AUDIO Couldn’t God Have Done Something?

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1754: Samson pulling down the Temple of Dagon, god of the Philistines. Bible: Judges XVI. Mid-19th century chromolithograph (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

By Rev Bill Woods

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7  even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
8  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
9  Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
10  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Have you ever been in a hard situation and asked God, “Can’t You do something to help me?”………

I wonder if we understand God’s purpose in our lives.

    – Why do we think God’s obligated to protect us from everything?

God has one purpose in our lives now and only one goal for us in the future.

    – His objective is that Christ be glorified in us.

      – There’s no other purpose for the present.

Christ prayed before He went to the cross that He’d be glorified in that little group of men.

    – That’s still what He wants in the lives of Christians today.

God’s future goal for us is to be glorified in Him.

    – THINK OF IT! Someday we’ll be like Jesus who is now at the right hand of the Father!……

See what the Bible says about God’s objectives for us.

1 Peter 1:6-7
6  So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
7  These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Hebrew 12:10-11
10  For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.
11  No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Why does God discipline us? – So we’ll have a part in His Holiness.

To be honest, I’d rather forget the discipline part and just have the peaceful harvest of right living.                                                  .   – But it doesn’t work that way!

We’d all prefer “sainthood” before we go through the refining furnace.

We forget nothing happens in our lives that God’s hasn’t allowed.                     

– God wants to mold our lives into something beautiful and useful to His Glory.

Apostle Paul gained wonderful insight.                                                                                     – He’d been going through a trial and felt defeated (“thorn in his flesh”)

2 Corinthians 12:7
7  even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

   – We want to skip those “thorns in the flesh.”

    – We question God’s love and wisdom when they come.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9
8  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
9  Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Have you been there?

    – Do you know the victory of glorying in your infirmities?

    – It’s not that we like infirmities — that’s not what Paul is saying.

We may never care for the infirmities or the reproaches.

    – What we want is the Power of Christ to rest upon us — WE WANT THAT POWER!

We want to work for the Lord, but we don’t want to endure a “thorn in the flesh.”

We’d like to serve God efficiently and in full health and no opposition.

We want the Power of Christ showing in us, but not through some bodily ailment.

    – That’s not how we really want it!

But that’s how Paul came to accept it.

2 Corinthians 12:10
10  That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If we want God’s Strength in our weakness, it may take a “thorn in the flesh.”

    – It’s nice to have God’s Strength supporting us, but we don’t want what usually brings this  experience.

WE WANT THE ROSES WITHOUT THE THORNS!

I’ve heard so many people say, “I shouldn’t have to go through rough places, or give up things I want because GOD WANTS ME TO BE HAPPY!” 

Years ago I knew a pastor who gave up his church, left his wife and kids and moved in with another woman saying he had a right to do this because his wife nagged him and he was unhappy and “God wanted him to be happy!”                                                                                                                         

Let me tell you something: GOD IS MORE INTERESTED IN YOUR OBEDIENCE THAN HE   IS IN YOUR BEING HAPPY!  (Besides, a right relationship with God will bring joy to your life and that is far superior to just happiness, but I think you’ll find greater happiness too.)

The only way our Christian growth is going to happen is through the thorns.

Jesus never promised an easy life!  He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

Crosses aren’t usually easy, but they are fulfilling and make us stronger.

Remember:  God could’ve kept Daniel out of the lions’ den — instead He kept him in the lions’ den — That was a far more wonderful thing!

Anybody can avoid being bitten by a lion if there are no lions around to bite you……….

What an experience Daniel had that I’ve missed!                                                               – How wonderful to testify about being in a lion’s den with those big shaggy cats wanting to tear him limb from limb, but they couldn’t open their mouths!…….

DANIEL COULDN’T HAVE HAD THAT EXPERIENCE EXCEPT IN THE LIONS’ DEN!

We want to feel God’s nearness — to realize God’s Power — but not it in the lions’ den — MAYBE THAT’S WHY WE DON’T SENSE A NEARNESS TO GOD.

