No Shrinking Back

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,

Jacquie ♥

Feature Photo: “Fall in Ellensburg” by Jacquie Bradford

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

24 thoughts on “No Shrinking Back

  1. I love this, Jacquie! Love is patient and kind. I often jump to conclusions before I see the whole picture, but patience always proves that God has a bigger plan in mind. His ways are higher ♥️. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is such a great and timely topic Jacquie, thanks! I think we are living in a time where becoming discouraged and shrinking back is easy to do. I’m thankful for this encouragement to keep moving forward in Christ because other wise I will be headed for self destruction. Sin seems pleasant for a season, but eventually it leads to death.
    (James 1;15).

    Keeping in contact with The Lord through continuous prayer helps me through trials. It reminds me of His presence with me and His sovereignty over my life. Plus He will speak back to me which gives me strength.

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    1. So true Dawn. Daily we face circumstances that require decisions on how to proceed. Do I give in to my feelings? (The “way that seems right to a man…”), or do I take captive my thoughts to ensure they align with The Truth?

      This is the “two-edged” sword of choice. Knowing that all choice has consequence, including the consequence of default. I am grateful for His JOY, as it is our strength. We certainly need His joy to have His perspective. God bless you as you work and prepare for your move. I couldn’t be happier for you!

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      1. Having a choice is definitely a two-edge sword! Wisdom to choose the way of Christ is much needed.

        Thank you! I’ve got a lot of packing to do. But I’m thankful things are coming along step by step. My daughter left Thursday so I can concentrate on the packing now. 😊

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