Kathy — Our security is not in having many absolutes to protect us, but in knowing Him who is absolute wisdom. Principles hold true, but they get put in priority order by the wisdom of God in every situation. Traditions can have us believing in our beliefs more than we believe in Him, and at that point His Word and counsel have no power or effect in us or for us. Our beliefs are not holy, He is. Therefore, let us give respect and follow through to the gates our holy and wise God builds specifically to get us to the fullest future He desires.
Kathy — Sometimes a gate God builds is not a welcomed sight. It looks like a risk to us or a scary unknown. We feel like we have the option to decide to just stay safely within our fence and familiar boundaries. The problem is that if we ignore the gates, we are locking ourselves into tradition just like the Pharisees. We rarely see ourselves as Pharisees, but we too build personal traditions of men through the way we personally process instruction or the way we establish our own priorities or the way we come to our personal conclusions. Our thought processes and priorities and conclusions are filters that can literally keep us from hearing what God is saying and thereby keep us refusing to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s direction in our daily life. So, “you make the word of God of none effect through your tradition, (KJV). And you ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching. “(CEV) Mark 7:13
The thing about seeing Thy Kingdom Come is that it carries the order and priorities of God, even if that shocks or contradicts or shakes current theology, current cultures, current belief-systems or even our interpretation of “Church”. Those three words, Thy Kingdom Come, give God access to every level of our lives that must change to align with His Kingdom. Just as He sent the Last Adam, the Redeemer to bring His original intent and order of the garden into reach once again, so He intends to bring our core values into His original intent and order. That will mean major shaking in our thinking, in our conditions, in our priorities and in our earth . . . as it is in heaven.—Kathy Gabler
How far up on the list have we let “minor” items inch toward “major” positions in recent years? Habits, indulgences and expenditures tend to creep ever upward among priorities and can eventually press biblically-based convictions out of position. May the Lord help us to keep things in the order that the wisdom of biblical values would put them.
“First things first. Your business is life, not death.
Follow me. Pursue life.” (Matt.8:22, Msg)
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Hag 1:5-9, “The LORD Almighty says “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what The LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.” (NIV) The instructions were clear: “Give careful thought to your priorities. Don’t decide your day according to your problems or your feelings or your circumstances. Order your life according to my wisdom and honor.” He was telling them to think differently so they could change their world.
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