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My original hope was fifteen copies, six for my kids for Christmas. I was working three jobs, and I wanted to write something for them for Christmas that Kim, my wife, had been asking me to do for a while. So, the hope was get it done for Christmas, to give it as a gift and accomplish what my wife had asked me to do, which was to put in one place how I think as a gift for my children.
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Why did you present it in the manner you did? You always have to remember that I wrote this book for my six kids, right? So, I wanted to get as far away in imagery, as imagery could. Imagery has never defined God. Watching from the infinite distance of a disapproving heart. And so, I used imagery in this, I mean, God is imaged as a fountain, as a rock, as a fortress, as a hand, as an eagle, as a horse, as a—you know? As a woman who loses a coin.
You start going through all the imagery. So, I used imagery that sort of violated the Western imagery. I believe that He is this arms-wide-open person, that everything was created inside of a relationship of other-centered self-giving love. And the picture of a large black African American woman fit that much better than Gandalf with an attitude.
So, that was part of it, and my background growing up overseas as a missionary kid, that influenced some of that imagery as well. The only time it became hard is when people attacked my kids. Because I know about me, right? King James Bible Thus says the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it. American King James Version Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.
American Standard Version Thus saith Jehovah, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: Brenton Septuagint Translation Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths of the Lord; and see what is the good way, and walk in it, and ye shall find purification for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in them. Douay-Rheims Bible Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: Darby Bible Translation Thus saith Jehovah: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the ancient paths, which is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk [therein]. English Revised Version Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: Webster's Bible Translation Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk in it, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Stand ye by the ways and see, and ask for paths of old, Where is this -- the good way?
And they say, 'We do not go. May You send rain on the land that You gave Your people as an inheritance. If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. They burn incense to worthless idols that make them stumble in their ways on the ancient roads and walk on bypaths instead of the highway. Keep the highway in mind, the road you have traveled. It is a spelling situation here. The choice is between spirit, the new nature, and flesh, the old nature. The choice is between life and death. It is easy to say that you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box, but suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice?
Would you not then first discover how much you really trusted it? Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.
The goal is to take an external Book the Bible , the heart and thoughts of God, and make it an internal commitment. We need to make it real and to hide it in our hearts. Many things in my life are pretty real to me, and some things are very appealing. Sometimes I have to make a choice between those and Christ—that is the will of God.
More times will occur, as we grow, that the choice is between good and best than it is between good and bad or best and bad, so the will of God has to be more real. I have to develop that on a daily basis, or I will not make the right decision.
1 Corinthians 12:28
I have to hide the Word in my heart. The more that I am gripped by what Christ did for me, the more I love him, the more I trust him, and then the more I will serve. I need to thus take hold of him. To the extent that I do that, then I am gripped; in other words, I am motivated. The Bible says that the Christian is a battleground between two natures. Because my old man old nature , makes me a garbage dump with shoes.
Romans chapters one, two, and three makes that very plain as it describes the gruesome, internal reality of the sin nature. That is Romans 5 about the two Adams. On the other side, we are everything that Christ has made us and everything that we are in Christ. Life is all about this tension. I have to get to understanding this because sin dwells; it is not visiting. If I want to be like Christ, then I am going to have to walk through it, and as it were, practically speaking, conquer it in his strength.
How much do I really love the Lord Jesus Christ? How much do I really want to follow him?
The better I know Jesus, the more I will love him, and the more I will follow him. In Philippians 3, Paul has just enumerated his credentials as a Pharisee of the Pharisees. Those were good things. That was what he was supposed to do as a Jewish person who wanted to be a Pharisee. We already read those kinds of things in Matthew and in 2 Corinthians: I consider them rubbish,…. Rubbish is a very bad translation here.
It should be the word dung. Human excrement is what the word dung means. That is what the text says. This is not talking about salvation here; Paul was certainly saved when he wrote Philippians, but to consider things looking like dung compared to Christ. The key is to walk it out with Christ and see how wonderful he is, so that we never choose any other way than his way.
This is a great translation because this has nothing to do with any kind of bodily resurrection, and many people have misconstrued this verse to the detriment of their hearers. It is talking about the same thing—dying to self and attaining that kind of resurrection. That is an excellent rendering. They do not make it. This has nothing to do with the physical resurrection because every Christian will come up from the dead—those who have died when Christ shows up. This is in the context about pressing on, growing up, and that is what the next verses say. Verses 10 and 11, as the Amplified translation makes clear, are about being willing to feel his pain.
