I see signs that my words are really hitting home with many people's hearts.  I just want to emphasize that I am not dreaming up words that I want to say.  I let God guide me with His Holy Spirit to what I need to say.  Only He knows what words people need to hear.  I am not that smart.  But I will never write anything that I do not believe to be the absolute, unvarnished truth.  Sometimes after I post a blog for the day, I will read back over it several times, carefully thinking about each part of what I have said, and tweaking the parts where I find that I was not clear enough or that what I wrote wasn’t exactly true.  I want every word that I write to perfectly reflect the Truth of God, and I fully understand the heavy responsibility that God has placed on me to communicate Truth.  So I am very careful to bear this responsibility respectfully, without the error of my own pride or ignorance.  And I am very careful to do it in a way that will not dishonor God nor lead anyone astray.  Unfortunately, sometimes the words that I write might offend some. 

Sometimes my words offend even me as I realize that something in my life is not quite what it should be to honor and obey God.  But if it is the truth from the Source of All Truth (God), then I am obligated to write it.  Truth, no matter how much it might hurt us, must be known.  But when we are willing to face the truth and even be wounded by it, then we are on the path to redemption, to freedom from the various sins that enslave us.  If we avoid truth or water it down, we will remain slaves to our sin.  In the words of Bob Dylan, “You're gonna have to serve somebody,/It may be the devil or it may be the Lord/But you're gonna have to serve somebody.”  I would rather serve the Lord than to serve Satan.  The Lord’s burdens on us are light.  In Matthew 11:30, Jesus tells us, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Following God’s way is much easier than than following the ways of the world, of sin, or of Satan.  Those ways will enslave us, fill us with guilt, wear us down, make us fearful and bitter, take away all hope, and take all joy from our lives. 

God’s burdens are light by comparison to that.  We may not like His Truth sometimes as it may tell us something that we don’t want to hear, it may wound our pride, and it may force us to give up something that we didn’t want to let go of.  But His Truth will never hurt us, make us fearful, make us bitter, nor take the joy from our lives.  In God’s words, there is always the promise of freedom, forgiveness, redemption, cleansing, peace, joy, love, and hope.  I have tried the other way, and I have tried God’s way.  Believe me, God’s way is much, much better.  Walking with Him over the course of years will fill you with wisdom, incredible peace, and will leave you completely satisfied with life.  His Way is not without pain.  As long as we live in this “earthen vessel” we will experience troubles.  But we will never be alone in our troubles.  He will always help us carry those burdens if we take them to Him in prayer every day.  Additionally, while we spend time with Him in prayer every day, He gradually builds up His Power and His Spirit in us until one day we will look back on our lives and where we have come from and will not be able to believe who we are now or who we were then.

I pray that you will seek His Truth today.  If you turn over all things to Him, starting with giving your heart to Jesus, then He will set you free, perhaps over the course of months or years, but bit by bit, His Power can and will tear down all strongholds of sin and bondage.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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