Five Minute Friday: Depend

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“I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him.” (Psalm 62:5, Good News Translation). What a statement of absolute confidence. “I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him.”

I wonder, “What season of life was David in when he made this bold statement? How old was he?” I imagine that it was after he had proven God’s faithfulness repeatedly. Had repeatedly found God to be trustworthy. Proved him to be the One in whom he could reliably trust. Perhaps he had also trusted others and experienced betrayal and disappointment.

I hold firm that such a statement could not be based on second-hand knowledge of God’s faithfulness. Gleaned from stories told of God’s delivering Israel out of Egypt in an awesome display of His power. Those truths likely were a starting place for trusting God but I believe that it was his first hand experiences with God which led to him making this statement. And so it is with us; we have to know God for ourselves to be able to say like David did, “I depend on God alone.”

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Depend.”

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Five Minute Friday: Accept

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//“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”
So wrote pastor and theologian Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr, in what is known as the Serenity Prayer.

“God, grant me the serenity,” the quality or state of being calm and restful, so that I can accept the things I cannot change.

Much like a child needs to stop crying to take in the sustenance being offered by her mother,
I need to be calm… or is it that acceptance brings calm?

Acceptance of the fact that I cannot earn Your love, cannot make You love me more through my efforts because You already love me perfectly, with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)

Accept that I am accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV)

Accept that You are not angry with me. (Romans 5:6-9, VOICE)

Accept that You have no dark side. (1 John 1:5, NIV)

Accept that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. (Romans 8:35-39, PHILLIPS)

Accept that I have already been blessed by You with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians. 1:3, NIV)

Accept that I have died and my life, my true life is hidden with Christ In You, God. (Colossians 3:3, NKJV)

Accept that You have chosen me and will not cast me away. (Isaiah 41:9, NKJV)

You will not and have not forgotten me. (Isaiah 49:15-16, NKJV)

Abba, help me to accept that I cannot change these truths//

No matter how often I fail You.

For accepting that I cannot change them will move me from a place of constant striving and self-effort, to a place of rest.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community  for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Accept.” The content outside of the // was written and the Scripture references and links added, after the 5 minutes window expired.

 

 

Lift. Cast. Let Go.

Lift. Cast. Let Go.

Heavy loads.
They exist in the external physical world
and internally,
in the realm of the spirit.

In each realm,
heavy loads burden,
restrict movement,
even immobilize.
And can usher in discouragement,
frustration,
helplessness,
even despair.

There are techniques for lifting a heavy physical object.
Proper techniques include
bending your knees,
lifting with your legs,
keeping the load close
and asking for help.

There are techniques also for lifting a heavy spiritual load.
And some are similar to those for lifting a heavy physical object.
For example, bending your knees and asking for help.
We have this standing invitation from the Most High, the Only True and Living God.
“Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden. I will give you rest”
And although the posture of kneeling in prayer is seen as a sign of submission to God’s authority,
we can be standing or running or driving,
and still “bend our knees” and cry out to Him without making an audible sound.

One technique for lifting a heavy physical load,
“Keeping the load close,”
is not applicable to lifting a spiritual load.
When we lift a spiritual load to the Father,
His desire is that we let it go.
We are instructed to “Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:
7, MEV).

To cast is “to throw or move (something) in a forceful way; to send or direct (something) in the direction of someone or something.”
Let us lift our spiritual loads.
Let us throw forcefully to our Father that which burdens us.
And let it go.

How about it?
Ready?
Lift.
Cast.
Let go.

This poem was originally posted on this blog on August 15, 2016.

Five Minute Friday: Support

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Self-supporting. Characterized by self-support. That is, able to meet our own needs by our own efforts.

This is a lie.
This idea that we can be self-supporting.
Totally independent of others.
Self-dependent.
Self-sustaining.

There is only One who is self-existing.

The rest of us?
We are needy.
In desperate need of support.
We are not self-supported.
We are Life-supported.

