Pictures tell our stories. They tell what is visible to the natural eye, but they also tell what is masquerading, that which cannot be seen with the natural eye.
Thousands upon thousands of pictures are posted on Social Media everyday. Each and every image reveals a story that is plain and simple. However, each scene goes deeper than what is seen with the natural eye.
Were Judas or Peter flawless men? Am I a flawless person? The Christian life is a process of becoming more and more like Christ. In the process of becoming, we must overcome.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do is not wrong in itself. Eve wanted to be like God. This is humanity’s highest goal. However, Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God’s authority, by taking God’s place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. Satan told her to become her own god.
When my mother told my father that she was pregnant with their third child, Monica Dale Staples, he told her that she just had a bad cold. I did come into the world with bronchial problems and I have had them all my life.
Was my father rejecting me, Monica Dale Staples, even before I was born? Did fear, anxiety, and uncertainty play more a part in this script then rejection?
Can God heal a wound so deep that it cuts into the core of your being?
As we traveled down into the Church of Compromise, we could see along the entrance there were strong lamp stands of Perseverance and eloquent columns of Hard Work all which represented the Lord’s heartbeat.
However, on the inside the shepherd had tolerated lies and deception for a long time and he had become part of the major problem as well. He was no longer protecting the sheep from the ravaging wolves but had been deceived himself. He was making excuses for the repetitive sins that were happening and wanted to close a blind eye to the truth. He no longer held firmly to the trustworthy doctrine and refuted those who opposed it. He was unable to hear the Lord’s heartbeat because of the repetitive sins that he was tolerating.