The Truth Leaves Us Naked!

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Hebrews 10:26,27 NIV

Going back to the garden of Eden, when Satan manipulated Eve with deception, twisting God’s Truth, both Adam and Eve were left aware of their nakedness because of sin. Before the fall, they were naked but not aware of their nakedness because of their obedience–they were pure in heart.

Truth exposes lies–no matter who’s telling the lie–when the truth is known–the lie is exposed and they are left feeling naked without their cloak–the lie intentionally meant to cover up truth.

There is no excuse for someone lying to cover up truth–eventually–truth will find its way to the surface and all lies are exposed for all to see. So why bother to lie in the first place?

Many people lie to hide something or to avoid something. The problem–avoidance causes more problems and lies are always uncovered. The Word tells us that Satan is the father of lies, so every time we lie–we proclaim Satan is our father. Who really wants to claim Satan as their spiritual father? Only those who are so deeply influenced by him that they fail to see truth.

Who has been persuaded or influenced by Satan’s lies? Anyone who claims that sin is no longer sin lies and the truth is not in them. Anyone who encourages people to live in opposition to God’s Word is a liar and they demonstrate the influence of their father. Anyone who lies to make themselves to be something they are not or to promote themselves when they are nothing, demonstrates their lack of integrity and who their father is.

If  a person does not know truth, that’s one thing. But when we know truth and continue to perpetuate a lie, we have made a mockery of the Work on the Cross. Jesus is coming back one day, but not to sacrifice Himself again for our sins. When we continue in sin after knowing truth, we have condemned ourselves and we know the penalty of sin–death–first spiritually and then naturally, spending eternity in the lake of fire, prepared for liars.

We who have experienced God for ourselves know Truth and everything we do should demonstrate our knowledge of Truth. We cannot condone lying for any reason nor should we attempt to hide truth with lies perpetuated by others. When we lack integrity–and liars lack integrity–why would anyone trust us for any reason? If people don’t trust us, why would they listen to us? If they won’t listen to us, how can we convince them of God’s goodness? Lying has its consequences and none of it is good.

Instead lying about things, let’s just expose ourselves by telling the truth and then the world will know, we can be trusted and heard because we are living examples of Truth and God’s Word.

If We Believe Him, Let’s Live It!

If We Believe Him, Let’s Live It!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from The Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1,2 NIV

We have to remember, when reading this passage of scripture, that when people were deceived and worshipped idols, they created their temples in the mountains, in the midst of the trees and held their secret acts of worship to the things which they created with their own hands. So, the question is–Where does my help come from?

My help comes from The Lord–not the things made by the hands of men, but from Him who created all things and without Him, nothing was ever created!

Now, if we really believe our help comes from The Lord, why don’t we live like we know it? When our bodies are wracked with pain, do we call on Him? And this is not to say we shouldn’t see doctors, but we should always ask God who we should see. The God of heaven, who walked the earth, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and making the lame to walk is the same God we say we believe today. If we believe Him, He can do the same thing He did before! He never changes, but we do. Where is our faith in Him?

Lord, we have doubted too long in Your ability to heal our bodies and to heal the land, but we’re taking a step today, to have faith in Your Word and we’re calling on You, Lord, to heal our land, and our bodies from head to toe. Lord, we’re looking to You to dissolve plaque from brain cells, renewing each one, restoring memories and abilities for all who love and are not ashamed to worship in the beauty of holiness and truth. Lord, we thank You for speaking wisdom to all who are in the position of making decisions for the masses; reveal to them who You are and create in them a heart to receive what You have to say and obey.

Lord, we thank You for being a just God and for giving us peace to accept whatever You desire in our lives. We thank for mercy and grace and forgiveness for all the wrongs we’ve ever done out of ignorance and disobedience. Lord we thank You for giving us another chance to enjoy Your love and to share our love for You with others that they, too will come to a place of total belief and faith in You. We need Your strength infused in us to keep doing things according to Your Word and we thank You for loving us enough to keep us headed in the right direction, on the path of righteousness.

