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One of the problems in discussing this topicof gratefulness is that it is subject to my own individual perceptions. The determination is made by my values, my character, my life experiences and my relationships. This issue is of the heart and it can only be addressed with God. There will be a day when i will answer for the intents of my heart. This will not be out of a judgment executed by God but by my own heart.

 Yet this is an issue which few and i for one am not sure that i have the discernment or wisdom to acknowledge and deal with on my own. James spoke of it as that which wars within us, as i am longing and striving within myself to obtain what i do not have. i “do all these things and cannot obtain” (Jas. 4:2). i (Ed) “fight and war” within myself. Sometimes secretly while other times not so secretly desiring those things which i believe will improve my life. Often, i have been deceived in believing that i have been in full, or at least at some high level of pursuit of contentment in the things of God. All the while i heve been actually fighting for contentment outside of the God-ordained path to a satisfied, fully convinced, free heart, which can only be found through a life of prayer and fasting. 

Paul learned to set his mind on things above (Col. 3:3) rather than on earthly things, having fully owned the truth that this world was not his home – but that his citizenship was in heaven (Phil. 3:19-20). 

He was settled in his identity and had a deep sense of assurance that God would withhold no good thing from him, and he sought for his heart to be rooted and grounded in this confident trust through the love of God (Eph. 3:16-19).  

These are not words promoting a lifestyle of poverty. i’m not fixed on the idea that i give up all my dreams or that i abandon all my gifts, talents or passions. The facts tell us that our society is consumed with self improvement in almost everything but the things of God.

George Barna Stats: Things people look forward to: (17 choices were offered)

#1 answer 71% answered getting a good nights sleep. #2 answer 68% watching tv.  #3 answer 55% being with friends.  

And how about the fact that only 3% of those who call themselves Christians even pick up a Bible from Sunday to Sunday. What are we pursuing?

Many times i have been offended at Jesus. Rather than seeing His beauty and kindness i only see Him as the One who did not giveme enough or love me according to my desires. my heart was wounded by hurt and pain and i blame Him for my perceived “lesser than” status in the kingdom or community i reside in. Paul describes this journey for me, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…” (Rom. 1:21-22).

 Somehow I must not allow myself to become disconnected from the leadership and wisdom of Jesus who knows what I need even before I ask;

I must also not forget that i deserve nothing from Him and yet He gives abundantly to me in His mercy and grace. i cannot think or act as if i deserve a place of honor, or that my gifts and abilities demand a specific function within the community that God has placed me. Often for me my actions are as if i need more than God desires to give me in the perfection of His love. The One who holds the stars in His mighty hands is well deserving of my complete trust, and yet i am often convinced i am missing out on something by waiting patiently in the place of prayer and fasting.  

James 4:1-3 WHAT LEADS to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

 What am i to do?

 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Col. 3:12-16).

 Today is the day i must prayerfully, yet strongly walk with the Spirit and seek after Him for grace, for more authentic kindness towards those who i feel “stand in the way” of what it is that i long for;

 i must fight to put on tenderness towards those who act wrongfully towards me;

 i must war to walk in meekness and a Godly response to mistreatment or disappointment.

 i must be willing to be longsuffering, exhibiting the true patience of the Holy Spirit as i am struck and bruised by other weak and broken men and women. 

must ask God through prayer and fasting for true peace to rule in my heart today, a fully convinced state of rest in Him which is truly connected to a revelation of His awesome leadership over my life. 

 Finally, i must awaken to a grateful heart. i must fight to be truly thankful for all He has given me, from seemingly small and insignificant and beyond. It is imperative that i cultivate a grateful heart that flows from His perspective rather than my self-centered, broken desires.

Here’s what it looks like if i live in dis·con·tent: A restless desire or craving for something one does not have. A restless longing for better circumstances. Discontent is the absence of contentment. This is from yesterday but i did not do it justice. As i meditated on it yesterday, last night and this morning i realized what this means.

