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Imagery Shift.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – Psalm 23:5

The imagry shifts in Psalm 23 from a Shepherd and sheep to a banquet, with God as Host.

Life in Jesus is a banquet! He’s not talking about heaven where there will be no enemies, he means here and now!

Sure there are enemies, and difficulties, tragedies, and hurts but there is God’s grace and abundance also available to more than make up for it!

It’s like a bumper sticker I saw,

“The worse day fishing is better than the best day working”.

I like work, but the worst day in Christ is better than the best days without him.

– fritz

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They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”) – Matthew 1:23 (Message)

In Christ God is with us in our life’s situation now. This is very hard to realize when the car breaks down, the children are sick, the job is floundering, and more sometimes all at once.

The fact is we must see our lives and circumstances as the place of God’s blessing, the place of service, and the place of our current calling. The Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul said,

“we know that all things work together for good to them that love God … called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

We must hold tight (in spite of opposite feelings) to the knowledge that God is at work through the good and difficult – not that all things we experience are good things but that God is using all things, even the unwanted, for our good.1

“God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being “right,” we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life. For those situations and moments are our life.”2

— fritz@langgang.com

1 – see also: “Escapism in the Bible” (June 4, 2010)
2 – The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, published by HarperCollins, copyright 1998

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Christians are accused of using the gospel as a form of “Escapism”.

There is “escapism” in the Bible but not the kind usually thought; not escape from problems, difficulties, or struggles – we embrace these.1

God offers escape from the “corruption” it says is in the world through lust; the same term is used elsewhere as “wear and tear” of use.2, 3

[God] has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. – 2nd Peter 1:4 (NIV)

There is a “wear and tear” of just living in this world – sweet children become fodder for COPS, 40 year marriages break apart, once vibrant strong believers lose their first love of Christ.4 It doesn’t have to be this way, God offers escape by using his promises that, when embraced, change our hearts, douses the fires, and lifts the burdens.

– fritz

1 Romans 5:3
2 Colossians 2:22
3 Related Post: Christian Roses – May 13, 2010
4 Revelation 2:4

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