Supported by the One who is Life. The Word who became flesh. The One who declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:24, NKJV). “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The One through whom we “live and move and exist, in whom we actually have our being” (Acts 17:28, AMP). He tells straight truth, “Without Me, you can do nothing.”

The breath in our lungs? His.

The power to get wealth? His.

And He brings us along side each other to offer the support that we receive through Him.

All of us are Life-supported. Not one of us is self-supporting.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Support.” The link for the definition of “self-supporting” was added after the 5-minute bell.

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Five Minute Friday: Work

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“Go down to the potter’s house,” You told your prophet, Jeremiah. “Go down and I will speak to you there.” When he arrived, he saw a potter doing a work, creating a vessel from clay. He witnessed the vessel become broken, flawed, marred, in the potter’s hand. And he witnessed that the potter did not discard the broken vessel. No, the potter started over and made another vessel. He reworked it into one that was good in his eyes (Jeremiah 18:2-4).

O, Father, Potter, there is such comfort in this scene. Such encouragement because you do the same with me. When I am broken, flawed, You do not discard me. You continue to work. And You work effectively. Giving me the desire and the ability to fulfill the purpose for which You created me (Philippians 2:13). And I have Your promise that You who have started this “good work” in me, will “carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). You will complete the “good work” you are doing in me. Thank You, Father. Thank You.

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I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community (on Saturday) for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Work.”

Events

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, for the first time in 99 years, there was a total solar eclipse visible from a large portion of the United States of America. It is estimated that millions of people turned their gaze skyward to behold this wonder promoting event. It would be a safe bet that most of the viewers were likely not born when the last total solar eclipse of this kind occurred on Saturday, June 6, 1918.

The warnings about the danger of watching this phenomenon with the naked eye or with eyewear that was adequate for ordinary days, were clear. Special glasses or other equipment were needed. In addition, this total solar eclipse was not a surprise. It was predicted and preparations were made to view it. I heard of a family that began preparing for it three years ago and traveled together to a specific place to witness this marvel.

Total solar eclipses are rare events but there is an Event, ever rarer, which will occur. Unlike total solar eclipses, although the coming of this Event was foretold* centuries ago and is documented, its exact date is known to only One. Preparation is needed for this event also. But unlike the preparation for the total solar eclipse, the preparation of this event is foremost a preparation of the heart. I am speaking of the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.

It is not uncommon for statements of His return, much like statements of His divinity and resurrection from the dead, to be met with derision. And, even among those of us called by His name, there can be a lukewarm reaction to statements of His Second Coming. I pray that this recent total solar eclipse awakens a fresh desire in our hearts to live expecting Jesus and to share the good news of God’s love to others.

*Click here for other Scripture references.

What do you know to be true, really?

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What do you know to be true, really?
And what is the basis of your knowledge?
Knowledge not based on Truth offers a weak foundation for a life.
Shaky ground upon which to take a stand.
So I ask again, “What do you know to be true, really?
“And what is the basis of your knowledge?”

In this world in which vast information is accessible in seconds
through technology we hold in the palm of our hands,
it is critical that we recognize truth.
Can tell facts from emotion based opinion.
Or the arguments of the learned,
those possessing human wisdom only.

For there is only One who made the declaration,
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Only One about whom it was stated,
That grace and truth came through Him.

This belief that He, Jesus, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
is deeply offensive to many.
Is railed against.
Those who hold it as truth
dismissed as fools.
Considered deluded.
Naïve.
Unintelligent.
Intolerant.
Are persecuted.
Martyred.
Ostracized.

But those who have come to Truth.
Drawn by Truth.
Believing that He is
and that He welcomes all who come.
We recognize that all of creation points to Him, the Creator.
And we have found the One Who cannot lie,
to be all that He says He is.
And more than we can imagine.
Or fully grasp.
Truth is the foundation on which we base our knowledge and our lives.

What do you know to be true, really?
And what is the basis of your knowledge?
Knowledge not based on Truth offers a weak foundation for a life.
Shaky ground upon which to take a stand.
So I ask again, “What do you know to be true, really?
“And what is the basis of your knowledge?”

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