Consecration, Eternity, Fear of God, Pain, Prayer, Process, Trials, Wilderness

Embrace The Fire

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. (‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭12-14‬ NKJV)

Left on our own, we are helpless to discern between righteousness and unrighteousness. Ways that seem right in our own eyes may lead us to death. (Prov 16:25) Who can discern his hidden sins? Who can understand his errors and secret faults? My heart trembles in fear because I cannot see what is hidden within me. 

But He knows. And if we want to know, He is pleased to show us and take us through the fires of refinement. Of course there is a price to pay, but the rewards of it far, far outweighs the pain of sanctification. Better to pay the price of testing now than to pay the price of judgement later on. Better to be tested in my heart and to walk through the fire, than to live my life in ways that lead to death. We are never to abuse His grace and take it as an excuse for continuing to live in unrighteousness, hidden or unhidden. Sanctification is a necessary process and we are to walk in it. We are to walk out the righteousness given to us, and in doing so, willingly embrace the fire of testing and refining.  

Give me the testing, and give me the fire, so that what is impure may be burnt away and what is of gold, uncovered. 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭23-24‬ NKJV) 

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Consecration, Destiny, Eternity, Fear of God, Longing, Musings, Purpose

The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3-11‬ NKJV)

I am doing a one year Bible reading plan and I came across an old familiar passage. The Beatitudes. Only this time, I realized the utter richness and complexity of His words. I am so mind blown by this one passage! It will take an entire lifetime to explore this one single passage and what it looks like lived out in ordinary life.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
What does it mean to mourn?
What does it mean to be meek?
What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
What does it mean to be merciful?
What does it mean to be pure in heart?
What does it mean to be a peacemaker?
What does it mean to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake?

…… what does it mean to be blessed?

I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to understanding The Beatitudes. I am even further from walking it out in my own life. But I want to understand His ways so much! I want my life to count for something in His eyes. I don’t want to waste my days, I want to live as one blessed in His sight.

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Eschatology, Eternity, Fear of God, The Church

I Love Your Judgements

Truth is cast down
Justice is perishing
The widow is abused
The orphan is abandoned
Do you think that God won’t see?
When the needy are exploited and no one cares for the voiceless?
The world’s leaders have turned to corruption
Each one ensnared by consumption of another man’s labor

But there’s a Man who’s seated on the throne
And He’s coming back to bring forth justice

He’s stirring up His church and working through His saints
But this is not the end there will be a day
With the burning wrath of fire in His heart
Our God shall come and not be silent
The Lord has seen
He will repay
He will arise on a set day
All who call on His name, in turn He will save

How will the nations learn Your righteousness unless You bring Your judgements to the earth?

King Jesus, set the captives free.

“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.” (Isaiah 51:4-5 NIV)

Many accuse Him of being silent, but He is not deaf. There is an appointed end to suffering, and swiftly shall it come.

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