Superficial


Luke 10: 25-37

Shallow

Superficial:  Concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer    Dictionary.com

In my last blog, “The Spiritual Reflux Disease” I used the Lord’s metaphor, “The Vine and the Branches” to demonstrate how a believer must abide in Christ’s love to allow the power of His love to flow through us to others. The analogy of the vein to the branches makes sense in the fact that He uses His vessels (branches) attached to Him to bring the source of His cleansing blood to those who need forgiveness and healing.
Unfortunately, the Venaseal procedure I mentioned for the treatment for the Venous reflux disease resulted in a contraindication called, “Thrombophlebitis” – a blood clot that develops in a surface vein. This is one of the risks of the procedure, along with an allergic reaction to the Venaseal glue. I had both.
The area became swollen, infected, inflamed, and painful, therefore, I lost confidence in going forth with any more procedures.  I also was running a slight fever. I prayed, asking the Lord to give me wisdom on what to do.  So, I called my physician and he prescribed an antibiotic.  I took the medication for two days and was reexamined. The inflammation had spread, and it was determined that I was probably experiencing an allergic reaction to the glue used to seal the diseased vein. He then prescribed Benadryl and compression to the weakened area to allow increased blood flow. The combination of compression and Benadryl produced a decrease in swelling, pain, and inflammation. But the Superficial Thrombophlebitis remained. I am grateful for a physician who listens and is willing to see things from my perspective and do whatever is necessary for the healing to take place.

The word “superficial” got my attention in regard to how I have approached relationships. It’s hard to come clean, but the truth of the matter is I usually approach people from my perspective instead of looking closer and listening, more attentively. I also constrain myself in going only so far in my involvement with them.  That sounds pretty callous, but it’s the truth, and I am sure there are those who sense this about me and turn away. How can I ever think to represent Christ and allow His love to flow into someone’s life if I am not willing to lay down my perspective, and go all the way?

I know I don’t have the gift of discernment in all of this, but Jesus does, and He is willing to share it with me if only I would ask. And what’s wrong in asking for His empathy for someone who is hurting. The story of the Good Samaritan comes to my mind as I reflect on all of this. It was only one who took the time to notice the wounded man and was willing to stop, be inconvenienced,  and then do all that was necessary to help him. He didn’t take the wounded man home with him, but he took him where he could get the care he needed. There was always the risk of losing something in the process, but his compassion told him, it was the right thing to do.

Sometimes it only takes a kind gesture, or word to let someone know of God’s love.  I pray I’ll  be willing to go as far as it takes to bring someone to Jesus, Who is always willing to meet all of our physical and spiritual needs. (Matthew 8: 1-3)

 

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Spiritual Reflux Disease


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. John 15: 5

Scripture Meditation: John 15

Definition: Reflux- A flowing back
Words Related: decrease, decay, waning, lessening, retreat, withdrawal
Dictionary.com

I woke up with the Lord’s voice speaking to my heart. “I am removing everything not of me.” From that time and for many days I experienced a scourging exposing my life pattern and the reasons for the lack of God’s power in my life.

I have been experiencing problems with blood circulation in my legs and feet. Whenever I stand or sit for a long period of time, my feet turn purple.  I become fatigued and there is cramping in my feet. That limits how long I can stand and walk.  Wounds take longer to heal in my legs, and this has been the worse symptom.  I have been diagnosed with Chronic Venous Insufficiency, whereby, some of the blood vessels carrying the blood back to my heart are weak, and lack the ability to return the blood efficiently.  So there the blood lays dormant, while in the meantime, that part of my body lacks the oxygen needed for strength and the blood resource to heal.

The treatment I am undergoing is called Venaseal which works to seal the vein causing the problem, so the blood will start flowing through the healthy vessels, instead. This procedure is uncomfortable and a little painful, but is necessary to bring about healing.

