This is the new form God has guided me to put forth. He called it into being through me. I know people sometimes get uptight about interpreting Bible sentences “out of context,” but if you really read the Bible, you KNOW that sometimes a sentence will just touch you, and deeply. That is what this is about, and I don’t blog everyday, for this reason: God told me the Holy Spirit is telling me how to serve, not me telling the Holy Spirit how to serve. This kind of “rote” behavior is why a minister delivers a rousing sermon one week, and he makes your blood boil with his bullshit the next.
Making God jump through a hoop we’ve made for Him is making Him a circus animal. So if I skip blogging one day or another, it is not because I don’t read the Bible everyday. It is because sometimes silence is the only response to a Majestic God!
Dear Followers, I feel God is compelling me to “die to myself” in a way that may end up as me erasing this blog. Whether I blog again is up to God, and how that will look, I do not know. I thank you for reading what I’ve written so far, whether you deemed it to be in the wrong or right Spirit. My hope for all of us, and the subject of my prayers, is that we experience a closer walk with God until the day He calls us Home. I have also enjoyed reading your blogs and seeing your photos and artwork. Thanks for letting me see the fruit of your God-given talents and skills.
May God’s light shine upon you all, Sheri
We are fallen, we are broken.
Jesus, to that fact, has spoken.
He came here to lead us back
to where we’re safe from sin’s attack.
So ask Him to be right in front–
to lead you (and He will be blunt!)
and guide you on this narrow path,
where your back is the target
for Satan’s wrath.
Pay no heed to those who sneer.
Pray for them to walk, like you, without fear.
Pray for them the gift of tears that baptize
us all to the Father, who makes us wise.
“My Introduction to Christianity
When I was 19, a Christian friend with whom I used to play cricket invited me to his house for prayer. If he had invited me to a pub, or party, I would have gone too. At his home, he and his sister prayed for me. It was a simple yet delightful conversation with God that lasted all of five minutes. I don’t remember it verbatim, but they articulated a prayer of blessing on my life, future, career and family. It was a simple affair—no miracles, no angels visiting. All they did was utter a deep human cry out to the creator God and His only son Jesus Christ. When they said Amen, I felt in my heart a desire to follow Jesus.
It was a faith encounter with God that I shall not even attempt to understand, rationalise or explain. I simply accept it. It is my faith. It is what I choose to believe. That evening I did not change my religion, for in reality I had none. Hinduism was my identity, not my religion. It still is.
The Christianity I acquired that evening is not a religion. On the contrary, it is an intensely intimate relationship with Jesus. Over the past fifteen years, I have come to know this Jesus even closer. I know Him as the pure and sinless Son of a Holy God. And I know Him as a dear friend to whom I pray and talk to every day—about my career, my dreams, successes, failures, finances and even my sexuality.”
* this is not the same story I referred to but I found it while trying to find that story I’d found before. I think it is a beautiful testament to how much prayer and calling out to God helps us, and even those we pray over!
(I wrote a friend and this is the word that wrote itself in the letter: by God, as the word that describes ministers who suggest grace is a free pass to sin. They do it by denigrating people who have been born again and in whom God is writing the law, on their hearts. God told me to look the word up, and since the “creature” that attacked me in my dream, that was dressed as a bride but wasn’t, was a dark raisin-looking thing with big teeth and claws, it does not surprise me to find that “to blacken” is at the root of denigrate. I do not mean anything against dark-skinned people and as a child I was called “little black child” by my mom’s African-American colleagues and friends because I was so tanned and dark-skinned. This is a kind of blackening that sucks out light, a violent embittering and attacking based in Satan’s jealousy of all that is good–it is Satan’s specialty and his favorite enlistment is the clergy who aren’t born again. Like Cain, they are jealous of anyone who does submit to God completely, in whom obedience is NOT a dirty word, but a natural overflow from God’s grace being put into their “bodily” temple. BTW, once I was reading “born again” stories and a Hindu man who hated Christians was born again by having a vision of a similar creature attacking him, and he responded by calling out to “the LORD” and realized it was Jesus who saved him. He was born again of God’s Spirit that day and became what he had previously hated).
Full Definition of denigrate
: to attack the reputation of : defame
: to deny the importance or validity of : belittle
den·i·gra·tion play \ˌde-ni-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
den·i·gra·tive play \ˈde-ni-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
den·i·gra·tor play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun
den·i·gra·to·ry play \ˈde-ni-grə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
See denigrate defined for English-language learners
Examples of denigrate
Her story denigrates him as a person and as a teacher.
No one is trying to denigrate the importance of a good education. We all know that it is crucial for success.
denigrating the talents and achievements of women
Origin of denigrate
Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, from de- + nigrare to blacken, from nigr-, niger black
Father God, Abba, teach me to forgive, to grow in grace, and to honor You in everything I say and do. Help me to focus my thoughts on the gifts You’ve given, and to be a light that draws people in towards You. Please forgive and diminish my bitterness for I tend to want to criticize the many shepherds who are giving half the truth to your sheep–who are keeping them from true repentance, which John the Baptist and Jesus taught smooths the crooked path for a meeting with Jesus, our Savior. Help me to pray for everyone and myself, like Daniel did for the Israelites, knowing we are all falling short of the mark–to remember that we are ONLY righteous in Jesus’ efforts on our behalf, not our own efforts. Help me to “go and sin no more” and not be ashamed that I want with all my heart to obey You. Help me to discern the truth and to boldly speak the truth, but in LOVE, with YOUR everlasting merciful love. Amen.
Psalm 46:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”