New Hope For The Day

Welcome to New Hope for the Day : My Personal Devotional

In the Indian language there is a greeting, 'Namante", which means "I honor the holy one who lives with in you." May you feel welcomed and honored as I share my strengths and weaknesses from my days which turn into years. I share from my heart, my spirit with HIS wisdom; never acknowledging that I have arrived, but always pressing towards the mark to be more like HIM.

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands."
Oswald Chambers

Please feel free to grab that cup of joe, or in my case a cup of hot chocolate, turn on some beautiful music, pull up a warm blanket, and let us together live life.

Thank you for "tuning in". I hope your day is wonderful and may HE bring you new hope for this day.



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Table Before My Enemies

Today’s Truth: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies." - Psalm 23:5

Peep to Peep
The last few months have been truly a growing experience as pastors. We made some mistakes and we are thankful that none of them were very serious; growing pains is what I will call them.

As pastors we can’t choose our people who will attend. They are chosen by God. Our desire is all that attend we will love and die for. But in reality is this possible? Will there be those that we just tolerate? Isn’t that awful? just tolerate. As pastors we desire to be like HIM and love like HIM. We love all personalities, for God has created us all and I definitely wouldn’t want a church full of people like me - that would be awful!

It is unfortunate though that not everyone will have the same heart that you have and actually most who come to church, come for them - it’s all about them. In the beginning as a young Christian, this is quite all right, many who first attend come because they have been wounded or they are new to the ‘Christian world’ as babes in Christ. These individuals are mostly teachable, willing to learn and they want to grow into becoming more like HIM. These are the sheep that we will love and die for.

On the other hand, you have those who come with their own agenda’s, and yes they may be called by God to come, but it has been my experience that when I was growing out of the stage “it’s all about me” and growing out of the stage of “control with my own agenda”...that the callings from God were never what I thought them to be..because I was never really hearing clearly from God. The reason because of the wounding’s that were keeping me in the frame of mind of its all about me” and I am in “control with my own agenda”.

As pastors, we have just walked out this situation and I am sure there will be many more. But this was the first and it has been very hard and painful. We saw it coming from the beginning, we were prepared in our spirits for HE revealed the situation to us so we were not blind sided. But our hearts are still crushed, because of HIS love for them. We had hoped they would be teachable, that they would pass the test that was set before them. Were they in this for a title and position only? Was it for a free house only that came with the title and position? Inevitably so, because within three weeks of being told “no” they were gone. The decision had been made the day we said you will not be ...and you can always find out what’s in a persons heart when the answer is “No!”

Am I still venting, perhaps a little. Am I still wounded, yes. But today, my spirit is broken. Not from what they did, but because of what I have been doing and what HE revealed to me.

As I have been studying the Ten Commandments for the last seven days and will do so for another three I have had the sixth commandment deal with my sin just when I needed it most. The sixth commandment is the first that deals exclusively with the “man-to-man relationship,” and as such, it is the basic to all that follows! It sets forth the very principle for social existence. It contains the ultimate source of man’s humanity to man. Negatively stated, it says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Positively interpreted, it means, “Thou shalt reverence human life and personality.”

I did not have the desire to kill, but my standard of conduct was of anger. When you take the name of Christ and surrender to HIS claim, you no longer take your standard of conduct from the world; you take it from HIM. My conduct was of the world towards this couple, it was not of HIM and for this is what I repent of. There is one principle of government, the grace of Jesus Christ. And within that kingdom of grace, all punishment of one man by another is rehabilitative and redemptive, never hateful or destructive. You see in my heart, my mind and with my words I was hateful and destructive toward this couple and I was wrong. Were they wrong? Yes, but I am not the one who brings correction. I must love them as HE loves them. Does that mean trust them? No.

In this commandment, Jesus was going beyond the outward appearance of killing. He was much more concerned with the inner spirit of the Law.

“Ye have heard that is was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill: and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgment. But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgement, and whosoever shall say to his brother “raca”, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say. “thou fool,” shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:21-22)

“Raca” is an expression of contempt for another.

It is not emotion against evil that Jesus prohibits. For Jesus said in Ephesians 4:26 to “be angry and sin not.” I believe HE was angry and I had a right to be angry in the beginning, but a day or so ago..it went beyond righteous anger. This is what I repent of.

The real essence of this sixth commandment is “THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.” Ouch!!

This is the operation of grace and mercy within HIS Kingdom. We shall love our fellow man as God in Christ loved us and given Himself for us. This will not always be easy. It will often be awkward and difficult. But as the poet said, “Love has a way of working out its own difficulties, if love truly abides in our heart.”

Let’s Pray
Father, forgive me for contempt and anger from the hurt I received. Lord, I forgive this couple. I have fallen short of living out YOUR glory. I continue to give this situation to YOU and I choose to not pick it up again. Lord, put a new Spirit within me. I thank you Lord, that YOU are making me more like YOU. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

You’re Loved & Appreciated,
♥ Pastor Daniell


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