Category: Exhortation


Silent Majority

Many years ago, we began a journey together on a ship called the ‘Oasis’.

The captain set the course, simple, straight forward, and we all got on board, with hundreds boarding the ship at various ports along the way. 

The beloved captain, took a fall, but the crew stood ready, to stay the course.

The first mate took the wheel, and we moved forward, together.

The crew became concerned, and came to the new captain, saying ‘I believe we are off course’.

The new captain assured them, ‘we are on course’.

But the ports we began to stop in, were not on the original course.  Some of the crew and passengers recognized the foreign ports and began to disembark, looking for new ships to get them back on course.

The new captain’s words continually assured the crew and passengers that he had not changed course.

And yet there was no denying the evidence, the ship had most certainly changed course.

Most of the crew and the majority of the passengers decided to disembark, some speaking to the captain first, some leaving quiet and confused, some feeling they had no voice at all. 

Eventually, the new captain himself recognized the change of course and set sail on his new craft, ‘the City Church’; taking a few remaining crew members and passengers; leaving the ‘Oasis’ to drift away.

Passengers and crew members of the ‘Oasis’ now scattered at various ports; as they work to get back on course, perhaps can’t help but grieve what was once a beautiful ship, setting sail on a simple course.

Over the last several months, perhaps years, so much has been said and done, but in the simplest of terms, the Silent Majority has spoken. 

“This was not the course we set sail on when we boarded the ‘Oasis'”

My Prayer for the Silent Majority

May God hear the voice of all who lost their home,

May he bring them into fellowship, especially at His throne.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left in tears

May He comfort their heart and quiet their fears.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left confused,

May he bring clarity, where His word was misused.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left betrayed,

May he bring restoration, To relationships frayed.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left offended,

May he bring confirmation, their rebuke be commended.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left mad,

May His righteousness remind them, anger isn’t always bad.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left defeated,

May He remind them, their gifts are needed.

 

May God hear the voice of those who left in pain,

May He mend their broken hearts, Their efforts were not in vain.

 

May God hear the voice of those who stayed behind,

May His promise be true for them, “Seek and you will find”

 

May God hear the voice of those who are misled,

May they be reminded, ‘for your sins, Jesus bled’.

 

May God quiet the voice, of those who’s words deceive

May He bring to mind the simple truth ‘in whom did you first believe’.

 

May God’s voice be heard, may truth resound,

May He comfort His people, to His heart may they be bound.

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Go Public

Do Not Settle for
Practicing behavior
In public
That you desire to exhibit
At home.

Instead,
Practice in private
Behavior you wish to exhibit
In Public.

Which Book Are You Reading?

 Phillipians  4:6-7 NASB Version of the Holy Bible

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Pessimism 1:8-9 Defeatist Handbook

 Do not be calm about anything

But in all things consider the worst possible scenarios,

Pace, scream, cry and work yourself into a frenzy.

 Frantically retrace the last 10 years of your life

And every mistake you may have made in an attempt

To figure out how you got yourself into this mess;

 Hoist guilt upon your back

So the weight of it will bear down on you causing such physical anquish

You will be unable to function in any area of your life

Until you discover the non-existent solution to the problem.

 Because misery thrives on good company

Scramble to talk to everyone who will listen,

Expressing all of your fears and doubts

To anyone who will accept an invitation to your pity party.

 And then

ABSOLUTE PANIC will set in

Chaos will take residence in your heart and mind

Destroying your ability to formulate any rational thought,

Rendering you completely defeated

 To the utter delight of the enemy.

 

Simple Rules

“If you could once make up your mind in the fear of God
never to undertake more work of any sort than you can carry on
calmly, quietly, without hurry or flurry,
and the instant you felt yourself growing nervous
and like one out of breath, would stop and take breath,
you would find this simple common-sense rule
 doing for you what no prayers or tears
could ever accomplish.”

 

~~Elizabeth Prentiss

 

I’m a copy cat today from my friend at Listening to Silence.

Exhortation: Day

“If one of the unbelioevers invites you to dinner and you ar e disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you  without raising any question on the grounds of conscience. But if someone says to you “this has been offered in sacrafices”, then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience.  I do not mean your conscience, but his.  For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”  I Corinthians 10: 27-31

I am exhorted  here by Paul to live by my conscience, not by someone else’s.

My conscience is that still small voice inside me, that alerts me this is right, or, this is wrong, or this is questionable.

My conscience is an awareness from the inside out of the morality of what I am about to do.

James 4:17 “Therefore, the one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 The scripture doesn’t say, to him who thinks that Sally knows that it is the right thing to do.  Or to him who knows that Fred thinks it is the wrong thing to do.

The scripture puts the responsibility on us, as individuals, to know what God has convicted us of, to know what God has taught us, and to live by it!

We can not rely on someone else to be our conscience, nor can we assert ourselves to be someone else’s conscience.