Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at http://www.dawnfoss.tateauthor.com and http://www.dawnfoss.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!
Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
What should the outcome of Zimmerman's trial really be?
Ephesians 4:26: "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." Is it OK to be angry? Absolutely! There are definitely things that can and should make us angry, regardless of which side of an issue you are on. What does it mean to not let the sun go down upon your wrath? Some believe that you should deal with it before the next sunrise. But that is not always possible. A principle is there, however, to not allow your anger to go on for too long, or else it turns into sin as you dwell on it, become bitter, which can lead to resentment and hate, which will eventually lead to murder. I believe that unchecked anger can ruin your life, and possibly the lives of those around you; not just those you are angry with, but those you love and cherish, those you hold close to your heart. They hurt when you allow anger to rule over your spirit. Violence is often the result, and does that truly fix the problem, or just add injury to an already hostile matter?
I heard a devotion today on the radio that talked about nagging, and how you accomplish the task with nagging by constantly wearing down the person until you get your way, but at what cost to the relationship itself? You might feel you have reason to be angry, that you are justified in your feelings, and likely you are, but at what cost are you willing to vent those feelings? Can you talk them out? Can you beat on a pillow instead of yourself or another being? I've noticed that people either cry or get angry when they're hurt. It's therapeutic to let those feelings out rather than binding them up, but just do so in such a way that no one gets hurt. I play the piano, and I love to bang out a strong song on the piano when I'm feeling emotional. Some people have written the best songs or painted the best pictures or written the best poems when their emotions are high. Some clean their house to let out their frustrations. Talk about positive channels to release that energy! It's not wrong to have strong feelings, especially when you feel you are protecting someone who is innocent. Changing laws or making an awareness of inequality, such as with persecution of Christians in China, or a broken legal system, or mixed up immigration laws, or unsafe practices - these things need constructive ideas to make the world a better place.
My challenge to you is to first of all pray to God and tell Him every last detail of how you feel. He can handle it! Cry, get angry, tell Him your whole heart. Allow Him to grieve with you. He loves you, and cares about all those feelings that you have today. Don't look to God as the enemy. He has a permissive will, and a perfect will. He allows things to happen due to man's free will, natural consequences of our actions, and the result of sin. Sometimes He will intervene with a miracle, but usually He works through people. Yes, people like you and me. That's how He rolls. Respect it, and be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. There will always be something to learn from our circumstances, and don't forget that while you cannot always control all of your circumstances, or the people around you, you can control YOUR RESPONSE to it. After you have prayed your heart out to God, humbly ask Him to cleanse your heart from any sin that you have allowed to creep in, make you white as snow, and comfort you with His love and understanding. Then ask Him to reveal to you how you can make a difference in your world for good, for God's honor and glory. If you pray that with a clean heart and a humble spirit, God will use you in great and mighty ways!
Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Praise the Lord!
So what should the outcome of Zimmerman's trial really be? Forgiveness? Change in the system? Love to all mankind? More respect for authority? Greater reason to trust as we do our part to make the world a better place? YOU decide!