Week 12 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day.
Mark 8: 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Does it ever shock you when you see someone make a bad decision, a bad deal which you know will cost them in ways that they apparently do not understand. Most of us are wary of con artists and scams when we know about them, but there are many organizations, and individuals in the world who want nothing more than to steal from you what you have earned for yourselves. Notwithstanding the companies and governments which bleed you dry given the opportunity, there are yet even more subtle and fatal schemes abroad in the world designed to drive a wedge between you and the Lord Jesus separating your flesh, with all its weaknesses from your very soul. The old story of Faust as pictured above plays out each and every day as we’re offered the opportunity to step away from the Truth and embrace the Liar in chief, for that’s what we do when we fail to speak the Name of Jesus when our spirit so prompts us.
By example, A few years ago I fell into or was lulled into accepting an offer which had I prayed, had my wife and I really though. about would have known for what it really was. To this day we are paying a price in actuality for that foolishness. We should have seen that such a self-indulgent move ran counter to everything we understood and believed about our relationship with our Lord. We have repented, but the consequences of our choice linger on with no end in sight.
I am not saying that I am now immune to any such willful exchange, any bartering away of my soul, I am merely saying that with God’s help which I must call upon daily, I find that I am able to exercise greater caution in speech, in action, and in perception of my needs.