Out of the Boat

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By: Susan Bea Good

Psalm 16:8 “I keep my eyes always on the LordWith Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (NIV)

Two thousand years ago the disciple Peter recognized Jesus from the safety of a boat. Jesus was alone and walking out on the deep water. Peter could have waited for Jesus to arrive, along with the other disciples, but instead he asked to join Him. This was risky. Peter’s bold faith resulted in him being invited out of the boat.

I too asked Jesus if I could “get out of the boat.” For decades I’ve been praying that God would save my family. I asked God to include me in His spiritual work in the hearts of my loved ones. I was willing to suffer anything if God would save my husband and children. I was ignorant of the cost, but not anymore!

(Matthew 14:26-31) “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified…(Peter said) ‘Lord, if it’s you…tell me to come to you on the water.’  ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him…”

Peter’s friends were terrified. Peter was willing to be even more terrified! Jesus welcomed that willingness and rewarded His disciple with a partnership in His glory that the others missed.

When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he walked with Him. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, and focused on the danger, he began to sink.

You and I can ask to be involved in God’s work. We can ask to get out of the safety of the boat and walk with Jesus on the waters of this life. At times we may struggle to keep our eyes on the One who sustains our walk by faith. We may even feel ourselves sinking and overwhelmed with the power of the waves. Jesus promises He will never leave us alone. We can be sure that He will not let us drown in this life. He will reach out and catch us. If you ask to get out of the boat keep your eyes on Jesus!

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

look full in His wonderful face,

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

in the light of His glory and grace.”

This blogger writes to encourage faithful Christ-followers as they participate in God’s Big Picture. Adonai Eloheinu.

“Give Me Jesus” (Gokey) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbh43MGoigw

 

 

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Standing for Righteousness

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By: Susan Bea Good

Psalm 112:6 “Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.” (NIV)

This year I escaped from 39 years of abuse from a man who should have loved and cherished me. That era began as I thought I was escaping from 19 years of abuse from another who should have been my protector. The immediate result of exposing my husband was that I had to leave my church, my home, my dog, and a ministry. The ongoing result, which became excruciatingly clear on December 25, was that I’ve lost family-privileges with most of my loved ones, including seven young grandsons. This seems on the surface a very bad place to be. However, this morning, two days after Christmas, I awoke to God gently comforting me with the realization that I am actually in a very good place- standing for righteousness, not just today, but have been all my life!

It’s been suggested this year that my situation is similar to the biblical Job’s experiences with unjust suffering. However, Job did not have Scripture, or the indwelling Spirit of God to guide and comfort him during the trials God ordained. I do!

For many years, especially because I’ve had so many tumultuous ones, I’ve tried to objectively assess the year as it closes out. This year I am reviewing all of the years. Being forced to “start over,” as those who escape abuse must do, I’ve had to get a lawyer, file in the courts for a legal separation, find a place to live, purchase a vehicle, open a checking account, obtain a credit card, get a job, find a different church, make out my will, and learn who I can trust. These steps have brought me to the end of 2017 with the realization that God may be close to finishing my portion of honoring Him in this life. I do feel as though there will not be much time to suffer further, which is a great comfort. It’s also an encouragement to keep standing for righteousness for however much longer I’m here.

God has never left me without hope. He has always given me enough to survive. He has actually always given me enough to thrive, even when I was too young to understand. As an elementary age girl He gave me enough to stand alone if necessary in my school setting and at home. When left un-nurtured by parents He cultivated my soul. When abused and hated by my husband He always reminded me that I was loved and cared for by my Creator. That has been more than enough to sustain and strengthen me as a child of 8 years old until now as a 59 year old woman.

When God calls His children He does it from the beginning. He states in Scripture that His call began even before He made the foundations of this world. So, it should be no surprise when we realize that He has been preparing a specific journey through life for us. He has given each of His children a path to please Him and the strength to traverse that path to its completion.

I expect the new year to find me living outside of the physical reach of those who have chosen to harm me. Those include all who stayed “neutral,” which added terribly to my grief. I hope to stay healthy enough to continue coaching basketball, teaching Bible Club, traveling to Bolivia, sharing the Survive and Thrive workshop, and standing for righteousness until my last breath in this life.

This blog post is meant to encourage faithful Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and purpose to be a part of it. No doubt this particular one will enrage the self-righteous abusers I know. Adonai Eloheinu!

Highly recommended resources for those suffering with abuse or hoping to advise one in that situation is: “A Cry for Justice” (Facebook page and book by Pastor Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood)

Book by Barbara Roberts: “Not Under Bondage” https://notunderbondage.com

Natalie Hoffman’s very helpful site for abused women: https://flyingfreenow.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Cowardice Enables Abusers

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The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8)

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to…

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The Prayers of a Righteous Man

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12/ESV)

I heard my father pray for me yesterday, and this morning I woke up without the bitterness that has tortured my heart the last six months. The source of my struggle is still present but it seems finally I have an opening to escape a vicious cycle of personal destruction.