We’re crying out to You, O God for there is no one else who can do the things You do: keeping our angels alert and watchful as we sleep and keeping us from harm. Allowing us to look beyond the faults of others and showing them mercy just as You have done to us. Thank You, for looking beyond our faults and providing our needs so we may continue to live this life, pleasing You.

In Jesus’ name we ask and thank You for the abundant blessings You pour out on us daily.

What The Lord Hates!

What The Lord Hates!

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV

Whenever people don’t want to hear or live truth, they always start justifying their behavior and when it comes to living according to The Word, many are quick to say, “Jesus just said love.” Well, He did talk about love because He is love and because He loves, He wants the very best for all who love Him. And He said, “If we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments”–to love–God and one another.

I guess if we ever stop looking at the Bible as a means of restricting or confining us, we’d understand that God’s Word is our protection against things in life in which we have no control. But the enemy has managed to manipulate and deceive people into thinking the Bible is just an ancient book of myths and that people should be able to live any way they want to live. We’ve always had that choice, but I can say without hesitation that I tried living without The Word and living with The Word guiding my life is so much better.

Living without The Word to guide us will blind our eyes to truth and allow the influence to influence heart and mind–letting us think that God does not see or hear the things we do. But He does and the seven things that He hates are what keep confusion and chaos reigning when people live without The Word.

Haughty Eyes–arrogance revealed in the eyes of those who think they are better than others and will do anything to make people feel inferior.

Lying Tongues–that little member that has no bones, but crushes the mighty and keeps the weak oppressed and suppressed.

Hands That Shed Innocent Blood–those who willfully take lives of innocent people who have never wronged them. The terrorists will discover on judgment day their sentence for taking the lives of innocent people simply because they refuse to accept the fact that people can choose what they believe and should not be subjected to the hatred and disdain of others. This is true of anyone who takes a life outside of war and self-defense.

A Heart That Devises Wicked Schemes–those who do nothing other than think about doing wicked things–those who plot to take lives and destroy hope. Don’t forget, the enemy’s job is to kill, steal and destroy–all who God loves.

Feet That Are Quick To Rush Into Evil–those who hover and linger around others, just waiting for a snippet of gossip so they can run and tell it. Of course along the way, they mangle truth into twisted lies to make what they have to say more important.

A False Witness Who Pours Out Lies–those who will lie as a witness against someone else in order to benefit from the lie. These are those who knowingly attempt to deflect truth from themselves. And we see this time and time again when silly females lie about being raped simply because someone rejected them. We cannot forget all those who were false witnesses against Jesus Christ, but then we must also understand it was all part of God’s plan for our salvation.

A Person Who Stirs Up Conflict In A Community–those who “are always stirring up trouble where no trouble exists.” I have heard them called, “pot stirrers” and they will twist truth in order to inflame those listening in order to make themselves appear superior. One of the political candidates seems to be really good at stirring up conflict within many cultural communities and he thinks people are stupid enough to buy into his nonsense. I’m praying that wisdom will envelop all when they head to the voting polls and show this character that not everyone is as stupid as he thinks they are.

All of these seven things warrant a separate post, but I thought about the world’s condition and as I was reading this passage today, I was reminded that God does indeed hate–liars in particular–those who claim He didn’t mean what He said, stirring up conflict in communities (their place has already been prepared), and those who kill for no reason.

As a Believer–one called by God to teach His Word–I cannot ignore expansion of those things that are designed to destroy mankind by just expanding on the “good stuff” in God’s Word in my posts. Teaching Truth–God’s Truth–not mine because I don’t have any truth to teach is what I will continue to do, no matter what people think of me. Fortunately for me, I know they have nothing to do with my place in eternity and I will not be deterred from teaching God’s Truth simply because they “hate” because I Believe.

 

 

 

Learning From Creature Wisdom!

Learning From Creature Wisdom!

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV

In the early morning on a spring day, when the air has a little chill in it, but the sun is shining, I love to sit outside, bundled in warmth, with a hot cup of coffee and watch nature at work. Every time I do, I marvel at God’s Wisdom and how it functions in the “lower species” the insects and animals.

Chasing each other along the electric lines and phones high in the air, the squirrels put on an amazing balancing act; I have never seen one fall, while watching their antics.

