It’s hard mimicking someone in a magazine, or that person you envy at church or at work, because that’s not who you are, and being them doesn’t bring you joy.
We deceive people when our lives look put together but they really aren’t. When we desire to hide our brokenness we don’t give people a chance to love us, brokenness and all.
It’s hard for me to trust people who aren’t transparent with me.
Have you ever been lied to?
I have and the worst part about the whole situation is that if this person would have just told me the truth about their struggles, I would have been more than willing to support them and pray for them. But since they decided to lie about it, I now had to deal with the battle that I couldn’t trust them.
Often our efforts to try and hide our true colors is what makes it difficult for people to trust us.
I felt deceived because I felt like I didn’t really know this person, only what this person portrayed to be true.
The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. – Mark 11:12-14
When Jesus went to the tree, he saw the leaves rustling and he assumed that it was the season where the tree was producing the fruit, but the tree deceived him, it didn’t have any fruit.
Fruit is designed to nourish our souls, and it is the evidence of what we hold tightly in our heart , it is a reflection of our spirit.
When we are living by the power of the Holy Spirit then the fruit of the spirit will be evident in our life. We can’t behave our way to the fruit, or fake it till we make it.
A lot of times people turn their backs on the Christian church because they feel they have been deceived. They thought they would find fruit when they approached the church. However they only found a tree that knew how to rustle it’s leaves to grab their attention but never provided any sort of nourishment.
God has given us a measuring stick of sorts to help us identify the parts of our lives, or even the relationships in our lives, that are where we need to invest our precious time and efforts. It is through the fruit of the projects that will tell us whether or not we are in the right place, or with the right people. If there is no fruit then it’s probably time to move on.
It is always difficult to let go and move on. My prayer lately has been for God to teach me how to let go. Often when I need to let go I try and justify my decision by pointing out all the negatives. But that’s not my job. I simply need to let go because Lord knows my heart isn’t always right, and Lord knows I need grace just as much as the next person, maybe even MORE!Letting go is never easy, but denial and apathy towards a certain situation doesn’t solve anything.
Often I ask myself where is Holy Spirit? Where is the fruit? Maybe we don’t ask ourselves this question enough. I know that the BIG “C” is capable of so much more than what we are seeing today. After awhile one needs to stop and ask themselves if we are just putting on a good show rather than fully experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit that is within us.
In Acts chapter 8 it talks about a man who wanted to purchase the power of Holy Spirit. He was rebuked and told it’s not something you can buy. I would also like to argue it’s not something you can imitate either, nor is it something you can fake. Either you are walking fully in the power of the Holy Spirit or you aren’t.
If someone asked me how they can fully live in the power of the Holy Spirit I would tell them:
Know Jesus – really, truly, know him. Learn to love. This is not easy, love is hard, love is unfair, and unjust. Then I would say to trust God because through trust comes peace, and through peace comes healing.
Unfortunately we have mimicked God, and we have tried to mimic a life that reflects one that is righteous by our deeds and behavior.
I am thankful that portraying a perfect life has never been easy for me, because if it was I would probably have no reason to turn to Christ. I am thankful for the things in my life that points me back to JESUS and the Cross!What do we need in order to shift culture? We need authenticity.
It can be scary to walk this out, sometimes you will feel like you are alone, but trust me, there is no peace found in the mimicking routine that is the religious lifestyle.
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No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.