Do we hear the cries of the HURTING, saying, HELP? Do we see the pain on their faces, wincing HELP? Do we even notice their struggles and their strain, screaming HELP?
I believe that we’re so consumed with OUR INDIVIDUAL lives and living, that we don’t even see when a person standing right beside us is drowning and about to die. I believe that we’re so preoccupied with finding the pathway to success, that we can’t even see that loving and being aware of the well-being of our neighbor is in fact ONE of those steps.
Whenever I hear of someone taking their life, it’s like I feel a pain in my heart. And at this moment, the Lord IMMEDIATELY reminds me of a man by the name of Judas. Most of us are aware of who Judas was, the betrayer of Jesus, but just in case you’re not, you can read the following passage….
““Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself ….Matthew 27:3-5
Whenever I think about this passage, my mind isn’t drawn to the obvious fact that Judas betrayed Jesus, it’s drawn to the fact that I could be just like Judas. Beloved, LIFE HAPPENED, Judas made a terrible decision, and the RESULTS of that decision proved to be too heavy for Judas to handle. How many times have we made a decision which led to some pretty heavy repercussions. I know I’ve made MANY!
Judas wasn’t just anybody, Judas was chosen by Jesus, and numbered among the disciples, yet LIFE HAPPENED and He betrayed Jesus. Judas sat under the awesome teachings of Jesus, YET he betrayed Jesus. Judas witnessed the amazing miracles of Jesus, YET he betrayed Jesus.
The scripture teaches us that he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, and to us in 2019, that may not seem like much. The amount of money doesn’t matter to me, but the question that arises in my mind is Lord, what was Judas facing, that caused him to sell you out for thirty pieces of silver?
This is where I really love God and where this passage really puts on a flesh suit for today, February 7, 2019. The Lord didn’t say what drove Judas to this point, and I’m not even going to add my own thoughts or commentary, because scripture admonishes us to not add to or take away. But what the Lord did say to me was this, LIFE HAPPENED!
Beloved, that was enough for me, because I’ve had plenty of those moments where LIFE HAPPENED, and if it weren’t for the Lord, I could have easily been Judas. There have been times where I disobeyed the Lord, which is just like turning my back on Him, but God.
This passage teaches us that in light of all that happened, Judas was remorseful and repented, but the weight of LIFE was too heavy for him to bear…
Someone reading this message may be here, or have been here. Someone reading this message may be feeling the weight of life and it seems like you have only one option. Hey, the Lord chose this medium called WP to drop you a lifeline to say, all is not lost. The Lord sent this word to let you know that you do not have to throw in the towel, just give all your laundry to Him. You may be dealing with health issues, relational issues, employment issues, or financial issues, but the Lord says, IN HIM YOU CAN RISE ABOVE YOUR SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES!
So as I was typing this message the Lord said to show SOMEBODY an example of someone who LIFE also HAPPENED too. This person found themselves in a situation where they too turned away from the Lord. LIFE HAPPENED! But his story didn’t end, actually the Lord gave him a new beginning…
“Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. 55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.” 57 But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” 58 And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly. ..Luke 22:54-62
In light of everything that Peter had witnessed, I’d venture to say that he probably felt as bad as Judas did, if not more so. LIFE HAPPENED, but his outcomes was different. Peter had to face and deal with all of this, because it didn’t just go away, but I firmly believe that the Lord gave him strength to press through. If we were to stop reading Peter’s story in Luke 22, we’d miss some powerful nuggets, so let’s peer over into John chapter 21. For brevity’s sake, I won’t paste the passage, BUT I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT IT AND READ “ALL OF IT” FOR YOURSELF AND ALLOW THE LORD TO SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH IT! In summary, the Lord presented Himself to Peter, Peter experienced an amazing miracle, and the Lord forgave and restored Peter. The Lord went on to perform great exploits at the hand of Peter.
That can be your story! God can turn your LIFE around! He’ll DO IT!
No matter where you are or what you’re going through, that same power is available. No matter how dark your tunnel may seem, Jesus, the Light of the world, is here! If this is you, please respond. If this is you, please reach out! firstname.lastname@example.org The Lord loves you and He cares about you! If you respond, I promise you someone will answer, and the Lord will use them to get to you to Him! Life is worth living! God Bless!