Then I listen to the birds singing their songs and I believe they are songs of praise and everyone once in a while, I hear a woodpecker though I have yet to see it.

When the rabbits dare to leave their burrows (and a number of them are in my back yard), the hop through the yard, nibbling here and there,  pausing occasionally to look at me and I just smile and talk to them.

But the ant is best observed in the summer months when they are scurrying about every where, gathering their food and marching in columns that would rival any military regime. I have watched them carry pieces of food so much larger than they are, but they do it as a team, knowing that working together they can accomplish much more than trying to do something on their own. Why don’t we see them in cooler months? They were innately programmed with God’s Wisdom to do as God intended them to do-for their survival–they gather in the warm months when food is available and store it so they don’t have to forage for food in the cold months. While conditions are good–food is available–they gather and store for future use. 

How many of us can say that we have gathered what we need, while conditions are good, and stored what we need for future use? If we were as smart as the ants–we’d never know hunger, poverty, or hatred. We’d know how to work as a team and we wouldn’t wait for someone else to lord it over us–inciting us to do something.

Think about it! Most of us are annoyed with ants when they find their way into our homes and do what we can to get rid of them. But outside in the yards and crevices of the sidewalk we see the mounds of dirt they tunnel through when leaving or going back to their abodes. What tiny creatures they are and I can imagine their brains–are not nearly large enough to store the wisdom they have because God intended them to be so.

What did God intend for us? He intended for us to use the brains He gave us to seek Him and know Wisdom in order to survive the attacks of the enemy and the poverty most experience when they do not know how to avoid it. God has given us all a measure of faith, eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts for compassion, and hands to work, but do we have the wisdom of the ants?

Instead of looking for others to take care of our needs, we should learn from the ant–how to work together for the survival of all and to gather and store what’s needed while it’s available, for future use. 

I’m waiting to see how long it will take for me to marvel at how human beings work together, towards the survival for all, gathering and storing what we need for the benefit of all.

What Laziness and Complaining Earn!

What Laziness and Complaining Earn!

Those who control their tongue will have a long life;
opening your mouth can ruin everything. Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper. It’s better to live alone in the desert
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,

and you will stay out of trouble.  Proverbs 13:3,4; 21:19,23 NLT

In the Bible (NLT) the word “lazy” occurs 25 times in 24 verses and “complaining” 10 times in 10 verses. In the environment in which we live–how often do we see the lazy and hear the complainers? Far too many times!

Whenever there is work to be done–those who love their beds more will seldom rise to get any accomplished before noon and then wonder why they don’t have time to get everything finished that they need to do. After waking late, they move slowly, and always easily distracted from the task at hand. When the day rolls away (time stops for no one), they complain they didn’t have time! Imagine that!

Procrastinators–those who keep putting things off are part of the lazy group. They always think they have more time than they have and put things off until the very last minute–sometimes missing important deadlines–and then they have the nerve to complain.

My favorite complaints are:

“I’m late because I missed my bus.”

“I didn’t do my homework because I couldn’t find my book.”

“I can’t get to work because I take the bus.”

“The dog ate my homework.”

“I got up late and didn’t have time to finish.”

“The store was closed by the time I got there.”

“These people get on my nerves. Why is this line so slow?”

Here’s what I’ve learned in the course of living. When I get up early, I have more time to do the things I need to do. When I go to bed early, I can get up early without complaining. On a day like today, with snow falling throughout the night–I got up earlier than my usual 5:30 a.m. to check to see if schools were closed and how much snow has to be moved. Today, schools are closed so my grandson gets to sleep in, but we will have to move snow once it stops. There have been days when we both got up and shoveled snow, got dressed and headed out because the schools were not closed.

Getting an early start on things–usually ends up with better results. I’ve never waited until the last minute to write a paper for a class and usually irritated classmates (with group projects) by starting as soon as the assignment is made. I usually make it to work at least 20 minutes to an hour before I have to be there because I hate rushing in at the last minute. I plan my day like I plan the novels I write–there is a strategy and when I keep to the strategy, things work. The old adage about “the early bird gets the worms” is true. The earlier I start a project, the greater the likelihood I’ll be pleased with the outcome.

