I imagine that as christians the greatest compliment we can receive is to be told that we are the spitting image of our Father. It is after all what we strive for most. To talk as he talks, to think as he thinks, to live as he lived and lives.
Keep your eyes on your Father and you will not fall! Keep your eyes on your Father and you will be ok! Only that is not always the case is it ? There are times when we do fall and times when we are not OK . There are times we cannot see God, feel God, imagine God or even hear God. There are times the veil that softens his face is really a brick wall to us, the still small voice is silent and the valley of the shadow is only too real .
You need to keep reading scripture
You need to keep in fellowship
You need to worship constantly
you need, you need, you need,,,,
Im almost tempted to say at times " you need to shut up "
Around eighteen months ago my mental health took a nose dive . The still small voice seemed silent, the wall seemed unmoveable and the darkness was terrifying . I became a shell of me. I couldnt see Jesus in me. I couldnt see Jesus at all . So I chose to quit. I chose to stop. I picked out a song by Matt Redman called One Day ( when we all get to heaven) and decided it would be my swan song. I drove my car into the middle of the road and sat there waiting... i couldnt even do that right.
Eighteen months later and the urge to drive into the road is still there but it is under control. The darkness has become grey rather than black and ... I have sat now for half an hour thinking how to finish this sentence. Sometimes I can think and write and live on auto-pilot, but there are other times when I simply cant finish the task I started.
There are times I forget what I am saying half way through a sentence. I get lost on a familiar route. yeah.. I get lost.
On this week when we think about mental health whether it be good mental health or poor mental health if you see someone walking around in a daze... please point me in the direction of home !
You are brave and I'm thankful that tomorrow needed you more and you are still here.
This week, my fb page has been full of all sorts of messages of hope. My fave one to date is this: If and when I find myself at rock bottom, I will look for my initials etched into the granite. I will find the footholds I carved the last time I fought my way out.
May we both be reminded of this when those curveballs come.
The idea of "You need to" is religion, which churches are practicing today, and I will outright confront that. It is the church being ignorant again.
They forgot that all things come from God, the will and desire to serve unto Him for His good pleasure is yet again a gift from Him.
Remember what the church has forgotten, ALL THESE THINGS are gifts from God: righteousness, salvation, meditation on His word (which yields forth as prayer and praise).
How do you earn your salvation? Just post it back to them. Faith (the root) manifest itself in love (the fruit), but the church don't know how to operate by the root, therefore they think they can work out the fruit. It's dead works. Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom. It is not being spiritual, but recognizing that we are spiritual bankrupt, that... my dear sister, you qualify in the kingdom. May the shalom peace be upon you, that will guard your heart and a sound mind that will silence all voices of false doctrine teaching (as like the Galatians), and that our hope will be anchored on this: that God cannot lie (1 John 1, Hebrews 6), and that we have a high priest in heaven intercessing for us, so that our joy be made complete in Him whom all promises are yes and amen. (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Just a kind reminder, don't turn to them again if they tell you, you need to do what... This should be each personal and individual holding accountable towards God Himself.
Hence, I leave you with these words of love, "Do not conform to the world and it's patterns, but be renewed in your mind (by the washing water of the living word), we with unveiled faces behold the glory of God, as in a mirror being transformed into His image from glory to glory. A church that doesn't preach about the richness of His glory revealed in His Word can be thrown out of the window, because they are not beholding Christ at all: understanding the significance of His finished work, thus be able to believe Him and take it to heart.
The only thing we strive for is to remain not in unbelief, but to keep believing. As in Hebrews 3-4 the Holy Spirit says, but the present day church (just like as to Israel) aren't aware or paying attention to an important reminder for today - "do not harden your hearts as in the day of rebellion", "strive to enter into His rest". (guard our hearts from unbelief and the deceitfulness of sin; reference supported also in Parable of the 4 soils, Psalm 1:1-3).