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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
- TITLE: In The Beginning
By Carol Shaffron
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Fixed a manual typewriter once. But what I most enjoy ‘taking apart’ and really ‘digging into’ are root word meanings of scripture! To me, it’s not only fascinating; it deepens my understanding of, relationship with Father and Yeshua and establishes my faith.
So, Abba, Father, the beginning of what, exactly?
The never-ending, continually unfolding drama of ‘beings’, ‘creatures’ made in Your image?
Why did You create man knowing he would deliberately defy Your clearly stated instructions and bring upon all of Your ‘good’ the evil we now must contend with? I would hardly leave my home open if I knew a thief was headed to ransack it.
Yes, I realize that You created this planet for mankind. So, it WAS Adam who let the thief in. I have heard that.
Free will? Choice? OK, but
One thing I kind of have a bit of trouble with is: if a person is blinded by satan’s hosts assigned to destroy his life-how does that person still really have “free will’? If you can’t see another choice, how do you choose freely?
THAT’S what evangelism is for?
But You know, God, how some people close their ears to hearing any sort of preaching, don’t You? How does one evangelize those lost, blinded souls?
There really are all kinds of ways to evangelize? Well..
A living epistle? I did read about that somewhere among Paul’s letters…mmmnn in 2 Corinthians 3:3, “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ..written ..with the Spirit of the living God; .. in fleshy tables of the heart.”
How absolutely poetic, Father! We are living letters. Evangelism is not limited to just those called Evangelists. Father, You know how hard it is for me to “live holy”! How can my life be a living letter?
God, come on! I get frustrated, angry, lose my temper and say things I would most definitely not say ..
Yes, Father, I have read Your word many, many times, and yes, Lord, You ‘air almost everyone’s dirty laundry’, that, You surely do. So, we should not be trying to wear fig leaves and act so holy in church? ooooooooo
Fig leaves don’t cover much do they, Lord! I remember being more like a a, what are those pots with the …
Pressure cooker! I remember being more like a pressure cooker and when it got too hot—well, suffice it to say more than one person got burnt..
Unfortunately those closest too.. I am really, truly sorry about that, Papa. I really, truly am, You know how sorry I am..
Thank You, so very, very, very much, Abba Father for digging out those old roots and pouring eye salve on my eyes. Thank You, Lord for healing all those old wounds that blinded me to my choices. Thank You, Lord for never condemning me when I accidentally burnt someone who got too close..
And Abba Father, will you please now help me be “the epistle of Christ.. written .. with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.?
You mean, Abba Father You actually wrote a part in Your script just especially for me? I get to evangelize? I get to – help restore things as they were intended and –-… the beginning of a season of experiencing what disobedience actually does. Hhhhmmmnnn.
I don’t think I want to experience anymore what disobedience does. I CAN! WOW! I can avoid learning the hard way..
I can avoid the consequences of sin…
HALLELUJAH! HALLELUCHA!! HALLELUIA GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
And to think, I EVER wanted things my way, thought I knew better than You what I really need!
Nor have I been taking myself seriously as a real writer, Lord, because of the…Oh, Papa, I am so sor…
Enough my child, remember I told you in Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. SIMPLY BELIEVE.
Come now, My child, into the secret place. I have much to write on your heart.. I just might make a neon sign out of you..
Psalms 75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south
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