I stumbled across this show on PBS called The Widower and the basic premise is that this man meets, marries and kills or attempts to kill his wives. He first gains their trust by preying on their sympathies and then slowly begins to enact his plan of killing them. He tells one woman that he’s going through chemotherapy. He shaves his head and gives himself needle marks to make the lie more convincing and it got me thinking about how far people will go to deceive others and even themselves.
We live in a world where it’s easy to gain knowledge of people through social media, internet searches and background checks yet with all this technology there are many, many stories of people still getting scammed. Why? Because at the heart of it all we still want to believe what we want to believe. Think about the times when something was presented to you and everyone else could see how it wasn’t good for you. They tried talking to you. They tried texting you. They tried emailing you. They tried sending smoke signals to let you know you shouldn’t go down the path you were headed but nothing they said or did changed your mind.
During those times the already bad decision becomes compounded by even more bad decisions. Our judgment is off and we begin to slip further and further away from the person that we used to be. Sometimes the descent is only for a short while and sometimes it can be for years and years but however long the descent it’s never too far that we can’t be brought back.
Eve was deceived by the snake in the garden and even though God had to remove both her and Adam He still wanted to maintain a relationship with them. David was deceived by lust and even though he lost his first child with Bathsheba God still allowed his bloodline to be the link to Jesus. Judas was deceived by greed but even though Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed He still humbled himself, washed Judas’s feet, picked up His cross, walked up to Calvary where He was crucified for Judas’s sins…where He was crucified for my sins…where He was crucified for your sins…where He was crucified for the world’s sins.
Jesus’s atonement on the cross was for everyone. He’s just waiting for us to believe. Believe not lies but the truth. What do you believe?
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For as long as I can remember I’ve always had the gift of encouraging others to pursue their dreams. To step out on faith. To believe in themselves. I’ve been the one to promote other people in their endeavors because I’ve believed in them. Even today I directed a co-worker to my sister’s cake making site but when it comes to me and my dreams I’ve never allowed the words I’ve given others to penetrate my own heart. I think the main reason has to do with me not thinking that I’m good enough. Not thinking that what I have to offer is as good as what someone else has to offer but I am beginning to see things differently.
I recently attended a Christian Writer’s Conference that was filled with many writers in various stages of writing. Some were just starting out; some had already been published but all of them had the desire to see their words on paper so that they could touch someone else. The keynote speaker made it a point to remind each and every one of us that even though we were all in the same room together each of us was given a distinct voice that will be used by God and that we should resist the urge to not only compare ourselves to one another but also to give into the fear and not say yes to the things that God has for us. Such a simple statement and one that we all know but it’s so difficult to execute-especially the saying yes part.
Saying yes is absolutely scary. It requires faith not only of the one asking the question but also of the one who is answering. Think about some of the biggest questions that are asked on a daily basis. “Will you go out with me?” “Will you accept the job?” “Will you marry me?” All very important, life changing questions but the biggest, most important life changing question is the one that God asks us each day we open our eyes – “Will you pick up your cross and follow me?” Will you let me lead you down the road that has many twists and turns? Will you let me be your Lord and Savior and trust that I can see end of the road even though you can’t? Will you accept me into your heart? Will you let go of the things you hold dear and put them in My hands?
For some these are simple questions to answer and the answer is always yes without any hesitation but for others (me) they are sometimes hard to answer and the answer is most of the time “maybe”.
Maybe because letting You have control means letting You take me to the uncomfortable places in my heart. Maybe because letting You have control means walking a path that is so small and narrow it’s like walking on a tightrope. Maybe because letting You have control means giving up the security I’ve gained. But wait. Why shouldn’t I say yes? Why shouldn’t I say yes to the opportunities You have for me? I said yes 17 years ago and just as a bride gives her husband her hand I gave you my heart and soul and look at how far You’ve brought me. Because of You I’ve been able to be a blessing to others and remember when someone was a blessing to me. You and I have history together Lord so right now I stand at the edge of this new journey and I’m ready to say yes.
It may be lonely. It may not be easy. It may be the most courageous thing I’ve ever done but Lord I know that with You all things are possible. So what I am saying yes to now? I’m saying yes to believing in myself. I’m saying yes to the possibilities whatever they may be. I’m saying yes to stepping out on faith.
What about you? Your “yes” journey could start by believing that Jesus came to this world to die for our sins. That by faith in Him we can all be saved. Say yes to letting Him into your heart and letting Him show you a world that is beyond all imagination.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17