God could’ve kept the 3 Hebrews out of the fiery furnace — instead He let them be in there with it heated 7 times hotter than usual.

But what happened in the furnace?

The fire burned off their fetters!

Do you want your fetters to go?                                                                                           

  – “Oh, yes!  But not inside a fiery furnace!”

“Lord, let my fetters be burned off outside the furnace!  Maybe a little bonfire that’ll burn them off, but not a fiery furnace!”  – “Lord, I don’t want victory that much!”

The Lord came down and walked in the furnace with them and the heathen King, Nebuchadnezzar, saw there was a 4th man in the furnace……………..

WHAT A MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE!

Do you want to know Him better? – Would you like to have an experience like that with God?

THAT EXPERIENCE HAPPENED INSIDE A FIERY FURNACE! WE CAN’T GET IT OUTSIDE OF THE FURNACE!                                                                                                                .  

– That’s why we don’t have more wonderful times with God.

We want to sit in our easy chairs and get to know God better………………..

The only way we’re going to get a message that will help others in their fiery furnaces is to be in there ourselves and come out without having our hair singed…………..

We can have victory in the fiery furnace where we are.  

– Too many of us miss it because we want to feel sorry for ourselves……………

GOD COULD’VE KEPT PAUL AND SILAS OUT OF PRISON.                                                      .  

God could’ve kept them from being beaten and having their feet fastened by stocks.

They couldn’t sleep in that prison, but they could pray, sing and praise God……..                                                             .  

– Describe the miracle when they sang.

Do we want to win souls?  “Yes, Lord, but don’t make us have a prison experience in order to be able to win one!  We don’t want it that way!”

So not many souls are won to Christ because we can’t take the prison experience.

Never ask, “Why?” but, “What?”

Lady from Spokane going to Laymen’s Retreat — had a heart attack and ended in the hospital. – She didn’t say, “Why me?”  She said, “Okay, God, Why am I here and what do you want me to do for You?”

It’s not a matter of “why”, but “what” in whatever circumstance you find yourself.

Sometimes we’re disappointed because things didn’t go as we planned, but again, God knows what He’s doing — our job is to Trust and Obey.

When our girls were little, we were supposed to go to a District Pastors’ Retreat on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.  – Marty and I both looked forward to that ride on the ferry, and the beauty of the islands.                                                                                                                                                      

– We both began to feel apprehensive about going, but we wanted to go!

Finally, we decided that we didn’t understand why, but we’d better stay home this time.

What a disappointment!

As it turned out, the people that were to babysit our daughters had some emergency and completely forgot about them.                                                                                                                   .  

– Our little girls would’ve been alone with nobody to care for them!                                                          .  

– Thank God we listened to Him!

God’s there in every circumstance.

He listens to our prayers and guides us through every situation.

Modern Christians don’t know the power of prayer!

A small town had historically been “dry.”  A local businessman decided to build a tavern.

A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and had an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene.

Not long after they prayed, lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they weren’t responsible.

The judge, after his initial review of the case, said that “no matter how this case comes out, one thing’s clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians don’t.”

Christians grow through chastening, and when we’re exercised or disciplined, through suffering.

Romans 8:35-37
35  Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
36  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)
37  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

It’s easy to show an attitude of victory after we’re out of a difficult place.

After it’s over we claim to be “more than conquerors,” but what about while we’re in it?

Do we trust God then?  Or do we whimper and whine and destroy our witness?

We have to trust God while we’re in the trial or we’re not ever going to become strong in the Lord………

We’ll never be “more than conquerors” until we’re “more than conquerors” in that difficult circumstance.

The goal for our future is to be like Jesus.

Paul said, Romans 8:29
29  For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Romans 8:17-19  
17  And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
18  Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
19  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18  
17  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
18  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Do you see the contrast here?

– God speaks of “light affliction” now and the “Eternal weight of Glory” then.

