You Know You are Maturing When You Can “Wait With Perseverance”.The world trains us to push HARD to get ahead. But God says if you need to push something that hard make sure it’s a pause button!
We are on our last leg with Unconditional Love; Conditional Relationships. We are continuing to focus our eye sight and perceptions as we discern truth, wisdom, thoughts, memories and knowledge. We will be thinking about pain and how we perceive things for the next few days.
When we think about pain, those of us who truly believe God’s word must believe the following: God did not create Eden with pain, suffering or sorrow. In heaven we will no longer have any pain, suffering or sorrow. The tree of life offers no fruit of pain, suffering or sorrow. The fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the free will of Satan and the free will of man was / is the cause of pain, suffering and sorrow.
We know that our nature wants to rebel against the Law – Don’t you realize there was only 1 commandment / Law in Eden:
“From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die”
Sometimes our thoughts have us pointing the finger of blame at God because he spoke about “the curse” which was our pain, suffering and sorrow. Let’s look a bit closer at what really happened: Eden was God’s Kingdom which rightfully was built upon His constitution. Under His established authority He appointed Adam to be in charge. God delegated the power of His command unto Adam. God communicated what actions were allowed and disallowed as well as the expectation of accountability which He verbalized to His subordinate.
God knows his commands are unique; they require an inner commitment not a mere external, superficial obedience. God also knows what deep, holy love is – doing what is BEST for someone. So He took variables out of the equation. God set’s the law and the law stands, He cannot go back on His word. Therefore you can ALWAYS count on Him, even for pain, suffering, sorrow and death – if that is what YOU have YOUR heart SET ON!
When Adam made the choice and took the action of abandoning his post, it was no different than him taking the door handle, turning it, releasing the latch while pulling the gate open allowing all that had been bound away from them roar right in. The Knowledge of Good and Evil hurled into their Shalom crashing, smashing and binding them in pain, suffering and sorrow.
All God did was some creative chaos containment so that all was not lost forever. He graciously paused everything with His words. The curse was merciful; His creation wouldn’t forever die however they would have pain, toil, labor, separation, sorrow and grace. He and His creation suffered the death of His glory, pure joy, peace and harmonious relations with God the Father, His Son and His Holy Spirit.
The pain of the curse is anguish, the gnashing of teeth, an embittered soul. As Romans 8:22 states:
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this but also we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved but hope that is seen is not hope’ for ones does not hope for what he sees.
But if we HOPE for what we DO NOT SEE, with perseverance we WAIT EAGERLY for IT!
So today I ask and pray that you hope for what you believe; that you perceive an image then imagine what it WILL look and act like. Here is the where I ask that you not labor in vain, please persistently storm heaven as you persevere eagerly awaiting it to show up. Just keep following His directions and you will find it; when you seek it with your heart, your mind, your soul and a prospering Holy Spirit. This is not a vain perseverance or a lesser win compared to hollow images which are touted all around us. Please take a second glance, push pause…..Together we will push play…..and MAN that is going to be an awesome day!!
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