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2014_03_02 Assume

For as long as I can remember assumptions and judgments have been a pet-peeve of mine. The ones that get to me the most are those made instead of asking a simple question. I have just never understood how one could look at the outside of the situation and seriously believe that what they saw was sufficient to explain the deep inner workings of something. That aside, however, I ran into an assumption not too long ago that sent me on another path of thinking.

This particular assumption begged the question…what about my life and the way I live it makes people think that? Are there areas and aspects of my life where I am inviting assumptions and if so how? After quite a bit of prayer, meditation, and time I got my answer. I was inviting assumptions by living a blurry, lukewarm life. When the absence of a clear choice is present, people will go with what they know, what they have experienced, what they have seen.

As children of Elohim, we are called to live a set apart life. There are supposed to be walls around the city. We should be identifiable by our beliefs and the way we live them. The Word says in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 that we are to “avoid all kind of evil.” The Greek word rendered “kind” in NIV means the external or outward appearance, form, figure, shape, and kind. That says to me that in no way, shape, fashion, or form should anyone be able to innocently assume an untruth about you. They should clearly be able to see what you believe and what you stand for by your set apart lifestyle.

Granted your intimate beliefs are a matter between you and the Father {Romans 14:22}, but the core of what you believe and the passion and intensity in which you believe it should be evident in your day to day life. Your reputation, what people see when they think of you, is how they see the Faith as a whole. Many have walked away from the Church, or have not entered, because of what they saw in the body of Yeshua, in the actions of His people. It is up to us to give as accurate a reflection as we can. This is a daily process that is never ending. So each day we start anew, refreshing our minds and actively seeking out new ways to embrace and embody more and more of His Word and Way {Romans 12:2}.

As important as that reputation, that reflection, is it is about more than that. It is also about not leading others into sin with our actions. We as believers have freedom of course, but that freedom is to be tempered with consideration of what is best for the body as a whole. Our lives are not our own. We are not to allow our freedoms to be a snare and trap for others {1 Corinthians 8:9}. To do so has dire consequences for us as well as them. We are held accountable for those we lead astray {Luke 17:1-3}.

So I urge you, as I am urging myself, discern those areas where you are still living on the fence. Maybe it is a place that you frequent out of old habit that really no longer serves your walk with Him. Maybe it is a habit that you have yet to commit to letting go of. It might even be a person in your life that you are still hanging on to fellowship with even though Adonai has ended the relationship. Whatever it is, get in fellowship with the Spirit and follow His guidance as to how to erase the blurry and warm the tepid. Seek out what you truly believe on the subject and embrace it with everything you’ve got. Make your life a clearly defined reflection of that belief.

It may not be the easiest thing you have ever done, but it will be worth it. Every step you take closer to Him and His will, brings you more intimacy with Him. It is in that intimate fellowship that the real transformations and blessings reign free. I pray you discernment and faith beloved! Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~
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