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The Bible speaks often of betrayal. It is pervasive throughout The Word, the most famous of which is Judas, one of the 12 Disciples, betrayal of Christ with a kiss in The Garden of Gethsemane. He knew what Jesus would face at the hands of the Romans, he knew Jesus held him in special regard as one of His hand-picked Disciples chosen as the 12 witnesses and future ministers of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. By his betrayal, Judas had destroyed probably the most important relationship of his life and lost the promise of eternal life as well.
What breaks our heart about betrayal is that it is much more than a betrayal of the heart, the heart breaks because it is a betrayal of a relationship.
To betray is to break relationship. Just as when we sin against God/Jesus, we break our relationship with The Father, causing Jesus to weep due to our selfishness, disobedience and disregard of God’s Word.
Those that break their marriage vows, their pledges and promises to their children, those that lie, cheat, abuse, or steal, break relationships by betraying that bond, trust, love/Love, belief and promise. They destroy relationships, and just as importantLt, slowly kill their souls as it erodes with each instance of betrayal.
Betrayal begins with stepping outside of God’s Word by living for the world and not The Word of God.
True repentance begins with seeking forgiveness from all that you have betrayed. Dedicating oneself to the repair, reconciliation and restoration of the relationships you broke Covenant with, according to God’s Word.
Instead of divorce – seek reconciliation!
Instead of lying – tell the truth and free your tormented soul.
Instead of adultery, run and turn away from all unGodliness, remember how Joseph, to prevent being tempting by the wiles of a woman, ran out of her house leaving his prized coat behind rather than fall victim to a temptation
Instead of using someone, honor and appreciate their generous nature and find ways to give back or pay it forward instead of taking advantage of their kindness and love/Love for you.
Betrayal is a poison that slowly kills your soul. Turn away from it and be the example Christ modeled for us all.
Amen 🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
When faith gives way to fear — fear of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, the unknown, being disavowed or ex-communicated from family, friends or church, fear of poverty, fear of abandonment, fear of loss — it is ‘convenient’ to forsake God’s Word and His instructions in order to be accepted, or to be in the good graces or favor of men or women. We side-step our faith, step outside of God’s Will, His Word and instructions and step right into sin, disobedience, and the worldly ways Jesus delivered us from. We then are thrust into walking outside God’s Will wherein our behaviors demonstrate that we no longer trust Him. At this point we have lurched forward into making mistakes in life by letting the world, not The Word lead, guide and direct us. Sacrificing The Word to sin and tragedy!
Unfortunately, sometimes people will move faster in obedience to man, than to God, despite having our Bibles to lead, guide and direct us. We are then operating outside God’s Will, ignoring the fact that ultimately it is ONLY God who can save us, protect us, heal us and Loves us unconditionally. Not man! We often miss the Hand or movement of God because we are consumed with pleasing the world, not our Heavenly Father. God’s Word guides us on how to handle every situation we may encounter in this world.
Standing on His Word may not resonate with man, or make sense. It may anger those around you, cause you to lose relationships, distance you from your family and friends.
But that is what faith is all about. Standing on the Promises of God! Living our lives as true witnesses for Christ, no matter the cost or consequences. No matter the loss. For what does it matter to please the whole world, but at the cost of losing your soul, destroying your witness and spilling innocent blood.
We should not allow people’s opinions, hurt feelings, disappointments or threats to disown or to separate or cut us off, to be the basis for us acting out of fear and not walking in faith.
Our decision to tell the truth, follow God’s instructions is what separates us from the world. Our disobedience places us right back into the sin Jesus died to deliver us from.
Just think, what if this is your test God designed specifically for you?
What if your purpose was to pass the test in order to model for others God’s way? In order to forge a way forward for mankind.
You see, we never know who, what, when, or why God chooses us or what circumstances in our lives He has purposed to exercise His Will. Our only ask from Him is that we exercise our faith, stand on His Word, follow His Laws and TRULY TRUST Him, no matter the cost.
Did you really trust God before you did what you did in disobedience to His teachings, His Word? Or did you fail because of your fear of how the world viewed, said they would treat you or whether or not they threatened to cut you off and abandon you for doing what was right in the sight of The Lord.
Meditate and pray over that.
Here in the USA, we have lived in an environment of excess, gluttony, self-absorption and indifference to those less fortunate both within and outside of the mainland. But COVID-19 has been a wake-up call to many. Especially as it pertains to common household items we took for granted.
Toilet Paper – Kids have toilet papered people’s homes, wasting a commodity that now has people literally punching each other out and shouting obscenities over in the stores, while others queue up hours before stores open to purchase it.
I recall an elderly relative who was 98 when she said to me just months before she crossed over, that one day our childish pranks of our youth we would regret, like the eggs thrown at people’s homes, or inside open car windows. She said that a day would come when we found there were none left in our refrigerator to eat and that they would be rationed.
My 96 year old grandmother who lived through the Great Depression would often chastise my free spirited spending, lavish vacations, generosity and wasting food by not freezing the leftovers, canning vegetables and fruits when available in-season and not stretching meals by holding onto ham bones for bean soups or seasoning greens or string beans. I remember finding a bottle of unopened salad dressing while cleaning out her refrigerator in 2010 that had an expiration date of 1976!! Tossing it in the trash can for what I thought was her own good, only to see that 98 year old rise up out of her chair to “rescue” it while admonishing me once again for wasting a perfectly good bottle of unopened dressing! (And she was a retired nurse!)
As we attempt to navigate life in these uncertain times of this worldwide pandemic, each day not knowing if social distancing is too little and too late, or, as in a game of Russian Roulette, we have been exposed to either a symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier of the virus.
During these pandemic days, I find great comfort in the wisdom of my parents, grandparents and ancestors. That sage advice which, I happily report I did eventually come around to following before they all crossed over has helped me remain sane in these days of insanity.
The faith instilled in me as a child sustains me each day I walk into the hospital to work with rationed protective gear about to run out and only provided to those who are in the quarantined units, not those who had contact before the diagnosis. Only faith strengthens you to work in a world of rations each day. Our new normal!
But at the end of each day, I chuckle with a snicker as I now count each roll of toilet paper, and purchase packages of napkins from the Dollar Store to fill their place in the event I actually one day again find toilet paper 🧻 on the grocery store shelves again. However I do find joy in laughing about my youthful days and still relish those prankster acts with my siblings, relatives and friends growing up during our wasteful days of “youthful fun.”
Yes I laugh as I call out “I need a roll of toilet paper please” and pray there is still some left! 😂🙏🏽🙏🏽. God bless you all!
God reigns! He protects! He goes before us! He heals! He comforts! Amen 🙏🏽 Despite this plague, in the midst of it all, I still raise my voice and cry out “ABBA ABBA ABBA, thou art Holy! Thou art worthy of all my praises! Glory Glory Glory to God in the Highest!” Amen 🙏🏽
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I shall give you rest.” Exodus 33:14. Beloved I pray for you, these times and season, wherever you go, May God’s Presence ALWAYS go with you. May His Shekinah Glory NEVER depart from you. Wherever His Presence will not go, May you NEVER set your feet there. And May God give you rest in every area of your life. Shalom