Friday, December 22, 2017
We, in faith, are the new Israel. People of the Most High God!
When we go out, by His grace, an angel goes before us. This for a second might put us in a state of concern. We are always on stage. The stage of life. To make it easier to sit, the stages of life. Each stage is different: conditions, achievements, challenges and so on.
If we look at it this way; who are the best actors, the most renown? Those who “act right,” and bring the house down? If we decide their performance was ‘outstanding,’ we bestow applause. Even in the most extreme of acting abilities, skill, or of their immersing themselves into their character, in adulation we give a standing ovation.
We, too are on stage…the stage of life. Who watches? We may have read, seen or experienced arriving home to the teeming of adoring numbers. Are you there? Where is home?
Let us look at the characteristics of Love: Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
These always bowl me over. Are those our characteristics? Are we loved? Do we show love? To hit all these characteristics, we must be superhuman.
Let us take a step back; these characteristics, if expressed, well we can just imagine the adulation. Stepping into the spiritual, we start to be as our Father. We can break it down, not as Him; but distantly mimicking His characteristics.
Are we forgiven? Did we do wrong?
“Who is a God like You, Who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
This gives us something to note, to keep our hearts clothed and cloaked in. What then do we do?
We will lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help. Our help cometh from the LORD, Which made Heaven and Earth. Our Father will not suffer a foot of those who lay in and on Him to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
2 Peter 3:8–9 reads:
‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalms 121:1-8
Everyday, we can rest in this. In sharing we can see that we are constantly on stage, whether sleeping or awake.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8