disclaimer: the words of wisdom to which I refer are not mine. They are the quotes and song lyrics I’ve included with my simple words.
Kryptonite #1 (the unspoken): doing a very, very successful job at making me miserable. Grrr. It’s been on the back of my mind all day. *sigh* This is ridiculous.
I repented and prayed about it and I am feeling a little better about it than I was but still not anywhere close to where I’ve been with God this week.
“Men of prayer must be men of steel, for they will be assaulted by Satan even before they attempt to assault his kingdom.” -Leonard Ravenhill
I read that recently and it has never made more sense to me than right now.
“This sacred work demands, not lukewarm, selfish, slack souls, but hearts more finely tempered than steel, wills purer and harder than the diamond.” -Père Henri Louis Didon
Diamond is the hardest substance there is. The only other thing that can even scratch it (forget about cutting it) is diamond itself. I want to use that as a sort of comparison, to ourselves, as we should be as we walk by faith. I’m not saying we’re untouchable–we’re definitely not. But if we’re going to have these wills that are harder than diamond, we will be above reproach. We will be setting ourselves apart as holy, as He is holy. I pray that probably once a day: “God, I want to be holy, as You are holy.” As the diamond can’t be scratched by lesser minerals, so we can’t be hindered by those who are not of God.
It’s not a perfect analogy, obviously. But I think you’ve gotten my point. (haha)
I do not want to be lukewarm. I want to be passionate, filled to overflowing by the perfect love and peace and grace of Jesus. I don’t feel that way right now.
I have had Adie‘s “All I Need is You” on repeat to help cultivate a heart of worship in me and remind me that He, truly, is all I need:
I will continue to pray tonight and to worship God by lifting up these words to Him.
And since I mentioned Adie, she wrote this post yesterday. It was just–and still is–what I needed to hear.
I also read this post on the wrath of God tonight. I love Tenth Avenue North. The post is entitled “Chapter 12: Hallelujah (The Love and Wrath of God).” The direct link to it doesn’t seem to be working, so unfortunately I have to send you the roundabout way. The words that hit me most were the following:
“…if God is not man-made, then wouldn’t you expect him to offend every man-made culture on some level? And so he does. He offends the West with his wrath, and the East with his grace.”
If you want a laugh (and even if you don’t), I read the best version of Shakespeare there is ever likely to be. (Yes, the English major admits that Shakespeare has been bested. But hey, it’s true.) My blog friend Megan and a friend of hers came up with the Facebook version of Romeo & Juliet. I laughed. out. loud. You will too.