Challenge 76: Fight Wickedness

Human Trafficking

Sin can be overwhelming, mine and the whole reckless world that only cares about self-satisfaction, fleshy needs that make the body feel good and line personal pockets at the expense of anyone, everyone, who can fulfill their desires. Some days the weight of this ugliness, this wretchedness falls heavy on me and I find myself wanting to lie down, pull up the covers and hide. But there’s no hiding from self and the world that grows more wicked by the minute and counts on people who care about folks being oppressed for their benefit simply rolling over and letting them flow in their wickedness.

But God commands His people to “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause” (Isaiah 1:17) and we know that Jesus, whose hands and feet we are, came “to preach the gospel to the poor. . . .to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…”

So I challenge you, like I have challenged myself today, to get actively involved (if you haven’t already) in actions that end wicked practices, like the global problems of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. One my friends, upon reading about the still missing 234 school girls in Nigeria who were kidnapped two weeks ago, said on Facebook, “Can someone recommend what else can be done outside of raising awareness about this travesty? These young ladies are no doubt being trafficked and abused. Feeling helpless.” So I suggest the following:

Read the blog series “Refuse to Do Nothing,” by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, based on the book by the same name with the subtitle ‘Finding the Power to End Modern-Day Slavery,’ by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim.
Contact Minetta Hare or Sabrina Black to join forces with their work against human trafficking
Pray Psalms 10 and 82
Believe the Lord to move on our behalf (Psalm 73, 145:20)

We can never roll over and disconnect from what’s happening around us. We have the greatest power in the universe living on the inside of us. Let’s fight this battle in the spirit and see God’s power manifest through us. Fighting wickedness is undoubtedly a radical act of love.

Challenge 75: Cut the Haste

I like to get things done.
Historically, I haven’t liked to wait. I want the task complete. I want you to move swiftly, talk fast, act with urgency, and if you don’t, I would like you to move out of the way so I can do and say what needs to be done and said. Of course, I have had to refine my methods over the years, recognizing my behavior was not always gracious or pleasant and was sometimes downright rude. With children, I’ve had much practice in slowing down and getting things done eventually. I have had to teach how to zip coats, button shirts, tie shoes, eat neatly, walk with care, speak kindly, use manners and a whole host of things kids just don’t know. Primarily being a homemaker and home educator for the past eight years I have had intense home training in being “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19). Parents, you know how we have to settle arguments, assess feelings, count to 10, and allow for mistakes so lessons can be learned. This full-time training has been extremely challenging for me, like boot camp, but now I am fit to love others outside my home more graciously, patiently and watch the Lord work instead of my haste.

I saw this in action Sunday when a potential member of a committee I was recently elected to chair finally confirmed that she would not join the committee as we had agreed. After following up with her a few days ago after our initial talk weeks ago, she stated she was going to continue to work where she was. Had I pressured her to make a move weeks ago, she may have simply gone with how she felt then and not given deeper, consideration to her decision. Likewise with a present committee member who told me she didn’t think it would be good for her to remain on the committee after expressing weeks ago her willingness to remain. My initial reaction was that her continued service would not be good for the transitioning administration and I didn’t see how she couldn’t see that, so the Lord shut my mouth. I didn’t have grace-filled words or a disposition to speak and knew I had to be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” After praying I now knew how to season my words with salt, but before I could share, she told me that she believed her remaining on the committee would hinder the transition in administration. Had I spoken in haste, we may not have had this moment of seamless consensus. I’m not saying that not speaking in haste will always yield such great outcomes, but without a doubt you’ll avert some conflicts.

As seasons have shifted in my life, the change has not always been easy and I’m sure the same can be said for you. We may be in seasons we’d rather not be in but we must remember that all things work together for our good if we love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). So being a stay-at-home mom, working that low-paying job, working that demanding job or working on that committee may just be what you need for your good, to help you love others as they need. Think about this: Love is learning what you can in every situation so you can use whatever you can in any situation, doing all to the glory of God. Don’t despise where you are. It may just be the place you need to be to help you and others get to where they need to go.

Take a Risk Challenge: Be conscious of being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. Doing so truly is a radical act of love.

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Challenge 74: Obey the Unexpected

A few months ago I was asked to be one of the teachers for a Bible study series at my church. The subject was obeying God and I was excited about the prospect of teaching something that I have purposed to do over the years with the result of great spiritual growth. My sister in the Lord who was in charge of coordinating and teaching lessons in the series said she asked me because she had witnessed my obedience to the Lord and the fruit thereof. Though she and I both thought that this ministry opportunity was a natural for me, I hesitated, telling her I wanted to pray to make sure this was where God would have me. Let me tell you: It just seemed a perfect fit to be able to teach what I preach and strive to live, but when she asked me I literally felt a block in my spirit. It was as if a hand raised to halt the flow of my inner desires. My mind was saying, “Of course you’ll do this,” but my spirit was clearly saying, “Hold up. Wait a minute.” I knew before I prayed that even though this assignment looked like it was for me it probably wasn’t for me. When I prayed I got the same halt in my spirit and I sensed the Lord saying, “I have something else for you to do.”

I declined what seemed natural for me to the great disappointment of my friend. A few weeks later, after having a death in her family and feeling the pressure of having to coordinate and teach the lessons, she asked me to teach one lesson. I told her that I probably could do it, but let me check. I checked with my husband, who thought it would be okay. “It’s just one lesson,” he said. “Yes, that’s what I thought, too.” But knowing that I was teaching a lesson on obedience I wanted to be sure that I was being obedient so I sought the Lord again. I could barely get out my request when I sensed him saying, “I already told you you couldn’t teach.” And with that, I had to tell my sister, again, that I couldn’t teach.

Maybe you think I should not have even sought The Lord the second time, already knowing what The Lord had said. But then there are those who would have done what I did and yet others who would have listened to their heart instead of The Lord and taught the class. Whatever one of these inclinations, we all have to beware that we often display our love for others when we show our love for God by obeying The Lord.

When I obeyed The Lord my friend got an example to use in her lesson on obedience and God’s grace to be able to study for, develop and teach lessons, and identify others to do so. Sometimes our love for God calls us to do the unexpected or even not do the expected. This is a way of unconditional love: doing what is needed despite the circumstances. And that should be dictated by God. My friend’s circumstances suggested she needed my help and I wanted to help her out of her circumstances, but God decided otherwise. God’s decisions may be hard for us to follow, but to obey Him means to love Him and many times, by extension, means to love others (John 14:15).

We should know that 1) just because we helped someone in the past doesn’t mean we will help them in the future; just because we helped someone before doesn’t mean we were supposed to help them then; and 3) just because we love and respect someone and understand their challenges doesn’t mean we will do what they want us to do. Knowing these three will help us follow The Lord when we hear The Lord’s voice and hesitate to obey because of our history or allegiance to someone. We have to obey God in all things, even the unexpected, and we are likely to get unexpected but necessary results.

Take a Risk Challenge: Seek The Lord to see what unexpected action He might have you do or expected action He might not have you do. Obeying beyond human wisdom truly is a radical act of love.

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