The pain, the trouble, the sorrows and temptations we face now are for a moment compared to the Glory we’ll have for all Eternity.

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to Zaire, told this story. “A mother at our mission station died after giving birth to a premature baby. We tried to improvise an incubator to keep the infant alive, but the only hot water bottle we had was beyond repair. So we asked the children to pray for the baby and for her sister.

One of the girls responded, ‘Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late because by then the baby will be dead. And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won’t feel so lonely.’ 

That afternoon a large package arrived from England.

The children watched eagerly as we opened it. Much to their surprise, under some clothing was a hot water bottle! Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to dig deeper, exclaiming, ‘If God sent that, I’m sure He also sent a doll!’

She was right! Our heavenly Father knew in advance that child’s sincere requests, and 5 months earlier He’d led a ladies’ group to include both of those specific articles.” 

During our times of discouragement, God knows exactly how He’s going to answer our need.

 He can see the future and knows the check is in the mail, the answer’s already been given for that particular need.

And here we are worrying and sweating it out wondering, COULDN’T GOD HAVE DONE SOMETHING?”

God wants us to pray, and depend on Him, but since He wants us to learn to trust Him, it must be all He can do not to intervene immediately. – But only in His waiting can we grow.

The truth is, God’s already doing something!

Are you seeing only +]your difficult circumstances today?

 It’s only as you keep your eyes on God that you’ll be able to see your afflictions as God sees them, and have victory!


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You Are Worthy of God’s Love

 by ZAMA-ZOE GRACE

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. Luke 15:20-25

You are Worthy of God’s Love

Greetings friends, I trust you are well and are still acknowledging the love of God in your life. I know some who face difficulties at this stage might question if God loves them or even care about them. 

Today I write to encourage you that the Lord God of truth loves you, and He has not left your side; He is with you and for you, and He will see you through; it does not matter how hard things have become. 

This day, may I encourage those who feel it’s their fault things have not worked out, those whom the enemy is putting so much guilt and condemnation in their hearts. 

May I share with you two stories in the bible where God demonstrated so much love for the person who felt so lost and thought they did not deserve the mercy and the kindness of God, and they were so wrong because, in the end, God embraced them and showered them with so much love. 

 Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came. 6 And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David…..10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David.’ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 2 Sam.16:5-10

 As we read from the above mentioned scripture, we can see that at that point, the king did not think he deserved God’s love; he did not feel worthy of any respect from the people because of the sin he committed against God. He accepted all the bad that was taking place in his life, with no hope of experiencing God’s love and acceptance. 

However, in the end, after he had passed through many afflictions, God restored him to his throne, and he became a king in Israel and Judah. He received the promise God made to His people is Isaiah 61:7, where He said, ” You will receive a double measure of wealth instead of your shame. You will sing about your wealth instead of being disgraced. That is why you will have a double measure of wealth in your land. You will have everlasting joy.”

The God of love did not stop loving the king, even though it was his fault. This love foreshadows the kind of love God would demonstrate to His people in the new covenant of grace. We read about this love in Luke, chapter 15, from verses 11 to 32. In this story, we learn that the younger son requested his father’s inheritance while his father was still alive, left his family home, and went squandered all the wealth his father gave him. 

At some point in his life, this young man encountered hardship because he had exhausted all his inheritance, and not only that, there was a severe famine in the land. Life became hard to the point that he served in the fields and fed swine and shared meals with the animals he was feeding.

Eventually, he came to his senses and returned home. As he went back home, he did not expect to find any form of acceptance; he did not expect his father’s love. He only needed shelter, and he was willing to serve under his father as one of the servants. 

He was lost and feeling so unworthy of his father’s love. He was full of shame and disgrace and defeat. He could not even recognize himself, but he had a father who loved him with undying love, never-ending love, who recognized him from a distance and ran towards him and embraced him and showered him with so much love that he never thought was possible at that time. His father welcomed him back and dressed him afresh, and restored him to his position as a son in the family. His father did not even want to discuss the matter; he was happy to have his lost son back home where he belonged. 

