I see alot of frustration among Christians, with each other these days. Maybe it is because I am in and out among so many different Christian people.
I wondered what was going on, because the Lord in me just loved the people on both sides of the Christian tensions.
It is His love I feel.
When the Lord is not pleased, in areas of my life or with people around me, He lets me know.
But concerning which side is right and what side is wrong, all I felt is love towards all sides of His people.
That doesn't mean "I" loved everybody, but the Lord always loves.
This picking a part reminds me of Moses and the two Israelites who were fighting.
They just didn't recognize who he was. He didn't want them fighting, but walking in peace with one another. They were children of God, after all. Israelites. He tried to bring an end to their argument and teach them to walk in peace.
Sometimes we don't recognize Jesus either.
I was thinking about this for the umpteenth time in my life, cause there are divisions going on among Christians about what is the church suppose to be.
It was causing me to really seek some answers from the Lord. Like some kind of current news, this type of thing travels in writings and thoughts and sermons.
I read some, and heard some, saying, I don't this and I don't like that, and I don't like old religious folks in old religious folks churches and I do like young folks who aren't religious, etc.
Jesus has left this church and is in this type of church now. (yet, I feel Jesus wanting to love people in general, and go to all of them.)
Or, this is what God likes, or this is what God doesn't like. Or, I don't like this belief, I don't like that belief. Home church vs. traditional church.
This is good and that isn't.
Looking at things, which caused the factions in the first place. Forgetting, it would seem, often, to love the people involved individually as people for whom Christ died, as much as ourselves. Not in division, but in loving people individually, as people. Forgetting about our feet being shod in the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. Taking it to all people for whom Christ died. We are taking Him, to them.
That is the Lord that I know.
Christ's Body is not divided, and I see Him wanting to take His love to all people.
I see dry places begin to be watered and alive again, when His presence goes in, and is with the people in patience.
Jesus just said, who ever believes in me will be saved.
I hope we won't swallow camels and forget what the Lord gave to us. To preach the Gospel of the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ to all nations. All those for whom Christ died. All people. He loves them all.
This is the way Jesus is coming and doing things, now, is almost like, here is the Christ and there is the Christ. Hearing, this is the way he isn't doing things now. Jesus is here and not there. Could cause for some confusion.
And I'm just weird enough to get confused and have to run to my Jesus.
But more than that, He is the Author and Finisher of my faith, and kind enough to bring Himself to show me the way to walk in.
I am so thankful for the presence of the Lord. It may take a little while of waiting, but the Lord brings clarity with His presence.
He is truly worthy to be adored.
He calms my storms.
Look at every trial the disciples underwent in the Bible.
The Lord appeared to them after He was crucified. He appeared to them off and on, making Himself known and real to them. He appeared to them in the storm.
It is the same now. I was on my lake and waves arose, and Jesus came and calmed the storm.
I was sitting at my desk, and the Lord appeared to me as Peace.
And that was my instruction concerning people. To allow Him to be, for them, Peace.
When confusion arises like waves, and storms come, He comes and calms my storm and stands there and is Peace. Not only for me, but for me to take to others, His presence.
When we stand with His presence, all others things come into subjection to Him. He is Peace.
Confusion and turmoil all have to cease at His presence. He makes things clear.
We're bringing the Living Gospel to people, and it is bringing the Presence of the Lord Jesus into the midst of where they are. Those who are turmoil to me, cease to be turmoil, as Jesus' life is in me, and I wait on Him.
Everything becomes suddenly, calm to me. It is no longer a dread. I have new courage to walk in and among people, not only courage, but the desire for being with people, and seeing the Lord come.
I begin now to hunger to go in those places, to see the Lord bring Himself in Peace. I long now for what I dreaded. To bring peace to people's lives.
When things seem out of order, I can look to His Peace now. I have my instructions. To stand until He comes in Peace. It will be fine. He appears and brings all into subjection to Himself, all is calm.
These things are in one area of my life. And I know that the same Jesus Who appeared in this storm, is the same Jesus Christ who died for me on a cross at Calvary and rose again from the dead. It is the same Jesus Christ, who will be with me in all my storms of life.
Blessed are the Peacemakers, they will be called the children of God.
Sincerely, Kathleen Angell
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Indeed, 'Blessed are the peacemakers..'. Kathy you summed it up well in the following line: 'Confusion and turmoil all have to cease at His presence. He makes things clear.'
If there is confusion then something is wrong and it means we should go back to basics and find out where the problem lies, for often we have stepped away from grace when things seem topsy turvy and the peace which passes all understanding is missing. We pray for peace, yet we fight with our neighbor - Lord Help us.
He is using you to care for His sheep, so continue to walk in the light and maintain that peace.