What does that mean? It means the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings. That means that I am going to have to face the sin that dwells within me, and I feel the pain of godly sorrow or even external persecutions. As I have said, I am not very familiar with the external; I am more familiar with the internal. We will then close with 1 Peter because I do not want to have anything to do with this process. Do not enter into that crucible.
Do not go down that cross road. I do because my way is best. You are probably the same way. You really like it when things go your way. You do not like it when things do not go the way that you want them to go. Well, have you learned that it is not always going to go your way? I am learning that. See, knowledge is important. For me personally, that is a big motivation to taking a cross road because look at the quality of the Word that God has given to me and privileged me to teach and probably you would feel the same way.
Maybe it is about Him wanting to get my character commensurate to or at least closer to that quality of the treasure—that the jar of clay exemplifies the internal treasure, that I decrease, and He increases. In other words, we are going to have to die to self, the sin nature, our will. The more that I understand these things and the more often I go through the process, the more confident I would be to enter in to it the next time a cross road comes around. No matter how much suffering that you face, enough comfort will be there, and then when you get through it, the sufferings are gone at least in that moment.
You will get to keep the comfort. It is called growth. This could be a bit of motivation if you are concerned about other people because you know that you are not the lone ranger. If you can show them faith, and you can have faith and beat a particular challenge, opportunities will occur for you to share this with other people who face the same thing. Hebrews 12 has some fabulous verses beginning in verse 1. If you have not read it, we have quite a piece in there about the chastening of the Lord.
This is referring back to the testimony in Hebrews 11 of all the saints in the Old Testament who are listed. I am supposed to fix my eyes on Jesus. So many things are vying for my attention, and a lot of it comes from the sin that dwells in me. I am to consciously look away from anything else —it might not be a horribly sinful thing, remember it is to be compared to knowing Christ.
In the context here and thinking of the word scourged, you might think of 1 Corinthians 9: In other words, figuratively, you do whip the old man into shape. Have you ever heard that phrase? You scourge the flesh. Another verse that you might think about is in John 15 where it says that he prunes the branches that bear fruit. On a tree, if they do not bear fruit, they just get thrown away. This is saying here that he prunes those that bear fruit. Now hardship does not mean that God is going to flood your home and then you have to deal with that.
It is talking about the discipline of the Lord where he asks you to take a cross road rather than your own will. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Sometimes the pain is unbearable. It feels like you are going to die to make the correct decision. That word exercised is gumnazo, gymnasium.
Sort of like, no pain, then no gain—stretch your muscles. Some great truths are there. The joy set before me is a key to taking a cross road, but the joy to Jesus was pretty specifically prophesied in the Old Testament about being a King and ruling the earth. I believe that he saw everything that John recorded in the book of Revelation. Sometimes for us, it is not that specific, so we just have to rely on the nature of God and our experience of trusting Him and seeing Him do what He said that He would do for us.
That is sometimes a difficult balance to strike, but you should shoot for it. We will close in the book of Peter. It has been a very popular teaching. It has a lot of humor, but it has a lot of pathos. Most of us can identify with Peter, at least in a lot of his life. I have never interrupted a vision on the Mount of Transfiguration. He did, which was gauche at best. You would feel pretty grieved. Jesus was beaten to a pulp, and I cannot imagine the shame that Peter felt. I think he might have been tempted to kill himself.
Peter suffered externally a lot in his life with persecution of all kinds. He also suffered internally, and he wrote some great things. In his great mercy he has given us new birth…. That describes the ground on which you stand, the grace in which we stand—Romans 5.
Bible Verses About Guidance
Now, the present in verse six:. Many times the external trials cause the internal sin in us to raise its ugly head, and we do not always respond the right way. I think that he thinks this is a big deal. I think that he understands how I sit in my room and look around, and I do not see him. I grab air, and I do not feel him. This is an interesting word. If you divide re-spect, it means to look again.
A human relations principal is here. Maybe take another look at a person.
ALIVE WORD: “Always consult the Lord, He gives divine directions” – Dominica News Online
Do not go by your initial judgment. I can do that in a drop of a hat, but I am trying to think that I need to respect this person. It does not mean that I compromise and believe his error and all that.