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Pain From the Past  

This emotion has to be the one emotion that is the hardest to get past. Notice I said past we never get over the pain that someone inflicts on us we just learn to move on from it. Pain, it lives up to its name, after all, it is a 4 letter word. None of us can get past it without God.

God has a lot to say on this matter scripture tells us. Proverbs 4:23 states; Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

When the heart is broken, we react in not so good ways revenge is high on the list among many other things. It causes us to say and do things that we normally would not do. To those that are constantly in the line of fire of someone that has not dealt with certain things in their life. The aftermath is catastrophic I am talking levels that there is no way to restore relationships that they have broken. As a Christian, we have to refrain and have a lot of self-control over our emotions and pain because this is one dangerous emotion indeed. It can lead us down a bad path if we do not get control over it. I am not saying bury the pain oh no, that is what many do and when they do it never ends well at all. You start taking it out in other areas of our life. There is no brush it under the rug approach on this. If that pain is not dealt with it can infiltrate the mind and cause all sorts of havoc and chaos in your life. If you do not get rid of it, it will destroy not only you but your relationships with others around you.

I have personally witnessed firsthand the devastation this can cause in one’s life. I have watched someone drive themselves mad because they have not dealt with the pain from the past. When one harbors that pain they become dangerous they have the mentality of I will stick it to you before you stick it to me. The paranoia sets in and they will create situations that are not even there. I am talking about their worst fear. They will create in their mind the worst fear from that pain. They will retaliate on something that is completely, utterly, false. If you try to help that person, help them try to see they are wrong and need to deal with the pain of the past it can go one of two ways. The person if they are grounded in the word and need a helping hand they will accept it and take your help for what it is help. If they are not grounded in the word and still refuse to deal with it watch out! Satan has his grip tight and he is not letting go. That is because this is how he operates. He operates through these negative emotions. Once he has that person he literally has them in shackles and chains with cement blocks tied to their feet. It is a VERY dangerous situation for you. We can pray over that person, rebuke Satan, constantly do everything we can to try and help them break free of those chains. But if they are not going to knock that demon off their back there is nothing you can do. This is not your battle it is theirs. This is one they must fight. If they do not you have to walk away and let God bring that person to their knees.

I will be honest with each and every one of you that is reading this. This is the hardest, I mean the hardest situation you will ever be in. It is also the hardest thing in this world for you to watch and walk away from. More so when it is a family member. Sometimes God wants you to step back take a deep breath and YES think of yourself because of Proverbs 4:23. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own witnessing and wanting to help others we forget. For those of us that embrace the cross know how important it is and we want to share the good news of Yeshua. We want all to have a personal relationship with God. However, we need to lose ourselves in him, not in the situation at hand. This is what can become dangerous for us. This is a tightrope and I think as a Christian you are constantly on that tightrope. The key is knowing when you need to get off. This is a lesson God has shown me the past 8 months. Knowing when to walk on that rope and when to get off.

Pain from the past can cause more division in one's life than anything else. If you are harboring it get rid of it. If you do not know how, pray, seek God for help let those that he has placed gently in your life to guide you and help you. If you are on the other side of that person’s pain. Learn when to walk away because God says you matter too and no one should ever get a free pass to continue to demand that you carry the burden of their pain on your back. We are to carry each other’s burdens. Not their baggage from the past.

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Peace With Enemies

There are people we encounter in life who make enemies everywhere they turn.  Those who can be around them endure out of fear or hope to ride their way to success on the coattails of another.  We don't like to be around such people but we encounter them most places we go, even in our Christian circles.

On the other hand, there are people who we can't help but like even if we don't agree with them all of the time. They are always polite even when expressing a different point of view. This is the way we are to live as Christians. We are to not engage in arguments and we are most certainly not to add fuel to fires. We are to calm them, God looks for us to be peacemakers. We have to remember we are mere vessels for God we are delivering his message, not ours. I have seen so many people on Social Media jump to conclusions. I have been called a racist more times than I care to mention because I support Donald Trump and I voted for him. I ignore them because I do not want to fuel the fire. That is what they want they want to engage in hatred, arguments, and it does not matter what you say. They will never change their opinion and they will never change their minds of what they think or believe.

