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When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something” – Exodus 32:1

When you don’t know what to do, sometimes the very worst thing is to just do something!

– Fritz

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FlameWritten by real people with real problems the Psalms provide proven truth in the midst of uncertainty.

Towards the end of his life David wrote,

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not see the righteous forsaken…” (Psalm 37:25a)

That very Psalm begins with six action steps proven to carry God’s people through trial:

Step one: Fret Not

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb” – Psalm 37:1-2

The hebrew word translated here as “Fret” literally means to glow with heat, blaze up from anger, to burn, be incensed”.

People cheat, worse, they cheat us! Some know how to game the system to their advantage and our first reaction is heartburn. The Holy Spirit’s first instruction is to let God put out the fire.

This begins with a decision on our part that God knows the facts and will step in at the right time. A pastor friend of mine was fond of saying, “We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions”. God knows and judges rightly. He is still on the throne.

Our first step is to let go of the burn.

— fritz

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Michael Phelps, 2008 Olympic Gold-Medalist

I’ve made thousands of mistakes, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice.

— Michael Phelps, winner of 8 gold metals in the 2008 Olympics1

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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies – Psalm 23:5

Rejected applications, separation and/or divorce, those dissatisfied no matter what, sarcastic teens letting you know you are out of touch, a snub here, a lack of coöperation there, even downright hostility — hey, it’s a fact of life.

Even in the midst of God’s banquet-like blessing the Psalmist pointedly adds, “my enemies all around!

Why can’t we all get along?! There could be lots of reasons or no reason, it’s life. While the Bible doesn’t say why, it does says what to do about it.

Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” — Romans 12:17-19 (God’s Word Translation)

  • Be as friendly as you can — work on your people skills
  • Don’t retaliate, turn those feelings over to God (he judges what’s right better than you)
  • Choose to not let it bother you, in fact, choose to happily move on with Christ ready to help even your enemies find the life changing power of Jesus

–fritz@langgang.com

Related post: “The Most Misunderstood” – June 7, 2012

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The Most Misunderstood

God and Satan talk in the Bible and it looks like a giant chess game with Job’s family as the pawns. In the garden God calls to Adam, “Where are you?”, but doesn’t he already know? Joshua is told by God to leave no survivors; where is the love and mercy in that?! People are offended by these and other scriptures, sometimes wanting nothing to do with God because if it.

We expend so much effort to avoid being misunderstood but God, the most misunderstood one of all, spends none.

Why? He doesn’t say (go figure).

But I think we can learn two (2) things:

  1. We need to know and love him as he is and on his terms — not how we want him to be on our terms.
  2. Peter said it best when asked if he, too, would leave that day like the others who had misunderstood one of Christ’s teachings,

    “Lord, where would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68b)

  3. We need to stop expending so much energy to avoid being misunderstood.

Do what you think Jesus wants you to do then let it go.

— fritz.

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and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Mordecai (Esther 4:14)

Esther, the only book of the Bible that never specifically mentions God, is a great read — it has romance, intrigue, conflict, deliverance, and an important fact to remember.

God put us into political, social, and/or personal positions of influence for a reason.

Whether to a nation, a company, an organization, a family, or just to a sibling, each of us have some influence for the purpose of being God’s blessing.

We don’t know when or how God intends to use us until He provides the opportunity, then it is our’s to do the right thing, point to Christ, and christ-like living.

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. — Ephesians 2:10

— fritz

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Breath

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:2

Throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, in both Hebrew and Greek languages, the word translated “Spirit” is the same used for Breath and Wind. Why?

Part of the answer, I believe, is that wind, breath, spirit is unseen and uncontrolled. It can be felt on our skin, it can be heard blowing through the trees and tall grass, we even try to track it with radar, but it goes where ever it goes without or control, approval, or direction.

God’s spirit is like that and so are his followers.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit — John 3:8

He moves and we benefit. We pray for it, wait for it, work with it or against it, but we don’t control it, and we don’t control those following him.

— fritz@langgang.com

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