Goodness, those of you who know me know that I’m a major chatterbox… I very rarely run out of words to say. Ok, phew.. admitted it! Not that I like being so – in fact, I long to be a gal of graciousness, soft spoken etc! However the fact remains that I’m highly animated. In recent times, I had caught up with a cousin in the UK over Skype. Her mum had asked her one thing – does her face still register a million and one emotions in each minute? Blush!! Apparently that’s me still.
I’m not the kind to sit still in one place either – unless I’m writing of course.. Well even that, I opt to sit anywhere but at the table as that’s too limiting for changing movement. Yes, I have now introduced you to Ms Fidgety Chatterbox!
So you can just imagine how it feels like to sit at my laptop – or rather for my laptop to be placed on my lap – and for me to simply stare at the screen with my brain blanked out… I have my word document with different ideas jotted down.. And none of those ideas would leap out at me last night. Of course if I’m feeling groggy, I don’t attempt writing.. But last night I felt fresh but ZIPPPPP not even a word came out. Usually the ‘creative writing’ technique would work to get ideas flowing.. I couldn’t even get started on that technique.
I knew it would be pointless writing without God’s inspiration -as I knew if there was a block, then that was me attempting to write in the flesh. So I just closed the laptop and went to do what I enjoy doing the most – sleep! Well, in this rainy weather that doesn’t seem to be ceasing with the temperature being unusually cool, who wouldn’t enjoy sleep? A CADBURYs mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows would have been nice too but sleep is free and available right?! So I dozed off… Suddenly I woke up in the middle of the night feeling inspired. Within a few minutes, the post Overwhelmed or Press On? was drafted and up on the blog. And as expected with such blog posts, is that it has impacted a number of people!
I have had this experience a number of times before. So many times we persevere in the flesh… We put our confidence in the flesh and think that our human wisdom and capabilities is the beginning and end of all. So we push in our own strength. Or we pull back and give up in fear as we see the mountains and the giants and the hurdles – whether they be in form of finances, or our own physical or emotional or spiritual limitations or the oppression of people in power .. the list goes on.. When we place our confidence in the flesh, we are for sure setting ourselves up to SIN! Strong word? Well, when we put our confidence in the flesh, we are shifting our eyes away from God aren’t we? That will for sure lead to disobedience to God’s voice – let alone hindering our capacity to hear.
… Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh– though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. …. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me – Philippians 3:1-12
Circumcision was indeed ordained by God in the Old Testament days. Yet it was this very act that Paul condemns to the extent of accusing them as doing evil. He then gives the reason for it. Circumcision of hearts is what God is looking for… After the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, the Holy Spirit was left behind.. and we now worship by HIM. Paul also puts forth a number of reasons (education, background, experience, character) he has to put confidence in the flesh but he doesn’t and instead calls them RUBBISH!
- How often do we say we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength but we run the race of our lives without Him placing our confidence in our flesh which also includes fearing the limitations of our flesh (whether physical, mental or emotional)?
Yet if only we wouldn’t place our confidence in the flesh and instead, if we let ourselves be led by the Holy Spirit – which is like the wind, which we don’t know where it’s going to come from or where it’s going – then the impact will be awesome because it’s way beyond our limited human wisdom!
- We haven’t already been made perfect but are we willing to press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us?
Can we indeed say,
“Without HIM? Forget it!”
“With HIM? Going for it regardlessly“
May we be surrendered vessels in the hands of the Master Creator!