Archive for November, 2011

One of the attributes others will see in us when our foundation is set in God’s wonderful love is confidence. Not in ourselves but in Him. It’s self-reliance that leads to anxiety and rightfully so. But trust in God brings sureness like no other. We are no longer led by doubt, fear and uncertainty. Sure those things will try to creep back in but we don’t have to make a place for them.

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When we are able to realize God’s perfect and unique love for us we no longer have to operate in fear and insecurity. Our refuge could not be more concrete. He really, really, really is enough so we don’t have to go looking for what we already have. We rest in this, not strive for it but it is something we need to continually apprehend through intimacy with Him.

The way you breakup a logjam is with dynamite. The word dynamite comes from the same word the Bible uses to describe God’s power. The fear of not being loved can only be overcome through intimacy with The One who made us. His power alone breaks through all the perceived proof that we are unloved and frees us.

Love cannot to be held onto, it exists to be given away. It seems backwards to us, how can I get what I so desperately need by giving it away? God’s ways are “higher” than ours. The love we so urgently need, can only come from Him and when we allow God to provide it for us, we are no longer desperate to get it from others. The fear we mentioned yesterday disappears and we are free to give love away.

Logjam

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We all just want to be loved, but too often we’re so afraid we won’t be or can’t be that we keep those around us at a distance. Rather than giving the love that everyone needs we wait to get some for ourselves creating a logjam.

Not to contradict Paul, but I want to slow down enough to bring as many people along on this journey as possible. There is only one prize but He is more than enough for us all. I want to go through life with enough breath and energy to share with others and to be there when they have need or even when they don’t.

Happy Thanksgiving Day, I am so thankful that you’ve given the time to read my postings over the past few months. Your encouragement and kind words have meant more than you can know. I’m eager to see what God has in the days and weeks ahead for you. If I can help in any way please allow me. Much love, Jim

Fasting is one of the things alluded to in yesterday’s post. It’s a powerful spiritual tool for the purpose of getting closer to God. The power in fasting is rooted in sacrifice, denying ourselves. However if we deny ourselves food but look to get honor from others because we are fasting, then we may as well order up a Big Mac because the how and why are all wrong.

God is more concerned with how and why we do things than He is with what we do. We unfortunately put more emphasis on what. There are numbers of actions or activities that we engage in that look great to the world around us but if we are doing them to bring glory to ourselves they are as wrong as doing something that everyone recognizes as bad.

Encouraging each other is vital to our well-being but if seeking God is not at the front of our advice for each other then we are doing a disservice. Guidance and counsel are wonderful but apart from God being invited into the heart of the matter they’ll come up empty.