misplaced hope

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Filed under: God | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

“No king succeeds with a big army alone, no warrior wins by brute strength. Horsepower is not the answer; no one gets by on muscle alone.” – Psalm 33:16-17 MSG

People who are spiritually asleep prop themselves up with all kinds of false hope. They rely on their intent, knowledge, and upbringing to back them up. They carry weighted scales to measure their sins against the sins of others. They reason with sifted scriptures and manipulated truths. They go into battle not knowing that their tools may be functional for a while, but they’re emptied of meaning at the core. The Kingdom life may, at times, be animated in flesh and blood, but the reality is entirely spiritual. You aren’t really living if you’re spiritually asleep. You can’t be saved by your ability to reason in a religious argument. The sooner you find yourself useless, the sooner you will find your real life.

I believe that every single one of us has a purpose. We are called through our uniquely human and undeniably flawed condition into a meticulously orchestrated and predetermined divine role in the Body of Christ. We came out of the womb with our own predispositions and have been stamped with the damage of our own experiences. None of which is a mistake, an oversight, or a setback. It’s who we are, it’s who God loves, and it’s how we’re going to find (or have found) the Gate to spiritual life.

It grabs my attention when I hear people use the name of God, the gift of grace, and the message of truth to support their lives without crushing under that Name, understanding that Gift, or living that Message. People like that are why I get inundated with arguments against grace. It makes people want to dumb it down so that it’s not misused. I fully acknowledge that people will say whatever they need to say to get them through a conversation that makes them uncomfortable. Those who don’t walk with their Creator through their own Garden of Eden will use His name to support themselves and attack others.

I wish people understood that it’s not about being right or wrong. It’s not flesh and blood argument. Your understanding of the error in another person’s spiritual condition is not used to balance out the error in yours. If you are getting by on the strength of your own understanding, then what happens when your strength wains? If you’re justified by your own ability to argue, then what happens when you reach the end of your logic? You were not created to ever be enough. That’s why you fight this deep vibration of utter loneliness. You need Him. He’s your only hope.

“We’re depending on Godhe’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got—that’s what we’re depending on.”Psalm 33:20-22 MSG



4 Comments on “misplaced hope”

  1. 1 Dorothy said at 4:19 pm on February 5th, 2016:

    You are a beautiful writer and soul.

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 8:37 pm on February 5th, 2016:

    Thank you, Dorothy. 🙂

  3. 3 Aimee Fernback said at 3:16 pm on February 6th, 2016:

    We all need Christ every moment…yes…He is our Enough. So simple and yet so profound is this gift of God's grace that it is difficult to comprehend except from the position of complete humility/acknowledgment of our own incompleteness without Him. Keep writing…I always take something beautiful away from your blogs, Serena!

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 9:13 am on February 7th, 2016:

    Well said. Thanks, Aimee. 🙂

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