How you all hanging in there in quarantine? I think we have gone through all the emotions and have looped right back to acceptance and thankfulness. But, I’ll be honest, there are a lot of midweek emotions, including sadness and frustration, lack of motivation, and downright laziness. I think I’ve said before, I’m not a Pinterest mum. A productive day is a little school work, clean faces and teeth, 3 meals and a walk. Anything past that is a bonus. However, this week I have been able to add haircuts to my list of quarantine news and I can proudly say they weren’t horrific.
Joshua my youngest pup collected his leaver’s hoodie from school on Thursday (cry) That’s us as a family finished with primary school in the strangest end. It seems strange after thirteen years of primary school, it all ended like this. I suppose it prevents me from making a fool of myself being a blubbering mess on the last day, while accepting the fact that my boys grew up in a shot, and we are now most definitely in a new season of life.
Anyway, tissues away. I would love to hear back from you all. Let me know how you are getting on with this unusual time.
So this week, Elevation Worship released their fantastic new album that includes the brilliant new hits, The Blessing and Graves into Gardens. Do yourself a favour and give it a listen, it’s a brilliant album. There is another song on it that I want to talk about today. It’s called, What Would You Do. Basically asking the question, what would you do if Jesus walked into this room. What would you shout? What would you say? What would you praise?
Honestly, I would love to say I’d fall at his feet, I’d worship, I’d sing, I’d weep at his glory, but, truthfully, I would say I’d probably slunk to the back of the room in the hope that he didn’t notice me, or convinced he wouldn’t want to see me.
This revelation bothered me, and over the next few days I reflected on this and asked the Holy Spirit to help me understand. Was this an identity crisis? Is it because I’m not fully embracing my identity in Christ, which I grasp so tight at? And while I feel that is a factor, what I feel is the weighing factor in this conundrum is the fact that recently I been tuning in a listening to radio station de la devil and his hot talk time topic, CONDEMNATION. See his Station is located right next to hotline Holy Spirit; his talk time is called CONVICTION. They do sound a little similar and, if you’re not very careful to fine-tune into the right channel, you can end up listening to the wrong station and that can cause all sorts of bother for you. Your relationship with Christ, your identity in Christ, and your ability and willingness to worship.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1 NLT
Listening to condemnation will cause us to pull away from God, conviction draws us closer. Unfortunately, if you do tune into station de la devil, he doesn’t just talk current affairs, he has a Masters in History, he loves to delve deep into the past and cover all old ground, reopen cases of guilt and shame and regret. Every day he loves to close his show with tag lines like.
You are too far gone. There is no place in God’s kingdom for people like you. They will always remember. You Could never change. Remember I know!
Well if any of this sounds familiar my friend, it’s time to RETUNE, you are on the wrong station because…
God’s grace covers all.
Jesus has already paid for your sin
God has plans for your future and if you let him he will guide you right to them with his Loving Correction and conviction of sin, which doesn’t cause shame and guilt, which doesn’t cast up, and which doesn’t point fingers.
The Bible tells us that through training (fine-tuning), we have the skill to recognise the difference between right and wrong.
“Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right, and wrong.”
Hebrews 5:14 NLT
This training involves spending time with God every day, praying, reading the word, worshipping, fixing your mind on things above, setting healthy boundaries, committing to getting to know your Heavenly Father so intimately.
Like when you pick up the phone and you instantly know the voice before looking at caller ID, or they announce who it is and, because they are so familiar, if you looked at your phone saw the caller ID and it wasn’t that voice you would know instantly and you would say, who is speaking?
Do you need to ask who is speaking, when the devil calls under your daddy’s caller ID?