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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The 'OR"


The 'OR' has implications of connection, union, and the joining of values which by choice and discernment logically exclude one option or set of values as being false and one option or set of values as being true. The 'OR" results in a decision; "Something marvelous happened to me. I was transported to the seventh heaven. There sat all the gods assembled. As a special dispensation, I was granted the favor of making a wish. "Do you wish for youth," said Mercury, "or for beauty, or power, or a long life; or do you wish for the most beautiful woman, or any other of the many fine things we have in our treasure chest? Choose, but only one thing!" For a moment I was bewildered;
The 'OR' implies an ultimatum, a final judgement or some distinct reference point at the present time or in the future which will declare the value of the choice. The radical choices made in life may not be seen as having any pre-ordained value, however, "one must choose, and through one's choices, one creates what one is". The 'OR" means there is or will be an accountability for life's choices, if not believed to be to a higher power, at least to one's self for the outcome.

There is only one way to get faith. It is built upon the elements of trust and learning trust and the learning of trust through the relationship which is developed by time spent. It is built upon contact, watchfulness and subsequently leaning upon. It is the cause and effect of the knowledge of Jesus, the changing of life's perspective through the credibility built upon a trust relationship with God through Jesus Christ, His Son. "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." ... and it was whispered as if a mystery or having mystical consequence 'they have been with Jesus." There is no 'OR'; the 'it' of faith is relationship, communing, friendship, intimacy and through that the 'beholding', the changing "from character to character"; the reflecting


But with mild radiance every hour
From our dear Savior’s face benign
Bent on us with transforming power,
Till we, too, faintly shine.
Sprinkled with His atoning blood
Safely before our God we stand,
As on the rock the prophet stood,
Beneath His shadowing hand."
and growing.
"Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it--and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart's indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you--for only the truth that builds up is truth for you."
That truth, that growth, means being able to make and take moral responsibility and accountability for life's choices; it means in acknowledging Jesus as Savoiur the shaping of one's own character, values, inclinations, and personal identity is the responsibilty of and is dependant upon His authority and sovereignty; it means being willing to take active control of one's life by honouring promises, commitments, friendships and marriage, and striving to become a better human being through taking an active role in shaping of oneself and one's manner of life. This is not a passive existence.
'whom having not seen you love'

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