Discontentment is the absence of contentment, is that true? i think for me my discontentment comes from ungratefulness, which fits the second part of the definition more than the first. It would seem that i have a restless longing for better circumstances, and for me that means i am ungrateful for what i have or where i am. It’s easy to be grateful when you get everything you want, yet… i have seen that getting everything one wants does not necessarily make one grateful. When i’ve gotten a new job that i soooooo wanted in the past, it wasn’t long before i wanted more, either in money or position. That new car i wanted lasted until the next years models came out with some new bells and whistles. My new smart phone lost it’s wisdom about two weeks after i got it and i sit there everyday looking at all the new ones that have come out since. No, me getting what i want has not, does not and will not make me grateful. AND as long as i am ungrateful i will not be content and thus i will not dwell in the nature of God.

Recently i have undertaken the task of  laying down my restless desire or craving for something i do not have, in a number of circumstances. i am learning how to walk in the benefits of being a joint heir with Christ, instead of a loser for the world. In the areas where this craving comes up in, i have made it a practice to look at everything i have, everywhere i walk, and speak out grateful words for those things. What a difference it is making. i am doing the same for the people around me as well, and i don’t mean just those that i like. i am grateful for our landlord, for the leasing agents, for the churches and the ministries that have shared life with me during the past 5 years, regardless of what they have done or not done. (Nothing good and nothing bad just Grace) i don’t say that enough.

dis·con·tent: A restless desire or craving for something one does not have. i have Christ what more could i desire? A restless longing for better circumstances. Everything comes from God, is going through God and will most certainly end in God so what better circumstances could there be? Being grateful in my relationship with God allows me to be content in what He is or is not doing.

So how do i live out the words written in the nature of God. How do i make it more than a desire, a goal or a great idea? In my day-to-day life how do i find and hold on to this practice of trusting God explicitly. There are two words that come to mind, intentional and grateful. Then the verse that comes is Colossians 4:2.

Colossians 4:2 Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

 Busy, busy, busy! Everyday stuff, and seemingly all accomplishments that are God things. But… when i scrutinize them against Colossians 4:2, i think my busyness and what i call accomplishments fall far short. i should probably be focusing on the first portion and the second portion of Colossians 4:2 before i spend so much time on the last and final word, but… i want to do the first two correctly and that causes me to start with thankfulness. Paul said that he had learned to be content. i think this is a key to Colossians 4:2 and to living in the fulness of the nature of God.

 (Phil. 4:11-12). Paul says, “Not which I speak in regard to need, for I have learned, This is what Webster’s says it means to Learn: To acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience. To become informed of or acquainted with, to gain, to acquire skill

So what is the skill i am looking to become acquainted with, to acquire skill in… whatever state I am, to be content. Con-tent-ment: Happiness or satisfaction with one’s situation in life.

 Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary – A state of mind in which one’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be (1 Tim. 6:6). [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.

If i am going to live Colossians 4:2 and do all that is spoken there and be grateful in it, then i will have to find contentment in whatever state i am in. AND that is something i will have to learn, acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience.

Like Paul, i know how to be abased: a·base, a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es  To lower in rank, prestige. To live in a lesser place than I AM has called me to.

And I know how to abound: a·bound /To be rich or well supplied, to be filled. Some of my days or hours are like that where i at least feel like the richest or most well supplied man alive. Individually i have experience both and have had some level of success in living in one or the other which makes for a roller-coaster life. The roller-coaster is making my stomach sick and i hate nausea.

Paul says, Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full: Completely filled, containing all that can be held, filled to the utmost capacity, complete, maximum, well-supplied, abundant. and to be hungry: Having a desire, craving, or need for, strongly or eagerly desirous, both to abound: To occur or exist in great quantities, to be rich or well supplied, to be filled, and to suffer: To undergo or feel pain or distress, to undergo a penalty, as of death, To endure pain, disability, death patiently or willingly need”

Here’s what it looks like if i live in dis·con·tent: A restless desire or craving for something one does not have. A restless longing for better circumstances. Discontent is the absence of contentment.

This is the entire reading unaltered.

