A Prayer for the Toxic People in Your Life – Your Daily Prayer – August 14, 2018

But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. – Luke 6:27-28
God offers healing and freedom to everyone.

Read more at: A Prayer for the Toxic People in Your Life – Your Daily Prayer – August 14, 2018

Who is Jesus?

jesus-painting

We need Christ-the real Christ. A Christ born of empty speculation or created to squeeze into the philosopher’s pattern simply won’t do. A recycled Christ, a Christ of compromise, can redeem no one. A Christ watered down, stripped of power, debased of glory, reduced to a symbol, or made impotent by scholarly surgery is not Christ but Antichrist.

R. C. Sproul. Who Is Jesus? (Crucial Questions Series)

Christians must be ready to offer more than our personal testimonies if we want the culture to take our religious freedoms seriously.

Thinker original
Christians must be ready to offer more than our personal testimonies if we want the culture to take our religious freedoms seriously. It may sound to the uninformed like we’re asking for permission to affirm something subjective, like the idea that, “pecan pie is better than chocolate cake,” but we’re really asking for the freedom to affirm something objective, like the claim, “1 + 1 = 2.” Our Christian beliefs aren’t simply subjective preferences; they are reasonable, objective conclusions. We aren’t seeking permission to live as we might like, we’re asking for the freedom to live in a manner that is consistent with reality. — J Warner Wallace (from, For Christians, Religious Liberty Ought to Be More Than A Matter of Opinion)

Don’t Look Down on the Poor

.

James 2:2-4
2 For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in. 3 If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” 4 haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

As Christians, we are supposed to be willing to give a helping hand to all that need it, even if the person who needs a hand out is our enemy. Yes, even our enemies.  When we feed them not only are we doing what God wants us to do, but it could earn us a friend, and a potential follower of Christ.  Even if it doesn’t work out that way, you have let them know that you are a better person than they are which is a win as well.

Romans 12:20 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Sometimes the issue of helping people can seem complicated, you don’t really know the person you are giving money to, so there is a chance that they will misuse the money.
While it is nice to be sure your money is going to a real necessity, you really can’t consider his or her motives for wanting help, you can’t be responsible for what they do, you are in the end only responsible for your actions. If you feel God is wanting you to feed someone it is on you to do it. However, giving to the poor doesn’t always have to be about giving your hard earned cash away. Many restaurants and grocery stores have gift cards. You can give away gift cards which will reduce the chance of the money getting into the hands of a drug dealer. You can volunteer at a local homeless shelter. Give food to some charity like Golden Harvest Food Bank. 

Yes there are people who are more than willing to abuse our generosity, but you can’t let that stop you from doing what God wants us to do. Everyone has a story, some are so heartbreaking that it would leave you in tears all day. Talk to them, get to know their story before you judge them. They are people made in the image of God and with a hand up, they just might be able to get back on the right track.