I’m not at a place to hear God. I know this. Like a muddy pond, the silt’s too stirred up. G.. willing, S/he. Praise him, Praise God - will help me find the right-standing.
When I say hear, I mean impressions and flickers of light. Birthed out the word. For now, I take encouragement at the lengths God goes in sometimes reinforcing; he knows, is there, hears, is-a-answering - what poor prayer, vaguely spluttered.
Not being an ‘all seen/therefore all going to happen/all done before’ believer, (understandably so), means God’s working a billion, billion ways, to set-up and set-forth. A nudge here and move there, all the while freedom remains. All the while, all for one of us, someone, to go “no... no-way, is that, a coincidence”. As I say, it’s the extraordinary lengths that amaze. Think how many we miss for a multiplicity of reasons? And, part-sorry to have to note, the crazy, “there’s no such thing as...” - you know what - talk. Yes-There-Is. This, from a theoretical point of view, is the ‘lesser glory’. With respect, oh predestined-all ones.
We can do all things... or, as Young’s has it; For all things I have strength, in Christ's strengthening me.
Only a prisoner could have written this and carry sufficient power. The prisons of those days we can’t but help slip in romantic gloss. Much like the empire they were from. To talk - or write - as Paul did about being content is a contrasting madness. A ‘repeat offender’ considering himself a prisoner of war, the visits were the means for survival, the letter-writing adding danger. Of course, life ‘outside’ was bru-tal similar. What we have is horror, with relief in Christ alone. Love one-another. Beat back the oppressive rulers and be at/go final-home with God.
I’m still not too-tomorrow-world centric. Or at all. I expect this'll grow.
These letters (this website), are allowed. Just. We would all do well to write-one. I see and read little that does, and knows who/what rules the ‘air’ while calling for Christ-defiance.
If there’s one word for 2016 it’s ‘watch this space’. Not the normally used ‘observe’ line but watch and use well - ‘else it’ll be taken’.
To close, to day: the ‘strengthen’ is about faith, measured out fully in potential. I take encouragement that, if God is that insistent on leading, it’s not in vain. There are goals to score and grounds to gain.
God if you can do some things, how about ‘all things’. Therefore, get me believing. Open my eyes to read news and cry-out in the Spirit. Let not the ones and twos broadcasting voices in a wilderness of compliance, miss your encouragement, especially those in the know. For those not-yet so, turn-up and meet. In Jesus.
In thanks and praise.