Saturday, October 24, 2015

hold on

Don't throw away this confident trust in the Lord,

no matter what happens.

Remember the great reward it brings you!

Patient endurance is what you need now,

so you will continue to do God's will.

Then you will receive all that He has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36

Who wants to quit?

Who just doesn't see any tangible reason to think God is still active in their life, let alone guiding it?

Who thinks that because of the incredible stress, & the unrelenting & unending nature of the trials or suffering they are enduring, they are going to lose their minds?

The writer of Hebrews says don't throw it all away, even if quit looks good – no matter what happens.

Those are 4 words God has laid before me again & again since December 24, 2009... matter what happens.

And a lot has happened since then.

Over & over again, as all kinds of things have occurred, the words keeps coming back...

no matter what happens.

We say our highest desire is to “do God's will”,

but sometimes when being or doing what God wants us to be or do doesn't quite fit our concept of what either should be,

we want to throw or hands up in the air & throw in the towel,

or worse, become whining martyrs – poor, pitiful, put-upon people being abused by God's intentions.

Now, I'm the first to say I'm not a patient person.

I don't suffer fools well.

Nor do I like to wait - & it's my last name!

But Hebrew's author says that even when life gets ridiculously difficult, maddening, crazy, discouraging, or chaotic...

...keep going, son we can be & do what God wants us to be & do.

Now, how in the round world are we gonna do this?!

I assume it is the way we do anything...

...through the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

What do you think is holding me together?!

We just gotta ask the Holy Spirit to sustain us, give us the power to take life one more step.

And before any of us blow this off as just silly, consider this...

...what other choice do we have?

...who else is gonna help us? there any thing that can do the job for us, other than the Holy Spirit?

I think not.

Just for today, let's just simply ask the Holy Spirit for enough strength & power to make it through the day & not disgrace ourselves, or Him.

And see what happens...

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