Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Rest From Controversy"

"My children,

I know you have tried to do what you thought would help Me.
I know you poured out your hearts and your gifts,
and I have received your love!
I am He who receives your heart
and I am He who does not reject you.

My children,

You have been rejected by your spiritual parents
because they have been rejected, too.
Your spiritual forefathers founded their house with rejection.
Rather than repenting of their errors,
they chose to save their own pride
and rejected Me and the simplicity of the gospel.

They created their own story, their own controversy,
and a list of 'truths' which they taught
as if they were My requirements.
Because they feared admitting their error,
they created a heritage of rejecting those
who did not conform to what they taught.

They rejected My messengers
and made a 'Christ' in their own image,
and they rejected their own children
who did not conform to their man-made image.
Each generation has attempted to embrace this 'controversy',
but has also struggled to become who I created them to be.

You have labored to please Me as you were taught,
and you have labored to please your spiritual parents.
Even thought the requirements they taught
you were tedious and burdensome,
you wanted to embrace what you were given
because you loved your spiritual family and you loved Me.

But I am not like the image they taught you;
I am not the author of their 'controversy'.
I do not need you to prove anything—
not to Me, nor to the world, nor to the universe.
I did not create you to live in this confusion.

Come, My children, come rest in the Cross.
I am well-pleased in you,
Come rest in My story
instead of in their controversy.
Come rest in the Son alone."

"Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear;
forget your people and your father’s house.
The King is enthralled by your beauty;
honor Him, for He is your Lord."

(Psalm 45:10-11)


Art: "Controversy"

1 comment:

  1. Woke up this morning thinking of my grandmother and how afraid she was to die. I tried to imagine what it would be like to pass on and see Jesus, realizing your spirit is moving to Him, and that He has nothing but love for you, after you had spent a lifetime in fear. Beautiful picture.