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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)

TITLE: Rattled For Jesus
By LaVonne Wood


I don’t know about you, but I get just a little bit rattled when I hear that another state has made it legal for same sex marriages. The Word says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh”, Gen. 2:24 (KJV). God made male and female to be one flesh, not male and male or female and female. This is not a new sin, however. In Romans 1:26 , 27 (KJV) it says that God gave them up unto vile affections, women changing the natural use into that which is against nature, and men leaving the natural use of the women, burning in lust toward another; men with men. There is no indication how long this continued.

To my knowledge, most Americas have considered sex with the same gender a sin, (as it should be), for most of its existence. Now, however, homosexuality is considered personal preference. Have we come so far as to revert back to the sins of old?

I also get just a little bit rattled when I hear of another school or government building that is prohibited from displaying the Ten Commandments, the cross, or anything that represents Jesus in any way. Yet, in the name of “culture”, our schools can teach about Buddha, Islam, or numerous other so called gods or religions. The Bible say “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”, Exodus 20:3. If I am not allowed to listen to teachings about the ‘One True God’, must I be forced to sit and listen to the teachings of other gods?

Another thing that really upsets me is when Christmas and Easter are given other names. These holidays have a specific purpose, celebrating the birth and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. If people just want some kind of holiday to participate in, they could pick another day and leave our celebrations alone. Only those who truly believe in Jesus Christ should be celebrating His birth and resurrection anyway! Why celebrate when you don’t believe?

These are just some of the things that “rattle my cage”. In fact, I get more than just a little bit rattled over anything contrary to the Word of God. I think that is a good thing if it brings me to my knees in prayer and entices me to stand up for what I believe in.

I encourage all Christians everywhere to stand up for the truth and become rattled for Jesus!

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Sara Harricharan 05/18/13
I see how your title ties in with your last line. Good job on this short little devotional. It's hard to make it work in such a small word count. I agree with your paragraph on the ten commandments in school. It is very disheartening to know that we cannot even have that present, yet must sit silently in school or else be penalized for it. Strange, isn't it?

I like that you had verses for reference as well. Very smooth reading, except for the last line, which kind of threw me off, because I wasn't sure if you meant to be "rattled" enough that we stand up for Him, or just rattled for Him? Unless I missed something?

Otherwise, very nicely done. Thanks for sharing!
Richard Hicks05/18/13
Great reminder that we need to stand up for the truth of Jesus. Very well worded that kept my attention to the end. Keep Writing!
Genia Gilbert05/21/13
The things you pointed out are upsetting to me too, and I hope they serve to make us get a firmer grip on God's Word and His standards. You expressed this very well.
C D Swanson 05/21/13
Very expressive and moving account about standing for God and His word. Love your heart and how it's on fire for the lord...Thank you!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/21/13
You do a nice job of expressing your opinions in this piece. I'm grateful that God sent Jesus to atone for our sins for we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It's important to remind people that Jesus did come for a reason and how blessed we are that He loves us. All we need to do is ask him into our hearts and then follow his gentle guidance. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/23/13
Congratulations on placing 3rd in your level and 23 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)
Judith Gayle Smith05/23/13
My sentiments exactly. As some one once told me: "If you don't stand for the Truth, you will fall for any thing"! Praise YHWH! Congratulations!