Matthew 7:13-14

Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Deadman Walking - Is Jesus Enough?

The following comes as is with all gramatical errors and misspellings intact. Read and let your spirit be refreshed and your hope renewed from the writings of a suffering saint just like you.
There ain't no easy way
If all else is lost, and you are left with nothing but Jesus, is Jesus enough?
We ask how can we see this plague of shallow Christianity healed. Christian Character is the product of a thousand deaths to self. It is the result of moment by moment choices to go to the Cross instead of dong what is only natural. It is the result of being close enough to other Christians so they have the power to hurt you, it is the result of choosing to love them know beforehand that they will hurt you, it is the result of forgiving them even if they don't understand what they did to hurt you, it is the result of not going away when it hurts. It is Christ In You, the Hope of Glory, through the power of the Holy Spirit, working out the life of Christ in a thousand small ways. It is the result if wanting more of Jesus, more that you want anything else. It is the result of being a sacrifice and to abandon all to Him day by day, minute by minute.
God is still looking for men and women who are after His own Heart. Jesus is the root and offspring of David. He is the secret source of the Christian, and he is the Fruit produce in their life.
What is your hope rooted in?
Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.A deadman is beyond the reach of the law, a deadman has no rights, a deadman has only Christ. And Christ is enough.
I was a bush in a salt flat, no friends, couldn't receive a blessing even if God sent me one. I lived by the motto (if things are going good, don't get excited, it won't last long).. I felt the full brunt of all that was wrong, and believed that was (real life). It never occurred to me that both trials and blessing don't last, we have to take like as it comes. But you see, I would not receive good things, thought it would get my hopes up, only to be dashed by the REAL LIFE of trials and trouble. When I read this passage, I prayed that I would become like the tree, that when blessing flow, I soak them up, and when there is a drought I would remain fruitful.Notice the man who is like a tree, his hope IS the LORD... The LORD himself is what he wants. If you would be a tree that puts forth fruit even in a season of drought. When all the surface conditions of your life provide nothing, there is a secret source of strength. Your tap root, your real hope IS THE LORD, not what the Lord will do or not do, but your Hope is the LORD
So if you would be a man or a woman who is like that tree, then you need to ask the LORD to lead you down the path that leads to more of Jesus. Jesus has taken me down many roads, I would never have chosen. But I once told the LORD that I don't want what you will do for ME, I don’t care what is on my table as long as You at the table with me.
I have found that it is in times of heartbreak, that I find more of Jesus, it is in time of ease, and blessing, that I can enjoy His company, but it is in time of hardship, betrayal, pain, misunderstanding, that I joined Him in the Fellowship of His Suffering. There are many fair weather Christians today. They say Lord if you will just heal me, Lord if you will Just deliver me from this trial, if you will just heal my marriage, if you will just bring my son back into fellowship, if you will just spare my wife's life, then I will???
I have seen people turn aside because their prayer wasn't answered. But you see if you pray for more of Jesus, then the death of a son, the loss of a wife, the continued illness, all become to instruments in His hands to develop true Christian Character.
Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hind's feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

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