Slow Fade

So. You have someone new entering your life. Maybe you see signs that they aren’t good for you, but you want to excuse them…pass it off. You are naturally attracted to them and it appears you have the same direction, the same desires. Maybe the devil gets in your mind and whirls it around so much that you cannot differentiate if it is of God, of Satan or of you. Well, here’s one basic principle I’m learning to stick to: judge the fruit, not the motive. The verses below may speak more about prophets but I think it can be related to any one in our lives. We should not judge – the bible is very clear on that, but this passage shows us that if what one produces in life is not ‘good’ we have the right, and the authority to steer away from them. Someone may have a great talk, a great walk, but what are they producing? Words are easy. Actions are easy, but you can’t fake what you produce in your life. Be careful my friends, because it’s easy to believe in someone. That’s what we want and we want it so bad. Once soul ties form, the bad ones are like prison chains compressing your lungs, blinding your eyes and binding your heart. You will struggle to break free. Do the work up front before investing too much of yourself, before you can’t break free. 

No one likes change, but freeing yourself from soul ties is much worse. This is really laying heavy on me. I see it more than I ever thought existed. Matter of fact I didn’t realize it existed because I was living it. If you find yourself hurt over a past relationship, give yourself time to heal. Too often we jump from one relationship to another. We profess to be over that person but deep inside, the pain is there. We think finding someone else will make the pain go away but it only masks it. The wounds have not had time to heal. A new relationship is merely a band-aid. That old hurt will resurface and it may take new form. You go to the dentist for a toothache, a doctor for a body ache, but you go to God for a heart ache. Let God work in you for awhile. Be still. Let it hurt, let it sting. It will be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself. I can tell you from experience that it’s hard. You may feel lonely, scared, hurt…tears may come out of nowhere sometimes, but it’s a heck of a lot better than jumping into another relationship and compounding that hurt with more.

We all want love. It’s in our human nature, and some of us will do anything to not be alone. But God may not be bringing you that special someone, because you aren’t SINGLE yet! Not in your heart – where it counts. You will carry that residual hurt with you where ever you go until you come to terms with it. Like a disease, it will lay dormant for a time. Just like wolves, some feed on that. They see the desperation; sometimes because they can relate to it and others because they see what they can get from it. They are attracted to it. Be leary of the wolves in sheeps clothing. Not everyone is good for you. Standing in a garage doesn’t make you a car just like standing in a church doesn’t make you a Christian. Your fruit does that – your fruit speaks for you. If you keep attracting losers, it’s you who has some serious work to do. I know I do. I’m putting on the new me, but that old me is still there…slowly fading. And the more I’m learning about the new me, I’m not going to miss her at all. 

A Tree and Its Fruit

 15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ~ Matthew 7:15-23

 “A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” ~ Proverbs 12:26

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” ~ 2 Timothy 4:3

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8 responses to “Slow Fade

  1. TODAY I SHALL NOT FEAR FOR THE LORD WILL NEVER ABANDON ME….IF WE AFFIRM, AND VISUALIZE AND ASK FOR THE LORD TO DIRECT US ON OUR PATHS, HE WILL….IF WE ASK FOR GUIDANCE IN KNOWING WHO IS EVIL, AND WHO WALKS IN TRUTH AND GOOD INTENTION, HE WILL WHISPER THE ANSWER…IF LIFE WAS ALL ROSY ALL OF THE TIME THEN THERE WOULD BE NO REASON FOR US TO BE HERE…LESSONS ARE FOR ALL OF US, GOOD, BAD, POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, EVIL, AND PURE IN HEART…EACH OF US ARE PROVIDING ULTIMATE FATE AND DESTINY WITH EVERY INTERACTION WE HAVE….IF WE CHOOSE TO BEAT OURSELVES UP FOR THOSE LESS THAN PURE IN HEART OR “LOSERS” THAT HAVE STUMBLED ON OUR PATH, AND WHAT WE MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO FOR THEIR ULTIMATE DESTINY, THEN WE HAVE LOST GRASP OF WHAT WE WERE ASKING FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE…GOD DOESN’T MAKE JUNK…WE ALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE TODAY, LEAPS AND BOUNDS BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, AND THE” LOSERS” JUST MAY TAKE AWAY SOMETHING FROM INTERACTING WITH YOU THAT THEY NEEDED TO “SEE” THEIR JOURNEY IN A NEW LIGHT….THERE IS NO PERFECT PERSON, OR UNION…THE ONLY THING THAT TRULY EXISTS IS “COMMONALITY”….AND THAT IS CREATED FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN CHOOSING TO LIVE AS A CHAMPION OF LOVE, AND TRUTH…AND TO ALLOW THAT CONVICTION TO EMPOWER THOSE LESS FORTUNATE TO BE ONE DAY CHOOSE TO EMULATE IN SOME SMALL WAY YOUR EXAMPLE….IT IS ALL HAPPENING FOR A REASON BEYOND WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO COMPREHEND…WE ALL ARE WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE, A PART OF THE MASTER PLAN, AND THAT IS TRULY WHAT WE NEED TO TRUST….GODSPEED….

    • Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about! I totally agree: if we didn’t have the bad times as a reference, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the good times. Thank you SOOO much for sharing. God bless!

  2. My friend, so eloquently written and you words are very TRUE! Stay true to yourself and it sounds as if you are starting to embrace the NEW Angela! When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. I often like to say that every person I meet is my greatest teacher….lessons are to be learned daily and we often learn them through the people in our lives.

    Enjoy and relish in the NEW YOU!!!! Can’t wait to meet you my friend!

    • Thank you Nancy. And yes, I’m really starting to like this new me. 🙂 The old is still there, and I think sometimes I mourn losing her, but nothing compares to the new. I’m lovin’ the work God is doing in me! Praise God!

  3. Excellent post Angie. Remember the days when we used to talk about rebound relationships? You rarely hear that anymore. Most people never take the time to recover. You brought out a great point about really being single. Keep sharing my sister. You are a blessing!

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