Got some bricks on my mind

It’s been months since I’ve posted here. Too many things going on in life. October is always a slog. But I must get back to this. It’s a battle for me to remain faithful to this site.

This means there’s great grace to be found in the struggle here… or I’m wasting my time. May our good God show me.

A bunch of things are bouncing around in my head, but I haven’t had time to organize it all. These are the building blocks of the Kingdom of God in my soul. I’m sure it’s happened to you. You hear something, or maybe during prayer you get a flash of insight. It might not even be original, but at that moment it’s all yours.

So I’ll just lay it out for you. It’s not much. Do with it what you will. Here goes…

See God everywhere. Take risks.

Spiritual goals are short term and personal.
Spiritual campaigns are long term and for teams.

The Word of God enters the heart… pierces it… the heart bleeds. It touches the soul. Later, you must also believe with the mind. Stop complaining that you don’t feel it. Understand it, know it, accept it, embrace it, and take ownership.

Don’t wait to feel. Think and act even if you don’t feel anything. Your heart will respond joyfully later.

See the suffering Christ in others… and in yourself.

The soldier of God knows he will lose many, many battles. I must fight 10 to win 1. But winning that one creates a massive celebration in heaven. All honor and glory to Christ, my King.

Nothing I do can make God love me more.

The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you…” In other words, “I’m not going to make it easy.” Grace gives you conviction and strength when you can’t do it alone. It drives you to go back and seek God. Boast gladly about your weakness. (2 Cor 12:9)

Keep your spiritual tank full. Remember the oil in the lamps of the 10 virgins. (Matthew 25)

In life, there are no fully happy or sad endings. It’s messy, incomplete, rough around the edges and open. Like a healing wound. In the wounds of Christ, I find peace.

Basically all the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) have a similar structure. They begin with a blessing which is the fruit of passing through a trial or challenge, like this:

“Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

The reward is based on a promise – something not yet seen or realized – but it burns in your heart. It’s the Kingdom of Heaven, comfort, inheritance, filling, mercy, seeing God, being a child of God, and a reward in heaven.

All these rewards say one thing to me: JESUS CHRIST.

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