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ON THAT DAY PDF Print

“‘On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”   Malachi 4:3

The promise within this teaching is just this:  wickedness will not endure.  Those who oppose holiness and righteousness – who oppose God Himself – will discover that the end will be sudden and abrupt.

There is a symmetry contained here within this teaching.  The believer of this prophecy is promised that they will tread upon the wicked as dust and in a sense this means that all wickedness – unrighteous acts – will be tread underfoot as well.  There will come a day that when one breathes, they breathe holiness!

May I suggest that the proper definition of holiness is . . . “You!”  More precisely, you filled with God’s Divine presence.  You become Holy, you “be holy” when your heart is suddenly and violently occupied by the Spirit of God.  In this moment you become God’s excavator – treading down wickedness in your path as if it were dust beneath you feet.

“On that day . . .” you become God’s cry to the world – and if you’ve noticed, the world desperately needs to hear your voice.

– Dale

 
TEACH ME YOUR WAY PDF Print

The psalmist says,

“teach me Your way O Lord...”

But is that what we actually desire?

His request may not be ours at all?

His way requires a longing to know... and a willingness to trudge.

I picture a determined traveler with machete in hand – willing to hack his/her way through the jungle for the sole reason of being closer to God.  Obstacles matter very little to the determined follower. They, like the psalmist, move forward no matter how dense and tangled the way becomes.

His request is likely not ours because we have grown accustomed to the instantaneous and the immediate.  We’ve bought into quick fixes bringing rapid changes and glowing results with minimal effort.  “Teach me Your way,” has been replaced with, “show me the destination” and I'll figure it out.

We must understand, however, that “becoming” cannot be made easy – it must always require whittling away the unnecessary and unfit.  It’s only after much instruction can we be taught where to actually begin.

If you think you’ve arrived – you’ve only just begun!

Do you truly desire to know the way... His way?

– Dale

 
SO MANY QUESTIONS PDF Print

“Am I not as free as anyone else?  Am I not an apostle?  Haven’t I seen Jesus our Lord with my own eyes?  Isn’t it because of my work that you belong to the Lord?  Don’t we have the right to live in your homes and share your meals?  Don’t we have the right to bring a believing wife with us as the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers do, and as Peter does?  6. Or is it only Barnabas and I who have to work to support ourselves?”  1 Corinthians 9:1, 4-6 (NLT)

So many questions!

Do you think Paul is having an identity crisis?

No probably not, but the questions he’s asking do seem to go deeper than just a rhetorical set up.  Paul is grappling . . . with the same queries that each of us face from time to time.

What about me? . . . . Why am I struggling in this way or that?

Here’s the only answer I have for us in this moment . . . we’re not all spotted owls or striped cows.

Think about it!

– Dale

 
RESTITUTION PDF Print

How does one find restitution?

We cannot in our own strength, or ability, restore a brokenness that we barely perceive.  The gaping holes and jagged wounds are precipitated by undiscovered fractures causing irrevocable erosion within our souls.

We do not see . . . therefore we do not act!

Our God though, is The Master of His craft.  Thus He knows, and has a perfect solution for being made wonderfully whole.  An action, accomplished by “A Person” that no one else could possibly perform.

Jesus!

Jesus, in His love, came to us, for us . . . snatching the hammer of destruction from the hands of the destroyer.  In His finished work upon our cross – which He made His cross – He provides a way for each of us to be fully restored!

Did you hear what I said?  “Fully Restored!”

Cleansed and remade.  We then become throughly filled with His divine peace.  Thank you Father! 

Today we abandon every false way . . . for You!

– Dale

 
FORGIVENESS PDF Print

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”  Matthew 18:21-22 ESV

Have you forgotten about forgiveness?  It seems as though much of our world has!  Too many are holding on to past hurts like they are a badge of honor (isn’t that counter productive not to mention self-destructive?). 
And when did forgiveness become a group thing?  Maybe I’m off kilter, but we sin as individuals, we repent as individuals and we seek forgiveness as individuals.  You cannot lump a group together – no matter how homogeneous they may appear on the outside –  and demand some form of group-speak act of attrition!  I don't believe our faith operates that way!

So, here’s the thing . . . if you’ve wronged someone, then it’s your responsibility to seek forgiveness.  If you’ve been wronged by an individual and forgiveness is sought, then it’s your responsibility to forgive!

Forgiveness is an up-close, intensely personal, spiritual act that demands forethought and passion!  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

I welcome your comments if you have more to add.

– Dale

 
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