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Passionate Warrior

No longer fair of face or form,

a solitary, lonely guardian peers

into the gathering darkness;

while from the lonely, stony heights,

and braving the approaching storm,

the passionate warrior stands

and braves the biting winds and cold,

and feeling every fear, deciding to be bold.

With vicious, biting winds the onslaught comes

and stinging, icy, deadly rains;

yet stands he pierced, still firmly planted,

while renouncing countless wounds and pains.

A dark host follows on its heels,

a hoard of shadow, lightning, clouds, and thunders,

foreboding fierceness foul reveals all manner

of deceit and lying wonders.

Unyielding to appearances,

he from his post will not be put asunder,

for in the heights of glory knows he

where his spirit dwells –

in spite of anguish, sorrow,

or the devastations of a thousand hells.

© Only a Messenger

The Revealer

“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27)

Here is one of these magnificent enigmas, where Jesus reveals to us that if anyone knows the Father, it is because Jesus – in the authority granted to Him by the Father – bestows this knowledge.

And it is interesting to note, that when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, Peter  announces, “Thou art the Christ, Son of the living God.” Jesus then tells Peter that he is blessed because the knowledge of Jesus’ identity came to him directly from the Heavenly Father.

So we see Jesus revealing the Father and the Father revealing Jesus – in Whom the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form. John tells us in his gospel (John1:16) that “of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace”, referring to whoever has received the Holy Spirit.

Later on Paul ceaselessly makes mention in his prayers (See Ephesians 1:15-22, and 3:14-21) that this knowledge, this revelation, would overtake believers, so that we would comprehend and know the love of Christ, surpassing ordinary intellectual knowledge – or simple information about Jesus, but instead “that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.” Then Paul says, “Now to Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly BEYOND (caps emphasis mine) all the we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory IN the church and IN Christ Jesus…”

What is that power other than the fulness of Him which we have all received, and grace upon grace?! His presence in us, through His Holy Spirit, is one with His authority over all things. This is supposed to be the dynamic reality of all who have been called out of the ways of the world to be His Body.

It does not work in terms of might or power in the worldly sense, but rather it is through complete surrender to the Father in whole hearted fashion, with the “single eye” – seeing nothing but Him. It is lived out in His kind of love toward all, even those who are our enemies. This is meant to go on forever and ever, now and throughout all generations forever and ever.

So let us pray as Paul did – that our Lord reveals Himself to us and within us in His magnificent fulness, so that we begin to grasp that it is through the church that He intends to save and restore us as well as the entire creation.

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Dark Messengers

Some things and/or people in our lives are not going to change…

How can I relate or respond when that happens? Some insights that may help here:

http://www.at-the-crossroad.com/430065897/4341922/posting/dark-messengers

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Endurance!

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy 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 has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Hebrews 11:1-3

Burdens and Plans

This time of year matches the mood of so many of us – often because there are “loud voices” calling on us to look to the right and to the left, that only want us to notice and be afraid of or depressed about the darkness … But that is not the only thing to look at!

Interested in some new but very ancient options? Read more here:

http://www.at-the-crossroad.com/430065897/4266623/posting/burdens-and-plans

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