Thought For The Day 01/16/13

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Is Your Life a Lie?

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That Lie You're Living

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Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are. A forced smile is a sign of what feels wrong in your heart, so recognize it when it happens. Living a lie will reduce you to one.
Ashly Lorenzana

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Living a lie! Whether it is because we are choosing to remain closeted because of our own inner demons (which can range from fearing rejection because of sexual orientation all the way to the need of some people to act on what might be considered “unnatural” behaviors), living a lie defeats us and often renders us saddled with self loathing and guilt. And if there is any weapon that Satan enjoys using on the human race, it is GUILT! Not only can guilt make us feel dirty and unworthy, but it can also stand between us and our faith and seeing God’s love!

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The quote I included above is a prime example of living a lie. The woman quoted is someone with a brilliant mind. She is also a published author. It seems like her life must be easy, right? There can’t be any reason for her to live a lie, can there? The answer is YES! You see, Ashly is also a methamphetamine addict who supports her habit by prostituting herself….all begun when she listed her self services on a famous buy and sell website, in the now defunct “Erotic Services” section. Prostitution was all she knew, after all, having modeled her behavior after her mother. And it was through notebooks she wrote that chronicled her life, that “Sex, Drugs & Being an Escort” was conceived and given life. And still, despite some success because of her talent outside of the bedroom, her life path has not altered one iota and she seems content with her choices. But I doubt most of us could say the same thing!

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The Bible talks of two types of guilt. The first is what might be termed as “Godly”, because it is the guilt of someone whose heart understands the wrongness of the act. This guilt finds the sinner whose life is a lie, choosing repentance and seeking forgiveness for their transgression. It is the guilt talked about in 2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” This is the guilt whose stain is wiped clean by the sacrifice made by Christ on the cross, and this is how we mend this life of living a lie!

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The second guilt is more insidious. It is the guilt where our actions are condemned on all fronts by those who desire to torment us by holding our sins out for all to see! It is a guilt that erodes our sense of self. We feel ashamed and dirty and unworthy. And it robs us of our capacity to turn to faith and God. It is the same guilt that caused Adam and Eve to seek to clothe themselves in the garden. Genesis 3:7 NLT, “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” It is the guilt that is heaped upon us by the father of all lies…one who has opened the door of torment for the sole by intentionally trapping us in the mire of our own self loathing!

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The solution is an easy one but it is also a choice we must make. If we allow ourselves to be made victims of Satan, then victims it all we will ever be. We will never know the joy and love and peace that can be ours if we choose to live and act using our conscience and best judgement, and it is what we are promised if we but take that first step away from our life of lies! Isaiah 43: 25 ESV says it best. “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and I will not remember your sins.” Now if God can find a way to forgive us our transgressions, why can’t we?

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Remember the words that Jesus tells us, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

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The first days of a brand New Year have passed, and while it may be hard to believe, there are still people living in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy that remain without power! Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of horrific event. Please consider sending a Gift Card to the following organization. A thousand cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

2 responses »

  1. I always had a sneaking suspicion that Satan and I would get along much better than God and I would ever manage to. Besides, I figure all the interesting people are unapologetic sinners and will likely populate Hell, so I know where I’d rather go.

    Just a matter of personal preference, I suppose.

    • I am both surprised and pleased to discover that you read my post. You are a remarkable woman and, from my perspective, whether or not you choose to believe in Him, I know that He believes in you, as do I!

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