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Day #12 – 30 Day Challenge

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We’ve been going through the book Thirty Days of Devotion in an effort to establish a strong daily quiet time and concentration in our walk with God. Whether you can join us fully or stop by on occasion, do share your thoughts on the topics! We’d love for you to join us!

Today’s issue is a touchy one. I’ve been teaching my girls that they have a stand they will need to take. But they have to choose their stand.

These days it seems there are so many things about which to get angry. So many examples of our freedoms being removed or threatened. The Christian way of life is not only called into question, it’s publicly disdained and misrepresented.

And the issues – too numerous to mention from harassment from being in Christ, to public villainy for being outspoken. Not to mention the outright martyrdom of worldwide brothers and sisters. Add to that the tax persecution of Christian groups, redefining marriage, threats to destroy the nuclear family, abortion, etc.

It’s hard not to let ourselves get up in arms.

Jesus said the world would hate us because of Him. He was right.

Can I confess right here to rarely watching the news? I don’t trust the media – well, beyond meteorologists – and the stories end up making me feel either angry or frustrated. Neither of those are emotions I should indulge in. So I just don’t go there.

And believe me, I’ve been fussed at for “sticking my head in the sand.”

I know that we are to stand. (Ephesians 6:13) But at the same time, our “righteous indignation” doesn’t cut it. We’re not supposed to stay angry. Not about anything. Stand, yes. Remain in outrage, no. Not according to Ephesians 4:26. And James 1:20 said that my anger doesn’t even get to the point of true righteousness.

My advice to my girls is to pray about when to stand and when to let God take care of things. And if the answer IS to stand, do so without rage. It’s not a righteous fire that builds wrath. The righteous fire is the zeal for the Lord and His kingdom to come.

Your turn: Like I said at the beginning of this post, this one is in a touchy area. Have you ever thought about the difference between standing for the Lord and taking a stand on the issues? Is it always the same thing? 

Come back tomorrow when we’ll discuss another issue in the season of preparation, “What God Doesn’t Promise.” And by all means get a copy of Thirty Days of Devotion for yourself for only 99¢ at Amazon.com.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “Day #12 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. Actually, I have been thinking about this a lot lately. One thing that bothers me is that Christians in America come across as hateful and condemning to the people in the LGBTQ movement/people who make those behavior choices. I have been thinking and thinking, particularly since the “wedding cake” thing in the news…. What do I think is the right thing to do? Would it be wrong to show patience (patience for them to see the error of their ways) by baking a gay couple a cake in the meantime if I own a bakery? Would God not want me to do that? I honestly don’t know!!! Would it be okay to bake them a cake while telling the gently that I disagree with their choice, especially if they are unbelievers? My biggest reason for considering baking them a cake is the Scriptures about judging those inside the church, NOT outside. Plus, how can they turn from their ways without the Holy Spirit? And how can they meet the Holy Spirit if they are constantly being met with anger from Christians? Yes, I’ve thought about this a lot! 🙂 Asking questions, because I’m not sure of the answers. Rethinking things I used to think were clear. Feeling compassion on some lost people who are hurting…. Knowing that the law brings rebellion but love conquers all….

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    • Christ, I totally agree with you. One time I was working a volunteer event for my son’s boy scout troop. The Lord prepared me knowing I was going to see drunk people. He also said to pray for them. So, as I was serving them food, I was nice to them, and quietly prayed in my spirit for them. They were the funniest drunks! A couple I still can picture in my mind and I still pray for them as I remember them.

      The Lord did not call me to condemn, although I do not believe in drinking like that, but to pray for them. The Lord gave me such compassion for these people. I felt so happy by the end of the night. It was a special night that I will never forget.

      I know why people drink to escape the harness of their reality. I know because I used to do it for the same reason, before I was saved. It was the Lord who stopped my behavior not someone saying I shouldn’t drink. I was not a drunk but just lacking the Spirit of God that comes with contentment, joy, fulfillment, and purpose! All unsaved people are just missing this that is why they fill their emptiness with other things.

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    • Christa and Kristen, both,
      You gals have nailed the whole reason I included this section in the preparation area. I totally agree with you both. Your issue, Christa is one I deal with all the time as well. And you’re exactly right. We’re not called to judge those who don’t have the Holy Spirit and His understanding in them. And when Christians do start clamoring against the sin of the world, the very name by which we are called is synonymous with judgmental, intolerant, hate-filled, hypocritical.

      It’s not that I don’t care about the social issues of marriage, abortion, limitations to our freedom, gun control, etc. I have opinions about all of those things, but the people involved need my love.

      They will more readily see and accept the Spirit’s urging if they see His love in me!

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  2. I do believe there is a difference between standing for the Lord and standing for an issue. I have seen many Christians standing for issues, but I have never felt lead to participate with them. Now when the Lord’s righteousness was being questioned then I stood up and defended it. My Mom and step-Dad are very confused right now and constantly ask, “How can there be a God with so many bad things happening?” This question I will stand up and fight for because God’s integrity is being questioned. However, I do (try) to share in love and concern for my parents because they are just lost. I pray for them but I do not force the issue.

    When Jesus was presented with a specific concern, adultery, He did not answer them. He just told her to go and sin no more and He did not answer the Pharisees about adultery.

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