Ask The Lord To Accept Others As They Are

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How many of us have gone through failed relationships?  Those can be close friends, family members, spouses (marriages), etc.  Are we asking the Lord to change them? Maybe we should instead ask the Lord to change us to see people the way he does, with all of our faults and failures.  Nobody will ever measure up to you, when you put such a high expectation on them.  Are we blaming someone else for the failed relationship?

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If we push people in trying to believe the way we do, we can actually push them out of our lives.  Pray and ask the Lord to guide our tongues, so we can help others instead of “writing them off” as a lost cause.  The Lord may indeed tell some of us to walk away from some, to let his will be done.  If we interfere with the Lord’s will, we can be held accountable.

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If anyone we encounter is not saved, then first we need to pray for them.  Ask the Lord to guide our thoughts, tongues and actions, so we always display the characteristics of Christ.

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Each of us has a unique an individual way of walking with the Lord.  We should never put someone down, just because their walk doesn’t mimic ours!

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Romans 14

The Law of Liberty
Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues.

2 One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables.

3 One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him.

4 Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.

5 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind.

6 Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God.

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7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.

8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

9 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.

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10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.

11 For it is written:  As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.

12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

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The Law of Love
13 Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.

14 (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.)

15 For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat.

16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered,

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17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

18 Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.

19 So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.

20 Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats.

21 It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble.

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22 Do you have a conviction? Keep it to yourself before God. The man who does not condemn himself by what he approves is blessed.

23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from a conviction, and everything that is not from a conviction is sin.


 JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE by ANNE MURRAY with lyrics)


 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling 

 

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10 thoughts on “Ask The Lord To Accept Others As They Are

  1. This is some scripture mentioned in John’s Vision (from Video)

    Revelation 14

    The Lamb and the 144,000
    14 Then I looked, and there on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with Him were 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
    2 I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of cascading waters and like the rumbling of loud thunder. The sound I heard was also like harpists playing on their harps.
    3 They sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
    4 These are the ones not defiled with women, for they have kept their virginity. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They were redeemed from the human race as the firstfruits for God and the Lamb. 5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

    The Proclamation of Three Angels
    6 Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people.
    7 He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
    8 A second angel followed, saying: “It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, who made all nations drink the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath.”
    9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
    10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb,
    11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.
    12 This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”
    13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.”
    “Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them!”

    Reaping the Earth’s Harvest
    14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and One like the Son of Man was seated on the cloud, with a gold crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
    15 Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
    16 So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
    17 Then another angel who also had a sharp sickle came out of the sanctuary in heaven.
    18 Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from earth’s vineyard, because its grapes have ripened.”
    19 So the angel swung his sickle toward earth and gathered the grapes from earth’s vineyard, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.
    20 Then the press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles.

    Isaiah 63:1-8

    The Lord’s Day of Vengeance
    Who is this coming from Edom in crimson-stained garments from Bozrah—
    this One who is splendid in His apparel, rising up proudly in His great might?
    It is I, proclaiming vindication, powerful to save.
    2 Why are Your clothes red, and Your garments like one who treads a winepress?
    3 I trampled the winepress alone, and no one from the nations was with Me.
    I trampled them in My anger and ground them underfoot in My fury;
    their blood spattered My garments, and all My clothes were stained.
    4 For I planned the day of vengeance, and the year of My redemption came.
    5 I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was amazed that no one assisted; so My arm accomplished victory for Me,
    and My wrath assisted Me.
    6 I crushed nations in My anger; I made them drunk with My wrath
    and poured out their blood on the ground.

    Remembrance of Grace
    7 I will make known the Lord’s faithful love and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts,
    because of all the Lord has done for us— even the many good things
    He has done for the house of Israel and has done for them based on His compassion and the abundance of His faithful love.
    8 He said, “They are indeed My people, children who will not be disloyal,”
    and He became their Savior.

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  2. Daily Devotional — 10/27/16

    GOD FIRST
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16

    Eighteen-year-old Nina lives in an Asian country where Buddhism is the faith of the majority. Since her mother is a devout Christian, she is constantly exposed to stories and lessons from God’s Word. At school, her faith in Jesus Christ is often tested. Because Nina showed great aptitude at school, she was selected to be part of a team that would compete in a high school annual science competition. On the day of the competition, however, the Vice Principal, a very strict disciplinarian, decided to take the team to the Buddhist temple first. Nina fidgeted anxiously in her seat while aboard the school bus with her teammates.