There is one area in my life in which I wish I started earlier–living according to The Word–but then, I wouldn’t have learned some very valuable lessons that make me appreciate where I am today. God doesn’t have a problem with us making mistakes; He has a problem with us not learning from them. So, because of my early mistakes–and I have learned from them–I have a testimony about how good God is and how much He loves us.

It is because of my love for Him that I rise early every morning, get into His Word, talk to Him and write my blogs. It is because of Him that I can move out earlier enough to arrive before I need to be anywhere. It is because of Him that early-made-plans usually succeed beyond my expectations and it is because of Him, that I can say–I have no reason to complain.

I’m looking forward to the reward I’ve earned by controlling my tongue, getting an early start to complete any task and not complaining in the process. Those who are lazy and complain–will also get their just reward, but I don’t think they’re going to like it.

We all have a choice to make and I choose not to be: a doubting Dolly, a naysayer Nellie, or a last-minute Lolly. I choose to do all things–decently and in order–all to His glory!

 

Open Our Eyes, Lord!

Open Our Eyes, Lord!

Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions. Psalm 119:18 NLT

In truth, sometimes the blind

See more though their natural eyes

Are seemingly shuttered–from all

Things beautiful and ugly–protecting

Their judgment and promoting imagination

Discerning truth from deep within.

It is amazing–no astounding–how so many people who see with their natural eyes are blinded to truth because of their emotional unrest. When emotions blind us to truth and we proceed based upon the lie built from chemical imbalance–that coating of brain cells that keeps us from connecting truth to the obvious–we create situations that don’t to be.

Throughout the bible, for those of us who read with understanding, we see God’s Truth constantly being ignored by those who were supposed to know Him, yet promoted a truth of their own–which was a lie. Any time we change truth we can see to a truth we misunderstand–we lie. We cannot change God’s Truth in favor of our own truth when His Truth is written and available for all to see–who wish to see.

By the same protocol of assessing truth, we can apply this to any other areas of our lives in which written information is accessible to all, but unfortunately, not all have adequate reading comprehension. And because they lack appropriate comprehension skills, they change the written truth–observed by all–into their own truth and then become antagonistic when their truth is revealed–a lie.

I’ve tried to be optimistic about a situation in which I’m involved as a volunteer, but it’s getting really hard to continue this course. When people allow their misguided emotions to govern in every area of their life and refuse to hear and acknowledge truth from others–the only thing that results from it is drama. I watch scripted drama on television–selectively and I refuse to live drama when there is no need for it. So this morning when I prayed, I asked The Lord to reveal to me in His Word how to proceed. The above-referenced scripture is His answer to me–we must be willing for Him to open our eyes to see the wonderful truths in His instructions and instructions from other venues.

A word of caution to those who love truth–expect the enemy to blind the minds of those who have an agenda other than doing what should be done to promote the betterment of anything in which we’re involved. Stand firm on the truth and provide documentation for the stance you take and never allow the enemy to change who you are. Even when ugliness raises its head, combat the ugliness of lies and emotional impairment with truth–straight up without a chaser. It will sting and sometimes, truth will cause people to run in the other direction sounding false alarms, but stand on truth anyway–knowing The Lord is your shield against the fiery darts of the enemy.

Father, in the name of Jesus, cast the scales from our eyes so we may see truth and all of its many benefits and help us to stand firm on truth, no matter what the enemy does to deter us. Guide and direct us to seek assistance for those areas in our lives in which we lack skills and aptitude so we may glorify You in all we do–with a goal of excellence–laced with Your Truth.

Are My Feet Too Small?

Are My Feet Too Small?

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 NKJV

When a baby is born watchful parents take note of its growth–they watch how fast their feet grow, how much weight they gain and much longer they get. It’s really a little difficult to miss the growth of a baby since they need new clothes often and especially shoes by the time they start walking.

Sometimes, silly parents–of which I am one–when playing with children compare their hand size and feet size to them. Yes, I know, but it’s a fun game and kids get a kick out of it, watching how big their hands and feet get–compared to their parents.

