Thought for Today Monday, March 9, 2009

cross-in-heavenly-sky3“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.  For if you love those who love you. what reward have you?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet the brethren only, what do you do more than others?  Do not even the tax collectors do so?  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”                                                                                                                                                                                     Matthew 5:44-48

How can we possibly love our enemies?  Without the divine life of the Spirit within us, we cannot.   The demand of the new law of the kingdom is higher than the requirement of the old dispensation.  This higher law can be met only by the Father’s divine life, not by the the natural life.  Anyone trying to live the life of the Christian without the Holy Spirit will soon become exhausted and disillusioned.  However, we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.

Are you trying to live a life of faith without the Faithful One?  If you are, as I am certain you must surely be realising, it simply cannot be done.  And let us not fool ourselves either, it is not easy even as a Born Again believer.  The flesh is constantly warring against the Spririt, and alas, this is to be our fate until we reach our goal.  So, when do we stop this uphill battle and hit the slide?  Again, I am afraid that this will never happen.

Last night I was watching “The Hiding Place” again, and it really made me examine myself.  Have I ever been called to forgive the horrors that those in the Nazi death camps did?  I don’t believe that any of us have.  And Betsy Ten Boom struggled with this herself, but was an overcomer at last.  She never did make it out of those camps, but her sister Corrie did, and as I remember having read, she once happened upon one of the cruelest guards from the camp at a social affair she was attending later in life.  Do you know that she actually marched right up to that guard and said “I forgive you”?  Yes, she did.  She was so completely submitted to the Spirit that she was able to do this.  Could she have done it in the flesh?  Never!  Let us never forget the source of our strength, and let us not attempt to live by our own anymore.  We are new creations, and what is more, we are no longer our own, but were bought with a price.  We will only be perfect as our Father is perfect because of His divine Spirit which dwells within us, and never fully in this life.  But let us not tire of seeking to do that which pleases the Father, and submitting to His will.  The longer you walk with the Lord, as you look back over your life you will see the great changes that have been wrought in your character.  And yet this does not come without a price.  We must subjugate our will to the Lord’s, which is what He means when he says to “pick up your cross and follow me”.  We have to become less, so that He can become more.  As we do this, we will become ever more at peace, and ever more able to carry out His will.  As for doing any of that, unless you have the Holy Spirit indwelling yours, it will never happen.

Do you have the Holy Spirit?  Church attendance, Bible reading and prayer are all meaningless unless we have the One we worship indwelling our spirit.  How does that happen?  That is the easy part, invite Him in, realising that without Him we are mere empty and dead shells.  I won’t lie to you though.  The Christian life is not easy.  It will take everything you’ve got.  It already cost the Father everything He had, shall we give him any less? 

May it never be!

julietsm

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4 Responses to “Thought for Today Monday, March 9, 2009”

  1. These are very inspirational and uplifting thoughts. I did not realize that you had this going on; thanks for letting me know.

    God’s blessings always,

    Jerry

  2. As ever Juliet some great words and an inspiration for us all to hear. I too will strive to put my full faith in God now that I am taking my first steps as a newborn in His beautiful garden, and I hope that others will too here as well as they enter His family.

    I look forward to more thoughts from your pen Juliet. Well done.

    God bless you too Juliet, as I know He has done in your life.

    Love, Gus : )

  3. I disagree that it is difficult to be a Christian!!! You must be that shining lamp, walking in the darkness. Take on the entire armour of God (breast plate of righteousness, helmet of Jesus (knowledge), gird up your loins….(I forget all the equipment parts right now!!!) …and just radiate the Holy Spirit within you….people do notice it, and you will find many souls drawn to you for guidance. There is so little love in the world right now (especially among young people) that even a kindly understanding smile may revitalize the world (certainly one persons world)!! But at the same time, I advise all NOT to spread their pearls before swine…….Remember the parable of the fig tree…..there are good and bad figs! Don’t be trodden down by wasting your time and energy on those who are intent on attacking you…….they are evil and always will be! Kill em with kindness, it drive them crazy!!!! best wishes

  4. wow Juliet, you continue to amaze me; you’re making me want to go and reac some more of that good word of God!
    you make highly interesting points, and not blind ones either, they’re supported with Biblical evidence as well as part of the whole Christian Theology.
    keep me posted, I don’t want to miss another blog!

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