It has been saddening to read/watch people viciously criticize and attack each other as they explain how their way of thinking is right and others’ thinking is wrong. Fear has replaced Hope as the motivation to “win” in this election. Fear cannot be satisfied. It can only be replaced itself by Truth. Jesus said he is the Truth. So how can Jesus calm our Fear?
In the Old Testament in Proverbs in the Bible it says that Jesus holds the heart of the ruler in his hand and turns it wherever he wishes. No matter who “wins” the election Tuesday a deeply flawed person will become President. And we don’t have to worry. Jesus has been preparing this moment since eternity past and he is not surprised or worried about what he will do. The main thing I worry about is what will I do? Will I humbly listen to Jesus and be true to what he tells me to do? Or will I Fear and say “Jesus didn’t say that, that’s not reasonable”… and shut the eyes of my soul … and deny him?
Dear Jesus, help me to choose Love in every situation. You are Love. And you always provide a way to Love. Thank you for answering this prayer. You always do.
The phrase “Perception is Reality” was originally stated, I believe in the Reagan era, to describe a lack of honest and complete communication in national politics. Then it was stated literally. And some accept it as literal.
Jesus was and is no stranger to politics during his life, death and resurrection. And the distorted communication of the past lives on to today.
I invite you to read the post, https://i-m-4-u.com/2013/09/11/perception-is-reality-lee-atwater-is-mr-atwaters-statement-a-perception-or-reality-jim-mcnaughton/
In it I try to describe the difference between the “official” public perception and reality.
I am part of a team of people starting “HOPE” for Mental Health at Kentwood Community Church. We are part of Celebrate Recovery founded by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. This group of courageous people, who admit their imperfections and trust Jesus to deliver them, have been a catalyst to me being able to confess my sins to another trusted person (or small group). I read my Nobody’s Perfect post from August of 2013 tonight and realized I had promised to get back to you when I had put this into practice.
Much better late than never.
I had told Jesus my sins but telling another person with skin on freed me from most of the grip of satan in my life. No amount of prayer has freed me as much as telling my sin to another person. Sin loses power when exposed.
I have known for years that I was “supposed to” confess my sins to another. But I made excuses and told myself it really didn’t matter. I lost years of my life to satan’s influence simply because “I know more than God.”
God is not mocked. I reaped what I sowed.
But I have learned.