Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Isaiah 11-14 ; Hebrews 9

Praising You for breakfast….breakfast w/a friend. Exploring them and allowing ourselves to be explored…revealed . More of the conversations deep and wide.
Praising You for companions on the journey, who when you are revealed choose to stay with you. Choose to enter into the chaos with you without trying to fix or figure you out….just enter it at your side, trusting that He has a plan and all you need to do is rest in that.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just live in the forgiveness and love You provide. Wouldn’t it be nice to be so firm in your faith that you never stepped out of it. Wouldn’t it be nice to be full of faith all the time…..BUT if we did perhaps we would miss the coming back, perhaps we would miss the humility that failure brings…perhaps we would miss the closeness that comes in humility……we would miss the forgiveness in that humble regret.…when I read Isaiah 13:9 Like a hunted white-tailed deer, like lost sheep with no shepherd, People will huddle with a few of their own kind, run off to some makeshift shelter…..I don’t want someone to be that hunted deer, that lost sheep……without hope…..motivated and driven by total and complete panic and hopelessness……so that I come away from You humbles me and gives me eyes to see others lost….others paniced….
While it would be nice and probably more Godly of me to live there in the forgiveness and love…….I am sorry that I don’t / haven’t / can’t…….and just pray to humbly come back trusting always trusting that WHAT YOU want for me is better than whatever I might want or think I need……In the coming back is so much LOVE... Abba Father never wants us away from Him, but allows us the freedom to do so and always forgives us in the coming back….

Praising You for Jesus….Hebrews 9: 11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven's "tent"—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.

Yes...praising You for Jesus...


Jada's Gigi said...

I'm thinking much on freedom these days...lots of bloggers are making reference in various ways...I think it may tie in with the fire and water thing from the mountains...hmmmmm
how free is free?

Larry said...

BUT if we did perhaps we would miss the coming back, perhaps we would miss the humility that failure brings…perhaps we would miss the closeness that comes in humility...

We'd also miss God's reality. God has a special way of correcting, different from what I've experienced anywhere else. Not to hurt, not to embarrass, but really to improve. Yah, the world is full of people who say they're doing things to make you better, but God really does so.

Having everything go smoothly, never making a mistake, I like that. Correction has been so painful that I just avoid situations where it might happen, leading to deep convservatism. But God turns this around. His correction brings life, and a confirmation that he's there, he's paying attention and that he cares.

This is still new to me. I get very nervous when skirting the unknown because of the potential for making mistakes that would require correction. I'm like the beaten dog, cringing every time someone bends over to pat its head.

Midlife Moments said...

Praising right along with you! Great post, as always!

Christine said...

You're dancing around a good point here~ humility is too important a lesson for us to be allowed to skip it. Noone can reach God's feet without humility~ noone can truly love without humility intact. It seems to me that love grows from hope and faith, and hope and faith grow on the foundations of humility and a trust in God.

Christine said...

(whoops! Forgot to say, Good post!) Thought-provoking stuff~

Bruce said...

"Praising You for companions on the journey, who when you are revealed choose to stay with you."

When Jesus' followers were starting to leave Him because of what He was saying, He turned to the remaining followers and asked them if they too would be leaving. Peter responded, "Where can we go? You have the words of eternal life."

May it be so in our lives.


Danielle said...

Yes, wouldn't it be nice if all this were enough? We are terrible children sometimes! As unworthy and complicated as the common teenager. As uncurable as the common cold!