However, there are some parents who take the game farther–sometimes out of reach of the child when they expect their children to keep up with them–either walking or in their endeavors in life. I hate seeing a mother dragging a toddler along, expecting them to keep up with when the child’s feet are too small and their stride too short to keep up with the mother. As they get older and parent gets more demanding–they expect things of a child that they are either too small to do or too immature to know how to do. This is especially true of parents (or grandparents) who expect a lot from teenagers. The frontal lobe of our brains are not fully developed until we’re about 23-25 years old. So, when we yell at teenagers about doing stupid things, it’s because they don’t know better in many cases. After all, we’re judging their actions by our experiences–experiences they have not had.

So, since God has ordered the steps of the righteous and delights in us–when we stumble and fall by the wayside is it because our feet are too small to stay on the path He has established? Or is it that–the steps He’s ordered are way too big for us to navigate? Either way, I think we can take an object lesson from looking at who He is and His expectations of us and how we treat kids. The physiology of a person may interfere with their maturity on a physical and moral level, but how long does it take us to develop into spiritually mature Believers? Do we make it  at 25 years-old and or is it much older? Some never make it because once they look at the size of their feet–and realize their feet may be too small–they take another path–one that usually leads to destruction.

God’s expectations of us are not too great–after all–He created us and He knows exactly when our feet will fit the path He’s established. The problem is–most of us don’t and so we sit back and complain, angry with God and the world because we have not realized what size our feet are.

I’ve often threatened my children and my students (figuratively) to put my size 10s up their hind parts if they didn’t get their act together and move towards succeeding in life. I’ve always been teased about having big feet, but when I realize just how awesome the path is that God wants me to travel, I know my feet need to grow some. My prayer for spiritual maturity is constant because every time I think I’ve made some progress, a challenge arises and I know, I haven’t made it yet.

God knows my foot size and the path He has established fits–I just have to figure out how to plant my feet firmly and not be moved by circumstances in order to continue the journey. How about you? Are your feet too small?

Why We Must Look Forward!

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 2 Peter 3:9, 13,14 NIV

Whatever God has promised us–we will receive when we obey and stay in position to receive. Sometimes, our own frustration and lack of patience lead us to believe that He is slow–but then His definition of slow or fast–is not ours. After all, according to His Word, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. So we cannot measure time the way He does.

How do we apply this passage of scripture to our daily lives? Though Peter is primarily talking about the promise of heaven and our looking forward to getting there, we can also look forward–in all aspects of our lives for if we keep looking backwards, there will be no forward movement. This is why we focus on things ahead and forget about those things behind us because we cannot go back in time and change anything.

If we dare to look at the things we have done compared to the preparation of things to come, most of us see that “if” sometimes keeps us from moving forward. Let’s face it, in life, we don’t get “do-overs” as the kids do in games. We cannot stop or pause life and start over. When we recognize the misguided steps we’ve made, we learn from them and keep looking forward, our eyes on the prize or goals we established for ourselves.

How tough is that? For a person who chooses to dwell in the past and sink into the trials of doing so, this is very tough. With Jesus on our side, we are empowered with His strength when our own strength is sapped by pointless regrets. None of us are perfect and most of us have made more than one mistake in our lives, but we don’t have to dwell on the past. We look at what happened, understand why it happened and make every effort to make sure we move forward in God’s Wisdom, not our own–so we don’t repeat those mistakes. 

Let’s face it–if we walk backwards–afraid to face the future, we usually end up stumbling over some obstacle or challenge we could not see. And if we’re backing up instead of moving forward, we also demonstrate a lack of trust in God. We have no need to fear the future and every reason to embrace the future–especially when we keep on our armor to fight the battles we know we’ll have.

If we dwell on past events, we lose hope in our future and never plan to have a better ending than the one we already know. Here’s the plan–we take off the blinders that keep us from seeing the bright future God has planned for us, cast off the past as though it was a smelly garment no longer wearable and look forward–to seeing all the great things God has for us. 

When We’re Set Free!

When We’re Set Free!

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 NIV

What is freedom that many are willing to fight and die for?

Why is true freedom just beyond our reach–on earth?

Why do we need to be liberated.

