Well itâ€™s Sunday evening and I have had a wonderful week. Part of its goodness has been the discovery of several very good blogs. I am enjoying the people I am meeting. It is rich to be able to discuss issues that matter with new people. This is especially true when the discussions are by thoughtful, caring, Christian minds.
Our minds are a very great treasure. We are instructed in the Word that the Word will transform them into tools that can and do think with God. That is absolutely awesome! I have several friends whose minds are being transformed, and I am amazed at the quality of their insightful work and the Biblical lives they lead. Wouldnâ€™t it be wonderful if the entire Body of Christ got just a little glimpse of what would happen if we really did what we talk about, and read the Word expecting our minds to not only understand, but actually begin to think differently?
Combine that habit with a valid â€œprayer closetâ€� time with our Beloved Lord, and our behavior would begin to experience Romans 8 instead of Romans 7. Radical Christianity would become the norm as we learned to hear His voice clearly and became invested in the breath of the Spirit. The issues within the Body would evolve into actions that would really address the needs of our lost world while the good news of Jesus Christ would be our first thoughts to talk about with all.
Dreaming? Just a bit. But why not? It is what we teach and supposedly believe. There is really only one answer â€“ might as well bend the knee to Him and begin to do what we talk about in church.
Thanks for reading. I will put some of those good blog addresses on my site, when I learn how. I am such a beginner that itâ€™s a bit scary. But I will learn. At least I will try.
Have a good week. Would love for you to leave a comment.
“The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord; for He laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.” Psalm 24:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Version.
I am always awe-struck with the overwhelming beauty of Niagara Falls, whenever I am there. I took this picture in the winter of ’03 from the Canadian side looking down the river. What awesome majesty is displayed in just the grandeur of the creation! How awesome He is to allow us to see just a portion of His wonderful beauty through the creation. Enjoy the picture, and most of all enjoy the Lord Jesus as creator and upholder. For indeed He is all that and much, much more.
Obedience — a Gateway
As I walk my life out in the love of our Lord, I am noticing an interesting phenomenon. We are taught that â€œblessings follow obedienceâ€� and certainly in the Old Covenant that was a prominent part of the understanding. However, in the New Covenant, I find that we are blessed immeasurably just by being in Jesus Christ, and obedience is empowered in His Spirit. We obey out of blessing. Now, blessing upon blessing flows, but our purpose in obedience should never be to receive, but to enjoy His delight. That is â€œreceivingâ€� in its truest sense.
Now, that â€œinteresting phenomenonâ€� I mentioned above is seen when obedience occurs because of the delight in relationship with our Lordâ€™s heart. Gates begin to open when they had seemed closed. As I choose to obey what is before me to obey, the gates about that open and release more and more empowerment in obedience. This is wonderful, and very interesting to me. It works almost like those computer games, which have â€œkeysâ€� that open to other types of games within the game.
This very morning I was encouraging one of my students on the phone to begin the task that was before them and then the â€œinspirationâ€� would flow for the completion of the task. This is very true in writing. I may think I know what I am to write, but then just let me begin, and matters begin to unfold that I had no idea would been seen on paper. We think we must have it all mapped out (like our English teachers taught us to do â€“ outline etcâ€¦), but really, if we will only sit at the computer and begin, it will flow into manifestation. It may need to be rearranged or rewritten many times, but if we will begin to write, pouring out our heart, it will take a shape of its own, and the Lord Himself oversees the matter.
So as we choose to walk in obedience letâ€™s expect the Lord to empower our movement. It (whatever â€˜Itâ€� is or needs to be) will begin to flow through open â€œgatesâ€� that lead us to joy in Him. So begin to obey that matter you know you should. Do not discount it as a â€œshouldaâ€� and refuse to begin. Just begin. Even if there are several starts and stops. Just begin and watch the faithfulness of our Lord deliver for you on every hand. He loves to open gates. Let Him.