For me, this season has been all about equipping. It reminds of when I was “packing my suitcase” with little lessons and I have been amazed at how I have been actually been packing for a lifetime. Some of my life lessons are pretty dusty, but still so useful
We have had a crazy couple of weeks, with challenging girls, moving to the new apartment and planning our Aloha Open House at the campus. Last night, after the party was over, I literally wanted to fall into bed. I thought I was just about to die, but I felt really prompted to read in my bible. I opened it, and found some notes form an old sermon by Mark on Hebrews. I flipped there and started to read about Faith’s Hall of Fame. Then, I flipped back a couple of chapters, and found this passage in Hebrews 10. I have read this before but was again moved by the power of this passage. One of the things we fight for since toddlerhood is autonomy, for free will. And yet here, God says we have it, and that we better be clear how powerful that is. Amazing stuff!
26For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” 31It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This morning, like every morning, we were all doing devotions. One of our girls right now is not interested in God at all. In fact, she is at a place right now where she doesn’t seem to care either way, God or no God, afterlife or no afterlife, evolution or creation, whatever. We can see right through her, though – it’s not that she doesn’t care, it’s that she doesn’t care to look. She does not want to know and be responsible. As she was talking to me and trying to just blow me off, it was amazing how the verses from last night came to mind. I was able to share with her that, as a Christian, I have a responisbility to share the gospel. It says in Ezekiel 3:18
“When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.”
Then, I was able to share with her from Hebrews, that now that she has heard, she can make whatever choice she wants to, but that the weight rests on her. I was able to at least make her choose not to look. Not much, but a seed maybe. And I just marveled at the way God prepared me for this morning, even in my wearniess and my lack of understanding. Our God is so good, how he equips us! Praise God I don’t have to do this on my own strength.
So, all you in the general vicinity! If you would love to hear more about what we are doing and hear an AMAZING testimony from our sweet girl Susan and the incredible story God has worked in her life – walking with her as she walked on foot from Honduras to America at nine, walking with her through her unexpected pregnancy at just barely 15, walking with her through her incredible double adoption story just a few months ago – come to our Lifehouse “Fall For Life” Gala, September 29 at the Houstonian! Call 713-623-2120 for more info.
Pray for our girls, it is a hard season right now, tilling the soil in hard lives. Rejoice with us in our new apartment! Pray for God’s hand on this ministry, on each and ever part – finances, volunteers, direction.