Truth is not always what the majority say is truth

CrossThe crowd cries out with vengeance in their heart. “Crucify Him!” A remnant of people look at Him, their hearts imploding with sorrow. They want to run from this insanity playing out before their eyes, but they can’t. Dedication. Adoration. Love. This keeps them in the margins, without power, yet feeling pain.

Truth dies a slow death, as a majority continues to demand vengeance. “Crucify Him!”

There He is. Their Savior. Their healer. Their deliverer. Bruised, broken and bleeding.

Truth is not always what the majority say is truth. Jesus is the perfect example. He stood in their midst, often silent, without defense or any type of provocation, no need to prove Himself. The religious condemned Him from the start just for being who He actually was, Truth Incarnate. He was in their midst, but they did not see.

Again it hits me. Truth is not always what the majority say is truth. I can be sure that when I choose to follow Truth, my eyes open to see Him as He is, to follow Him where He leads, and to know Him with eyes wide open. I can be sure that on this path, many will cry out for my own destruction if I stand against the grain of popular opinion or political correctness. To proclaim that Jesus is the way offends many who don’t want to acknowledge Him Savior or follow Him as Lord.

How do we who follow Christ respond to this vengeance? This attack against righteousness? Oh, do I hear you say that you have not experienced this? Then I would question what way you actually follow, what path do you walk, what Lord do you acknowledge.

All who follow the Lord truly follow Him into a narrow place of proclamation of His great love and mercy towards humanity will be persecuted. Narrow place? What do I mean by that? Not narrow in the sense of judgment and condemnation. Narrow in the sense of living a life contrary to the world at large. Living a life from a kingdom position sitting in heavenly places. To follow this truth will cost us everything – our lives, our reputation. Anything less than that is simply a watered down version of Christianity.

So many Christians stand in the margins, looking at Truth, grieved that it is dying in our midst, but out of a sense of being safe, secure, and comfortable, they stay hidden. But, for those who want to step out it will cost us.

Truth positions us in the crossfire of cultural insanity and political correctness. Don’t think for one minute that those who are with you now will not also cry out “Crucify Him” or “Crucify Her” tomorrow. Truth will always cost us something. It appears to me that it is often in the American church where Christianity requires nothing more than a verbal affirmation of belief while denying the power of life lived following Christ.

It’s time to come away from the margins, into the middle of the fray. To stand for Truth despite anything that would come our way. Don’t look for the majority to follow you. They won’t. Trust me. They won’t. To truly live for Christ in a deep personal relationship, you will be persecuted and looked upon as an anomaly by a majority who rule. Come out anyway. Stand for something or stand for nothing.

He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” He is the answer. He is the way.

To rise up in this revelation is to be revolutionary. Yet, we rise up, not in self-righteousness but willing to die so that His life lives in and through us. To live is Christ. To die is gain.

Truth set in cementTruth is not always what the majority say or what the majority want. In my opinion, we love to follow in the wake of other’s beliefs. Or, we create a god in our own image, with all the perks that come with this so as to live a life free of commitment and confrontation.

A shepherd boy named David stood for truth and because of this stood against Goliath when everyone else turned away. His own brothers doubted his character, mocking him because of his youth and lack of experience.

Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did. 1 Samuel 17:28-30

Is there not a cause? Here it is again as I look at David. Truth rises up against a majority who see life through a different lens. This is life. I can give you example after example of those who stand in truth amidst opposition and persecution. I challenge each of us to stand for Truth, Jesus Christ. We stand in humility, grace and love alongside power, passion and conviction. There is a cost to be paid. Thank God, Jesus paid it with His own life.

The world is in chaos and truth is falling, falling, falling all around us. There is a way though – a way of trust, joy, obedience, love, hope, mercy, goodness, grace……..it’s all in Christ. To follow Him is to walk in truth in this life. The majority may disdain us, abhor us, ignore us and persecute. Yet, we walk in Truth. He leads the way.

Meditate on these words of Jesus.

John 14:6 (NKJV Strong’s,) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Matthew 16:24-26 (MSG) Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. 25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. 26 What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

Story Week – Part 2/5 – A Young Man – Disengage!

