Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Branded Bad Girls

Once well regarded in Alaska, Sarah Palin resigned as Governor in 2009 after losing the nomination for the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate for the United States of America.  For a few years Sarah Palin was publicly celebrated, then in 2012 FORBES magazine dropped Sarah from being among the world's most powerful women.  What branded Sarah as a BAD GIRL, not worthy to run for President? Like Eve in the garden of Eden, Sarah lived a few years in the spotlight, then she was banished because of her indiscretions.   Our Father God does NOT come into our lives to take sides, He deposited the Holy Spirit in us, to take over where we fall short.  Once we become His, it is up to each individual to surrender our ways, and allow God to use us for His purposes.  Our Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and He placed Adam in the garden He planted in the east.  God caused Adam to fall asleep, He took a rib from Adam and made a suitable helpmate. "Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman."  Whispers from the Tempter quickly convinced Eve to eat the fruit of the tree that would make her as wise as God.  Both Eve and Sarah listened to the wrong adviser and as a result have been branded as Bad Girls instead of becoming known as "Wives of Noble Character".  I can only imagine that Eve and Sarah both felt ashamed and hid
from God just like the kids of Israel, who were terribly oppressed.  Had Eve, Sarah and the Israelites trusted and obeyed God, our Lord would not have needed to use Gideon to intervene. The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said "The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor." Judges 6:12 KJV - The Hebrew meaning of valor is to be valiant, courageous, brave, prepared to fight like a warrior.  Every Bad Girl, or Bad Boy in the Bible who God called and used to teach us His ways--- every single celebrated warrior went through something that demanded courage in the face of temptation or fear.  Was the price that Eve or Sarah paid fair?  Did Eve and Sarah both place a higher value on the things of the world than on their relationship with God?  Our acts of goodness CANNOT and will NOT cover up our willing disobedience, selfishness, greed, idolatry of notoriety, or our denial of Who is in charge.  God is just, and God is holy, and God disciplines those He loves. Each of us will be held accountable for every unkind, or untrue word we speak with the intent to injure the reputation of another.  God is omni-present and He hears every thought, and He knows every motive of
heart.  Eve, Sarah and Tammy all acted in accordance to what they FELT was right and best. They did not resist temptation, they did not hold their tongue, they did not accept responsibility for their errors.  "For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord and He examines all his paths." Proverbs 5:21 - Jezebel was a pushy broad, she was a Queen who thought she was in control. She threatened Elijah in a fit of uncontrolled rage and her tongue was not tamed.  Her death was not pretty and she is not remembered with esteem. Tammy Faye was a Christian singer, author, talk show host and genuine student of God's word.    As a teen in 1956, Tammy was a good girl in high school.  She sang in the church choir and spent her summer attending Bible camp. She worked 
after-school at Woolworth’s and helped her mother at home. Tammy obeyed her mother and church by NOT attending school dances, baseball games, or even the movies.  In 1960 her divorced, single, strict mother suggested that Tammy Faye become a minister. In 1961, Tammy married Jim Bakker and  she stood by her husband throughout the pubic scandal of his affair with Jessica Hahn.  In 1989 Jim was sentenced to 45 years in prison due to fraudulent spending of millions of ministry funds which were used to support the Bakker opulent residence.  In 1992, Tammy filed for divorce. Jim Bakker died in 1992 while in prison. "All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16 - We are all called to trust the Potter with our fragile vases in which the Holy Spirit dwells. God leaks His Spirit through each of our cracked pots to encourage all of us that He will be glorified regardless of our blunders. God certainly does not expect perfection, but He does expect humility and honesty.  How can we despise Eve, Sarah, Tammy Bakker, Jezebel or ourselves?  Each of us were born of Nobel origin, and for God's planned purpose. Our shared FALL. "Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really
say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman (Eve) said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took
some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”  Genesis 3:1-7 NIV – TRUTH IS: Eve had NEVER known evil before she met the serpent. She was not afraid of a good looking snake who could talk. She was entirely innocent and she did not suspect the serpent of harm.  His sly suggestion that she could become like God was attractive only because she knew God was very good. Perhaps the temptation to experience MORE good than the perfection of the garden was when DOUBT was first introduced…Did Eve believe that God withheld goodness from her?  The TEMPTER skillfully uses doubt, discouragement, deception, defeat, and delays to make us: DOUBT: Have you doubted God's word and goodness? EVIL makes us feel DISCOURAGED as we focus our minds on a problem rather than God. SATAN uses DECEPTION and DIVERSION as his voice makes wrong things seem attractive so that we desire what contradicts God's warnings. The seductive voice whispers that we are DEFEATED. We then believe the wrong voice and feel like such a failure that we do not even try to stand on the truth. Satan tempts us to DELAY and doubt our decision to follow Christ by convincing us that we do not need to attend church and fellowship with other believers. We get stuck in confusion and DELAY doing RIGHT as we wait for a sign, or a confirmation "walk this way."  God's will is that we ACT and silence the voice that introduces doubt by reciting "GET BEHIND ME SATAN".

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