I'm sure we have all heard the term "in-between". I thought I'd consult the dictionary and find out exactly the definition according to the terminology experts. Here's what I discovered:
situated somewhere between two extremes or recognized categories; intermediate.
"I am not unconscious, but in some in-between state"
an intermediate thing.
"successes, failures and in-betweens"
Now that we are all on the same page with definitions, I don't think anyone likes to be referred to as a person who is an in-betweener. That sort of reflects someone who can't make up his/her mind; someone who is "sitting on the fence", if you will.
Recently I read about in-betweeners in a devotional. I thought it was an accurate description of folks who want to be accepted by the world and its standards, but also look good for the Christian community. Scripture speaks of people with these attitudes as neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm. Now before you say there is nothing particularly wrong with lukewarm, think for a minute when you go to water fountain. Want that good 'ol lukewarm water bursting up to quench your thirst?
The writer of the devotional sadly concurs that unfortunately, many of God's own people are betweeners - living between Egypt and Canaan. If you are not familiar with those two destinations, the writer refers to Egypt as the time of slavery in the lives of the Israelites and Canaan as the Promised Land overflowing with milk and honey. Why would anyone choose slavery over abundant living in Christ? Slavery can be the ties the world has on your heart and mind mixing truth with so many lies all you can see is a state of gray.
Don't be one who is living between Good Friday and Easter Sunday believing that Jesus died on the cross, but not living in the power of His blessed Resurrection!
It doesn't matter how far you have run in the opposite direction. God is still waiting for you to return to His open arms. He loves you. He gave His Son for you. He is willing to receive you until breath leaves your earthly body. Don't chance eternity because you are living in the "between".
Father God, please take this devotional and burn it into the hearts and minds of those reading. May the Holy Spirit of God begin to work and dwell among those Jesus came to save. May the Light of Jesus Christ shine so brightly it is as if the road to Damascus is being revisited. May Your Light shine so brilliantly it cannot be avoided by any means; around, underneath, through or over. Your truth must be confronted and a heart surrendered. In Jesus' name, Amen!
God bless, my friends.
I think it's time we changed up this blog and had a little fun! Growing up in a conservative Southern Baptist background, dancing just wasn't looked upon kindly. But the joy of the Lord can be shouted from the rooftops and put to music so our hands, feet and bodies can move and be joyful.
Take a few minutes and enjoy this tune I heard last night at a MercyMe concert. It is pure and simple...joy multiplied. By the way, get up and dance it out before the Lord!
"We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generations to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."
We do our best as parents and grandparents to pass along our faith to the next generation. If we don't, who will tell our loved ones about Jesus and His love for us? Who will read the stories of God's faithfulness? Of His protection in times of struggle? Jesus Christ is not a fairy tale and He is not just a great teacher that lived a long time ago. He is alive and well today living in the hearts of believers.
My heart goes out to all those who have decided to do what is best in their own eyes because that is the correct way to live; everyone attempting to live promoting "good" deeds and passing along to the next generation how to make "good" decisions. But we don't live in a "good" world. There will never be a consensus of a peaceful lifestyle with everyone holding hands and treating one another with "good" intentions. Just watch the news; children are being sold for profit; drugs are being distributed on school campuses; road rage is frequent; the media dwells on the worst possible scenarios in order to keep the world population in a state of unrest and on we could go.
What grieves my heart are those under the guise of counselor, teacher, professor, or individuals with extremely high IQs who have decided there is no God and once you die, it's all over. After all, if a question can't be answered and proof not found to support said question, then it is not very intelligent to believe it based on faith. My, how the heart of Jesus must be grieved with the mindset of carnal man. But, praise God, there are still believers who uphold and call on the name of the Lord. The majority at large just doesn't hear or read about it. After all, the rating of national networks would plummet if Christianity issues were given a slight nod of reporting.
Do you ever see military believers gathered in a circle praying? Do you hear of the 600 gathered in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of supporting the persecuted Christians around the world? Is true tolerance being experienced by all especially from the ones crying out their need for tolerance? In fact, in the realm of those wearing the banner of Christianity, how many attend church regularly with their families? Is worshiping Jesus, studying His Word, and knowing how to defend your faith part of your daily life?
Isn't it time we stopped making excuses and started living as if today was our last?
Being raised in the south and going to more gospel "sings" than I could possibly count, once in a while I get a longing to hear those beautifully blended voices of quartets. Mark Lowry, one of my all time favorite Christian performers, used to be with the Gaithers and now from time to time he sings with the Gaither Vocal Band.
I hope you enjoy this particular song....it brings back so many memories of days gone by and gives a salute to this great nation!