for the tens of thousands we reach each week in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma and Northern Mexico and Central Oklahoma.  Many faces and names come to mind. Specific situations come to mind.

One is delivered instantly from a foreboding fear of death so evil it would wake him in the morning.  Another family is allowed to celebrate a big event that the normal evil wanted to stop. A woman crippled is given back her mobility with zero pain in an instant in prayer.  Children come home from foster care to a renewed family being built in faith not fear. Crime in our community went down 17% in the last year. 85% of those in community supervisor (probation) are completing their time against a national standard of 40%.  The daily miracles of life abundant are too numerous to list.

We sit in the shadow of the world’s largest casino where drugs, alcohol, violence, and human trafficking abound through the area and our community stares back and says, “Not here! Go away.”

It is not an easy road. TV preacher says, “Quit walking across the desert to serve those who won’t cross the street for you.” I am proud to serve Christ not Machivelli and grateful He crossed the expanse of eternity to serve me while I as yet broken, ungrateful, and self seeking. 

It is not a  easy road.  Some can only give a smile in return for great sacrifice. His grace is sufficient.

What about YOUR pain?

It is fine to read about someone else receiving a job after a drought of months of no paying work.  It is nice to take joy when a disease leaves someone else. What about me, Lord?

I simplified these verses and turned them into a declaration.  All the promises of God are YES in Christ.  When I walk in my new creation position in Him, I can see.  I can receive. Of course, I need to receive that new creation where old is past and all is new. I need to walk in Him and His grace not in myself.

Will you declare freedom in forgiveness?
Will you walk away from pain and embrace relief?

The decision can be hard. We love our pain. It gives us something to talk about.  We like sympathy it causes from others.  I like the power of freedom and the taste of strength and the satisfaction of evil running like a frightened dog.  I like the comfort of peace and security. I like the stability of Godliness and being surrounded by understanding love.  Those await all on the other side of pain and in the middle of the fight with pain.  When I accept my new position in Him, evil and pain begins a retreat into the invisible and ineffective. It may take a few days or months to get where you need to go.  It may be a bigger struggle than sitting down and living in pain. But, the walk becomes more peaceful and pain free every step I take toward Him and away from the normal evil of this world.

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