Up to this point, everything I did was for my own narcissism and all attempts to easy my hopeless, dark, hell-bent state were a failure. No matter how I tried to numb the pain and bring light into my life, I was unable. My prison chains were real, forged of a damning, deceitful, and disturbing kind of steel. These binding serrated bars and chain-links of death were unable to be lifted and left me most inescapable. I was powerless, and none of my works, even my very best ones, nor any of my uses of self-help, could rescue.
“In all the history of the world Jesus emerges as the only ‘expected’ person. No one was looking for such a person as..."
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.
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.
I have been so busy with so many other things that I have yet to share a little Living History project that I have begun studying, noting and piecing together. I have a long ways to go on this little project, but is tentatively titled, "One Beautiful Evening: The Night Grace Became Sweet Unto My Soul."
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.
Greetings and Merry Christmas!
What a wonderful and glorious, a most gracious and merciful, certainly love-filled, thing that has happened to me! How wonderful has He been unto me? - surely so much more than anyone can fathom.
The Preacher Who Refused to be Bought Reminded this morning of Charles Spurgeon's refusal to be used as a side show in his day by the well known P. T. Barnum of Barnum and Bailey Circus.