I have a good friend that lives in my home state of Texas he is an Orthodox Jew. We have been friends for a few years now. He is different than many Orthodox Jews. His wife has been in the hospital and he has had a very rough past year. He started a go fund me page and I wasted no time in donating to help him with his wife's medical bills. I shared within my circle not for money but also for prayers he needs them. I asked family and friends to pray for him and his wife. We may not agree about certain things when it comes to our faith but we do believe in the same God. A week ago he replied to one of my posts it was about the Book of Acts and the church today etc. He replied with a scripture from the New Testament. Then someone that follows him who is a more stern Orthodox Jew started bluntly asking questions about Jesus putting certain words in bold. Like the word "IF" I knew then this person was here to argue not learn or ask honest questions but to put this Christian in her place. I let it go did not reply did not engage. My friend + her reply to my post. I waited and one of my friends in Israel stepped in gave a really good answer to her question pointed out where Yeshua can be found in the Old and New etc. Then it ramped up the argument was on my other friend chimed in. Not to calm the fire that was being fueled he was backing up his Jewish friend. I then stepped in replied and stated that I was not going to allow this to continue I disabled comments told them both I loved them and supported the Jews and Israel. However, I was a Christian and he knows that I believe Yeshua was the Son of God and I believe it with all my heart. I explained to my friend that I had friends in Israel that were Christians he was the only friend I had that was Jewish that did not believe in Yeshua. I told him I respected his faith always have and if he and I were to continue as friends he was going to have to show me the same respect I have shown him. The other person went to another post and continued her rant I ended up removing her comments and blocking. My friend sent me a private message and asked for forgiveness.

Sometimes we have to take a stand regardless of what is at stake. I will never deny Christ and I will never allow anyone to attack me or my Christian friends. Do not get me wrong I have stood up for him too when other Christians have attacked him. I had no idea which way my friend was going to go. I have often been baffled as to why he does remain friends with me knowing I am a Christian. This is where peace with your enemy comes in. You have to draw a line and take a stand. However, I saw a side of him that does concern me he did not (unlike I) stand for me when I was attacked by his own. It was evident his friend was there to argue and be combative.

We have to always remember being a disciple is hard work. We are not to run and hide the instant we are attacked. Do not get me wrong there are times we pick and choose the battles. We are going to be different from the rest of the world because we are not choosing for ourselves we are obeying God what he has told us to do. Our enemies will take notice that we don't fight back the way others do.  They will lose the urge to fight when we take a different stance than the world. We, unlike the world, make peace with our enemies. Some will take notice while others will want to remain combative. This is when we will know which battles to fight and which ones we leave to God.

 

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Sometimes the darkness of night tries to creep into our light of day. The gray as I like to call it, is hovering clouds of change, depression, stress, and anxiety. People do not realize that they have a way about them when they reach a point in life things start changing. They have no control over not only certain situations but they are losing control over their body which is the aging process. They have a tendency to make that problem yours. This is where that fine line of gray that has been plaguing them is creeping into your life as well. As a Christian, I try to do as the Lord states we are to carry each other's burdens. Galatians 6:2 states: Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ

We are to lean on each other for strength and guidance. This is imperative in our relationship with each other. Lean on each other, what does this really mean? When we are at the point we cannot carry on because the burden that is on our shoulders is heavy this is where you come in and help lift the load make it a little lighter for them. Give them guidance to whatever caused them this burden to get it off and never return to it. Strengthen and guide with the word of God. Sometimes people have a tendency to glorify busy, being busy just for the sake of being busy can be dangerous it can cause all sorts of problems in your life. If you always seeking reassurance, praise, and knowing that you matter in every situation and person in your life. There has to come a time as a Christian that you do not need any of that from the world or others. Because if this is all your are striving for then you will never understand who you truly are and it can hinder your growth and relationship with God.

