Mission’s Meltdown Day 3, Seeking God’s Face

A few years ago, I pleaded with the Lord to help me fall in love with Him again. He answered that.

Several months later, I asked Him to give me a love for His Word. He answered that.

Recently, I’ve petitioned the Lord to see His face. During that time of question, I came upon the passage in Psalm 27: 8. David is talking to the Lord: “When you said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

I believe He is answering that prayer. Not in the way I would have chosen or even thought of, but it is His way.

By a crisis of question.

Here is what I’ve learned so far. My POV (Point of View) is largely American, not Biblical, even though I thought it was. It is also human. Finite. Flawed. Fallen.

I couldn’t fathom the fact that a woman living in a remote part of Central America possibly suffering some sort of abuse could have joy. I now believe that is possible.

So for today, let me just share with you my thought process about part of that situation.

A person can be free on the inside and a slave on the outside. I Peter 2: 13-17 states, “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.” In Philippians, Paul commands believers, (many of whom were slaves), to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” 4:4 So a person who has the Holy Spirit living inside of them, can have joy in spite of any circumstance. Paul is proof of that. That person has divine hope.

A person can be a slave on the inside, yet free on the outside. How about a day trader that is addicted to prescription drugs? Or a woman eaten up with bitterness. They may be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness, but inside they are enslaved to their sin. Jesus said in John 8:34, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” That person does not have the Holy Spirit in their life. That is hopelessness.

A person can be a slave on the inside and a slave on the outside. Consider those throughout history who have suffered either justly or unjustly either in prison or under a slave-master who do not have the freedom found in Christ. Romans 6: 23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” That person has no hope in this world, and because they have not accepted the free gift of salvation will suffer judgement when they die. Forever. That is tragic.

A person can be free on the inside and free on the outside. That is the camp that I fall into. And probably you, if you live in the USA and have the Holy Spirit in your heart. Romans 6: 6 states, “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with HIm, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” That is not only divine hope, but amazing grace.

We of all people are most blessed.

We of all people should be most giving. And loving. And praying.

Especially for those of our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed or persecuted.

That is what has been on my mind lately, and it’s made me have a grateful heart.

I’m going to take a few days off and enjoy the freedom of celebrating Christ’s birth. Take advantage of it. We may not be able to celebrate His birth for long.

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