Heart MonitorThe sound: “It is what it is.” A universal sound continually piercing the heart of the young man. This sound is quite subtle but also persistent. The prince of the power of the air uses sound waves to invade and impact a generation of young men. This enemy is no respecter of persons so is able to strike deep in the heart of young men. Color, culture, environment – he shows no favorites. He strikes at the heart to gain a generation, taking them captive to the darkness.

When the young man could not bear one more moment of the droning sound of hopelessness and chaos, he did what he knew to do to escape.

Disengage!

Disengage: Separate or release from something in which there is an attachment; remove troops from an area of conflict.

Put those earphones on and block everything out.

Divorce, chaos, arguing, abuse, violence in the home – Disengage!

School – an emotional war zone of bullying, rejection, peer pressure and violence of the physical type or emotional violence perpetrated on the heart. – Disengage!

Drugs, alcohol, sexual pressure – temptations on all sides!

Hand reaching upPut on those earphones and enter a world where technology conforms you to its own image, where you actually continue to lose yourself without even knowing it. This sound through music, videos or games penetrates and permeates the life of the young man, providing a means of escape from the reality of his own pain. Put on those earphones and trade one sound for another. But what’s the trade-off? The droning of “It is what it is” is left behind. What takes its place? Pulsating sounds that deify violence, rage, death, anger, and hate.

These alternative sounds consistently interject themselves into the void of the young man’s heart. A void will always seek to be filled in some way. To disengage from one sound simply means that you engage in something else.

A battle rages all around this young man’s life. The enemy exploits and uses treachery, knowing exactly what he is after – a generation of young men with a cry in their hearts. They are lost amidst a desire to be found. Looking for a genuine authentic life, they seek truth but only see lies and deception all around. This young man, one individual in a generation that is looking for the light but does not know where to find it.

Great men in times and seasons past have addressed this with words of wisdom and grace. Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ says it like this:

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9 Message)

Paul, another mighty man of God, says it like this:

This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life–or–death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon (Ephesians 6:12-17 Message)

It is a battle. Looking from the outside in, one can often feel that we are losing more ground than we are gaining. A generation of young men finds Christianity archaic, irrelevant, powerless and boring. Like David, their hearts cry out, “Is there not a cause?”

All the while, Father God knows best. The great I AM is whispering to the young man, a better way, a more excellent way. Right in the midst of his darkness, the sound of the great I AM is whispering destiny and purpose.

More to come……

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Sink, Swim, or Walk on Water? Which Will It Be?

arghhOkay, today is a new day. I read my Facebook wall and I am so tired of all the Christianese talk, Scripture verses and opinions on everything from the second coming to the performances at the Grammy’s. Right now,  I am just going to ramble and talk. In fact, I am just writing this out as I am thinking. Enjoy!

When did fear get into me that I stopped speaking what I know God is telling me to speak? When did I start feeling invisible as most women over 60 feel? It has got to stop and if it does not stop, I will fade into oblivion while I am still alive. There is a lesson in all of this from the Lord. You may not understand this post but if you listen with the ears of the Spirit, whatever age or gender you are, you will understand.

There is so much crap out there right now that people don’t know if they are coming or going. The cry of the heart in many is the same cry that David cried when he faced Goliath.

“Is there not a cause?”

So much more coming……………….

We, many of us, people in general, are letting fear lead the way. The way out is of that fear to get to that point where the overflow of life coming out of you is so strong that you can’t help but speak and not keep it in. That is where I am today and so I have found my path in the next installments of this blog journey.

Lots of prophecies came forth calling forth the mothers and the fathers. They are so desperately needed today to speak to the ‘stuff’ that abounds in many who have lost their way due to cultural crap that accosts their senses and dulls discernment beyond measure. Many partake of things, rolling with the crowd, without any sense of direction.

Wisdom says that many have lost their way, their bearings in the ups and downs of life. These ‘many’ are dictated to by a few who lead the way and say what is right and what is wrong through the lens of elitist privilege of having lots of money but little if any wisdom.

So much more to say but let me stop and get my bearing in my own way right now. I realize that on a blog, content may be king but in this case it’s more important for me just to flow and along the journey, something great will form.

In Christ, Debra