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see ya later high horse

It comes in many different sizes and shapes… my high horse is my pride in the fact that I have attained a trust and faith in God that many have not.  It couldn’t be further from the truth.  Sure there have been times when my life is revolving around trusting God to provide, and I sit in my house worrying that we are going to starve to death, but then He does provide and we don’t starve.  You would think that by now (almost 2 full years of faithfulness) I would have gotten the point: GOD WILL PROVIDE, but I am not perfect.  This is exactly why God sent someone to us who IS perfect…cause we never will be.

Maybe your high horse is thinking that you have it all under control… that life is what you make of it… that you are in charge.  Well, I have some possibly sad news for you… God is in control.. you think that’s air you’re breathing now?  (Sorry for the Matrix reference..but it is so applicable!)  God created this place whether we choose to accept it or not, He can un-create it just by opening His mouth and saying the words.  If He is creator of all things, and desires a relationship with us, why would He not care enough to help us attain that relationship?

It’s easy for us to get caught up in what is going on every day and lose sight of what is really important: our relationship with Christ.  He didn’t come here to wave a magic wand and say, “Ok, you’ve accepted me, you are perfect.”  We are still here on this earth because we have some things to take care of before we go home to Him.

1. We should be sharing the gospel.  I am soooo not good at this!!!  And that is exactly the reason for #2…

2. We are being sanctified (set apart).  It is not instantaneous, and we cannot do it on our own.  We must pray for God to reveal the ugliness in our hearts so He can clean it out for us, and so we can be made aware of where we need His help… which is in EVERYTHING.  There is not one place in our lives that we can attain perfection apart from God.  The moment we think we have it figured out is the moment when God will show us otherwise.  We must remain humble before Him, knowing that He is the only perfect one.  This life is not what we should hold dear.. it is Christ that we should be reaching for.

It is important to remember that if we desire a relationship with God then we must be honest with Him.  Do you expect to have a good relationship with your child if they lie to your face telling you everything is fine when it really isn’t?  We should be bringing all of our fears, worries, hopes, and dreams to Him.  Yes He already knows what all of those things are, but this is part of our sanctification.  We must trust Him in all things, good and bad.  Lay it all out on the table for discussion and hold nothing back.  It is scary!  But it is part of how we love Him back.. we are honest, and we let Him help.

We should be doing every thing we can to attain that perfection that is Christ.. but we are so stubborn!  I think Paul puts it best in the below reading.  We must press toward that goal, never looking back, only forward in the hopes that God will change us from our filthy rags into the image of His glorious Son.

Philippians 3:7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

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2 thoughts on “see ya later high horse

  1. You are wise – make no mistake about it, God is gifting you with wisdom, His truths are yours to share with others. Love the matrix reference too! Excellent, excellent, testimony here … I’m almost ashamed to admit how long I have been saved, and how many more years it took to come to the same realizations and appreciation for scripture that your post is demonstrating. But I’m happy for you too! Very exciting stuff!! God bless you – my sister in Christ!!

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