When personal works are but filth; when entertainment no longer numbs; when self-righteousness and the pride of life are shown for the powerless vanity that they are; when man cannot give comfort to the soul - O' what a place, O' what a sweet place raw reality.
Does not life often feel as if the captain of the ship has died and you are the one left at the helm, a helm untrained, a helm that is being beaten down and tossed by turbulent waves, being left to pilot a storm battered vessel with no direction of true north. At least for me, I know that it does sometimes feel exactly like this.
Early this morning, between imaging patients, I was praying and asking the Lord a specific question concerning myself, my focus, and weighing out the balance in life that the He would have of me.
No praise has ever been so sweet as the praise that is given unto God, while walking with Him, in the midst of trials. And the specific trials themselves, by their type, need not a name. It is that they are trials unto you and unto me, being specific in their nature, even divinely appointed, and piercing deeply, that we might come to rest fully in the absolute sovereignty of His very being.
What can you learn about the fires of afflictions, standing fast, holding onto truth? Have you embraced Jesus as most precious and most treasured in your life? There is a difference. Regarding truth faith and the power of God, for instance, consider the difference between that of the son of Sceva in Acts 19:11-20. They were mere professors at best, without truth, power and working reality. Then consider the three Hebrew young men as found in Daniel 3:13-30 - MASSIVE difference and a GOOD reminder, help and hope for us today in standing against ALL tyranny. Don't forget, Jesus Himself prophesied Matthew 7:21-23.
Recently I preached a few messages all centered around Hebrews 12:1-3. Many of the verses that were included I have been collecting over the last several years. I have been personally studying, applying and repenting of my disbelief in God being absolutely sovereign through these very passages.
I am not sure exactly when I started following BeautyBeyondBones' (Caralyn's) blog page, but over the years she has written some great help for the youth today, especially young girls and young women. It was maybe when I noticed her like something on my first blog (ASimpleWalk.com), regardless of how and when, it may be the "why" I have followed her that matters the most.
See how the Lord blessed His faithful servants. Algerius was burned at the stake in Rome during the year 1557. Thus he writes, a short time before his martyrdom:—
"The Hill, though high, I covet to ascend...
The fear of death does not result in longevity nor produce wise dealings, discernment and decisions. Often our fears leads us down the paths of narcissistic aides in order to escape our inevitable end of meeting God and receiving the just punishment of having disregarded faith.