Good Monday Morning!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend?
I enjoyed mine because it was restful.
I asked a friend how she was doing over the weekend when we talked, she said “thankful!”.
I wanted to scream “that’s the word!”
At this stage, I’m very thankful!
I don’t have money rolling in my account, and I don’t have all I want. But I have all I need!
God has blessed me with friends and loved ones that I just want to shout ‘Imela!'(Thank You).
My father’s love is so real that I want everyone to know about it. I can’t be quiet about it. I can’t.
Let me move to the The Word for this week because I see how I’m slowly turning this post to a PraiseLetter:D.
We all must have heard by now that it’s now legal across America to be married to the same sex.
I personally don’t delve into topics like this, especially on here, but I feel God wants me to write about it.
The morning after I heard, I prayed for America. I remember I said “Lord, let the veil covering the eyes of your people be torn and let them know that this isn’t your will.”
I didn’t intend to pray for America but the Holy Spirit only used me as an intercessor. As I prayed, I suddenly felt like crying. My heart was broken and it was like I was feeling God’s pain about His people.
After praying, He directed me to 2 Corinthians and then I understood why I’d earlier prayed about a veil. I also used a study Bible through Google to understand this well and I put what I learned in bracket after each verse.
It says –
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. (Hope in the glory of Christ takes away our fear.)
13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.(Moses veiled his face after meeting with God to prevent them from seeing such a glory that shown on his face. But that type of glory isn’t everlasting, only temporary.)
14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. (Even now when Moses isn’t here, that veil remains spiritually and only Jesus, the son of God removes it from people.)
15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.(The veil not only covers their faces, but hearts and mind where Christ ought to dwell)
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.(However, this veil tears when Christ comes into one’s life)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.(We’ve been deceived and lied to by tradition, culture, and world systems; but God gives us freedom from all deception.)
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.(But we who have been saved by God are daily being molded to be more like Christ in His glory. This comes from God, who is also a Spirit that dwells in us!)
The truth is that these people don’t know what they’re doing. Because the devil has veiled their eyes not to see God’s light. Where the spirit of God is, there is liberty.
They think they’ve attained freedom, but truth is, true freedom lies in Christ.
He keeps unveiling our faces little by little in His glory. That’s why He teaches us things per time, He continually gives freedom, even to guide us to the perfect day.
Instead of hating however, He led me to read my sister’s devotional and it all clicked.
Let me paraphrase the message here.
A man allowed an old man in his house for the night. Later, he asked the man about God since He seemed so old, but the man said he was an atheist.
The owner of the house then sent him out that he was a Christian and didn’t allow people that didn’t believe in God to stay in his house.
After the old man was sent out; God asked the house owner why he couldn’t tolerate the man for a night? He told him He’d tolerated the old man for that long and saved the owner of the house as well, so why couldn’t he be merciful to allow the old man sleep there for a night.
Moral I received from this is-
God wants us to pray, not hate. We ought to love people, whether or not they believe what we do.
Pray for them that they will accept Christ as you did so that they may see. But, don’t let hate build in your heart for anyone.
If not, how then will you draw them to your savior?
This reminds me of the book ‘Cant you talk louder, God?’ The author said he was led to speak to a somewhat carefree woman and he said to her “God approves of you. He doesn’t approve of what you do, but he loves you and approves of you.”
He never saw the woman again, but he hoped that was a seed in softening her heart to receive Christ.
That brought me close to tears. And that’s exactly the situation with any gay person.
We dont have the right to hate them if God loves them.
As earlier stated, He wants you to be an intercessor. You’d be amazed the things that prayers move.
Today, don’t hate, just pray.
I saw a picture by a senior from secondary school and it summarizes my feelings. I don’t approve of it, but I don’t hate. I love instead.
Thanks for reading.
I said in the introduction that I normally wouldn’t even talk about this subject here, but God gave His permission.
This is what I got from Him, you may hold a different view, but whatever you think, just don’t hate.
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