February 24, 2010

Breaking Up

Breaking up can be so painful. But it can also be the best thing that ever happens to us. Some circumstances and some relationships are not good for us. We are not getting better. We are stuck.

A dear friend sat in her doctor's office recently, and her nice oncologist announced that he was breaking up with her.
"Excuse me?" she asked.
"I'm breaking up with you. You don't have cancer. You don't need to see me anymore."

This is the kind of break up that we need. Wow, we can even break up with cancer because of the mercy of God.

Who needs a break up meeting with you? Which sins and habits are following you after you asked them nicely to leave? Still there? James 4:7 assures us that if we resist the devil, he will flee. If one warning didn't end it, then stand and resist. If you're feeling weak, call a friend. Or send me a note, and I will resist with you.

Sometimes an unwelcome, harassing spirit is weighing you down. Break up with it! Is it a cycle of disappointments and rejections? Are you hurting? Have you had enough of that cycle?

- Teach us your way, Lord. Lead us in a plain path. Psalm 27:11 -

You are too busy in your wholeness for that now. You have plans to be on a clear path from the Lord. You don't have time for detours.

Today, we break up with brokenness.

February 10, 2010

The Pits

When we are in the pit, do we decorate and order furniture to make it comfortable there? No! Do we settle in and accept this as the best existence we can have? Remember that we are not created to live in pits. Those temporary snares do not change us into pit dwellers. Our Redeemer already transformed us into new creations. A pit should not change us back.

From the pits, we look for a rescue. We are calling on the Redeemer to get your life back. Or even better, as Psalm 103 mentions, praise Him for a redeemed life. Better than the one you had before.
Listen to this list of benefits: forgiveness,healing, redemption, love, compassion, satisfaction, youth. . .good things.

Take a look at Psalm 103:2-6:
Praise, the Lord, O my soul; and forget none of his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.