Why is defeat a Great thing?
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” – Romans 8:35-36
The reason why most people keep bouncing along the bottom rungs of life is that they fail to see the lesson of the Goodness of the bottom.
The Christian life is not glamorous! There is nothing sexy and wiz-bang cool about it! In fact the Christian life if lived could easily look from the outside like sheer insanity because of the focus.
The Christian life is a life of calm rest in the idea that A Being Who you can’t see with the naked eye Loves you, is All Powerful and no matter what you are going through has Everything in complete control!
With the above statement in mind let me say that it is easier to live the Christian life in austere circumstances that in plenty for a very simple reason. God wants dependency from you on Him! He wants, craves and longs to be your Daddy with arms open wide, calling you to sit on His lap while He gently rocks you back and forth and tells you how much He Loves you!
Today, sad to say, most Christians see riches as blessings, hard work and sacrifice for riches and security as God’s path and they have substituted the “god of more” for The God of Love! Funny thing the same people who do this wonder why life has no meaning and in general sucks on any given day.
If you are serious and genuine about following Christ and not security in any of its forms then realize and understand that each millisecond of your life God is in complete control and it’s there for a reason! Here is a simple meditation I use to slow things down and get back to His reality. While I practice this I usually figure out the lesson of the moment He has me in. Find a place (if you are at work a bathroom stall works great) so you wont be disturbed and take a couple of deep breathes. Once you are a bit relaxed say silently to yourself:
Breathe in and say:
Breathe out and say:
“In complete control”
Practice this and as you do realize that He radically Loves you in a way no human mind could ever hope to possibly understand or grasp! As such this moment was tailor made for you right Here and right Now so Be in it and see His Greatness!
Bob it’s always a blessing to visit this blog. I think one thing we must learn as Christians is God does not need a strategy to meet our need. He’s the providence by Himself. Our hope should be in Him; putting a few coins in bank isn’t our security. That’s wise but we must know our strength, security, and hope is totally on God. What shall we say of the foolish rich man who secured wealth and asked his soul to rest and enjoy only to be called by the Lord the very night?
Its not about getting “more” its about being less! – As God increase, may we decrease!
Thank you brother!
I am so very blessed by your encouragement and ministry!
The blessing of this moment is the fact that it came from Him for us and acceptance of that will create a Peace
that passes ALL understanding. He is More and I am less – in this is His key, His Grace, His ability to Be, Here,
Now and know that He Is God! God Is Love – He Radically Loves you – He Radically Loves me!
Thank you again brother for visiting and for sharing!