Likewise, It does not matter if it was our own doing or somebody put us in a predicament; God will always respond to us with love, for God is Love. He can respond to us with love, even if we lose our path; He comes chasing after, puts us on His shoulders, and brings back to the way we are supposed to follow. 

In the new covenant of grace, God has demonstrated a greater love for you. He has paid the price that will continue to prove until eternity that you are worthy of God’s love. It does not matter if you miss Him along the way; His love for you remains the same. It does not matter the circumstances; God’s love will prevail because His love never fails.

Today Christ is reminding you that His love for you will conquer the work of the enemy in your life. God’s love will restore you to your original position and purpose, and you will receive even more than what you deserve as we read in Isaiah, chapter 61, verse 7.

May you find courage this day, knowing that you are worthy of God’s love. May you see this love amid storms of life. May you discern this love amid confusion, doubt, and may it restore your passion for Him.

God loves you; He is with you and for you. Thank you for reading this post; I appreciate you; many blessings to you. 

You Are Worthy of God’s Love!

ZAMA-ZOE GRACE

How to Get Back Up When Ministry Knocks You Down

ministry

By Charles Stone -October 19, 2020

If you’re a pastor, a missionary, or serve in a church, you can’t avoid discouragement, disappointment, and hurt from ministry. The Bible even uses the not-so-complimentary metaphor “sheep” to describe those we serve. And sheep get dirty and smelly and often kick and bite. Sometimes those sheep in the church do the same to their shepherds. So when you  get kicked, forgotten, disrespected, ignored, mistreated, gossiped about, or misunderstood, how do you move forward?

The story recorded in 1 Samuel 30 gives great insight. David had just begun his career to fight the bad guys. Early on he faced a huge defeat. While he and his army were in battle far from home, the bad guys, the Amalekites, attacked the city where his family and the families of his army lived. They burned the city and kidnapped their wives and children. When David’s men discovered this, they considered removing him from his position, not by a vote of a board or a congregation, but with big rocks to the head by stoning.

The Scriptures then record one of the most beautiful verses every written. The old King James Version captures it well.

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.  (1 Sam. 30.6)

It worked because his guys didn’t stone him but marshaled their energy and once again pursued the bad guys under his leadership.

As I’ve faced discouragement in ministry, these simple choices have helped me encourage myself in the Lord.

  • Acknowledge your pain and emotion to the Lord but don’t wallow in it. Neuroscientists have discovered that when we name our emotions, it turns down the volume in our brain’s emotional centers.
  • Journal your thoughts. Writing them down helps me stop the tendency to incessantly mull over the hurtful situation. Writing therapy been scientifically proven to help us process pain.
  • Read God’s Word, especially those verses that speak of hope and victory. Every time you read the Bible, you are actually re-configuring the circuits in your brain and reinforcing Biblical values and truth.
  • Do something pro-active. Take action to move forward. In David’s case he took specific action to resolve the problem. He rallied his troops to chase down the Amalekites.
  • Stop condemning yourself and remind yourself that you are a child of God, loved by Him with great intrinsic value regardless of whether your church is growing or whether people treat you with respect.
  • Pray for those who have hurt you. I’m amazed how God defuses looming bitterness in my heart when I pray for the sheep that bite me.

How have you dealt with your ministry pain?

This article originally appeared here.

VIDEO There’s About to Be A Mighty Move of God!

Move of God

Dec 11, 2020

A mighty move of God is soon to occur that will let the world know that the God of the Christians is still alive and active!

Current events have been top-notched crazy this year! The world experienced a plague (Coronavirus), masked faces; mass joblessness, homelessness, and suicides among adults and children due to senseless shutdowns.  We’ve seen the exposure of election fraud on a global scale, and the fight for justice.  But I believe we are about to see a mighty move of God throughout the earth—something biblical!

