Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Finish the work.. Finish the course.  There are a few reasons why they say it is a straight and narrow way..  One of these, most people figure out.. that if something is popular with the world, there is most likely something wrong with it.  The other- once you are called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28), you are put on a new course..  a new track to run, if you will.. one that is all planned out for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)  When you get to the part of the track to learn patience, you may go through many trials.. or you could get it fairly easy, and end up having to ride into work with a guy that stops at 3 or more places every day after work.  When you need to learn how important forgiveness is, and about the forgiveness and love of God and of Christ, your spouse may leave you.. and then you’ll know how it feels for Jeremiah 3:1 to be manifest in your own life, to follow the example God set in the Old Testament, and follow the example Jesus Christ has set to this very day with a bride who continues to commit adultery with the world and the prince thereof.  When it comes time for humbling and the final reaping of what you’ve sown, especially nowadays- you may find yourself in a forced labor camp.  ..I can’t say that I don’t dread the thought of a “FEMA camp” or the likes thereof, but if that’s what it takes for Christ’s work to be completed in me, then so be it.  Didn’t Paul, Peter, and John endure numerous labors?  Didn’t Jesus have to carry his own cross? He could have forced those soldiers to kill him on the spot, but he embraced his cross.  How many opportunities in life have you given up, just because of who you follow?  I digress..  When a christian comes to the end years of their life, you’ll notice how they increase in generosity, love, kindness, and patience.  They feed every animal and person they come into contact with.. they give a helping hand when possible. They don’t sue when a hospital causes the death of their spouse through carelessness.  So it is with all of God’s children..

I was told by God a while back, that I was stuck in a house of mirrors.  I was looking at my own self, my own failures and righteousness.. rather than looking unto Jesus to deliver me from evil and to finish the work he has began in me.  Instead of looking at my own acts, I should be looking at the things I am free from- the works God has wrought upon me.  I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.  It is very hard to recognize the course, and to run it when you have some sins that seem major, in your life.  Addictions and compulsive behaviors, that one who is a servant to righteousness doesn’t wish to be in bondage to.  When do I get to the part of the course where I am free from those things God?  When and How will I be delivered from such things?  You try the reigns of the heart, and know all the roots of my problems.. I trust you.

A fella goes out the door and says he has to rake leaves.. You see him pass by the yard rake, and you scratch your head wondering what he’s upto.  He goes into the garage, and comes out with a socket wrench and a nut.  He goes over to a wheel barrow, and fixes one of the legs on it… grabs the rake, puts away the wrench, and begins to rake leaves as he exits the garage heading towards the wheel barrow, which he then uses to carry the leaves to a pile of brush.  I see God pass by the rake, and I scratch my head.. but I have to trust him, more so even now, than ever before.

God’s plans are so absolute for our lives, knowing before the foundation of the world what actions he would have to take, in order to keep us on track. So much so, that he has chastised me sore in times past, but not given me over to death- although I came very close a time or two. I pray that I am able to finish the course, and that Jesus will win and gain the glory from this all.. I pray that I’ll be thoroughly furnished with patience, meekness, temperance, kindness, persistence, and long-suffering so that I may complete- The Last Mile.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you, to a dear friend of mine, for forcing me to ponder these things today, by the will of God.