This reminds me of how Christ compared those who believe in Him as His branches. His life’s blood flows through his branches to produce the fruit or result intended. But if the branch is unable to abide in Him, then His life source is unable to be carried where needed. As the blood has to return through the blood vessels back to the heart to be oxygenated and continue to flow, so do we as His instruments need to remain connected. It is not an off again, and on again occurrence,  but an abidance of permanent attachment, whereby the believer and Jesus Christ become one and the believer learns to keep His commandments of love. (John 14:20, 2 John 1:6)

There are things in the believer’s life that block the steady flow. Sometimes it is sin, and other times it is fear or complacency. Whatever stops the flow of the power of His love working in us to bring others to Christ, He must address. In His metaphor of the Vine and the Branches, Jesus says He must remove the branch that quits producing. This is not a permanent removal but a temporary time of isolation, one which brings about healing, and His vessel is made available again. This process of healing takes place through Christ’s discipline Who cleanses and refines our motives and purpose. (Hebrews 12: 5-6)

To become a branch in the Everlasting flow of God’s grace, acknowledge your sin, asking for His forgiveness. Believe in His Son who died on the cross for your sins, and was resurrected from the dead. Then, you will be eternally connected, sealed with His grace, by His Holy Spirit with the living water flowing from His heart to yours.
(John 3:16, John 4: 13-14, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 7:38-39)

By allowing Christ to examine our hearts and expose sin and possible wrong motives, we can have His love flowing through us again, and be empowered to bear the fruit of His character and His work. For “apart from Him, we can do nothing.”
(John 15:5, Psalm 139:23)

Resources:

Bible Hub: biblehub.com

What it means to abide in Christ

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Behind the Lost of Our Religious Freedoms


We hear so many times how the phrase, “Separation of Church and State” is used to prevent someone from exercising their religious rights. What they are referring to is the 1st Amendment of our constitution. But did you know there is no such clause found in the religious section of our Bill of Rights? But if we do not bother to read what is actually written, how do we know for sure, and is it possible we have been deceived? We most certainly have! And those propagating this lie are convinced and assured the majority will not bother to find out for themselves. And they are right.

1st Amendment

“Congress shall make nolaw” (my emphasis) respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

People like to also say when referring to scripture that the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves”. Did you know that quote is nowhere to be found in the Bible? Did you look to find out for yourself, or did you take it for granted it must be there? It is a quote from Benjamin Franklin. But quite the contrary is true. Throughout scripture, it is obvious God’s unconditional love and help comes about not by any self-worth but only through His mercy and grace.

Our constitution has provided the foundation to live a life of freedom which is inherent of all who love righteousness and live a moral life:

Quotes by our Founding Father, John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

John Adams

Diversity and inclusion is the subject taught throughout the curriculums in most of our public schools, colleges, and universities. And our country is made up of many diverse cultural backgrounds. But it was never intended that these cultures once assembled into the American mainstream, remain distinct and separate. But rather, the integration of these cultures would be a “melting pot” whereby they would reflect this country’s ideals built upon the values of Judeo-Christianity.  Nationalism is not a bad word, the responsibility of our elected leaders is not global as some persuade.

Our country’s foundation depended on the unity of culture and ideas. Without the agreement and ratification of the constitution by the states, the United States would have been nonexistent. It was, therefore, the European Culture, Christianity, and a people who cherished freedom endowed by our creator that birthed one nation, indivisible, under God. Currently, this truth is not taught in most of our public schools today, rather there exists an ideology bent on destroying these ideals while taking power from the people and giving it to a corrupt few.  Such idealogues pride themselves on being progressives, and their objective is to destroy our constitution through change.  The push for diversity and inclusion has nothing to do with including all races and genders, but rather to accept and force inclusion of immoral lifestyles, such as homosexuality and transgenderization.

Lack of knowledge concerning God’s salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ will result in eternal death. And ignorance concerning our inheritance as a free nation will result in the loss of that freedom and bondage to an immoral government led by those who depend on our ignorance.

In all things, we are to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness, and in doing so, we will receive His provision and protection. (Matthew 6:33)

God’s Word is His Truth, and our rights as a people of these United States are guaranteed by our Constitution. There is no excuse to be ignorant of either, for, in this age of access to information, it has been abundantly made clear. To ignore the truth is not ignorance. But rather a choice that is detrimental to life itself. Romans 8: 20

“Then you will know the Truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

 

 

Founding Fathers Quotes

Bill of Rights

Separation of Church and State – Wikipedia

History of Separation of Church and State

What does the Separation of Church and State Mean

Origins of Church and State

Everson v. Board of Education

 

 

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