But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul. Hebrews 10:39 (AMP).
There are seasons of becoming reacquainted with God’s necessary attributes for living a godly life. For me, this is a season of remembering that His grace is essential and sufficient for the ability to walk through pain, loss, disappointment, failed expectations and so on. I desire to be faithful in loving service regardless of circumstance, so that means no shrinking back. No going back to familiar ways of dealing with (difficult times in life). Those methods that the unredeemed nature relies on, that try to take over when I feel vulnerable emotionally or physically.
Why is this important? Because as Hebrews 10:39 tells us; to shrink, or to turn back, is to move toward destruction. For example I Corinthians 13 we read: “Love is patient, love is kind.” When I am impatient or unkind, I remove opportunity to be more like Jesus. Not only does this adversely affect me, but also those around me; glorifying darkness.
Photos: Ashish Thakur, Evi Odioko, David Hoffman
Grace, the “Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin,” [is a powerful attribute God has lovingly provided]. My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Corinthians 12:9. Reference. Ah, the refreshing renewal of the heart that restrains from sin, brings light and life to any situation.
So today, if you are tempted to respond in negative, unfruitful old ways, I pray you will join me in standing on His Word; to rely on “God through faith in Jesus Christ the Messiah and by this confident faith preserve [your] soul.”
May the God of love continually direct, comfort, and encourage you to “walk in the light as He is in the light.” And if you have way(s) of walking through trials that have helped you, I’d love for you to share them.
God bless you,
Feature Photo: “Fall in Ellensburg” by Jacquie Bradford