Since the day Jesus ascended into Heaven, satan has always had an antichrist ready, waiting, and lined up on the scene, prepared for his brief, earthly reign.  For instance, Nero (whose name translates 666), Napoleon, Rasputin, and Adolf Hitler. I believe the devil has had an antichrist lined up during every generation since The Ascension, due to his ignorance of the timing of the taking up of the church.

The Devil Is Powerless Over Time

The devil does not have power over nor controls time, therefore, he cannot dictate the timing of the Great Tribulation! He overplayed his hand using the 2020 Presidential Election as an avenue to the kick-off of his bloodthirsty reign. The Great Reset is what workers of the enemies are calling it, and it’s blueprint eerily favors the Book of Revelation.  To be honest, everything almost looks perfectly set in place.

No matter how well satan is prepared, the authority over time does not belong to him, but rather to the Lord God (Ps. 31:15)!  There first will be a move of God.

The Church Is Still Here

If you often spend alone time with the Lord, you’ll get to know His heart, as well as His personality and how He does things. He loves the people of this world and yearns for all mankind to be saved.  2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 mentions that the man of perdition (antichrist) can do nothing until He Who is restrained is lifted.  Many, as do I, based on studying, believe that the One Who restrains is the Holy Spirit. 

The Bible promises that the Lord will never leave nor forsake us.  Therefore, if Holy Spirit lives inside of the Children of God (the church), He cannot leave us.  It emphasizes that the Restrainer will be “lifted”.  If He is “lifted”, then we are lifted too, because He is incapable of leaving us due to His promise, as we are His habitat.

Jesus’ love is so strong for the world that He cries out for more souls, if it weren’t so, we would have been out of here by now.  There has to be a move of God.

The Gospel Cannot Be Preached to the Nations If…

When concerning the End Times, Jesus expresses that the Gospel must first be preached to all nations before we see Jesus coming in the clouds and angels gathering the elect from the earth, then into Heaven (Mark 13:10; 26-27). 

If God allows the Presidential Election to stay rigged, the Gospel won’t be allowed to be dispersed throughout the land, as religious freedom is set to be halted.  Many world leaders are on board with this. Look around! The body of Christ is being persecuted just for going to church in the United States, now!  Who would have ever thought it? America is the #1 distributor of Bibles around the world. If the freedoms of America are taken away, we’d be headed lightening-speed into the Great Tribulation, as the global effort would give the antichrist world dominance.

There has to be a mighty move of God, or else we’d no longer be able to join in The Great Commission.

The only ones able to extensively preach the Gospel during the Great Tribulation would be the 144,000 Jews (Rev. 7:1-8) and the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11).

Revival

It’s pretty safe to say now, that the Western church has been asleep for a while. I wonder if it would be safe to call it sedation! Anyway, in Revelation 2-3, Jesus basically gives straightforward, no-nonsense instructions to the church as to how to be revived, because, as our parents would say, He’s “had it up to here” with our mess. This part is mentioned before the church is no longer mentioned from Rev. 4-21.

A move of God must occur as we’re still in the process of Joel 2:28-32, which states:

“And it will be that, afterwards,
    I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
then your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    and your young men will see visions.

Even on the menservants and maidservants
    in those days I will pour out My Spirit.
Then I will work wonders in the heavens
    and the earth—
    blood and fire and columns of smoke.

The sun will be turned to darkness,
    and the moon to blood,
    before the great and awe-inspiring day of the Lord comes.

And it will be that everyone
    who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,
    as the Lord has said,
and among the survivors
    whom the Lord calls.”

Joel 2:28-32

The renowned Evangelist Smith Wigglesworth had an eye-opening vision of an End Time Revival.

In conclusion, I solidly believe that we are about to see a mighty move of God throughout all of the earth, as Jesus is about to turn things around in our favor for His glory, and His glory alone!  Why should the heathens say, “Where is your God?”

Saving the Innocent

July 28, 2019 By Caralyn

 

Innocent.

It’s a word that drums up a lot of emotion for many.