Why are there visible and invisible barriers keeping us in place?

The freedom and liberation that have cost so many lives in countries where small-minded people and dictators attempt to keep people in bondage to them is worth the fight–for those who fight it.

The freedom to be treated with equality–like human beings–without restrictions of movement, to enjoy a healthy environment without pollutants making lives hazardous, having access to a quality education, and the ability to provide for family and self is hindered by bigotry and hatred because of skin color, nationality, or religion–perpetuated by classicism–the Haves hoping to keep the have-nots from ever achieving what they have. But remember these are the small-minded people who have no relationship with God who want to keep people in bondage.

However not all restrictions to freedom are perpetuated by people–many people are in bondage to addictions, insecurities, low-esteem, and an inability to see beyond the moment. These are the people who are drawn to abusers–involved in domestic abuse, shackled to substances that control what they do and how they think, some end up behind bars that are visible and some are kept jailed by bars that no one can see, but them.

The freedom fight for equality as human beings–free to live where one wants, to vote, to have access to information regardless of station in life–shall continue as long as we have small-minded people who think only a handful should rule the masses.

Unfortunately, the fight for freedom to be loosed from invisible shackles is not a fight that many can win on their own–but they can if they’re willing to embrace the love God has for them.

God’s love shines forth and destroys darkness and yokes of bondage like no pill ever could. God’s love does not penalize, but rewards those who receive it. God’s love does not abuse those who receive it and embracing His love–knowing that He died for us so we could be free from sin–sets us free to enjoy all of His many benefits.

The only barrier or restriction that keeps us from being free to enjoy His love is our willful determination to live in opposition to His Word. So, if you’ve not received His love by accepting the work on the cross–Jesus willingly dying for us to set us free–today is a good day to liberate yourself. Get into His Word and allow His Word to get into your heart and seek His wisdom and direction daily and obey. When we’re truly free–we can say what God says and live how He wants us to live without concern about what others think or say. That’s how we embrace His love and know true freedom!

Why We Can Depend On The Rock!

Why We Can Depend On The Rock!

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:30-33 NIV

The more interactions I have with people, the more I learn to trust God–our Rock–who is immovable, never flinching, and always dependable.

People? Not so much. That is not to say that everyone I encounter is not trustworthy, but I have met so many who cannot be trusted that it makes it difficult to trust anyone. The biggest problem in working with other people is getting a handle on their true selves–not just their public selves, but the person they really are.

We all have a public persona and a private persona–differences in how we present ourselves in a public arena or in private. However, when a person attempts to hide their true selves–eventually–that real person will surface and in many cases–it’s not a pretty sight. In fact, when people have worked so hard to present one image of themselves for public consumption they don’t even recognize themselves when the real person surfaces.

I’m a little perturbed this morning about a situation in which I’m involved. There appears to be a contradictory spirit reigning in our midst and that spirit is causing controversy and confusion. What I’m discovering is that when pettiness and immaturity are overriding character traits in a person, the end result can only be chaotic.

I am saddened that the situation has resulted in the possible deterrent to others getting involved in an event because of poor, ineffective leadership–who is doing more to tear down the organization than to build it. And this is why people have to know who it is they are placing in leadership positions to prevent this type of disaster.

While I’m saddened by the possible outcome, I’m confident that God will fill us with wisdom and direction in resolving all issues to His glory. After all, no devil on earth or in people can stop what God has planned. Our Rock–is not moved by tears of ignorance and feigned imagined injustices. Our Rock–knows all and when the truth is uncovered–He is a shield against the barrage of lies and excuses people make for creating chaos. Our Rock--gives us boldness to stand tall and courageously look the devil in the face and call him out. Our Rock–strengthens our resolve to make lemonade out of the lemons who attempt to sour success because they’re not involved in the process. Oh Yes, Our Rock can withstand every attempt to tear down, by building and strengthening the foundational core of those determined to move forward.

Of course, our ultimate weapon against fraudulent practices and negligent attitudes is prayer. We can pray that God will speak to their hearts and they will hear, but we can also pray that God will guide us every step of the way because those of us who love Him, will hear Him, and obey.

Lord, Thank You for being Our Rock!