Simple…. yet so Complicated

This morning as I browsed the latest Facebook posts by friends and family, one stood out to me like a beacon.  With so many people getting caught up in their flesh when fame, fortune, and success come into their lives, there is one young man who is choosing to stand strong and not allow the world to mold him into their image.  Tim Tebow has a great amount of success in his football career and continues to do well in spite of the fact that there are always plenty of critics primed and ready to create drama and pick him apart.  But then again, who in the ‘limelight’ doesn’t get picked apart?  It kind of goes with the territory because adveristy sells.  Selling means money, money means better glitz and glamour, more fame and fortune, more ‘worldly’ power, and ways to fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Money and fame are tricky, tricky things.  Peace seems to be too boring to most people, yet it is that Peace that every soul on the face of the planet longs for, yet fights against.  I look forward to the day when Jesus Christ reigns and Satan is put in his place, unable to toy with us any longer.  That will truly be a heavenly day, indeed.  But until then, we who do Believe are called to stand strong again the wiles of the enemy.  And Tim Tebow is standing strong…. Here’s the article that was shared:

If there is one thing that is positive about the ‘being picked apart’ part… it’s the fact that attention is being drawn to Jesus Christ, and the amazing, strong faith of someone in the spotlight that is not ashamed of Him.  How I praise God for his strength and courage to stay true to the One who gave him his gift of athleticism, the opportunity to play big, and the platform for which to share his faith in the only One who truly saves and gives life…. eternally.  How I long for that type of courageous faith, yet I faulter so often.  The fear of man, and the insecurity that creeps up at times is horrible.  It’s as if there is a constant battle of spirit v. flesh…. Oh wait, but God shared that with us… in Gal. 5:17.  But, He also assured us that If we are in Christ, we are a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come as we are told in 2 Cor. 5:17.  But we must choose with each new day who we are going to serve…. for the enemy of our souls entices us at our weakest points and is constantly lurking around trying to trip us up, instill doubt, discouragement, dispair, and a desire to quit because it’s so much easier….. even if only for the moment.  The enemy of Christ wants us to be weak but appear strong, he wants us to question and doubt God and what He has done for us, and he definitely wants us to never fully realize the power and person God has placed within every true Believer of Christ.  The power that gets stronger and stronger as we walk closer and closer to Him. Feeding on the Bread of Life and Living Water that is so freely available, yet so quickly overlooked.  It’s like choosing a McDonald Happy Meal over an all natural, wholesome fish and broccoli meal with no preservatives or stuff with adverse effects.  The easy way, that is what our flesh desires.  The precepts of God seem to simple in some ways… the Grace that pours out in our time of need, in our time of confessing Christ as our Lord and Savior, yet so complicated when we actually get into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of walking out our faith.

After reading this article on Tim Tebow, obviously several thoughts came to mind.  One of my own challenges is that so very many thoughts start stirring in me, then when I go to write them down, they just get all jumbled… So, I hope and pray that somehow, someway this article with make a little bit of sense.  However, when I read this article, I was so proud of Tim T, but then my heart aches for Jake Plummer.  He may be doing what he feels is ‘politically correct’, but when he takes his last breath, that won’t mean a hill ‘o beans.  Politics and man’s acceptance mean absolutely nothing when we stand before the judgement seat of Christ.  Only what we do for Him will remain, and that will determine more than any of us can fathom at this point.  As for me, I hope to have many jewels and crowns when I get there so that I may lay them back down at His feet and thank Him for loving me when I was most unlovable.  None of us know when that last breath will be, but… it will be, someday.  Here are a few things the Word of God says that could apply to this situation (and many others):

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Matthew 10:31-33

New Living Translation (NLT)

31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

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Hebrews 10:26-39

New Living Translation (NLT)

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 30For we know the one who said,

“I will take revenge.
I will pay them back.”[a]

He also said,

“The Lord will judge his own people.”[b]

31It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.[c] Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

37 “For in just a little while,
the Coming One will come and not delay.
38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.[d]
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”[e]

39 But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.

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Galatians 5:19-23

New Living Translation (NLT)

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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I emplore you, beloved… chose the Way of Life today.  Yes, Grace is sufficient and is why we are able to be saved.  But we work out our salvation with fear and trembling, not taking that grace for granted.  Not taking our cake, then eating too.  Don’t take God for granted, beloved.  Please.  His love is deep and wide, but if we deliberately walk the sinful way of our flesh when we know better, there are consequences.  Be strong, be courageous, be full of Love for one another.  (Jn. 15)

Shared with a heart of love and devotion to Christ, and a deep desire to share His love and truths with others for a prosperous, fruitful life for all, here and beyond.  For a tree shall be known by it’s fruit…. Fruit that will last.

Be blessed, shana <3

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