Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Indeed Justified, But Not Forever Entitled

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Indeed Justified, But Not Forever Entitled
By Roney Smith Copyright 2008. All Rights Reserved

Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

This morning another driver made a left turn to drive from a stationary position to get right in front of me versus allowing me to drive by first. From the near whiplash experienced due to having to suddenly brake, I could tell that there was a young boy in the front passenger seat, the car tax sticker was highly visible in addition to the license plate appearing in high definition, the white Mitsubishi Galant was from Houston County, Georgia, and if not for the condensation on the rear window that was not wiped off or rear window heater in use, I would have been able to give you the mileage and amount of fuel remaining in the vehicle.

Does anything of this successfully indicate to you that I was highly enamored with the driver's actions? I know not:)

Through this experience that will assuredly be repeated at some point in the oncoming future, the unadulterated, unbroken vibe that was fresher than morning coffee was clearly broken by the other driver.

I was agitated. I was ignited. I was in flames.

But as I mentioned recently with "Forgiveness Trumps All Dysfunction and Ignorance", the other driver was simply doing the best that they could do.

There are people that will go to great lengths to displease us intentionally and there are some that can achieve the same effect with very little effort at all.

So the above Scripture came to me minutes later to remind me that I had the pressing need to lay aside the weight that would so easily ride me like a pony at a state fair for the rest of the day.

I also fully understood that in the middle of fully being justified to feel that way that I did, I was not entitled to feel the same way much longer beyond the time that the healing Word of God made its presence felt.

The challenge today is to identify where are we experiencing pain currently as well as historically from earlier generations. Although some pain may be temporarily justified, we have to release the pain in order to allow healing to exist within our lives and in the lives of others. Otherwise, the grudge against someone else does more harm to the holder of the grudge than to the person to which the grudge is directed.

You risk getting more mud on yourself that you intend to throw on someone else. Through picking up the dirt, cocking your arm and hand backwards to throw it, and the release itself is a 3 to 1 ratio to get yourself dirty versus the opportunity to dirtying someone else. As I am beginning to understand even more from my own first book Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit (Writers Club Press, 2003, ISBN 0595262260), there is always the presence of seed, divine expectation, and much fruit whether for good or evil.

So from the challenge we must progress to the greater opportunity that exists on a higher level, frequency, altitude, and attitude from the depths that would become our short, intermediate, and long term tomb if left uncontested.

Since we were given an opportunity for death and burial, we must ask, seek, and knock upon the mind of God to understand where the resurrection needs to spring forward and leap higher within our lives and the lives of the world around us.

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are able to experience not only our natural senses on a different level but to see the invisible, taste what was previously kept away by the enemy (even if the enemy was ourselves and our former way of thinking and believing), touch the future, smell what is present in heaven before it is in earth, and hear the unction of God straight from the throne of God directly or what is communicated by God through the mouths of others.

Only through God are we ever able to imagine, know, and experience what we are entitled to which is only meant for our good!

When we live, move, and have our being in Christ, our direction and position raises our faith to the place where we are certainly and inevitably justified.

The just shall live by faith and the justification is permanently guaranteed when we truly seek that which we are entitled to.


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