I woke up this morning thinking…I.have.so.much.to.learn. This thought was not cloaked in shame yet there was an urgency. What if I know too little. What if there are still too many lies imbedded deep in the dark and the light has not yet exposed them…What if I stumble over false hope, again. What if I do not see as clearly as I ‘think’ and am led into battle armed with false saviors and am exposed to darts that will open scarred wounds…What.If. Fear knocked at my hearts door. I grabbed His Word and leaned with all my might up against that door.
What I ‘see’ physically…here…there…is false hope…People believe and fail…fall…I ‘see’ darkness everywhere…people teaching freedom while still in chains. People leading the blind blinded. People teaching the promised land while living in the desert. People proclaiming beauty while covered in dirt and rags. People praising in word and cursing in deed….What if I am one of those people…What.If.
What if all the ‘what ifs’ end up true. Where would that leave me. Where would that leave us…I humble and simply listen…
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
(Romans 8:1-11 ESV)
IN FACT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU…
Not hopefully…not maybe…not only if…not what if…IN FACT the SPIRIT of GOD.IN.ME.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can set itself up against THE TRUTH.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:23-28 ESV)
The SPIRIT intercedes.
I groan. I hope. I wait.
GOD works together for good ALL THINGS.
That is another TRUTH, nothing can set itself against it. NOTHING. ALL THINGS.GOOD.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 ESV)
IN ALL THINGS. CONQUERORS. THROUGH HIM. TRUTH.
So for me and all my ‘what ifs’…all things God will work for good…the BIG. the BAD. the UGLY. ANYTHING.EVERYTHING.WORKFORGOOD.
That is His Word. That is TRUTH. That is my HOPE.
So how. How do I keep from feeding false hope. To myself. To others. To them?!?
Feed on TRUTH. Christ in me, my HOPE and GLORY. Christ the Word in ME!! The WORD is always TRUE!! True HOPE.
Shame is NOT Truth.
Guilt is NOT Truth. IN Christ NO GUILT. PAID in FULL…Truth SETS you FREE.
Fear IS NOT in Love…NOT Truth…Worries, NOT true.
Feed the spirit…True Hope.
Feed the flesh…True Despair.
May the Spirit intercede…interrupt…intertwine…IN me, through me…TRUTH…So I can feed True HOPE to others.
His WORD.FEED. HIS CHARACTER. FEED.True HOPE in Me.