For The Beloved

23/07/2010 § Leave a comment

Beloved,
This summer is really proving to be a busy one. We have had so many things on the calendar to keep us plenty occupied. As I take a brief moment to even more briefly reflect, I find myself letting out a hearty, contented and somewhat exhausted sigh. It is good to be about the business of the Lord and to be living out our charge to be fruitful and productive. I do admit, mingled in between some of the hard work, there have been times of laziness and distraction.

Dying to one’s flesh is a continual task that while momentarily painful, and sometimes wrenchingly so, the peaceable fruit that is produced on the other side of the process is tremendously sweet and deeply rooted. I want to encourage you, if you are finding yourself in a time such as this, keep pressing on. Like a runner who is set on winning a race, keep your eye on the finish line and your ears open to the cheering crowd of fellow believers who are rooting for you!

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

   “ My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
      Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
      For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
      And scourges every son whom He receives.”

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.”
   ~Hebrews 12:1-13 (NKJV)

Pressing on in Him,
Traci

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