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Oh!! And about those ROBBERS.....

Oh! And about those ROBBERS... #bloggingontheGO Luke 10:30 NIV In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by ROBBERS. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. GREETINGS! BlogFam, I need to take a day to backtrack and then we will get to the Samaritan who is called GOOD. On yesterday we talked about what we SEE yet choose to walk away from just as the Priest and Levite in the parable. And I do not want to repeat that conversation as much as I want to consider the guilty hands of those who got this man into the predicament he finds himself...attacked, stripped, beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Now I know a few of you are ready to move on to the hopeful and inspiring portion of this parable. Some of you do not want to recall any kind of image of this man that would cause you to think of his desperate, devastating, and deadly situation. I mean. Think about it. I know this is a parable but did it really have to open so sadly? This man is traveling a familiar road probably taking the same road he has taken many times before. But today was different. This day was very different. On this particular day something happened that radically changed his life forever. He was attacked. He was stripped. He was beaten. He was robbed. He was left for dead... ALL on the same day! Now it is one thing for any one of these things to happen at some point or another BUT for all of these things to happen to take place in his life on the SAME day is CRAZY!!! I can only imagine his thoughts, his fears, his intimidation, when he "was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers." AND THEN THEY LEFT HIM FOR DEAD!!! WHAT!?!? REALLY!?!? How can anyone be so callous and so cold as to do anything so heartless and so violent and then walk away? ROBBERS!!! And before we get too far along and you dare begin to consider this question without your identity associated with such acts... THINK AGAIN BlogFam! You know how we do. We must at least consider the reality that we may or may not see ourselves as the Samaritan who is called good. We may or may not see ourselves as the Priest or the Levite that passed by on the other side. We may or may not see ourselves as the one who has been left for dead. SO is it possible, however remotely, that you most closely identify with those robbers? Let's talk about it... In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by ROBBERS. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead." Of course, most of you said OH NO! I could never be one of them. I could never do something like they did. I could never act like those robbers. And to your confident yet highly questionable sentiment, I say let us think together and again. A ROBBER is one who robs and TO ROB means: to take something from someone by unlawful force or by threat of violence; steal; to deprive someone of something or rights legally due; to plunder or rifle; to deprive someone of something unjustly or injuriously. AND so now in light of this definition.... Are YOU a robber? And perhaps you are not a materialistic robber. You don't rob STUFF. Stuff is not your thing. You can do without other people's stuff. Actually you scoff and sneer at other people's stuff. You don't want it but you don't want them to have it either so you ROB them of the satisfaction they feel about being the owners of whatever you have determined they might not need to have. You don't want that stuff and surely do not need it but their possession of what you don't have is intolerable! So you ROB your friends and family of the peace of mind they have as a result of their new stuff! And if this does not fit maybe you ROB others in spiritual, social, and psychological ways! You ROB them of a better relationship with GOD because you have intentionally deprived others of your prayers and the wisdom that only comes from spending time with God which has not been on the top of your priorities. You ROB them of the support and connections you have that can help propel them into their destiny because of your selfishness and the fear that you might get left behind. You ROB them of the encouragement to build their confidence in their endeavors to be their best selves because you silently, and very possibly jealously, refuse to one of the ones who would dare speak life into their life! Again, Are YOU a robber? Robbers do not limit their work to the familiar or most likely places that their targeted prey would expect to encounter them. Robbers do not always look like the masked thieves in black you see on TV. Robbers can look like, sound like, and think like YOU! Robbers are conniving and creative and pull from an extensive repertoire of tactics to steal from, kill, and destroy others! Are you a ROBBER? In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead." In what ways have YOU stripped someone of their dignity OR beaten down their ego OR walked away from a wounded man, woman, boy or girl OR left someone half dead... helpless, hopeless, happy-less, or in a horrifying mess? Are YOU a robber? Friends I know that this is not an easy reflection. I know this is not an often welcome reflection. But it is a necessary one. If we are all going and growing to be the people GOD is calling for us to be, then we have to at least be honest about our own practices of robbing others of anything that is unlawful for us to have in the natural and in the spirit. And so on today I pray that you would ask the Lord to show you your ways of robbery. I pray that you would renounce the desire to rob others of any spiritual, social, or psychological gift that would support them in fulfilling their destiny. I pray that your identity as a robber and the company of robbers you keep would be vacated in Jesus Name! And I decree and declare that the good we will see in the mercy of the Samaritan will be seen in your life and ministry.... GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW @AudraSunshine or @SpiritConcept
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