For 20 years I thought I had it all figured out, and in a blink of an eye, my whole life changed. From those that were in it, to all that I believed, to all that I thought was right, in a split second everything was wrong. It took years for God to clean out all that I was brainwashed with. The masks I wore was removed, the veil of all the lies I once believed was shown to me. It was almost like the skin was removed and there was nothing but bare-bones. God removed everything in my life that was wrong and he put me back together. This time I was re-built with the truth. This was not forced by God, I asked him to remove the denial in my life. This is why I said there was nothing but bare-bones. That building process was painful, it was not fun to see all that I believed was the truth was nothing but lies. I tried really hard not to see what was happening in my life as a curse, or a burden. I honestly did not see years wasted I saw the truth and I embraced it no matter how hard it was. I think where I could have made it a little better on myself was I should have let those around me lighten the load a little. Once the truth was there what seemed like a gray cloud hovering to the world over me I saw the truth as a ray of light. A chance to move forward in His love and grace, a chance to embrace a real relationship with our King. I learned real quick that denial and living in it, is Satan’s number one tool in keeping you where he wants you not where God needs you to be.

When things in your life are changing, whether it is people in and out, your health, your job, this is life. It will change till we hit the grave, and the key is we can accept the change and embrace it, learn how to deal with that change and problems. Can change be a burden? Sure it can if we allow it and make it one. We can let that gray cloud become dark allow Satan to place a burden on our shoulders then turn it around and place it on others. We can accept the change for what it is, change. Or we can fool ourselves and think that we can glorify busy and be on the merry-go-round of life going up and down, round and round, never getting off, nothing ever changing and never moving forward.

Or we can get off embrace the change move towards the light of God grow in his light remove the darkness of those gray clouds and be who God needs us to be not only for him but be strength and guidance to others. Stop placing unwanted burdens that should never be there in the first place. Do not stay in denial and not accept the growth that God so desperately desires for you.

As a child of God, you can not dwell in the darkness so do not let the darkness of the night where Satan clings creep into your light of day. Stand in the Son, the everlasting light that wants to infiltrate your soul. Let the light of Yeshua blind all that is hindering you in your relationship and growth with him.

Amen.

Shannon Wendler

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Matthew 6:9
 "This, then, is how you should pray: 
" 'Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 

Praying in Reverence

When it comes to prayer, attitude is very important. Some people approach God in a demanding mindset.  Often in desperation, they demand that God will answer their prayer in order to prove that He is real and that He loves them.  While God may still respond to such a prayer, it is not because He is threatened by a demanding tone or feels the need to prove Himself. There are so many ways that people approach Him, anger, sadness, joy, sorrow, pain, happiness, etc. Whatever our mindset you have to remember that He should always be approached with reverence. God longs to be worshiped and loved. Not accused of abandoning you, yelled at or ignored. However, God knows our emotions, He too has them. After all, we are created in His images which means what we feel He feels. Just like your children, when they are happy, you are happy. When they hurt, you hurt, when they cry, you cry. It is the same way with our Eternal Father. The difference is with our kids we have to find out what is wrong. With God He ALREADY knows.

We have to always remember when we approach God we are communicating with our Almighty Creator. A being that does not live in time, we have a beginning and end He does not. He lives in eternity. He sees everything our beginning and end He knows our future so why are we shuffling our feet shrugging our shoulders, wondering if He hears us?

If you approached your boss or parents in a bad tone or a bad attitude would you do well? Absolutely not. With God, this idea is multiplied many times over. When we speak to God, we need to remember that He is holy and we are not.  Even the greatest Christian is still saved only because of God's forgiveness. We have no right to demand anything and should come to God with an attitude of thankfulness. We have to remember God's knowledge is infinite our is limited. In our prayers, we should always thank Him for His most precious beloved Son. Without Him, we would all be condemned and lost. We would always be separated from God, we would not have the privilege of even remotely approaching the throne in prayer.

When we remember who God is “Our Father in heaven” and who we are in comparison, it is easier to pray properly with ease and comfort, asking for what is best for us rather than just what we want. Many think that when we do not get what we want means God did not hear our prayer. That is so far from the truth. God heard you and gave you His answer and it was no. Again His knowledge is infinite so we have to trust in His answers always whether we got what we prayed for or not. We should show reverence for an all knowing God and His will for our lives.