What about this one: We are presses on all side but not crushed? REALLY! Don't we feel that metaphorical pressure at times and "FEEL Metaphorically CRUSHED"? I'm more like a porcelain soldier. I was not built to fight some of the things coming my way!
God is not metaphorically present, and yet we REALLY cannot see His face! These are real issues, for real Christ followers. In that one statement alone if we lean on our own understanding / knowledge of good and evil / we can be totally UNDONE!
So what now?!?! Well......we keep going anyway. But it very difficult when we feel like a fragile warrior. If we ARE strong, why do most of us FEEL so weak? And yes, we have been singing "we are weak, but He is strong" since childhood. So what in the world are we supposed to even look like!! Well.....we are going to let God Himself explain it. We will study, not just with our eyes and filing system, but as if we are watching His very mouth tell us each precious word. We are going to get down and dirty digging: groveling, searching, meditating, requesting, experiencing and living out our our efforts to relate WITH Him.....till we get some real glimpses of Him passing by! Don't think I didn't hear you just now...."Well what in the world does that look like?" "I guess you will have to sojourn with us and find out ;)"
For right now, I want you to revisit this link: Omit, Admit, Submit and add these thought pods to your brains research files. If you did not have a chance to click through any of the past links in yesterdays post, take some time to add that to your brains resources as well.
Keep this portion of Revelation 2, from the English Standard Translation, as a post it note in the front of your brain:
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
My prayer for us all, His body unified, be that we realize our faith cannot fail, because our only faithful piece is Him alone -He is faithful TO US. May we toward His faithfulness with all abandon!
In the might and power of Jesus Christ Himself ~ Amen
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