You know how when you have lived with your spouse for some years and you have invested yourselves in each other; you are familiar?
So much so when he is in the outfield and you came late to the stands, you know it is him out there. You can’t see the lines of his face; you can’t make out his chin but you know that’s him. Even from a distance, a long-distance facing his back, you just know. That’s him.
Why — you could even pick him out from a line up seeing only his hands or feet. That’s how well you know him.
And why is that? Why do you know him so well?
That’s easy. Years of togetherness have taught you.
GOD wants us to know Him even better than this.
He wants us to recognize His hands, His path, His face, and His heart.
It’s important, don’t you think, that we can say of HIM, I recognize that Hand. I know this Path. This Direction is surely His. Even when we are looking through a glass darkly we must know that’s HIM.
How do we do this?
Years of Togetherness.
Conversation. Investment. LOVE.
ALL relationships require it.
And NO relationship is more needed or more complete than the one we have with Father GOD.
So how close do you have to be before you can say, That’s HIM!
Isaiah 1:18-31 Complete Jewish Bible
18 “Come now,” says Adonai,
“let’s talk this over together.
Even if your sins are like scarlet,
they will be white as snow;
even if they are red as crimson,
they will be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
you will be eaten by the sword”;
for the mouth of Adonai has spoken. source
The Passage is Matthew 26:31-35. If you click HERE you can read it.
Among other things, I got this, this morning.
Until next time.
A most important word.
Full of power and comfort.
When used in conjunction with Scripture.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV) 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, source
When renegade thoughts invade with intent, stop is a refuge for deliverance.
Just that simple word spoken with the authority of the Blood of JESUS will shut the mouths of lions seeking YOU to devour.
Say it out loud.
Experience casting down those crippling, haunting, malicious thoughts.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. source
Use it today.
You will surely need it.
That’s how I was prompted to share it with you this morning.
Just a little Sunday afternoon considered opinion to be taken or left as the reader wills. 🙂
Personality tests, seeking to discover who we are along with the gifts, talents, even our hidden potential, and the like seem particularly popular on social media.
Admittedly, it’s fun, intriguing, enticing even, and the results from time to time even ring a bell or two.
Albeit, for us seriously desiring to know who we are perhaps we would read The Bible.
There without fail, not only do we learn who we are but who we can become and how to get there.
The Bible. The only fully accurate personality test available. And so readily available – no app needed – just take it down from the shelf, open, read, learn, live.
I have a quick observation to share from 1 Peter 3:9.
Well, we might as well read verses 8 through 12.
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For “He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” source
The fact that it is recorded for us to not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling tells me that some brothers and some sisters are going to act in evil ways toward another brother and/or sister and that some are going to revile one another.
IF we want the blessings of our Father, let us make sure the one doing NOT the evil and NOT the reviling is US.
Should I say it again? Let us not be surprised or caught off guard when these hurts come to us, let us prepare ourselves ahead of time so our responses will be well-pleasing to our Father.
And we will when we take our hearts daily (moment by moment) to The Father asking Him to tenderize us so we will NOT be tough as shoe leather – walking on others.