"If the praise of others elates me, or if the blame of others depresses me, then I know nothing of Calvary's love." Amy Carmichael
In 22 words Amy has summed up my toughest struggles as a Christian. I love people. Rarely do I find someone that I do not find fascinating. That is a good thing, but being such a people-loving person, I can strive to win the favor of folks. I fall into the danger Amy is pointing to in this statement..."If the praise of others elates me...". I make poor choices that are expensive, trying to win others' praise.
When God calls me to do the "right" thing, I hesitate trying to avoid the blame of others. I say "yes," when I know I should decline opportunities. Even when I do the hard, right thing; I sometimes fall into depression with others' blames.
After many falls forward, I am more alert and aware to be led by Holy Spirit in my decisions and living. Oh, I pray for words to encourage all of us to be In Christ so fully that we will not be moved from God's prompting and calling.
I've taken praise and had far too high an opinion of myself. Scripture repeatedly warns me of a sure fall when I exalt myself. I can testify to the pain of the fall from perching on my self-made pedestals.
Regretably "Somesay" has pressured me to disobey the call of God. In fear of what some might say, I have totally and partially failed the unctions of Holy Spirit.
I work with many Christian business people that struggle with their faith in the secular marketplace, that is moved primarily by profit, at all costs. I pray for Christian friends struggling with all of these scenarios:
Nurses and doctors who have difficulty finding work where they do not contribute to abortions
School superintendents and officials with strong Biblical convictions on homosexuality, who are being pressured to sponsor gay clubs in their schools
Married people who vowed to covenant in marriage unto death with unfaithful spouses
Parents of prodigal children who must stand in tough love to not enable destructive addiction lifestyles
Pastors and church leaders pressured to dilute the messages of their sermons
Business people pushed to lie/slant the truth and engage in ruthless measures to over-run competitors
Workers pressured to work long hours with little time for their families or churches
Here are a few Scriptures that I have prayed over these commited warriors:
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7
"People who know their God will display their strength." Dan 11:32
"The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4
Praise or Blame to not move us...we are moved by Almighty God!!!
We are moved by Calvary's Love
To Him, only, we give glory.
Holy, Holy, Holy