    As she tried to figure out what to do upon arriving at the monastery, the first of the Lord’s Ten Commandments resonated in her mind—no other gods, except Him. I can’t disobey my God, after knowing who He is, she thought. Nina felt trapped and confused. Obeying God meant disobeying the Vice Principal. Nina uttered a silent prayer. “God, you changed the hearts of many kings before, surely you can do it again! Please Lord, speak to his heart!”

    When the team reached the temple, everyone entered except Nina, who stood at the gate. As Nina’s teammates came out of the temple, the Vice Principal approached Nina with a stern look on his face. “Why did you not come in the temple with us?”

    “Sir, I was born a Christian. When my mother gave birth to me, I was weak and at the point of death. Christians prayed for me and God heard their prayers,” shared Nina.

    “You could have just entered with us and not participate in the ceremonies,” explained the Vice Principal, whose face and tone softened. Nina knew then that God had just answered her prayers.

    “I did not have peace in my heart. I felt that I would be disobeying God if I entered the temple, sir,” Nina responded. The Vice Principal did not pursue the matter any further; neither did he chide Nina for it. The team placed third during the science competition.

    Nina testified during a youth training program that Open Doors organized. “I was surprised to see how God suddenly changed his heart; he rarely speaks that way to students. He is often firm and strong…His wife has had many miscarriages. I’m praying for his wife to have a baby soon. I’m also praying for him to know Jesus Christ. I’m sure it will happen someday!”

    RESPONSE: Today I will put God first in every situation I face.

    PRAYER: Pray for all young Christians who face the cultural challenges against putting God first.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Much sound advice here. As i have been a bookworm and solitaire extreme during my life my experience with people is severely limited. But my motto has been for a long time that from far away you can see best!

    Guess Americans living in the worlds most interconnected and social society might disagree with my statement.

    But one thing i learned in my life is that by sitting in a room observing people i can usually discern the basic attitude and behaviour of almost anyone within 10-15 minutes by observing them, not interacting!

    I can say that in Finland my behavior is quite normative as we are very silent people, but over the pond(Atlantic) you dont see our way. Except maybe Montanan hermits in log cabins in the middle of nowhere 🙂 .

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  4. Note ** Linda might be adding a prayer request here or to https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/prayer-requests/

    This won’t be an opportunity for extended communication with her, but a prayer request she has from someone else.

    We can pray that the Lord’s will be done in this area and that all the people gathered around in-person for this request can have a testimony to share when they finally turn their lives over to the Lord in repentance.

    I’ll leave this up to Linda on how detailed she would like this request to be or just make it an unspoken request.

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    1. Thank you, James for sharing the request. Folks can still reach me through my blog, or email if they already have it.

      One of our brothers-in-Christ (Dr. David) will be going to visit his dying Uncle Pancho on Saturday to bring the Gospel message. He will also be sharing with his two cousins, Bobby and Clyde. There will also be additional unsaved family members showing up, so this is going to be an evangelistic opportunity.

      Here’s the email I received from Dr. David, with permission to share this with all of you for prayers:

      Ive been praying and fasting for my uncle all week. Last night his son called me at 11:30pm. Their having him sign his advanced directives and sending him home with kidney failure and severe congestive heart failure today. I decided to book a flight after my surgeries tomorrow and head their tomorrow night… with my wife’s blessing. Praying that we can spend some time together Saturday and bring another lost sheep into the fold.

      Please let’s cover this situation with prayer . . . .
      Thank you all very, very much. You are ALL in my daily prayers/intercession.

      Blessings, love and hugs,
      Sis Linda
      Believeacts2blog.wordpress.com

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      1. Here’s the update from “Dr. Dave’s” Uncle —

        Well, the new babe in Christ -poncho Carmack was born last night at about 11pm. It didn’t exactly go how I envisioned it but it happened. I led him through a prayer of forgiveness and acceptance of Jesus into his heart and the seed has been officially planted into nutrient dense soil… Now the real battle begins. Will it take root? I believe that it will. His condition has truly humbled him. I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit is able to bring true conversion and change to his heart. Now we will see what the Lord has in store for the rest of the family tomorrow. Thx for all your payers and support Linda! It means a lot to me and The Lord .

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