Bobby and I have been reading Jentezen Franklin’s Book “Right People Right Place Right Plan” as well as his devotion book that goes along with this book.
In Jentezen’s devotional book, he has several devotions about a girl who’s status went from orphan to queen. In reading these devotions, I thought about Walt Disney and his fairy tale character, Cinderella. Jentezen commented, “Yet, God selected this orphan girl, fresh from the hills. Like Cinderella, her foot ‘fit the glass slipper,’ and she found favor with the king.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
My mother and I had many troubled years because she yoked herself with darkness. She did not purposely steer her boat in the direction of the murky waters of evil. However, Mother allowed the emotion of loneliness to blind her to a smooth talking flatterer with a strong Jezebel spirit.
In the book of Esther, Mordecai knew first hand what it was to have Haman, the instigator, call him a troublemaker.
Haman was an extremely arrogant leader under King Xerxes. He was consumed with hatred for Mordecai and his people, the Jews. Esther 3:5-6 – When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
Walking the Christian life is not for cowards. Each time my mother battled her cancer, God provided strength to endure and challenging opportunities to grow in my walk with Him.
The lesson about my mother’s cancer showed me that what we see on the surface is not what is on the inside. Just as the cancer inside my mother’s body was not visible, what is in someone’s heart is not visible. In the same way, what we see in a photo is not always showing the whole truth but what appears to be.
During the summer, it is magical to watch a storm coming from the horizon. In the distance, you can see the lightning dancing across the sky making the sky light up as if there were thousands of lights shining all over.
However, as the storm comes closer and closer there is nothing exciting about it anymore. The lightning is striking on the ground all around and the trees are popping, cracking and tumbling down. The winds have become hurricane force winds tearing and whirling everything that dares get in the way or stop it. After the storm has passed by, the destruction and devastation caused by the storm will take month’s maybe years to rebuild.
Cinderella, our fictional character that was created through Walt Disney’s imagination did go from the palace to the dungeon to the palace with her Prince. With the help from her magical friends, she was able to overcome the evil of her wicked step-mother and her two cruel step-sisters.
However, Jezebel is not a fictional character created by the imagination of any human. God’s Word is as honest about the lives of the heroes as it about those who rejected Him.
What could Jezebel, a human being God created, have in common with the fictional character, Cinderella that was created by the wonderful imagination of Walt Disney another human being God created?
Why watch shows on T.V. like Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead, day time soap operas, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, Modern Family, Supernatural, The Good Wife and Empire when you can find all the crime, sex, murder, in the Bible.
The Lord’s heartbeat says leave retaliation, vengeance, and avenger to Him!
The last train to leave the station climbing up the mountain of persecution is the train of obeying the Lord’s heartbeat. Romans 12:17, 19 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for Gods wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord.
The passenger on the train of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat through obedience had freedom from a heavy load of bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. On the other side of the tracks, on the trains of retaliation and avenger the passengers Cain, Samson, Ahab, and Jezebel were consumed with bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment. They paid an enormous price for their train tickets for their ride on the trains of retaliation and avenger.
Elijah, the prophet, Ahab, the king, and Jezebel, the avenger
The second response train to revenge is traveling down the tracks of great calamity is the Avenger. An avenger is to take vengeance on behalf of another. The avenger does not seek the Lord’s heartbeat. The train of avenger is extremely different from the train of straightforward revenge because the avenger wants restitution for the other person as well as for themselves again and again. One of the strong characteristics of an avenger is that he or she is overpowering with pride and arrogance.