Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How Vast and Measureless....

Galatians 5: 7

You were running well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth??

Okay, so I have been going too long between writing.  While there is likely no one reading, I still sense the need to write.  What keeps me from doing so?  Distraction and laziness.  I get caught up in the drama of life and the exhausting task of keeping track.  I am not sure where along the way I got lost, but I did.

In light of this, I have made a decision.  I need to SNAP OUT OF IT!!!!  Whatever funk keeps me hidden in a cave, I have to renounce.  Whatever lies I keep believing about myself, I have to debunk.  Whatever is holding me back from doing as God asks of me, I have to repent.  

So this is my task.  I have had some hard lessons thrust upon me. Some I brought upon myself.  Hurt, anger, bitterness, and pride have weighed me down.  I can't live like that anymore.  I can't keep pleading with God to take something from me that I refuse to let go.  I am not doing my family, my friends, myself any favors by dwelling on things I can't change.  I want to,  but I can't make the accusers pay for their crimes. I don't have to live with the imposed punishment.  I don't have to live like a slave, especially when it is slavery to men.

I am a child of the Risen King.  I am a daughter of the Most High God.  He promises that there is NOTHING that will change that.  Nothing I can or can't do will change how the Father loves me.  I am remembered and kept.  I can no longer make a mockery of what Christ has done for me.

Isaiah 42: 6

I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I have to believe God and what He says is true about me.  I have to believe God and the promises He says about how He will care for me.  I have to care more about what God wants and thinks that what this world wants and thinks.  

2 Corinthians 10

10 Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away. Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won’t have to be bold with those who think we act from human motives.
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.
Look at the obvious facts.[b] Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do. I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.
I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” 11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.
12 Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
13 We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. 14 We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ.
15 Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. 16 Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else’s territory.17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”[c]
18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.

How deep the Father's love for us.  How vast beyond all measure.  That He should give His only Son, and make a wretch His treasure...
I will not boast in anything.  No gifts, No power, nor wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ! His death and Resurrection.