Posts Tagged ‘loss’

  

“All the people…in pride and arrogance of heart…are destroyed.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭9, 16‬ NKJV)

Throughout history, men only needed two things to become a military officer: money and title. With no experience whatsoever, men have led troops around the world, and lives were wasted for the sake of privileged arrogance that desired adventurous renown. Such was the case at the Battle of Königgrätz of 1866.

As the Prussian (German) army advanced against Austria, the great Austrian General, Von Benedek, prepared a strategy to defeat the powerful invaders. It would have worked, except two Counts, Von Thun and Von Festetics, desiring glory, attacked without direction. As a result, the Austrians lost the battle, their sovereignty, and Benedek would be blamed for the loss, demoted, and died a broken, shamed man. 

As you live your week, know that your actions create reactions in the lives of others, both good and bad. Rash actions are usually based in pride and never lead to good. Live as a child of God, whose ripples bless those around them! You are loved today! 

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The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion.” (Luke‬ ‭7‬:‭12-13‬ NLT)

As I drove home last night from a basketball game, something crashed into my windshield, sending me into cardiac arrest! As I investigated the side of the road for the culprit, I found the last thing on my mind: a small screech owl. I took it home, wrapped it in a blanket, and let my wife hold it. As she did, he gradually fell asleep. But within an hour, he began having a labored breathing, looked around, and then quietly passed. It was a sad moment in the Sullivan home.

Death is a tragic event. Even Jesus was moved by it whenever he encountered those suffering from loss. When it occurs, there are always those left behind, asking hard questions and grappling with closure for the hole that has been ripped into the fabric of their life. However commonplace death may be, it still hurts.

Take time to be aware of those that have experienced a loss. Sometimes the greatest need for comfort isn’t at the funeral, but months later when all the phone calls and visits have stopped happening. Be moved with compassion whenever you see them hurting, letting them know they are loved.

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I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Some days, ministry makes you feel helpless. I watched a man go back to his “easier” sinful lifestyle because He couldn’t handle having the Devil as his enemy. I endured seeing a Pastor leave the ministry and eventually kill himself and his wife, not being able to kick a renewed drug habit and chronic depression that God had delivered him from years earlier. I saw a woman leave her godly husband for another man, wanting a new and exciting life, one she felt like she couldn’t have while being a Christian. Like I said, some days it can be rough.

In our text, the term “abandon your faith” is the Greek word, skandalizo, a root the we use for our word “scandal”. It means to be tripped up and fall away intentionally from a place of faithfulness. We are not slaves, held by God against our will. We must choose to not sin, nor to sin to the degree that we eventually walk away from God’s grace. We must remember what a hell our lives were prior to God so that we can be confident knowing that this life, with all of its trials, it still better than what we had!

As you begin your week, start by realizing that before your foot ever hit the floor, Satan was already gunning for you! But God was up all night planning your best day for you! Live in God’s great love today! You will overcome because you are loved!