Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Our Provider

In I Timothy 6:17 Paul, speaking to Timothy, says, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."

I like that verse. That verse, along with others reminds me how much God truly provides for me. This verse says He gives us "everything for our enjoyment." Isn't that amazing? Think about the satisfaction that comes from a good meal, the pure bliss of snuggling with the one you love, the thrill of a grandchild's kiss, the pleasure we get from playing with our pets, the happiness in being with church family and worshipping together. All of those things are blessings we enjoy. It seems that God provides for us because He means for us to enjoy belonging to Him. So today, as I sat and meditated and prayed about the enormous blessings He has provided for me, a thought crossed my mind. One of the provisions that is rarely on my list is in I Corinthians 10:13. That verse says that when I am tempted, my Provider provides a way of escape. This blessing had not been on my list before. Perhaps it came readily this time, because I have been thinking a lot about sin and the subtle way it lures us to it. Perhaps it was because I recently read a quote by Rob Bell talking about sinning. Perhaps it crossed my mind because God wants me to acknowlede this provision, also.
I know there are sins in my life that are, as the shepherd king says, ever before me. Sometimes I am able, with God's help to resist and other times, I succumb, as if blinded to the open door of escape. Sin is not a kind master and the impact on my life and the lives of those I love can be devastating. I know that sin leads to death and that the death is eternal. I cannot bear the thought of disappointing my God and ultimately being separated from Him. And yet, I sin.
I have no problem accepting every other heavenly provision, so why do I resist this one? Why is it so difficult to take this gift from my Father, when I know He provides for me because He loves me and desires to protect me? How it must pain Him when I refuse His gift!!!
After some soul searching, I have become convicted that I choose to sin. And involved in this choice is the choice to blind myself to the way of escape He provides. The door to safety does not get smaller and is not hidden in the shadows. There is no secret panel or a supersecret password. There is no special knock and no hidden clues. There is simply a choice!!! I must choose to see the way of escape. I must choose to take it. I must choose to put sinful desires aside and accept this ----one of many gifts from God.
My attitude of gratitude needs to extend to my everyday provisions, love, food, clothing, friends, church family, salvation and escape. I am grateful for a loving Father who loves me enough to provide for me and I pray He will help me open my eyes and accept all of His gifts. Thank you Lord.

Neva

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forget that all the time. I share your same struggles with sin----and I agree that using the way of escape has to be a choice.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Dan

2:36 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

That's a good one. It's crazy how I'll be pondering something in my mind and then I'll read one of your posts and it's like a continuation of my thoughts but with better insight! :)
Love you.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You always make me think!!!
Thank you



Eileen

















Y

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!!
Good thoughts. I am thinking and will write more later

Dean

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

Sometimes the choice is simple but sometimes I think we don't see the way out because we have hardened our hearts. The Hebrew writer challenges us "Do not harden your heart" (3:8, 3:15, 4:7). Do we have a calloused heart(Matt 13:15 and Acts 28:23)?

James

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that is right--too bad we haven't become adept at looking for the escape rather than licking our lips in lust over the sin.
Good post.

Pat

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Great thoughts. And timely advice I needed to hear as well. Thank you!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

Learned of your blog through Bill Williams. Thanks for sharing your insights with us.

Shalom,
Bobby Valentine
Tucson, AZ
http://stoned-campbelldisciple.blogspot.com/

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Nice thought! Everything in life is a matter of choice, especially the way of escape during temptations. Thanks!

Martin.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Ben Overby said...

Neva,

Found you through a comment at Bobby V's blog. I totally relate to your post. I was thinking and praying similar thoughts last evening. I was praying through Ps. 6; as I worked toward the end of the Psalm I was praying for victory over enemies (which I usually think of as temptations/Satanic forces). The Psalmist concluded with absolute confidence that God heard and accepted his prayer.

The enemies are out there (invisible, subtle, and wildly dangerous) but God is a safe refuge. As you've reminded us, we have to choose to hide in Him.

Ben Overby
http://benoverby.wordpress.com

6:18 AM  

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