Saturday, February 11, 2023

The Hardest Distance

The Hardest Distance 
by David Brenneman 

The hardest distance to travel is from standing to kneeling before Jesus in prayer.  We really are the one's to make this the most difficult to do. 

That thought came to me last night after thinking about those Godly men in my life since moving here.  They are all eager to go with me to the Throne of God in prayer should a need arise for that.

That says a lot about their character in Christ Jesus, who often would get away to be with His Father. 

It really is that simple.  Yet quite often it's the hardest thing for a man or woman to do.  

To King David, he lamented in the book of Psalms of how he used to lead the people  to worship God.  Used to.

I look back on those who influenced me the most in my younger days and the greatest were those who always, always, always pointed me not only to the Throne of God, but said in essence "I will go with you".

Jesus said that wherever two or more are gathered in His name, there He is with them.  What an awesome privilege! 

The hardest acknowledgment is to admit we need that connection and that we don't have it all together on our own. 

We are His workmanship...we are a work in progress in Christ. He is the one working on us, in us, through us. Through others to impact us. Through us to impact others. We shouldn't be creating good works in and of ourselves in Jesus's name thinking that we got this.  We are to, if anything, be joining the Spirit where the Spirit is working, in what the Spirit is doing.  Any other way leads us down the path of our will being done and not His.

It's indeed a problem when we try to connect anything of this world AND God on our own.  Jesus taught His Disciples that His food was what? John 4:34 NASB "Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.".

We don't need to create our own good works.  We don't need what this world has to offer AND Jesus.  We just need Jesus. 
We need to be ready for what it is God has in mind for you and I to be doing.  To trust and obey. To trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on our own understanding And in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  

Our understanding gets us into a world of trouble. 
Our ways get us into a world of trouble. 
Our desires get us into a world of trouble. 

God's ways are higher than our ways.
God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. 

Education and degrees, knowledge of all aspects of the things of this world are rubbish compared to the knowing of Jesus Christ.  Paul was one of the most educated and he counted it all as loss when compared to knowing Jesus.  Jesus didn't concern Himself with over thinking about food or clothing.  Seems to me that it's written by Him to NOT be concerned about those things. That our Heavenly Father knows about our need for those things. 

The best phrase I ever hear is when someone says "Let’s pray".  Saying that they want to go with me to see Jesus and talk to Him together.  

I honestly care not about much concerning clothing.  I am not here to impress people by what I wear. 
I honestly do not over think what it is I eat. I have learned much in the last few years that my best path for me in this is just to limit myself and to not make it a focus of my life.  I would much rather talk to others about God's word, what we've found in it.  Would much rather help to bear their burdens before Jesus in prayer.  I care not about promoting companies in my apparel.  I care not about much to do with what this world has to offer. My work in God's fields is to do what it is that He's got for me to do as my part of the body of Christ.  That I am to be found by Him doing what He entrusted me to be doing means the most to me.  

The hardest thing for me was learning to exercise.  The type that I refer to is going from the standing position to the kneeling position in prayer.  We often fight it like a child fights the need for a nap. Like a child fights the need to go to bed at night.  We know that something is off but don't connect why it's off with the need to rest in Christ Jesus. 

The most powerful times in my life were when the Spirit stopped me in my tracks to the end that I found myself on my knees. 

If anyone or anything is elevated to the point in your life that it's more important than being with Jesus or to the end that you are uncomfortable going to Jesus with someone else, you, my Friend have a significant problem. 

Knowing you Jesus knowing you
there is no greater thing. Your my all your the best your my joy my righteousness And I love You Lord...

We sang that as a chorus in Church and I am so glad when the Spirit brings it to mind.  

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to ownAll I once thought gain I have counted lossSpent and worthless now, compared to this
Knowing You, JesusKnowing YouThere is no greater thingYou're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessAnd I love You, LordYeah-yeah
Now my heart's desire is to know You moreTo be found in You and known as YoursTo possess by faith what I could not earnAll-surpassing gift of righteousness
Knowing You, JesusKnowing YouThere is no greater thingYou're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessAnd I love You, Lord
Oh, to know the power of Your risen lifeAnd to know You in Your sufferingsTo become like You in Your death, my LordSo with You to live and never die
Knowing You, JesusKnowing YouThere is no greater thingYou're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessYou're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessYou're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessAnd I love You, Lord
You're my all, You're the bestYou're my joy, my righteousnessAnd I love You, Lord

To humble yourself before the Lord is James 4:10.  To make Jesus the focus and not us.  Nobody finds salvation in our name. Nobody escapes Hell in our name.  Nothing is more important to the life of a Believer than to be in the will of God for them.  Not caring what the world values but what God values. 

Look at that distance between your knees and the ground.  Don't let that separate you from a conversation with Jesus. 

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