Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fül ~ What Powers You?

Needing to re-fuel...we headed to Lake Tahoe to be reminded of God's goodness and LOVE.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

I started writing this post last weekend, and the Orlando tragedy had never happened. 

My angle was, originally, how do we gain energy from "love?"

You know, how do we ensure our motives are "pure" and for "Godly" reasons...

Now, however, I realize that I feel I need to use the SAME scripture and look at it from a different angle...

Here are some pieces from my "original text":
Have you ever found yourself having to care for someone who is ill; someone who has maybe even treated you poorly in the past...worse yet, someone who is STILL treating you poorly as you care for him? 
This passage from 1 Corinthians reminds me that we must ALWAYS be powered by LOVE.  And, often, the only place we can conjure up that love is through prayer to God. He is the one who can give us the true form of love that difficult circumstances require. 
We can look around in our daily lives and identify the police officers who are motivated by love, the doctors who are motivated by love, the teachers who are motivated by love, and on and on and on.   
Well, guess what?  Our motives are, PRETTY MUCH, just as obvious to others.
I consider my "motives" often when I'm posting things on Facebook, for example.  Am I posting it to encourage others?  Am I posting it to glorify God?  Am I posting it in hopes of solving a dilemma? Or am I posting it as a means of self-edification?
I'm not saying I NEVER do it for the purpose of self-edification...I'm saying, if I DO if for that reason, I at least try to be honest with myself and acknowledge that is my purpose and I try to limit the number of posts which are fueled by my own selfishness.
Post "Orlando," though, I can't help but think that God placed this FÜL idea into my head because He wanted me to write about the fact that LOVE is the ONLY solution to this broken world.

  • What FUELS terrorism and violence?  Fear and Hatred of what we don't understand and have trouble controlling.
  • What FUELS many political arguments?  Fear of losing our economic status quo, or fear of losing our health care, or fear of losing our "rights."
  • What FUELS gossip?  Fear of not being important or included.

Do you notice what the most common fuel is?  FEAR.  

I even learned that in my argumentation classes in graduate school.  "I've fallen and I can't get up?"  That was one of the most powerful ad campaigns EVER!  Why?  It was driven by FEAR!

The fear and hatred that is being perpetuated on social media and in the news media right now is successfully breaking apart friendships and families.  As I watch it, I see Satan rubbing his stinky, wreaking, blood-stained hands together and smiling with wicked satisfaction.
This is how it all goes down...
People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken...When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. 
Luke 21: 26, 28, NIV 

Seeing fear of this caliber today means, yes, we are dealing with end-times and we, as Christians will be tantalizing targets.  But, STAND UP AND LIFT UP YOUR HEAD...
But, the barrage of anti-Christian posts on my Facebook feed made me wonder, "Why are you even friends with me if you hate Christians so much?"  
I also saw people saying, "If you don't like what I'm about to say, please, save me the trouble and de-friend me...remove me from your life..." that LOVE?  Is that TOLERANCE?  
Isn't a statement like, "If you don't agree with me, then you can't be in my life..." ISN'T THAT HATE?

Isn't the statement that this person is so pointless because they hold a different world-view the same statement that a terrorist makes when she or he decides to annihilate people because of THEIR belief-system?

We are LITERALLY fighting hatred with hatred!!!

Does anyone remember the most critical line that Jedi Master Yoda ever delivered?

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

Stand up and lift your head...YOU have the power of the Holy Spirit within you AND that means you have LOVE.  A SUPERNATURAL love which will surpass the temporal and conditional love of this earth.  

We need not be clanging cymbals out there lending to the clamor of hate and fear...WE ARE TO SHOW LOVE.  

Feeling emotionally drained and a little deflated after wondering how many people hated me for being a Christian, I took my daughter to Lake Tahoe and we enjoyed some time together on the beach.  I felt the wind on my face, saw the snow on the mountains, and listened to the waves crashing up along the shallow shoreline...I re-fueled on God's love for me so it could overflow on to others and withstand these dark, dark days.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, we pray for all of those people who have been touched by grief and tragedy in this past week.  We know this is a broken, dying world.  We believe that your son has purchased our eternity with his life, and we overflow with that SELFLESS LOVE.  Help us to not conform to the hatred and fear of this world; give us the courage and strength of your limitless love.  Amen.

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