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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Soar like the Eagle, carried on unseen currents, uplifted by a force not his own. He flies to lofty heights on the breath of God's Spirit! Be like the Eagle, spread the wings of your faith. Soar on the currents of God's Grace. Be lifted to New Heights not by your own efforts. But propelled to glory by the breath of God's Spirit.

The spirit once told me years ago, in the very beginning of my recreation process, at different times, "You can win with a new image'..... 'Put on the image of Christ'...... 'Work within' and....'Rise to heights that are new". I learned I could not sustain my efforts to do any of those things on my own, with my own will.

However, that did not mean I wasn't supposed to continue to do the best I could. It takes work to change, plus prayer and faith in Christ. I needed to overcome the 'natural tendency of man' to turn to the things of this world when facing adversity. I knew that "faith without works was dead". I found out I needed something more than just my works which weren't working. I came to find out I needed more faith in my Savior to give me the gift of Charity,(the pure love of Christ) which never faileth.

I tried daily very hard to act kind, longsuffering, understanding, patient, forgiving and how I thought Christ would have me act. But time and again I failed to measure up to my own expectations of perfection. It wasn't what I was failing to do that was my main problem it was what I was failing to be within. I was double minded trying to act the part without feeling the part so much. Oh once in a while I was able to feel the part but let opposition face me and that was another story.

That is why I began praying fervently and with all the energy of my heart, for the gift of Charity, His unconditional love, something the Lord showed me I was weak in. But I also learned it was a blessing to be born with that weakness because it caused me to turn to the only source of love and peace there is, even Jesus Christ, after I had exhausted all my earthly options.

I thought I knew what love was until that morning, some twenty six years ago, when out of His great mercy, Jesus allowed me one second in time to taste of the fruit of the Tree of Life, His pure unconditional love. All I can say is, it is sweeter than sweet and whiter than white. It was a 'born again' experience and it changed me forever.

Charity, His pure love for us and the greatest of all gifts, encompasses all others. It not only is kind, patient, longsuffering and forgiving but, "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, and endureth all things". (1Cor. 13) Jesus does not love us because we are lovable but because that is who he is; love.

"Love is a gift of God, and as we obey His laws and genuinely learn to serve others, we develop God’s love in our lives." David B. Haight That is because as we strive to obey we have more confidence or faith that what we ask according to His will, will be done.

Service in the church and at home is not just a nice thing to do. It is vital to our salvation because it gives us opportunity to rub shoulders with imperfect people and thus grow in our ability to have Charity. As we encounter opposition in our efforts to love, it is only another opportunity to see our weakness and pray for the gift we need to make up for lack of patience, longsuffering, forgiveness or whatever.

Works alone will never bring us to the point we need to be in order to be like Christ. Faith in Him who is the giver of all the gifts we need to become like Him, are not to be taken at will but given to those who are keeping all His commandments or who are striving so to do.

"He first loved us" and that is why when we have tasted of the fruit of the tree of life and personally experienced His infinite unconditional love, we are never again the same.

Some people have died and come back to tell of that love which is indescribable. I was fortunate enough to have experienced it while still alive. Or maybe I was unfortunate, because where much is given much is expected. Luke 12:48,....."For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

Remembering that long ago experience, trusting in His love and obeying His promptings, is what has finally carried me over the threshold of ability to control my appetite with greater and greater success and "eat that which is good and let my soul delight itself in fatness". (Isaiah 55:2) My body is finally beginning to catch up with my spirit and I feel ready and free to soar.

Now the whole of my existence is to forget myself and serve God, the spirit leading and guiding me and I obeying from my heart that form of doctrine which has set me free. That doctrine being found in two places.

The first is in 1 Peter 2:11, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; and the next in Luke 10:27, " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Christ's love lifted me. and made both possible.

Romans 6:17-18, "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servant of righteousness.

Romans 13:10, Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: (or oneself) therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

John 8;36 "If the Son (Love) therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Praise God and His infinite gift of love.

I feel to quote some famous words by Martin Luther King, "I'm free, thank God at last I'm free", free to soar.
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    Thank God for His LOVE Who NEVER Fails. If We Constantly Make The Effort to Love As Jesus Loves It Makes For A Lot of Peace In Our Hearts and Minds. When I Feel As If I've Fallen Short In My Love Walk, I Meditate In His Word and Command On Love. I Remember That I Have the Mind Of Christ And The Spirit In Me That Holds Forth ALL That He Is. I Make It My Purpose To Love Even At Times It Seems Hard. With God ALL Things ARE Possible! Love Truly Covers ALL Sins That Others Can Commit Towards Us. If We Practice Love We Will Not Sin. Just Like You Quoted: Love Works NO Ill To HIs Neighbor!
    God's Many Blessings!
    1806 days ago
    Your heart felt blog reminds me of Isaiah 40:31 "..those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength! They will mount up and soar on wings (of praise and prayer) like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not become faint." We do rise up and live because GOD does it all!! He supplies faith to believe Him; trust to know He has provided Himself as the perfect blood sacrifice so we are reconciled; resurrection life by the Holy Spirit to live, move an have our being in Him alone; prepared works for us to walk in daily along with the enabling to carry them out in Him! (These are just the beginning!) Yes, you, dear sister, are soaring!!! Thank You, Father, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!!
    1807 days ago
    You are wise to get what it's really about! emoticon
    1808 days ago
    Beautiful beautiful blog.
    It reminds me how as all people that none of us can serve the laws of God perfectly, but they are holy and good. They reminded me like a teacher that I have fallen short of the glory of God and I am helplessly and hopelessly to come to him within myself.
    Because of the Father's great love, mercy, and grace, he sent His Holy Sinless Son to come and bear the sins of the world upon the cross for all people for all times, then he bear the penalty of our sins. This is God's way of extending his mercy to the world and made a way for us sinners to come to him for forgiveness. Just think he took our sins and our penalty and will give all "righteousness" for believing and receiving him as Savior and Lord. Then the Holy Spirit takes up his abode within us and teaches us what love is all about. For we are God's workmanship created unto Christ Jesus unto good works. He shows us how to please him and through our good works as his children it bring glory and praise unto our Heavenly Father.

    Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us to call us the sons of God. (His forever children)

    I love John 3:16, Romans 6:23b Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 10:9-10, 13

    Thank you dear friend for your blog.
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    You are indeed free to soar! And you have many people soaring with you!

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    1808 days ago
    Good blog. There is a lot in it. Thank you. emoticon
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    1809 days ago
    Freedom with God is what we have and to praise and worship Him every day. emoticon
    1809 days ago
    God wants us to be free in Him and to glorify Him in all things. Thanks you for this reminder on the day we celebrate our "freedom" in this country. emoticon emoticon
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    very nice
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