White As Snow

As I write this blog post, Christmas is just 20 days away. The holiday season brings so many demands for our time and attention, doesn’t it? It should be a time of celebrating and considering Jesus’ birth and it’s ramifications for the world. I urge you to take time each day to intentionally contemplate the wonders of His birth. If you take your eyes off the true “reason for the season”, due to the craziness of the season, you will end up experiencing a Christmas that leaves us spiritually bankrupt! It’s my hope, Lord willing, to share a few personal contemplations of this Christmas season with you, praying God will use them to bless you, my Bridge of Hope Ministry friends… as well as those with whom you may share these posts.

I begin with some thoughts from a few days ago! Where I live, for many of us, it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without snow on the ground. We continue to have above IMG_3125average temperatures; therefore, we have no snow on the ground. But a few days ago, I got up in the morning to find just enough pure white snow had fallen to cover the ground, trees, and so on! It was absolutely beautiful!  (This picture doesn’t do it justice!)   As I sat looking out on the seasonal beauty of God’s creation, I thought of how it reflects Him. The Bible tells us He not only reveals Himself in His Word, but in His creation.  (Psalm 19:1-5) I began to thank God for the beauty of the pure white snow and how it reflected Him… His glory, His holiness, His righteousness and so much more.

As I continued to look at this beautiful, white covering, I thought of how brown, grey, dirty and ugly this same scene had been yesterday. What a change! Then, an old Maranatha song, White  As Snow, popped into my head… and I began to sing it, meditating on the words that reflect the truths of Isaiah 1:18. I immediately decided to find it on a YouTube video (click here) and I played the beautiful video several times, singing with the singers in heartfelt worship.

“White as snow, white as snow,

Though my sins were as scarlet.

Lord, I know, Lord, I know,

That I’m clean and forgiven.

Through the power of Your blood,

Through the wonder of Your love,

Through faith in You, I know that I can be white as snow!”

When I was first saved, this song so moved me whenever we sang it in church. And we sang it often! In all honesty, it still moves me today. Our first pure white accumulating snowfall of the year, always reminds me of the truths found in this song.

This month, that baby in the manger that we celebrate, came to die, the perfect sacrifice for my sin (and your sin). His blood sacrifice covers my dirty, ugly sin (past, present & future) and makes me white as snow, in God’s eyes! Amazing! Oh, the power of His blood and the wonder of His love that He would do that for me. Through faith in Him (not works), I know that I can be white as snow. How about you?

Do yourselves a favor and watch this beautiful video… more than once. When the singers finally begin to sing, join in with them… with a grateful heart engaged.  May the beauty of this video reflect the glory of the Lord in your heart. Let the truth of this song go deep. Pray! Ask God to take you to new depths of understanding and intimacy as you explore the wonder of Christmas this month. As a child of God, let this be your gift to your heavenly Father; time alone with Him, appreciating and giving thanks for “His indescribable gift”. (2 Corinthians 9: 15)

Do Not Be Deceived

Hello again! It’s been too long since I’ve posted here. Time to get back at it and keep at it!

Lately, I’ve been pondering all the deception going on around us. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me, because the ruler of this world has been a deceiver since the beginning of time. It seems to be the way of the world, as in the political arena, for example. Politics 101 these days seems to be all about deception. Deception in the political arena, or in the media is one thing, but deception in the body of Christ? Yes, and it grieves me! Recently, I looked up in a Bible concordance how many times these words were used: deceive(d), deception, delude(d), delusion, and so on. Let’s just say it was LOTS! So, it’s my guess all this deception doesn’t take God by surprise. He’s tried to warn us, guide us, direct us by His truth.

Do not be deceived, there is a fierce spiritual battle going on for the souls of men and women. And the master deceiver, the devil, is working overtime to keep his grip on those in bondage to homosexuality and his main tool of deception is the pro-gay theology, now making great inroads in the church.

The gay-Christian movement has made its way into mainstream evangelicalism where many churches have gone “seeker sensitive”… have gone away from teaching the whole counsel of God… and are “emergent” in their thinking. The pro-gay theology (gay gospel) is accepted in these churches, as it fits right in with their revisionist thinking and teaching of the Bible.

In 1988, when I was born again, coming out of a 15-year lesbian lifestyle, there was not the deception in this area that there is today. The foundation for my freedom from homosexuality and the ultimate restoration of heterosexual attractions, feelings, and identity was Jesus and the Word and fellowship with bible-believing born again Christians. I wanted God’s will for my life; not my same-sex attractions/feeling. So, I trusted God and His precious promises and by faith believed He would finish the work He started in me. The same-sex attractions and desires didn’t go away for a couple years. Was I going to take God at His word, or walk according to my feelings and my circumstances. Because God’s Word said it was sin and a lifestyle (among others) that is not for the Christian (1Cor. 6: 9-10), I chose to trust God. It is really a faith and a heart issue. And, I had the hope of the Scriptures, especially 1Corinthians 6: 11: “And such were some of you” (I couldn’t believe the Bible actually tells us the homosexual can change!)… so I believed God would heal me, if I did things His way!!

The deception of the gay-Christian movement affects both the homosexual and the loved one or friend of the struggler. As I talk to believers, I find they are not sure how to respond to those in their life who identify as gay/Christians, who usually have a sophisticated set of arguments to defend their lifestyle.

How would you respond to the following pro-gay arguments?
• If you think homosexuality is wrong, how do you explain me? I’m born again and I’m gay, and I take my Christian life just as seriously as you do.
• I love Jesus and God loves me just as I am.
• The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality the way you think it does. They didn’t understand it. We’ve only learned about sexual orientation and being born gay the past 100 years.
• Adultery is something you choose to do; I didn’t choose to be homosexual.
• How come you’re so against homosexuality. If Jesus thought homosexuality was important, don’t you think it’s strange He said nothing about it.
• The holiness code in Leviticus was for Israel. And the homosexuality God condemned was temple prostitution.
• Most people who quote the Bible to gays are homophobic, and they’re using the Bible as an excuse to hate us.
• If God thinks badly of my committed relationship with my lover, why do I feel His presence every week in my church.

How’d you do? Could you respond in grace and love… or yes, and in truth? Need more time?

Think about it until next time!!!