Be Fearlessly Authentic

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She looked at me across the table with a question in her eyes.

We were the two Latin girls in room full of Gringos.  She was trying to describe a difficult someone, and she couldn’t think of how to accurately express her sentiments in English.

“Disfraces.  Se pone muchos disfraces,”  she verbalized in her native tongue.

I smiled knowingly.   “He likes to masquerade,” I interpreted for the group.

Hypocrisy is so ugly.

On the way home after our Bible study, I mentioned to my husband how much I was enjoying our new Tuesday night family of eight.

“Everyone is a real person,” I observed.  “They aren’t scared to tell the truth, and they aren’t trying to impress anyone.”

It’s so refreshing to break bread with people who are fearlessly authentic.

Ephesians 4:25

Something to think about…

 

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5 Powerful Prayers for the People of the Cross

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I have a confession to make: I’ve stopped watching the news. I stopped watching because it either makes me incredibly sad, or it fills me with fear.   I still follow the headlines a bit on twitter and the internet, but I refuse to watch another one-hour news report that is more like an episode of Jerry Springer than an informative documentary.

One thing I think we can all agree on is that these are dark times. The Bible warned us that as The Day of Christ return approaches we will face greater persecution.   Matthew 24: 6-13 explains:

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

I want to endure to the end. I want to stay faithful to my Jesus in these difficult days. I want to be counted as one of the People of the Cross.

Recently, my pastor reminded me that the People of the Cross have always faced persecution and opposition.   Paul was stoned for proclaiming His faith. Why am I surprised that suffering is part of the life of the believer?

In looking at the life of Paul, I see that he was a man who believed in the power of prayer.   He often asked the church to intercede on his behalf so that he could proclaim the Gospel with freedom.   Following his example, I want to fight on my knees for my brothers and sisters around the world…

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Empowered

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BOOM!  The thunderclap roared down, and then I heard a tiny sound that scared me even more.

Beep, Beep — A click followed, and the room dissolved into darkness.

Noooo!

The unexpected power outing paralyzed me.

What am I supposed to do now?  I picked up my phone to call for help, but the line was dead.

Enclosed in my office tomb, I felt alone and defeated.

I groped around blindly and found the tiny light source on my smart phone.  That little pin prick ray settled me down and stuffed down my panic.

Honestly, the fearful feeling was familiar to me.   Lately, the darkness of life has descended, and I find myself easily sapped of the energy required to push through the pain.

Maybe you’ve had the same experience?  You get an unexpected phone call that is a black cloud of discouragement.  Suddenly, you are scared out of your mind and scrambling for steady footing.

The good news is that we’ve got a built in source of strength and stability.

God’s limitless power never runs out.

Tap into these high-voltage promises:

The One who defeated death itself lives in you and can bring life into any situation: “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).

His power is constantly guarding His own and giving us a living hope that cannot be taken away:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-5).

He has supernaturally provided EVERYTHING we need for today and for tomorrow:  “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence,  by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (II Peter 1:3-4).

My prayer for you is that you will “be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:11-12).   “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).

You are empowered, my sister.  Stand strong in the power of His might.

 

 

Something to think about…

 

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