Archive | October, 2014

Just some days more than others…

23 Oct

Romans 8: 19-21:

” For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, [i]in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

  As a Child of God, you always know the world is broken. Corrupted politics. Failing economies. YouTube Comments. All of these and more all cry out together in unison, “Something is wrong! We need saving!”

  My own heart is particularly indicative of creation’s current condition. Because of things like this, I always know that we need healing, just some days more than others.

  There was a crisis at my job today. The Lord was faithful, we got through it. But it left me feeling an overwhelming sense of the World’s brokenness, and my impotency to change that. Romans 8:20 says that creation was subjected to futility by God so that we could be set free. How does that work?

  2 Corinthians 3 says that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. How do we receive the Spirit of the Lord? Through faith in Christ (Ephesians 1: 3-14). How do we know that we need Christ? Because the world is broken (see Romans 8 again) It is crying out for relief! But all of our personal efforts are ultimately futile unless they are redeemed by the Lord. So, in desperation we cry out to the Lord for a Savior, He heals and redeems us from the decay of sin, and we are set free. Through the redemption of the sons of God, creation is being redeemed as well.

2 Corinthians 2: 15-16, 3: 4-6 

“5 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?…Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

  He will make all things right, but He is going to do it in His way and in His timing. Any attempts to circumvent His way will end in futility. God promised an Isaac. We should not make Ishmael.

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The Result of Taking Lone Action To Obtain The Desire of Our Hearts

5 Oct

Before reading this entry, I suggest reading through Psalms 22-24.  While eating some sandwiches after a hard-working morning on my uncle’s ranch, my uncle and I discussed suffering.

This last March, I had been in a relationship with a dear friend.  I was deeply in love, and I truly believed that despite the hardship, differences in beliefs, we would be alright because we both vocalized Christian faith – simply trusting that Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient for God’s wrath on sin in our lives and His resurrection proved His power over sin.  I confirmed this before the relationship began. If we were not of the same faith, I was convinced it would be disobedience to God, being “unequally yoked” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

I was advised by friends to take things slow and even avoid a relationship until I was absolutely convinced of her faith.  Unfortunately, I wanted to love her in Godly way so much that I did not give full consideration to what their wisdom.  Throughout the relationship, off and on, something did not feel right about it, but I could never put my finger on it.  A little over a year later, she confessed she was not a Christian.  The complications of the sin allowed in the relationship broke me, and when it did, she was not forgiving.  The relationship was over for good.

Psalms 22 voices suffering I have felt over the last six months.  “…My God, why have you forsaken me?… you do not answer.” I received much criticism from her without any voice.  My beliefs were mocked.  I could not believe God allowed this to happen.  I struggled finding words to describe how I felt until just recently this last week: “God does not love me.”

What is striking to me is verse twenty-three, “All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him…” Jacob and Esau were in conflict from birth.  Jacob was a deceiver, walked in less-than-trusting circles, and even wrestled with God.  Like his forefathers, Abraham and Isaac, he was a part of God’s covenant, yet he was notably flawed in character and his actions.  What did he hope to accomplish with his human endeavors?  As of now, my theory is Jacob sought the blessing of God and would do anything to receive it.

His dishonest actions apart from God are by no means admirable.  Psalms twenty-three dismisses such pursuits.  God is our guide to and through right paths, and there is no separation from that.  Through the darkest valleys, even though we stray from Him frequently, God alone guides us well.

And Psalms twenty-four further fortifies such a claim of His sovereignty: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.”  Who better to lead us than Him?

It is interesting to me that God is referenced here as the “God of Jacob” and that those to ascend to the hill of the Lord are those who have clean hands and pure hearts. Jacob is imperfect for such a comparison.  He did want the birthright though.

This thought is a work in progress and far from completion.  I look forward for some good critique of this thought with reinforced scripture. What I hope is taken from these few tidbits is an encouragement to trust and seek God for guidance in all things.  I do hope He is the desire of your heart, and His Spirit continues to make it as such. Do not be anxious and take matters into your own hands. The result of lone action to obtain the desire of our hearts leads to sin.  Jacob’s sin created some hefty burdens on himself and others.  Our sin creates messes, a potential of bringing great burdens.  Let us be grateful that despite our sin, God is in control and continues to fulfill His will.  Do not be in want. Let Him guide you and let others see His full blessing on your life.