A True Inheritance

January 23, 2013 at 2:35 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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A True Inheritance – in which the true business of life is not to get what you can, but rather to give what you can, and to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before your God.

All things are shadows of Thee, Lord:
The sun himself is but a shade
My soul is but the shadow of Thy Word,
A candle sun-bedayed!

Diamonds are shadows of the sun;
They drink his rays and show a spark:
My soul some gleams of Thy great shine hath won,
And round me slays the dark.

All knowledge is but broken shades –
In gulfs of dark a wandering horde:
Together rush the parted glory-grades –
And lo, Thy garment, Lord!

My soul, the shadow, still is light,
Because the shadow falls from Thee;
I turn, dull candle, to the center bright,
And home flit shadowy.

Shine, shine; make me Thy shadow still –
The brighter still the more Thy shade;
My motion by Thy lovely moveless will!
My darkness, light delayed!.

For a Child of God is not bound to walk in the dark, but only to wait until the light comes. Neither must they act, merely for the sake of doing something, and thus run the risk of doing wrong. They that believeth shall not make haste. They have nothing of the common mammonistic feeling of the enormous importance of money, and do not feel that it lay upon them a heavier weight of duty than any other of the gifts of God. If a poet is not bound to rush into the world with his poem, surely a rich man/woman is not bound to rush into the world with their money. Rather set a herd of wild horses loose in a city! A Child of God must first know how to use their money before they begin to spend it. And the way to use money is not so easily discovered as some would think, for it is not one of God’s ready means of doing good. The rich, as such has no reason to look upon themselves as specially favored. They do have reason to think themselves especially tried. In loving a certain youth, Jesus did him the greatest kindness He had in His power by telling him to give his wealth to the poor, and then to follow Him in poverty.

The first question is not how to do good with money, but how to keep from doing harm with it. Whether rich or poor, a Child of God must first of all do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God. Then, if they be rich, God will let them know how to spend. It is not because of God’s poverty that the world is so slowly redeemed. Not the “righteous expenditure” of money will save it, but that of life and soul and spirit – and that of nerve and muscle, blood and brain. All these our Lord spent – but no money. Therefore of all means for saving the world, or doing good, as it is called, money comes last in order, and far behind.

~ Taken from The Laird’s Inheritance by George MacDonald ~
(I substituted “Child of God”, they, themselves, where the single gender of “man”, he, himself, his was George’s use. I felt it important as the times we live in differ now and so many “sensitivities” today can distract from the message when “man” is referred to in a general human-kind sense; as was the way it was used then without such distractions.  I am sure George would not feel put off in the least.) 🙂

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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The Price of Set Apart

December 16, 2012 at 2:53 am (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Every single picture like this, at this time of year, tends to soften the heart. A precious Son held by a set apart woman who would hold Him first; the sinner holding the cure! She held Him within her womb, her blood was needed for Him to live! When Gabriel came, she didn’t respond with the self-absorbtion of societies retribution, that did surely fall upon her;

But, how will I tell Joseph? My Folks? Who will believe I’ve not been pure for my marriage bed? How will God make me pregnant? Why me?”

Does it not sound just like a woman? Those questions of explanation, what will it look like, how will others see me? I supposed to engender that is unfair, its a fallen human thing both man and woman share. Yet here’s the thing.

God could have just blew into the dust and placed the World’s Salvation as a baby under a bush somewhere. He could have bypassed the whole method of reproduction, but He didn’t! Why?

Was a woman needed? Yes. And no. Yes, because of His plan, to right a terrible wrong at the beginning by a woman. (Eve) No, because He is God, He promised a baby, a Savior, but He didn’t need to do it that way. As if He is limited by science as we know it to get the job done.

Mary (Miriam) was set apart from far before she was born. She was knit together in her mama’s womb for the very purpose of carrying the Son of God. You could say, she was wired for it, but ugh, its sounds so mechanical and computerized! She did however, have a choice to follow her calling or not. Just like Mary, God formed us in His heart and made it so in the fashioning us in the womb, with exactly what we need to say, “May it be unto me as You have said” at every juncture He planned in advanced that we would be called upon to do so. Believe it or not, Mary sinned. She didn’t always respond as she did that very important night. God called and asked her to accept His Son that night. Just like He promises to call upon every heart and soul He fashions, and all will either accept or reject Him. At the time, Gabriel was sent with Mary’s John 3:16 invitation. She accepted. It had been written already in God’s perspective, just not Mary’s yet.

I have always had the hardest time with Catholicism because they pray to Mary. As if she can answer those prayers. Mary was a blessed Sister by no means, do I negate that! Yet she having held Yeshua (Jesus) in her womb, never became a door to Him! Yeshua said, “I Am the door/gate to the Father, noone can enter except through Me.” This included His mother. I am eternally glad Mary was made by God for the exact purpose of accepting His call and she answered as she did! That by being set apart and accepting this distinction, she kept the faith; no doubt through the markets when tongues wagged about her untimely bump on her belly. Can you hear them?

“What! It’s too soon, they couldn’t be with child yet! Oh, the shame! Her poor mother/father, poor Joseph! Is it his, were they unpure? He should have her stoned!”

You must understand in Hebrew culture, especially back then, they did kill match-made brides for unfaithfulness, both those who ended up pregnant and those who did not. It was not tolerated, (pre-marital sex). Even Joseph considered having her stoned when he first heard. This was serious! Its very likely one or both her parents didn’t believe her! Its totally missed, this Price of Set Apart! Or at least its the smallest of the things we talk about at Christmas. We cruise through it at just over the speed limit. Why? Because human opinion has not become less easy to be tempted to conform to with its new level of “tolerance”.

The level of support it took to marry Mary, and courage and trust in God is mind boggling! Joseph went from doubt to completely absurdly trusting. The likes of which, would be scorned as “co-dependant” now. Believe it! The tongues wagged and painted Joseph as a victim and fool! Did they care? Oh, you bet they did! They cared, hurt, got angry, but those feelings were the “last pennies in their purse” they gave to God. They counted the cost from their scalded hearts within, so Yeshua could live there instead!

What has holding Yeshua in your heart at His call cost you? If you have answered that call with your last “penny” and said, “Your will be done.” you know the cost of Set Apart. Its beyond counting, but He does! He does and the reconciling one day will be beyond counting too! Let us learn, with reality steadfastly in mind, all the many lessons the history of our family has to offer. If you are a Child of God, it begins with Mary and Joseph, Adam and Eve, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and King David. But!!! Most importantly our lineage begins with Yeshua (Jesus). He holds our adoption papers, and says, “You are mine!” 
He will hold out our inheritance to us. He is the Promise Keeper!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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