Lord, You Want Me to Do What?

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  1. Kristi says:

    You are right! We can’t push God out of an issue just because we don’t like how people are acting. We do need to call out what is wrong.

  2. Terri says:

    wow, this is powerful. He will do whatever he has to get our attention to do his perfect will

  3. Susan Evans says:

    Blessing those who persecute you and praying for them is hard, but we need to realize who our true enemy is, and it’s not people.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Susan!
      You are right about each us realizing who the true enemy is there is nothing new under the sun concerning him. He has been doing the same crap with people for centuries!

  4. Alice Mills says:

    The Lord asked me if I was willing to appear foolish for Him. That took some time to say yes too.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Alice!
      I’d rather be a fool for Christ than a fool to the world! My heart’s desire is to finish this race strong!

  5. I have been asking God the same question lately. I, too, believe we can no longer sit on the sidelines. The fight isn’t about race, but I posted about it this week. It’s amazing how afraid we are to talk about it. People have been almost silent on the issue. We need to align ourselves with God’s will. Without Him, we can do nothing. Amazing, a lot of what you said this week is material in a Bible study I’m doing. Giving me a new boldness. It’s time to stop being Chicken Little and be obedient.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Sheila! I loved your words you shared with us this week. We can’t be afriad to talk about those things which break our hearts, make us uncomfortable or are hard! Ministry was never easy for Jesus and I can’t expect it to be comfortable for me. What Bible study are you doing? You are dead on in saying we have to align ourselves with God’s will and it is his heart that none should perish! We can walk in boldness together! Love you sister!

  6. Emily says:

    Sheila, thank you for this post! Particularly in relation to Charlottesville situation, I have forgotten to pray for our enemies and those I don’t feel are on the “right” side of the issue. Yes, it’s important for us to speak out against wrongdoing, but as you say it is also incredibly important for us to pray for those who do wrong.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Emily,
      Thank You for your encouragement! It isn’t always easy to pray for our enemies until I realize I was once an enemy of Christ too!

  7. Katie says:

    Excellent thoughts and very convicting. It is ok to be angry about sin but it is our responsibility to love and pray for people.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Katie,
      It was because of conviction God made me write it! Thank You for your encouragement. It is easy to write about things which make people feel good, but hard when it is a personal message from God to you! I have no right not to pray for those who are lost.

  8. Tiffany says:

    Sheila, thank you for this post. As an African American some parts of me long to know there is empathy out there. This post reminds me of one I wrote not to long ago after the verdict of Philando Castille which I’ll lnk below.
    God gave me the same conviction…as angry and as hurt as we may be…God STILL wants us to love just like Jesus loved his enemies while he was going to the cross. Thank you for your words!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Tiffany,
      Thank You! I love when God speaks in stereo to our hearts. I have to remember it isn’t about me, but those who have no relationship with Christ who are heading to hell. I was there once too. Now, I know how others felt about me with such a wicked heart. We are blessed with God’s love which covers us!

  9. Carissa says:

    It can be so incredibly hard to find love for some people. I try to start with understanding why a person may be the way they are. That helps me find some empathy which can lead to love and compassion.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Carissa!
      It is true when we try to understand the person something always rises up to give us empathy to pray! Thanks for your words.

  10. I love this, Sheila. I think prayer and lifting up the name of Jesus are the only ways we are going to have any victory in this world. Whether is hatred, sexual sins or self indulgence, we will only see ground gained by getting on our knees and lifting up Jesus. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Amy!
      Oh, my sister, do I agree with you! Prayer and unconditional love will go a long ways! When we keep our eyes and heart focused on God we see others as God once saw us…sinners saved by grace.

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