Some Fun Understanding Of Our Relationship With Our Father

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:14

We tend to doubt that He desires the best for us in our human lives, and we do not believe that His plans are superior to ours most of the time.  We wrestle with Him, wanting what we want and hoping that He plays it our way.

Not 🙂

His way is best, but sometimes it is a bumpy flight.  Gratitude toward Him for whatever the outcome is key.  Trust that He loves you and live in gratitude for whatever rolls your way.  That is Faith.  He will handle things.

Faith, Baby!

As many of you know, I spent the last five weeks in a worst-case world. It involved several of my emotions, and those at the maximum level of performance. Anger, fear and love were all at the boiling point. It was truly terrible.. Sometimes I could only shiver, my whole body literally shaking in these small amplitude tremors, from my neck to my toes.

That is odd, actually. Have you ever experienced that?

But something wonderful happened. I was able to let go of all of it. Yes, it was still quite difficult, quite stressful, uncertain, hostile, sad… but I had a dream 15 years ago, and in that dream there were three little boys walking down a sidewalk in front of a house that was alone on that street. The trees were tall and evergreen, and there was a waterfall in the woods across from the house. A mountainous area, I suppose.

I drove first into the woods for no reason other than curiosity. Nice waterfall, and exit the forest road back onto the road.

Suddenly a rainstorm of biblical proportions struck. My truck was spinning wildly in the storm, and all I could see through the wind shield was water spattering onto it. Nothing but water and wild wind. I wrestled the steering wheel, trying to control my vehicle until a voice within me said “Let go.”

I let go, and instantly the storm stopped, as if it never were. And there in front of me were those three boys.

I knew that they were mine, although at the time I was not married and had no sons.

But I do now, and my sons are the same ages and sizes as the three in the dream. Exactly, down to the hair color and body build. They wore backpacks with earbud wires hanging out, tennis shoes, blue jeans, jackets and caps. The smallest one was in front – and I got to see him from the side. The smallest boy in the dream was identical to my 4 yr old son, Nate.

The point of the dream was this: We must learn to let go, and embrace the love and mercy of Yahuah. Particularly His mercy, which we often forget.

This storm that I just endured is the climax of that dream. The storm began before my first son was born, and lasted until yesterday. 14 years. Terrible storm. Ended.

It ended well. It ended well because of this: I believe that my Father loves me and has the best in mind for me. I believe whatever happens to me is for my good. Therefore, in the climax of the storm, I asked Yahuah to help me believe that, regardless of the outcome, it is His blessing to me and that I be grateful for that outcome.

That is what He did.

I am a fighter. I do love battle. I am aggressive, skilled in multiple forms of combat, and just as Daud cut off the head of the giant, so do I finish my opponents – decisively and and with prejudice.

But Yahuah restricts me in those things, and I am glad. Nonetheless, in this storm that passed, I had not yet begun to fight when it ended. Yes, I was engaged in the conflict but I had not even entered my powerband when it was over. Finished.

And that is where I had to let go. I could not continue the fight, and my primary weapons remained undeployed.

Disappointing, but the Will of Yahuah is merciful, and for His mercy I am exceedingly glad.

So today, the first day after the end of the storm, I find that my heart is light. Joy resides in me. Gladness exudes from me. I have peace, and real peace, for the first time in years.

Next time you face a difficult trial, let it go. Trust that Yahuah actually loves you, and that He is actually merciful and not a liar. Trust that, no matter what the outcome, He has the best in mind for you and nothing can overcome that. Nothing does overcome His Will, but I have learned from experience that we personally have outcomes and objectives that we personally want, and if we are stopped by some other person or thing, we get angry, frustrated and start praying “oh god, please help me achieve/obtain/get/win/escape/insert-verb-here”.

Well, if its not His Will, you will not receive it. So we must believe in our FAITH. Faith is exhibited by OBEDIENCE. Obedience means yes, we TRUST that HE LOVES us and is MERCIFUL.

Therefore, because Yahuah wants good for us, He will steer us toward GOOD, and we will get there IFwe DO NOT resist whatever He is doing by demanding that we want what we want. You know, forcing the situation. Being angry and then sinning in your anger by operating outside of TRUST, FAITH, LOVE and MERCY to and from GOD.

In all of our conflicts throughout life, He is with you if you are His child. He steers us and guides us but most of the time we simply demand whatsoever we demand, operating outside of His desire for us.

If you have lived long enough, you realized long ago that you create nearly all of your own problems.

Now you know why 🙂

Daddy loves you. Don’t argue with Him and do trust that He keeps His Word. That trust is obedience and it is credited to you as RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is very important for the outcome of your battles.

 

Psalm 142 – I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.

I am going through a time of sorrows, and am asking for prayers from you.  There are times like these in the lives of many, when despair and hopelessness swallow up our souls, leaving us hungry for the mercy of death.  The long sleep until resurrection; the ascension to glory and to true peace.

But our appointed time will come on schedule, and we are called to walk in the Way regardless of any obstacle, or sorrow.  In our obedience, hope rises.  In obedience, righteousness gains possession of our heart.  In our righteousness, weak though we are, courage grows.  We know that even though we are dying inside, that Yahuah is with us, that He sent His Spirit to dwell within us and to teach us.

It is the literal indwelling of the spirit of Yahuah that keeps us vibrant and alive in the darkest of times.  Death has no dominion over us, nor does despair.

Yes, we will have minutes or hours or days of terrible gloom or despair.  Those things do come to all, but when we call out to Yahuah, He hears us.  The most incredible thing is that He does not relieve us of all these trials, but that He walks with us, comforts us through the trials, and emerges into the rich victory of joy at the end of the trial.

These most dreadful of times come to each of us, and even if we have to walk in the shadow of death for a long time, when we maintain our faith, we emerge both victorious and much stronger.

The psalm of Daud ( “David” for most folks 🙂 ) below perfectly sums up my state of mind.  I experience despair, encouragement, yearning for death, sadness, confidence and assurance all multiple times in the same day.  Sometimes I cannot breathe due to the immense pressure I feel on me.

Yet Yahuah holds me up.  In fact, I do know that, because of His spirit living inside me, I can endure all things.  If He takes everything from me, then all the more I will  be able to serve His Word.  And maybe that is His plan – to strip me of everything so that I might be fully His.  Certainly I owe it to Him.  And what a price to pay for the privilege of service!

Remember whan Daud said about paying a high price to worship Yahuah?

1 Chronicles 21:24
“No,” replied King David, “I insist on paying the full price, for I will not take for the LORD what belongs to you or offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”

A high price paid is an honorable and worthy fee for the privilege of serving Him unencumbered, and in peace.  All things in this world are transient and fleeting.  We all struggle to work out our salvation, and, as Solomon teaches in 7:28, exceedingly few are upright.

Will it be worth it?  Absolutely, for our treasure is not in this world, but in Heaven.  There is no greater call on earth among men than the call to serve Yahuah with all heart, all mind and all soul.

And now, my brother Daud speaks –

“I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble.
3 When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
no one cares for my life.
5 I cry to you, Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
6 Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
7 Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me.