Guest Post: The Church, Our Family

There is more in a person’s life that meets the eye.  

A smiling face at church for instance may have you thinking, “That person has it all together.” At times though it may be that the person you are thinking is functional, has found something other than themselves to focus on.

When we turn to God and leave our burdens in His hands we have an aura of certainty and peace. This brings on an aura that draws the seeker.

I am a seeker. I always think that the ladies whom seem to have it all together are more successful and have more value than I.

It’s such a sad lie.

Satan loves to lie. The things he whispers in our ears are not of ourselves but of the Destroyer. The Destroyer of Peace, for example says, “You are not as good as her. You won’t get into heaven, or “You’re friends are not really your friends, you’re so pathetic.”

He is ruthless and has painful ways of making people feel inadequate, jealous and ambitious. He says things like, “What’s the matter? Can’t control your household?” or “You can’t handle this.”

I, for one, am a victim to his banter. He wants us against each other, he wants us to have distaste for one another and bicker over the small things that make it hard to see the bigger picture. The team, the church. Our destiny. Perfect Love.

Demons are within us all. This is not what God intended for us though. To feel pain and suffering.

God made us in His own image to be loved and to love. In the New Testament, Jesus says, “I am the door, the truth and the light, whomever enters through me shall be saved.” (John 10:9). This means that as long as you are focused on what Jesus has taught and acknowledge He died for you to see this evil deed man cast upon Love itself, and know the true light, you will have salvation.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9-11,

“9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him— 

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

The will of God is in all who believe! There is no better or worse sinner in The One True God. He is perfect and we are not.

We are given hope and the will to choose the path to salvation. When we get clouded by our inner demons, the light is hard to see but we must pray.

Pray not only for what we want or need, but for the light to shine in us and show us the way as the gifts given by the Holy Spirit in us reveal themselves.

See, each of us has a gift or many given us by the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s plan. We are not, however, to try and understand, but to trust that Yahweh has something far greater for us that this short life here on earth.

As instruments, we must build each other up and be each other’s support. We need to pray with each other and seek each other out. Especially when the “thorns of life” seem to be choking out the light.

A shepherd seeks his lost sheep and leaves his flock to find the lamb and bring it back from danger. We must do this for our brothers and sisters in the church. Satan wants nothing more than to have us alone and have his way. To paraphrase Isaiah 2:12, “Be not afraid”, God says, “I go before you always, come follow me and I will give you strength.”

We, as a church, must stand together, pray with and for one another and be aware of those who are troubled. The enemy wants us to fail as a church and turn us against each other. Go to your brothers and sisters and make peace and understanding between you.

Like the message God gave when he scrambled the ambitious Babylonians’ tongues, when we ignore God’s plan and try to accomplish great things on our own we miss the point of the whole plan that God is in control.

We have no right to look down upon or put on airs over one another. We need to recognize each other as each having special gifts to bring to the table to ultimately worship the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our hearts and all our strength through His gifts invested in us.

Make peace with one another, and build strong characters in Jesus Christ to serve The Lord.

Patti lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband Mike and their four children.

A note from Megan – Thank you to Patti for writing this exhortation to our local church family, and to our world-wide church family. 

In John 17:22-23, Jesus prayed “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

May we demonstrate love and understanding toward our brothers and sisters in Christ, so that the world will see through us the love of the Father.

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