Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to be silent before the Lord, and to seek in all things, to know and to do His will. Let me tell you about that thing that Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, and how that hit me when I read this message. “Read,” there, is present tense. Like I said, I am one of those silly creatures, and I have a short memory span at times; especially when it’s easier to gratify my flesh. Ooopppsss, did I just tell on myself? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am keeping it real. Not there yet, but not where I used to be either.
We are bid to abide in His love, which is also an atmosphere of loving understanding toward all men. Here’s where that “becoming like a child,” comes in. It’s summed up in this scripture: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we do this, we’re told in the message, God surrounds us with a shield of protection and favor; a protective screen against all evil. Psalm 5:12 tells us this: “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” That shield is fashioned by our attitudes, words, and deeds toward others. It comes back to sowing and reaping. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Gal. 6:7)
You know how a little child runs ahead, headlong, not really thinking of possible dangers, etc.? The hardest part of this is not being kind, patient, etc. with others-because I can do that-sometimes. We all can, can’t we? C’mon, keeping it real, right? Truth is, the hardest part of this thing is becoming like a child, and seeking Jesus’ word, will, and way in regard to others when we’re finding it hard to be patient, kind, etc.. I discovered a secret to overcoming that ; or at least to making it a little easier. It’s the same thing we learned about fire safety as children. Stop, drop (the attitude, fear, doubt, etc.), and roll. The one we’re rolling with is Jesus. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” -again-(Proverbs 3:5-6) OMG, my flesh has the hardest time with that! Then, though, I am reminded of just how infantile I am in regard to eternity, and the Eternal One. And I am so grateful for His patience with me.
I make it a point to remind myself daily that I’m just a baby girl in eternal standard time. It helps. It also helps to review that list in 1Cor 13, and the one in Gal 5:22-23. I found practicing one of these daily helps to build one up in them. I think of what Paul said in 1 Cor. 9:23-25 “I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” It isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. But, no matter what, keep going-God will get you there!
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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 15, 2020, 3:57 p.m.