ReBlog, Friendship . . .

When we are younger we think our friends will be there for us throughout our entire lives. We go through elementary school, middle school, and high school together. These are friends we’ve known for 6-10 years, there’s no way we can see our life without them. But, we go to college, possibly not to the…

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Colossians 3:14 NASB Beyond all these things put on love . . .

Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; [13] bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. [14] Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

The Resurrections . . .

Revelation 20:4–6 (ESV)

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Verses 4–6
Here is an account of the reign of the saints, for the same space of time as Satan is bound. Those who suffer with Christ, shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, in conformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness: this is called the first resurrection, with which none but those who serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured. The happiness of these servants of God is declared. None can be blessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall be blessed. We know something thing of what the first death is, and it is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternal separation from God. May we never know what it is: those who have been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are saved from the power of the second death. We may expect that a thousand years will follow the destruction of the antichristian, idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity, in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over all the earth. By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit, fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will as certainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We may easily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, and other calamities would cease, if all men were true and consistent Christians. All the evils of public and private contests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largely increased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead of adding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for the promised glorious days, and to do every thing in our public and private stations which can prepare for them.  Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.

The discipline of dejection

February 7th

The discipline of dejection

But we trusted … and beside all this, to-day is the third day … Luke 24:21.

Every fact that the disciples stated was right; but the inferences they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that savours of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If depression and oppression visit me, I am to blame; God is not, nor is anyone else. Dejection springs from one of two sources—I have either satisfied a lust or I have not. Lust means—I must have it at once. Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who gives the answer. What have I been trusting God would do? And to-day—the immediate present—is the third day, and He has not done it, therefore I imagine I am justified in being dejected and in blaming God. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer. It is impossible to be well physically and to be dejected. Dejection is a sign of sickness, and the same thing is true spiritually. Dejection spiritually is wrong, and we are always to blame for it.
We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized.  Chambers, O., 1986. My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year, Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.

We are not the Judge or to Judge . . .

James 4:11–12 (ESV)

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Run till the burn is gone . . .

James 4:7–10 (ESV)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

My Thoughts:  

It’s like a rubberband, it’s like a magnet, if you do not flee with enough force and speed, they will bring you back.  It reminds me of when I am driving out on the open road, it’s weird, but I will pass a car and all of a sudden they want to keep up with me and I cannot seem to lose them and eventually, for some reason, the catch up to me – again and they pass me.  Then we play this game back and forth.  I eventually learned when I go by another car, I need to get up some speed and go by so quickly that by the time they really notice and react, they figure, they are already too far ahead and just continue the speed they are going.

I want to relate this to my burn and walking with the devil in intimacy.  I knew I was being drawn in, I knew it was not really right, I knew I should run, but I also felt and believed that I could not get burned from it.

I tried to move away at least three times, but I did not make the moves dramatic enough, I did not run far enough, long enough or fast enough.  Circumstances, life, me, her, drew us back together – because there was something of a connection between us, just like a magnet.  Don’t move them far away enough from each other, the attraction without effort resumes and sometimes, I did not even realize it.

Even after I did run and felt far enough – so I thought, I had to go back one more time.  I “had” to make things right, I needed to make sure everyone was on the same page.  It was the wrong thing to do, I got trapped, I got burned.