Wednesday, 20 June 2018

I am a Warrior. 2 Corinthians 10:4

 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds." NKJV
  "We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments." JCB

  And the greatest of these is love.
  What? Love is a weapon?
  The enemy of our souls knows it. But we don't have to listen to a single toxic thing he says!
  Love holds the door open for someone else. Love says, "Thank you." Love is patient with the old and the young. Love is equipping our children with the skills to thrive on their own. Love is letting them go. Love is discipline and dedication to something greater than ourselves.

  I think of the famous image from the 1960's of a war protester putting a flower in the muzzle of a soldier's gun.
  If anything, Lord, I want to be that flower. I want to be a Warrior who carries the sweet fragrance of faith everywhere. I want to reflect Your beauty wherever ugly raises its head. I want to demonstrate to the lost and the broken there is a better way.
  And it is a better way. It's not easier because vengeance is replaced with compassion. It's not easier because blame is replaced with grace. It's not easier because bitterness is replaced with forgiveness. It's not easier because to love is to let go. Love is to cast away every bullet in our arsenal.
  Can you imagine if every weapon on the planet fired petunias? Can you imagine if every tongue spoke in daisies? Can you imagine if every thought created a bouquet of perfect blossoms? The world would be blanketed with the sweet fragrance of love.

  I am left smiling at the thought because, Lord, there are still some thorns on this warrior, heritage rosebud. You know where they are.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

1 John 1:7

  I am walking in His light.
  "But if we walk in the light as He us in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." NKJV
  "But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, them we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. " JCB

  The sun is shining but the ole brain is foggy this morning. I have realized something. I need the weight of a blanket to sleep well. The house didn't cool down enough for that until three or four this morning.
  It doesn't surprise me. I've heard other trauma survivors say the same thing. It's a security thing. Laying in bed exposed is being vulnerable to the nth degree. Although how much protection a blanket provides is technically zero. Unless it is an armor plated blankie. If that were the case, the clang and rattle would interfere with sleep anyways!

  All of us do things to create a sense of security, often unconsciously.
  I wonder what fearless living would look like? While many of my fears have been purged, the blanket has revealed there are still some in hiding...These fears ought to be running for their lives.
  Why? Because I know Jesus will lead me into understanding. He will grant me the discernment to pluck deeply rooted fears from my soul. He will fill me with grace so I may forgive those who taught me to be afraid. That grace will spill over so I can forgive myself for living in fear.
  Jesus has covered me with His blood, the greatest security blanket in the universe!

Monday, 18 June 2018

I live in Victory. 1 Corinthians 15:57

  "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. " NKJV
  "But thank God! He gave us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. " JCB

  Once again I left Church with a deeper understanding of God. Yesterday I learned  what El Shaddai means. It has been translated as Almighty God because the root word in Hebrew for El Shaddai translates as mountains. But it could also mean breasts, something the early translators skimmed over or ignored.
  I found this utterly fascinating because while God is the ultimate power, He is also the nurturer and life giver.
  In battle against an enemy, the soldier on the high ground has the advantage. Every time we take the high road, we have already achieved victory over the things of this world determined to see us fail.
  Jesus is our Guide along the mountain trails. I suppose they are paths of righteousness. To take the high road is to be the victor over the enemy who is happy to help us fall from the heights of faith.
   But God isn't only a mountain. Psalm 23 assures us that when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us. He comforts us and leads us into a better place.
  So no matter where we are in life, on a mountain or in the valley, life with God is a victorious one...

  I constantly re-read what is written. Today's post so far feels rather flat, the metaphors feel more like hollow cliches. Maybe it's because today's writing has been treated as a task to get finished ASAP because I've other things to do.
  Lord, thank You for reminding me why I do this.
  This is my morning prayer time and it doesn't matter if it's a mountain day of joy or a valley day of angst, I write because I know You are here.
  And that is the greatest knowledge of all.