It is a stunning reality to see, He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not (Is. 53:3).
Yet, Jesus was able to despise the shame of being shamed.
Hebrews 12:1-2 puts it like this, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
One reason He could … Read More »
It seems that many times we can pursue excess in nearly everything except for Godly character.
Here are a few reasons why I think this happens with many people.
1. We believe that the way to fight excess is by moderation. Moderate everything seems to be the bill that is being sold and eaten by many. The problem is that the way you fight excess is through good excess. Go read Psalm 36 for some more encouragement in this area.
2. We believe that Godly character is either boring or undefinable, let alone finding joy in the pursuit of it.
3. We are scared we might cross the line into bad excess, so we settle for what looks to be “acceptable behavior,” instead of giving full abandon to the brilliant ocean of Godly character that God calls us … Read More »
The fear of man is not only a matter of your disposition to other people. It includes your thoughts and actions towards your self.
If you are perpetually anxious and in fear of constant failure, you have a “fear of man” problem.
Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”
I wonder how many times I have been more guilty of being scared of myself than being freaked out about others.
The Trinity gives us a better way. He tells us to be in awe (read “Fear of the Lord”) of Him. This will not only cast away the seeking of approval from other people, but it will also cause us to realize what it means to truly be human. We will be more alive than we ever … Read More »
Today would have been my dad’s 60th birthday. He has been dead for almost 7 years. I miss him incredibly.
I was out on a hike this morning in order to pray for His Voice and get direction on what we are to do. As I thought about my dad, several thoughts came to my mind about working through loss.
The following things do not just have to be specific to physical death. For some of you it will be the matter of a lost childhood through abuse in your home. For others it will be the inability to carry out what you want to do in life and therefore, you have a profound sense of grief and doubt. Yet, other people have been betrayed by close friends or co-workers and you have taken on the … Read More »
I spend so much time busying myself and not slowing down. The work stops and my mind screams, “You are useless! You will never amount to anything!” So, the race picks up. The problem is that I willingly increase the speed, looking for approval in one sense and just the quieting of the loud pessimistic screams in another.
Either way the pace is wracked with idols and failures, anxieties and pain, insecurities and seeking for approval.
Does this sound familiar?
It does to me too.
The pain and power of doubt seem to even be worse than the severity of rejection. There is a finality to rejection. Doubt seems like a different outcome could be possible, just more than likely, not with you.
Are you plagued with this type of doubt? The kind where the way … Read More »