How blessed are the people whose god is the lord. When you know, when you really know the sovereignty of God and His Lordship over all things seen and unseen. When you’re able to confess Him as the Supreme Ruler overall things and to confess that He is your Lord and you are His possession, then at that point, you are the happiest of people. You could not get any happier. Nothing could happen that could be so wonderful, that it could possibly be better than the happiness you have IN the Lordship and Supremacy of Jesus Christ. When you know that you are situated that you are located in the heart of the happiest, most powerful person ever to live, then you cannot be more happy than at that point.

When you’re able to step back into His rest and live in the high tower of His name, so that when the enemy comes raging against you, he cannot find you…  That’s Joy…. That’s happiness. How blessed is he whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the One who made heaven and earth, who made the sea and all that is in there, the one who keeps faith forever.

When all your confidence is in the one who made heaven and earth, when everything you need in life is utterly dependant on the goodness , the mercy, the kindness, the love, the grace, the power of the one person who is Supreme God above all gods – when your present and your future and your health and your destiny and your life depends totally on the God who works for weak, twisted , and deceitful people, then you simply have to be the happiest people on the face of the earth.

Because your happiness is built totally on the knowledge that the God who gives favor to weak, selfish people-He has given you an unshakable conviction and confidence in His ability to bring change and power to bear on your life. Therefore the most wonderful thing that you will ever do with your life is to trust it to the nature of God. To put it into the hands of a God who totally loves you, and is deeply committed to you, and delights in helping you.  It is the most happiest feeling to totally trust the best, the most honorable, the most powerful the most integreous, committed, and faithful Covenant Maker, who is also the most decent person who ever lived-

Jesus, Being completely reliant on His character and integrity is the source of your great happiness.  We rest in your nature.  For me Father you are the kindest person I have ever known.  You’re the happiest person I have ever known. You’re the happiest person I know. You’re the most consistent person we have ever dealt with. You never change. Everything comes down to us from this Father of Lights in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. You say with absolute confidence, “I am the Lord” “I change not.” “I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

And beloved, we are learning to live in the paradox of God; To know that He is consistent, but He is also unpredictable. He’s consistent in His nature, you always know where you are with God, but you seldom know what He’s gonna do next, but you always know where you are with God, Because He never changes. When Moses said, “God please show me your glory,” maybe he was expecting some great light and display of power, and God just looked at him and smiled and said, “Okay then, I’ll cause all my goodness to pass before you.”

Because the glory of God is the nature of God – that God is good. He’s good.  He’s good.  He’s unfailingly good.  He’s good.  He’s good.  God is good.  He’s good.  He’s good. And He never changes, He’ll always be good. Yesterday He was good.  Today He’s good.  Tomorrow He will be good. And it’s your destiny to have the goodness of God pass before you

 He’ll never change.  You always know where you are with Him.  He never changes. He is consistent, the most consistent person ever who will never change His heart towards you, no matter what you do.  He cannot be anything other than what He is. He’s a covenant maker and a convent keeper and He’s good. Our God is consistent, but He’s also unpredictable, you never know what God’s gonna do next-you always know what He’s gonna be like-you never know what He’s gonna do next.

And God has called you to see the invisible and do the impossible, God has not called you to do the things you can do, He’s called you to do the things that you’ll never be able to do in a million years. You’re not able to do what God has called you to do; only He can do it.  But He’s called you to live in His faithfulness; He’s called you to live in His consistency that He will come and do all the things that need to be done. So, Beloved, you cannot find security in what God is doing, because God commits you to the impossible; He asks you to see the invisible; He calls you to do the outrageous.  There is no security in what God is doing. There is only security in WHO GOD IS. This great God that we serve will throw us into situations beyond us with no other thought than that His great heart will sustain us. And the answer of God to everything, every excuse you want to make, why you cannot do something, the answer is always the same; when you look into His face, and you see the twinkle in His eye and the grin on His face and He looks at you and He says, “Nevertheless, I will be with ya” That’s all, that’s His only answer to human weakness. “Its okay, I’ll be there.” He’s the great God who sends us out like lambs amongst wolves. Why? Because the Lion is padding by our side. See what God has called us to is outrageous, impossible and totally unpredictable.  And the only way that we will do it is because we are secure in the Nature of God. He is consistent, but He is unpredictable. But the church, you know, is the opposite – we are inconsistent in relationships, but oh so boringly predictable in everything that we do.  That’s the nature of the CHANGE that is coming, Beloved. And the only way we will come into that high place of anointing and power to seize the moment, to advance the kingdom, to swim against the tide, to go against the odds, to sail against the wind that’s in the world, is if you and I are resting in the consistent nature of God.

