The passion some days surprises me and I wonder from where it is born….
The lack of passion some days surprises me and I wonder where it has gone…
Today is a day of passion…..and I see it born from a heart that seeks after Him and His will…
Born of a journey that dead-ended and then seemed to start all over again or was it a simple U-turn??
Born of figuring out all that I knew I didn’t KNOW….All that I didn’t know was KNOWABLE….
Born of being broken and humbled…not an easy or self undertaken process….
The truth of it really is that….. little of it is self-undertaken….other than the choice…the seeing the dead-end…the asking to be well.....the realizing that always and forever I was/am working for ME no matter what the appearance was or is….the realizing that I lived life for me….about me……around me……and You still loved me…..who’s gonna believe that you know??
I mean once you see yourself for all that you are about……who’s gonna believe that Big Daddy God is gonna still love you….because of course that brings you to the choice….the believing that while you are insignificant you are valuable…while you are selfish and self-gratifying and self-protecting……He, the God of the universe loves you….loved you from the beginning…..and whether or not I believe in Him ….He loves me…….talk about HUMBLING!!
So the passion today is…….present and in the passion is such peace…..in the peace is a humble yet passionate patience……Wanting to be a part of His plan and yet no longer driven by it but comforted by the knowledge that there is a PLAN…..
What an amazing God….
Acts 16: 24-29"The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.' Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn't make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?
30-31"God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he's calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead."
32-34At the phrase "raising him from the dead," the listeners split: Some laughed at him and walked off making jokes; others said, "Let's do this again. We want to hear more." But that was it for the day, and Paul left. There were still others, it turned out, who were convinced then and there, and stuck with Paul—among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris.
Acts 17: 5-6 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was able to give all his time to preaching and teaching, doing everything he could to persuade the Jews that Jesus was in fact God's Messiah. But no such luck. All they did was argue contentiously and contradict him at every turn. Totally exasperated, Paul had finally had it with them and gave it up as a bad job. "Have it your way, then," he said. "You've made your bed; now lie in it. From now on I'm spending my time with the other nations."
7-8 He walked out and went to the home of Titius Justus, a God-fearing man who lived right next to the Jews' meeting place. But Paul's efforts with the Jews weren't a total loss, for Crispus, the meeting-place president, put his trust in the Master. His entire family believed with him.
8-11 In the course of listening to Paul, a great many Corinthians believed and were baptized. One night the Master spoke to Paul in a dream: "Keep it up, and don't let anyone intimidate or silence you. No matter what happens, I'm with you and no one is going to be able to hurt you. You have no idea how many people I have on my side in this city." That was all he needed to stick it out. He stayed another year and a half, faithfully teaching the Word of God to the Corinthians.
So this new life.......WOW.....