Saturday, February 17, 2007

Still Considering Giants (not the NY variety with blue jerseys...)

Sometimes a passage in scripture becomes a feasting ground and I find myself grazing there for days and weeks. Deuteronomy 7 & 8 are my current meadowland. Abundant and life-giving, I am finding unending delight and nourishment for my soul in this green pasture.

Let me share just one tidbit.

Deut.7:17-19 "If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'- you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharoah and to all Egypt: the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid."

Today I remember how mightily He has delivered me from so many enemies; what power He has displayed, what healing He has wrought, and how great His faithfulness to me. I have seen my poisoned and deceived mind delivered from a feminist agenda; my soul, once fragmented, is now restored; wandering feet have been shown the true path. How I need to stir afresh the testimony that is mine! My victory, in part, is contained therein. (Rev. 12:11)

And now I consider the enemy presently at hand, that stubborn lurking iniquity that fails to glorify Him; I see plainly that it is nothing in His sight. Let Him deal with it as He will. My heart will trust in Him and not rely on my own power.

That is, after all, the true work of God - to believe on Him. That is the whole of what we are to do. In John, the disciples ask Jesus what they should do that they might work the works of God. Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (John 6, 28, 29)

We need not be involved in self-effort, flagellations, or any other fleshly exercise. Our striving to win a battle against the foe is futile, devouring books on self-help in order to overcome that sin is fruitless (in case you haven't noticed), and beating ourselves up because we failed once again is a vain attempt to gain cleansing. Our part is to believe. Period. That is the work He calls us to.

So I will nurture my belief by hearing the Word of God, learning to know more clearly who He is so that my faith will be enlarged.

Amazingly simple. Tremendously freeing. Kinda makes me want to shout!

He will do it! He will be faithful to His word! He will transform me into the likeness of His glorious Son!

Pardon me, but I'm finding it good to remember.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT nugget, Mom. Somehow the fact that this is a marathon has really dawned on me, and sometimes I get a little tired just thinking about it -- thinking about an entire life of wanting to be like Jesus, but not totally there yet. (And not growing weary in continuing to set my sights high...)

So I really appreciated you sharing this the other night, and writing it here with such clarity.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I too find comfort remembering that HE will complete the good work that HE has begun.

10:38 PM  

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