I haven’t blogged for a number of weeks, due to a number of pressures and loss. This time reminds me of a truth – we are always in a season, and according to His Word, there’s a key activity to undertake in the season we find ourselves in. See Eccles 3:1 The season I am in is transition and this season can really be a troubling time emotionally and mentally and we can experience what I call soul lag.
Soul lag, like jet lag, affects our ability to function. Our bodies which are used to a particular time zone, struggle, initially to assimilate the new zone we are in. It is just the same with our soul which houses our mind, will and emotions – our thinker, chooser & feeler! Temporarily, these all struggle to function, as they transition to a new time, season and activities!
Transition is where all growth and development occur. Nothing new happens when business is as usual. Except, things compound!
Transition is a constant and seasonal dynamic in the heart and mind of the Father for all humans and especially for His sons and daughters. The purpose of His transitional programme is summed up in Deut 8:2 – “remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep my commands.”
Transition is the time and season where the Father reveals the state and condition of our heart, both the good and the bad! His desire is to bring out both and to develop the good and remove the bad. This is the purpose of the pressure and the test. See Roms 3:5 & Jas 1:2-8
As I write, from my experience of transition, my character trait that needs to be developed is a steadfast heart. Ps 112:8 gives me the qualities of a steadfast heart. These qualities need the pressure of their counterparts, so I can resist the and through my multiple repetitions against the resistance, I can develop a steadfast heart. The character trait that needs to be removed is a lack of consistency, or as scripture calls it – constancy!
As I continue on this ‘going and growing’ transitional journey, a foundational theological truth and revelation as come back to me which is found in Roms 5:8 – but God demonstrated his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
Demonstrate, translates as an introduction and so God introduces His love when we are in the worse of states and places – Christ died when we were sinners. This core characteristic of Father’s love is an important reminder as I take on the gap between where I am and where He is leading me which is the goal of transition.
His love kicks in even when I or it, are not looking good or going well! AS well as His unmerited love being available in transition, so too the other side of grace – His unrivalled power! And this power is made perfect in weakness which translates as lacking ability.
So, when I know I cannot, I reminded myself that His power, strength and might, are available, as a covenant right and applied by faith. See Eph 6:10
Whatever season you may be in and however it is going, or not! Remember, His unmerited love AND unrivalled power IS available, especially at those times that look or feel impossible.
To remind us of those moments we could of and should of said no, and to prompt us to use this word no, more often this year!
Culturally, January is the reminding and prompting month and by the end of it, here in England at least, we’ve had enough! Along with the reminders and prompts are the necessary products we will need to remind us of what it is we say we want, and to help us achieve our goal!
What is this Father given product? Grace.
grace keeps no record of wrongs! 1 Cor 13:5
Within every memory is energy, a power that can, will and does moves us!
Shame, Guilt and Regret are all weights Father never created us to lift, hold, carry or rep with.
Guilt says I did something wrong. Shame says I am wrong. Grace is the answer to both!
Grace makes us both deserving and worth at the same time! Still find this mind blowing. What a product and it’s free!
Forgiving others is not easy!Neither is forgiving ourselves!
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
Jesus has experienced all that life and men can throw at us!
and bore our suffering,
Took up: a massive Hebrew thought – remove and utterly destroy!
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
Wounds: internal, that is bruises & external, that is blows; are both healed by and through His blood on the cross!
Some memories are devastating, despicable, depressing and yet even into these, He longs to bring His peace and one day also, His justice.
What she clung to eventually destroyed the surrounding environmentHer clinging perspective was catastrophic to her surroundingsWhat she deemed as valuable had destroyed what was ‘priceless!’
“What may we be clinging to that seems valuable, which might be destroying that which is priceless?”
- a mindset
- a tradition
- a attitude
- a loss
- a grudge
- pride, vengeance, bitterness, offence
when he apologises for what he said about me I’ll apologise to him!
Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit grace that could be theirs. Jonah 2:8
An idol is any person, possession or position, that we value and esteem above all, and from which we draw our sense of worth.
victim, betrayed, reject, loser, second, last, over-looked, abused, old, past it, lost it!
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Victor Frankl
A human being is a deciding being. Victor Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Victor Frankl
Father never moves the goalposts!His unmerited love and unrivalled power are always there, regardless.
Is it time to fling and not cling?Time to forgive and release ourselves?Time to come back to grace and be stamped afresh?