Two days ago I found a biblical author (to be unnamed to avoid revealing the context of this blog post) whose advice helped pave the way for my salvation from bitterness. These are the portions I highlighted:

The Apostle Paul was kept from utter despair in times of great difficulty…

God is good and is doing something good in us, even in the midst of difficulties…

Persevere until things change…

Learn the secret of being content in whatever situation God allows into your life…

Our children will watch an example of what it means to walk with God and to trust Him in all things…

When this is all over you will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”…and the pain will be gone forever!

When your life is imploding your only need is to keep your eyes on Jesus. He has already promised victory. He is always present to comfort and guide you through the terrible pathways. This is more than enough!

This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they see God’s Big Picture and purpose to be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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Get Back!

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By: Susan Bea Good

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17/ESV)

On Monday a fuel tanker truck exploded on an Ohio freeway. The flames spread across the overpass creating a deadly trap for any unwise drivers who might continue under the bridge. On scene off-duty police officer Matthew Bowman can be heard on video warning motorists, “Get Back!”

I find it interesting that anyone needed to be warned not to drive directly under a massive burning bridge. Apparently some do not have the innate or acquired instincts that would protect them from the affects of such a scene.

I find a correlation between those who would drive under a burning overpass and those in America today who throw themselves, heart and soul, into every flaming heresy that comes along from the false gospel crowd.

An example of false gospel is found in the soon to be released movie The Shack, based on a novel by William P. Young. The content of the book and the film is based on unorthodox alternative teachings about God and His involvement with mankind. And yet the heresies in this material appeal to many who desire a god who is custom-fashioned to match their own specific felt needs. Never mind that a created deity is powerless and the result of following one is only to distract the spirits of those who made it.

The list of modern fiery obstacles to avoid is long. If you have been a follower of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Beth Moore (to name just three) I would advise you to Get Back! Regardless of the pleasure their words bring to your spirit. You are either unaware or underestimating the danger of the spiritual flames of false teaching.

God reveals through Scripture that only His truth will set you free. Though this truth is hard to hear, if you accept its message the result will be true freedom. If you resist biblical truth and insist on following a false gospel you will live this life as a slave to sin and possibly die in your sins as an unrepentant false Christian. Jesus warned that many will say to Him in the Day of Judgment, (my paraphrase) “Lord, did we not belong to You?” and Jesus will say, “Get back!”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Stepping Out of Line

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By: Susan Bea Good

(the Apostle Paul) “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. (I Corinthians 9:19/ESV)

Marcus Garvey’s family is seeking a posthumous pardon from President Obama for their father, a civil rights leader whom Martin Luther King Jr. called, “the first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”

Not everyone spoke well of Garvey. He was also called, “the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America” by the then president of the NAACP, and “a notorious negro agitator” by the then FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. Garvey’s outspoken support of an unpopular cause got him two years in prison for mail fraud followed by a deportation to Jamaica…but his real crime was that he stepped out of line and encouraged others to do the same.

Society has always rewarded those who stayed in line. Groups and individuals are told they must hold the clearly proscribed and furiously protected policies of the powerful majority. Though policies may be corrupt, erroneous, or unbiblical, the only accepted location for those who want to remain inside man’s power structures is IN LINE!

The effect Marcus Garvey had on MLK is notable but the more valued commendation for this brave man came from his mother, who said her son was  “severe, firm, determined, bold, and strong, refusing to yield even to superior forces if he believed he was right.”

The world is in desperate need of men and women who will stand for deeply held and often unpopular principles. This need includes mothers who would bravely commend their children when they stand in a place that is “out of line.”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Week After Rant

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By: Susan Bea Good

(Jesus) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20/ESV)

This election was a great opportunity to stand on the testimony of Jesus Christ. The church in America missed it! American Evangelicals applied at least a dozen excuses for abandoning biblical principals in order to claim a prize of worldly value. I chose not to do that! Now my world is saturated with name calling (traitor, coward, idiot, fool, un-American, liberal, Hillary-lover, abortion-lover, etc). These names are hurled at me and others who refused to submit to the strong pressure to bow to an idol.

The hatred I am witnessing coming from the body of Christ is unacceptable. No, my honest warnings about sin are not “hate.” My warnings then and now are 100% based upon a faith that God will accomplish His will for America without Christians wallowing in sin to win an election. The hatred I witnessed directed towards Hillary Clinton is sin! The gloating, at the real pain of 1/2 of the population of America, is sin!

American Evangelicals have a history of rejecting “common” sinners. Yet these same Evangelicals (KJV only, no tattoos, no alcohol, etc) are actually self-righteous, dirty vessels, and hypocrites! Amazing isn’t it!?

I will not bow with the hypocrites! I will continue to reach out to those Jesus died to save. I will not beg for a drop of acceptance coming from the filthy cups! You who stand in need of clean hearts do not listen…and today I am finished talking to you.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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