Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pretty Mummies

Pretty mummies.  What an oxymoron!

We know that there is absolutely nothing pretty or glamorous about a mummy-especially one who has been mummified for quite a while.  The sad reality is that many people are walking around today as "pretty mummies."

In the wonderful world of social media, it is so easy to put up a post, upload a picture that radiates nothing but contentment and happiness.  You can say all of the right words.  Your facial expression exudes absolutely no care in the world.  In fact, with this fancy technology we have now, we have something called "filters," (I use them, too) which enables users to enhance and retouch their photos to eliminate every blemish and smooth out the "rough edges." Oftentimes, and unfortunately, people often get sucked into believing that things are just so "happy-go-lucky" and perfect for that individual, and because our lives are seemingly in complete contrast to what we're seeing, it evokes a spirit of depression and lack of self-worth; and our esteem is only boosted through "likes," "shares" and pleasurable comments.

Do you not realize that what you're seeing is done selectively?  In other words, they chose to post the good things-that heartwarming date at the fanciest restaurant in town, that new handbag, the new shoes, the new "boo," smiling and looking like their relationship is flawless and fairy tale like.  And although the picture captures one thing, the reality could be terribly different.  That relationship could be an abusive one, but social media friends wouldn't know that based upon the latest upload. The new shoes could have been stolen or purchased with bill money that was designated for something due like, last week!  People select what they want you to see.  And the bigger picture could look extremely dry and desolate, and just cropped to see perfection, layered with a couple of filters.  They are not going to post the bad days, the arguments (then again, some will sadly to obtain validation and support...), but for the most part, people will only present a perfect picture.

Many are dressed up, from their hair to their freshly-done toenails.  Clothes perfect and designed by the top designers; makeup flawless and meanwhile, rigor mortis is setting in on the inside.  Outside, they look like they lack absolutely nothing, and inwardly, they are screaming for help.  Inwardly, they are dried up and weary.  They are masking the true issues and not addressing those issues.  They are pretty mummies.  Or, in a term most familiar with today's society and culture, they are the "walking dead."

Well, what is a mummy?

A mummy is defined as, "a body embalmed or treated for burial with preservatives in the manner of the ancient Egyptians" or "a body unusually well preserved." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)  To preserve is to "keep (something) in its original state or in good condition" or "to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction: protect."

Picture courtesy of Google
"King Tut"

The above picture is the outward appearance or "death mask" of Tutankhamun, better known as "King Tut."  The outward appearance seems flawless, bedecked with royal colors.  The gold is shining.  The face is well structured.  But when that mask, that casing or the sarcophagus is cracked open, you'll see a drastic, contrasting image.  You'll see a mummy.  Feel free to Google to the actual corpse of King Tut.  I've seen images of what Tut really looks like and I can tell you, it's no where near the above image! 
According to Wikipedia, a sarcophagus is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, commonly carved in stone and placed above ground.  It further says that "The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σάρξ sarx meaning "flesh", and φαγεῖνphagein meaning "to eat", hence sarcophagus means "flesh-eating."  

We want the flesh to die (Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 15:31); question is: What's eating away at your spirit?

People are trying to protect an image while their current spiritual state is eating away at them, from the inside out.  Some of us are behaving in a way that alludes people to believe a false idea of our true feelings or situation...a facade.   We have some modern-day Lazaruses walking this earth.  Meanwhile, Jesus is standing there at the foot of your tomb (your mind, your heart, your soul) and He's ready to strip you of your burial garments that's holding you hostage and taking you to an early spiritual grave.  He's yelling for you (the real you, your real state) to come forth!  (Read John 11)

DEPRESSION:   COME FORTH!
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS:  COME FORTH!
OPPRESSION: COME FORTH!
LOW SELF-ESTEEM:  COME FORTH!
SIN: COME FORTH!
ADDICTION:  COME FORTH!
JEALOUSY: COME FORTH!
LYING SPIRIT: COME FORTH!
PRIDE: COME FORTH!
HURT: COME FORTH!
BITTERNESS: COME FORTH!
FEELING OF WORTHLESSNESS: COME FORTH!
MALICIOUS INTENT: COME FORTH!

Don't stay in tomb. Climb out of that sarcophagus, come forth and allow the Great Physician, the ultimate healer, JESUS THE CHRIST, the anointed one, to bring you into a new place of LIFE-THE ABUNDANT LIFE, that's filled with peace, joy, love, forgiveness. Let Jesus strip you of those burial garments and wrap you with a garment of praise!  Walk in the newness of life!  No more facades!  No more putting on an act.  Be real and allow the Helper to help you!  You have not, because you ask not.


In His Love,

Shairon 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Space Invaders

Happy New Year 2018!

The new year is a time to reflect, to refresh and to rejuvenate.  We shift our minds toward greater things, we often do deep introspection and even remove things that are unnecessary or even harmful to our lives.

Sitting here in my cozy corner, I heard the word "invaders" in my spirit.  To "invade" is to enter a place in order to take control by military force; to enter a place in large numbers; to trespass (Merriam-Webster).

When I think of the word invaders, I think of one of those old sci-fi films about space invaders, where these aliens invade the Earth in an attempt to take over the land and take over the people's minds.  Then, my mind shifted to something more significant to us in this particular time: WiFi.

                                                          Picture courtesy of Google 


I thought about how we had to restrict public access to our WiFi at work because, due to our strong connection, we had others in the surrounding area utilizing our network. And, as a result of so much traffic to our network, it slowed things down and wrecked havoc on our system.  Therefore, our IT had to make some changes to prevent such unnecessary stagnation. Then, of course, I thought about it from the spiritual perspective.  

Many of us have a strong connection to the Father (i.e., a strong prayer life).  And because of that, some may seek us out (instead of seeking Father God themselves) and wear us down with mess and drama.  Subjecting yourself to situations as such, ALL OF THE TIME, can drain and weaken you.  Not necessarily making you weak in the faith, but in the sense of, "well, I WAS feeling great; now I'm emotionally drained! Help Lord!"

Yes, we ARE our brother's keeper; nevertheless, you have to protect your space.  You are not a garbage can, where folks just empty out all of their mess on you.  Even Jesus, the Son of God and God in the flesh, had to steal away for private time with God and of course, for refreshment. 
We pray for them and encourage them, yet we must tell them that they, too, have the luxury of casting their cares upon God, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Beware of those "space invaders," who constantly drain you of your spiritual strength. 
Yes, one of the Fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering; however, Wisdom still reigns supreme as THE PRINCIPAL THING.  And wisdom will tell you to cut the sapsucker loose!  Do not allow people to drain you of your peace and possibly of your sanity.  Especially look out for those who are not making conscious steps on their own to make their own situations better.  Ask God to help you accurately discern between those who are in true need of prayer and encouragement, and those who are simply trying to leech off your anointing.  Discernment is key essential!

Beware of those invaders who only want what they can get from you. They come with self-serving agendas and ulterior motives.  You must pray for discernment and ask God to show you what this person is all about.  This must be applied in several areas: being single, being a pastor/having a ministry, personal relationships, business, family, etc.

This is even significant to social media and modern technology.  There are plenty of space invaders there! Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, text messaging, email, etc. are good, even great when used for good; but some use such forums for wicked, senseless and selfish deeds.  Beware of those who you allow in your personal space, even in your personal cyberspace!! Block and Delete are still powerful ministries! 

"Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision..."
Philippians 3:2 NASB

"So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him."
Malachi 3:18 NASB

"But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
2 Corinthians 11:12-14 KJV

Walk in love, but do not become blind and ignorant to the enemies' devices.  Watch out for the space invaders. 

In His Love,
Shairon

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