Some jump to Adnan Syed, of the Serial Podcast, or even OJ Simpson.

Others will recall the innocence of their youth, long before the harsh realities of this world became all too familiar.

While some will remember holding their son or daughter for the first time, and looking into their shining, pure eyes.

But it was the main theme of our first reading at Mass, from Genesis 18.

Then Abraham drew nearer and said:

“Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? 

Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;

would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it

for the sake of the fifty innocent people within it? 

Far be it from you to do such a thing,

to make the innocent die with the guilty

so that the innocent and the guilty would be treated alike! 

Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?” 

The Lord replied,”If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom,

I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

[And Abraham persisted to question further and further until…]

What if there are at least ten there?” 

He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”

Innocent.

I’m going to be honest…when I think of that word, my mind goes to one place, and one place only: the womb.

The unborn child: the most innocent, most blameless among us.

It’s no secret that the headlines have been bombarded with outrage over the various pro-life legislation passed here recently. In the wake of the phenomenal movie, Unplanned, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and others have passed truly encouraging pro-life bills to protect those most innocent.

And frankly, much of the country is up in arms, calling America the real life “Handmaid’s Tale” and calling for boycotts of goods and services in these states.

Being a defender of life is met with disdain, judgement, scoffs, and eye rolls, as anyone who opposes “My Body, My Choice” is seen as an anti-woman bully, brainwashed by the “patriarchy.”

But we can take heart at this reading. Because God is literally spelling out the truth for us.

Why is it, that Abraham keeps pestering God with question after question — will you destroy 50 innocent people? Forty-five? Thirty? Twenty? Ten?

As a reader, — and impatient millennial New Yorker — I always read this particular passage with a bit of annoyance — just get to the point already. 

But Abraham is grappling with exactly what our legislators are wrestling with: where is the line? 

Where is the line where innocent life becomes disposable?

God has a definitive answer.

Every. Single. Innocent. Life. Is. Worth. Protecting. 

Bam. There it is. 

One innocent life is all it takes.

God has made His position clear. There is value, there is purpose, there is importance in every innocent life.

How easily we have forgotten that as a society.

I’ve personally come a long way in my pro-life beliefs. Had you asked me during my anorexia, I would have shouted from the rooftops, “My body, my choice.”

Why? Because I wanted to destroy and abuse my body however I wanted, and absolutely no one could tell me otherwise.

And as an 18-year old high school senior — a legal adult — technically, no one could.

And though I would never had said “I’m trying to die,” my actions — my choices —communicated otherwise: all you needed to do was look at my 78 pound frame to see the evidence.

It was my body, and I was choosing to destroy it.

And the only way I recovered from such a severe case of anorexia, and left those destructive choices behind, was by realizing that my body was not *mine* to destroy.

My body was purchased at a price – the highest price possible. And therefore, my body is my responsibility. And the choice I must make, in response to that incredible gift — is to use my body to glorify and honor He who saved it.

It is my act of worship. An instrument though which I am to be used by God. It is my privilege, not mine to destroy.

And I finally realized the value that Abraham is so desperately searching for in today’s reading: every single innocent life is worth saving. Protecting. Defending. Respecting. 

That is a hard position to take in today’s societal climate. But we are children of the Great Commission, and speaking the truth in love is what we’re called to do on this earth, in the bodies that have been so generously given, created, and purchased for us, as children of God.

Innocent.

May the world realize the value and sanctity of each innocent unborn life, and make the choice to protect each and every one.

 

About the author:

Caralyn is the writer and speaker behind the blog, BeautyBeyondBones. It has recently been named one of the Top Three Eating Disorder Recovery Sites on the WorldwideWeb. She’s a twenty-something actress and writer in New York City. Having battled a severe case of anorexia and Ulcerative Colitis, she now uses her story of total restoration to positively impact others, and offer Christ’s hope and encouragement for those with eating disorders, and other forms of adversity. Her book, Bloom is now available!

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