No Perpetrating

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them.”  Matthew 6:1-6,16-18  It is often believed that with authority comes privilege, a special right, advantage or immunity, granted or available only to a particular person or group. We experience in our own society how others fuse so closely with their earthly authority (power to give orders, make decisions and enforce obedience) they forget God’s authority and their spiritual reverence for God’s commandment to love. I have come to understand that with authority comes responsibility. As believers our authority is in Christ who by example has shown us our responsibility to true reverence for the sake of God’s glory and not our own. It is not required to put on a show so that others can see how much we love God. God knows within the heart of his own, and already knows how much we love him. With God there is no perpetrating.

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The Presence

Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.  John 7:37-52  The little village of Nazareth in the region of Galilee was written off. The Authorities could not believe that God would rise someone up from such a lowly place. The writer of this Gospel explains that the rivers of living water is the very Spirit we today experience as a result of the one who did in fact rise out of that lowly place, die and rose again. For us today that lowly place could be a physical space or an emotional one. Yet the presence of the Spirit of God moves under it’s own authority. No matter how far deep we find ourselves, God is able to reach those who continue to believe and seek him out and raise us up out of that place. Yes, under the most difficult circumstances, this can be very daunting but is there any place we can go where God has not already been?

I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34)