We, the Lame

July 22, 2015

We, the Lame

Hebrew 12:13
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

Have you ever had a broken leg, a dislocated joint or wrenched knee or ankle? When you find yourself in this condition, you find that walking normally is out of the question. There is too much pain and tenderness to walk in a normal way. This is the way we are when we get out of joint in our walk with the Lord. Our spiritual health and harmony are interrupted and our walk with Him becomes crippled and distorted.
I think many of us have areas in our lives where we experience some lameness; an area that is out of joint with God’s will and purpose for our lives. The Lord doesn’t want us to walk in a crooked and twisted path, but in a straight and narrow one. It is like Jesus says in Matthew 7:14, “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” I would venture to say that most of us have found ourselves off of that straight and narrow more times than we would like to admit. How wonderful that through repentance and the power of the blood of Jesus we have a means to be restored to the path of righteousness.
It is sin that cripples us and makes us lame. It is sin that distorts our spiritual health and wholeness. There are many that are still struggling with strongholds of sin in their lives. While they feel condemned and defeated, they can’t seem to get delivered and free from it. We often make the mistake of judging others in an area of weakness while we may have another area in us that is just as bad. We are all creatures of God’s grace and mercy. We didn’t find our way to Him because our works were righteous and we were so much better than everyone else. Like everyone else, we are sinners saved by the grace of God. That same faith with which we embraced Christ when we first gave our hearts to Him is what we must now exercise as we make straight paths for our feet.
There is something wrong with us as a body of Christ when we are more concerned about judging one another for our faults than we are with ministering to one another in our weaknesses. What does James 5:16 say? “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We all have weaknesses and faults that we have not fully gained the victory over or that we are still struggling with. Where are our ministry, compassion and prayers for one another in our weaknesses? We desperately try and conceal our faults and weaknesses, either because we are in denial or just think it is our problem, but more likely because we don’t have a safe place where we can expose and share the sins with which we struggle. Jesus says it is not the well that need a physician, but the sick. The Christ in each one of us is the physician that wants to minister help and healing to those around us. We need each other to help each other. Our sin would always cripple us and dislocate us from the Lord, but the Lord wants to heal our lameness and restore us in a path of righteousness for His namesake. The Lord doesn’t want us to justify and cover over our sin, that would be hypocrisy, but He does want to see us healed in the areas of our sin sickness.
We want to see Isaiah 35 come to pass in each one of our lives, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. 7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. 8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. 9 No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there, 10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
The Lord is on the side of our restoration and wholeness, but it takes our willingness to forsake our sin. Perhaps we need to seek out those who will stand with us and help us to lay hold of our victory and healing in the areas where sin has held us captive and crippled our walk. We are a body and we must minister to one another’s needs. We need one another to minister and help each other in all of the areas that pertain to life and godliness. Corporately, we are growing up in Christ, ministering to one another out of the gifts that the Holy Spirit has apportioned to each one of us. Ephesians 4:16-18 says,” Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work..”
If you are lame in an area of your walk with the Lord, then find your healing and deliverance so that your path may be made straight. If it is greater than your ability to find the victory then seek out those in the body of Christ who can come along beside you, give you help, prayer and accountability. It is the Lord’s will to restore the lame.



Most Important!

June 14, 2012

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Most Important!

I love it when God just shines His spotlight on a particular verse or meaning.  It may be one of those that we have read many times before, but never really saw for the significance of what was being said.  I think this is one of those verses, as the Lord dropped this particular scripture on me today.
‘Before anything else, agape each other deeply.’  Yes, it is God’s love that is exercised here.  Our love is conditional, easily offended and often self-centered.  God’s love takes us out of the natural realm of loving and puts us into the dimension of the unconditional love of God, that doesn’t love another based on their ability to perform to our expectations or because they are desirable or because they don’t offend us.  The point this scripture makes is that God has put a love of His own within us that can cover a multitude of sins and offenses.
Let’s be honest.  When we are around others that are undesirable to us, typically our response it to avoid, leave or quite possibly even to gossip or speak ill of them.  Here, in this place we operating out of the limitation of natural love.  “I’ll love you as long as you don’t rub me the wrong way.”  Here is where we need to grasp this concept that God has called us up into a higher state of love that is willing to still love the unlovely, the undesirable, the offensive and the sinner.  Think about it, wasn’t that us in our state towards God before He redeemed and saved us?  Romans 5:6-8 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  That is the same love He wants us to demonstrate toward each other.
Think about who you are offended with, who rubs you the wrong way, who you don’t like, who disappointed you or failed to live up to your standards.  Before you read on, take a minute to meditate on that.  Are some people coming up in your mind?
Now apply this most important scripture to them.  Remember, it doesn’t say just tolerate them, it says to love them “deeply”.  This word in the Greek is “ektenes” .  It means to love stretched out, fervently, intently, earnestly, assiduously, without ceasing.
Ouch!  That can be kind of tough sometimes, can’t it.
God is and has called us higher.  In that place He is stretching us beyond our natural capabilities into the supernatural expression of who He is in us and who is He?  God is LOVE!
It is the most important and pronounced expression of His nature, character and being.  If He truly lives within us, can we be any less the expression of who He is?
God doesn’t see us for the sinner that we have been, the offenses that we have committed or the failure that we would see.  He looks past our faults and sees our needs.  That is what God wants us to do with our brethren.  Don’t know them after the flesh, but see them and know them after the Spirit.  It is so easy for all of us to make our judgement after the outward man, but Father is saying look deeper, see, speak and address the Christ in them.  The love of God will go where others won’t go,  it will walk further than others would walk, it will stay longer than others will stay, it will forgive more than others will forgive and it will tolerate more than others would tolerate.
Remember, this isn’t just a simple instruction, this is “ABOVE ALL”, it is most important, so don’t let us take it lightly.  It is critical to our being able to properly function as the body of Christ and move in the love of God.


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