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Watching, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Wrong People In Your Boat

2 Corinthians 6:14Do 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.

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Emotions, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

Do Not Let Your Emotions Deceive or Control

In Genesis 27, we read in God’s Word an illustration of what will happen when we allow our emotions to deceive and control us. God does not hide anything from us. He reveals the good as well as the evil.

When Rebekah learned that Isaac was preparing to bless Esau, she quickly devised a plan to trick him into blessing Jacob instead. She took matters into her own hands. For her, the end justified the means.

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Lessons, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

A Lesson within a Lesson

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.

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Seeking the Lord’s heartbeat brings Glory Hallelujah!

 

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.

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Does the Lord’s heartbeat call us to be an 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.

Besides characteristics of pride and arrogance, the avenger is a person who attracts the worst. The devotion “Coping with Difficult People” from John Maxwell’s 365 Day Devotional Journal, A Leaders Heart, he identifies seven personality types. Two of these personalities the Thumb Sucker and the Garbage Collector are represented with the individual seeking revenge and the avenger.

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Did Samson listen to the Lord’s heartbeat about persecution?

 

Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines

The second passenger on the train of retaliation is Samson. The account of Samson is found in Judges 13- 16.

Samson was to do a great work for God. He was to begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. God gave Samson enormous physical strength to accomplish this plan.

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