Ok I have to just say it!! I’m tired of seeing “Christians” play both sides of the fence. We say we believe one thing but do another?? Really?? Is that the example I want to be set for my kids or people who look up to me?? We don’t do certain things because we “say” we don’t believe in it but then when no one is watching we are doing it. It bothers me and I’m not perfect I have so been there!! I said I believed one thing but wouldn’t walk out what I was saying I believed. I think we come up with so many excuses because we don’t want to deal with the issue or stand for something because people may look at us different. We say we want to be accepted, we want to be cool or we were just bored and trying to do something with our time. I don’t want to be known as someone who is completely different around different groups of people. That’s phony and if you know me you know I’m a straight shooter. God calls us to a standard for a reason. Not so we can be better than anyone but so that we can be an example. God asked us to do things that we sometimes think we can do later or not at all because it seems so silly. I think this scripture gives a good example of how we come up with so many excuses but it could be easy if we just trust and obey him.

John 11:38
So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

We all have excuses, don’t we? We all think that we know better than anyone else. This certainly appears to be Mary’s problem. She was the sister of Lazarus, a friend of Jesus. Her brother had been dead four days by the time Jesus arrived on the scene. All the Lord asked her to do was to remove the stone from the tomb. It was a simple request, but not so easy for Mary to understand. I find that this is where so many of us falter when trying to follow Christ. He commands us to do something and we refuse because we cannot grasp the logic behind His instruction.
I wonder how many Christians who “haven’t been able to hear from God lately” are simply not submitting to what they do hear. What’s the Lord been saying to you recently? Is there a sticking point between you and your heavenly Father? I have often placed myself in the same situation as Mary. Christ commands me to do something that I just can’t comprehend. Excuses are so easy to come up with. Mary was asked to remove the stone from the tomb. How was she to know that Jesus would momentarily raise Lazarus from the dead? She was too interested in her own understanding of the situation rather than trusting in the Lord’s understanding. “Lord, by this time there will be a stench…” Little did she know!

1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him?” We must never forget this biblical truth. God’s ways are much higher than our own. When we make attempts to persuade the Lord against something that He has asked us to do, we risk missing out on unthinkable blessings. Following Mary’s response to Jesus, He said, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Upon hearing this, Mary allowed the tomb to be opened and her brother was consequently raised from the dead. I pray that you would follow the example of Mary. Have you been complaining to the Lord about the possible “stenches” involved in following His will for your life? I highly recommend that you stop offering excuses and simply obey His command. You may be that close to unthinkable blessings in your life.

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Anonymous said...

I completely agree. I can be guilty of this at times. This is a wonderful post!! Many blessings to you!!

Bob West said...

God has greatly gifted you
I enjoyed visiting your blog
God Bless;


Tracy Nunes said...

This is true. He has led me to be very real and I think that scares people sometimes. Thanks for sharing this. Great post!

~anotherchildofGOD~ said...

I love this! Just keep letting God speak through you! We all have those things in our lives that God wants to change, but we dont let Him do his work!

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