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May 20

"THOU wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on THEE: because he trusteth in THEE."  Isaiah 26:3
 
 

"... in this age of high demand, low output Christianity, we do need a revival of focus."

 

 

 

 

 

Barring the slothful, man is a multi-tasker extraordinaire, and prides himself in being so.  While that may be desirous to the secular, it is debilitating to the spiritual.  Our high tech world is become to us a veritable fun house of distraction, vying constantly for our focus and affection.  Granted, it is Monkish to suggest we slip off into austerity; but in this age of high demand, low output Christianity, we do need a revival of focus. 

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do ... I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of GOD in CHRIST JESUS."  Can we blame mere coincidence that the most simple figures found in Scripture were also the most powerful.  From CHRIST, WHO had no place to lay HIS head; to Lazarus, homeless, yet famous in Luke's gospel; from Abraham; to Daniel; to Amos; to the great Apostle Paul; and countless others; all proved themselves monolithic in their devotion to FATHER.  David's words from Psalm 27 serve as the paradigm to this healthy relationship with GOD: "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in HIS temple."

"No man can serve two masters: ..."  Acceptable service to the LORD must rid itself of all that detracts.  "And JESUS said unto them, come ye after ME, and I will make you to become fishers of men.  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed HIM."  It should be of immense interest to the student, who wishes to stay himself upon GOD, that at least some degree of asceticism can be found among all greatly used of HIM.

"How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be GOD, follow HIM:"  The truth regarding much of what we call trust, is that it is fractured.  HE longs for our "perfect peace"; we are content however, to dwell in the percentile of passing peace.  "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."  This affirms Biblically, the source of our  instability; and whether we agree or not, GOD considers all that competes with HIM for our affection as wicked.

"There is no peace, saith my GOD, to the wicked."


For Love of Country
Federalist Paper No. 47
"When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or body, there can be no liberty, because apprehensions may arise lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner."


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