That you and I have a testimony of what God is really like, living in our hearts in such a powerful way that it drives everything.  It’s that testimony that is the very essence of prophecy.  The testimony of what Jesus is really, really like. “I am the Lord, I never, ever change.  I’ll always be exactly like this” And we are discovering what the exactly-like this is really all about. Beloved, do not be distracted from your journey into the nature of God; don’t be distracted. Because that’s the source, that’s the wellspring of all of your joy, your peace, your rest, your revelation, your anointing, your power; it’s the Nature of God. When you learn how to rest in the nature of God, when He comes walking within the impossible, you’ll be the one that gets out of the boat to join Him. You won’t be one of those who were standing there wondering or thinking about joining Him. There will be this instinctive, intuitive, need to put your leg over the side of the boat and start walking on a substance you’ve no business being on, except that He is drawing you there. It’s your destiny, Beloved.  It’s your destiny to walk in the nature of God, and do greater things than He did. It’s your destiny. But you’ll never get out there unless you learn how to live in here. 

You’re perfect. You’re perfect for God. You’re perfect. And he’s gonna make you perfect in His nature, stamping the image of Jesus on you. It’s gonna be great, and that’s what the desert is about.  It’s about discovering the majesty of God. Hosea 2:14-15 says, “I will captivate her heart and draw her into the wilderness to speak kindly to her.” And out of that place of coming into a revelation of the nature of God, for me, out of that place God will give you for vineyard of fruitfulness. Guaranteed.

See, He knows the plan He has for you, the things he wants to accomplish but first, first, “I want you to see me as I really, really am for you”. “As I am for you” “As I am for you” “I want you to know me as I am for you.” Every one of us needs a revelation of an aspect of the nature of God.

For me, it’s always been the kindness of God. God has been relentlessly kind of me over many, many, many years, kinder than I deserve, relentlessly kind. He has pursued me with kindness, to a point where every living day I expect to have an experience of the kindness of God. I have an expectation when I wake up in the morning, even in my dreams I expect the kindness of God to come. I can’t remember a day when I was disappointed in the last, I don’t know, the last 10 years at least. The thing is I look for the kindness of God every day, because that’s my joy, to see the hand of kindness coming towards me, a kind word, a blessing.  Even on the difficult days there is always an act of kindness for me.  Because that’s my revelation; He’s the kindest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. Beloved, He will not rest Himself, until you have a revelation of what He is really, really like. Then He has to back that revelation with experience.  These are the things He so loves to do. He’s faithful.

From this day on, for you, there is no such thing as a good day, or a bad day.  There is only a day of grace. And some days the grace of God allows you to enjoy what is happening and some days the grace of God allows you to endure what is happening. But don’t think about good and bad anymore just enjoy the grace that is present.  And out of the grace will come expectancy. “I know You’re gonna do something today and I just want to be alive to You so I can see it, wait for it, speak it out, live in it, experience it, worship You in it, glorify Your name in it.” There are no good days anymore, there are no bad days.  Just days of grace. That’s agreed, Days of grace. And the grace of God is going to come and bring with it the nature of God that you might know Him, that you might know Him. That you might know Him; And rest In Him, And Live in Him. And move in Him, Worship him, Represent him, Hey God….

From this day on, for you, there is no such thing as a good day, or a bad day.  There is only a day of grace. i understand this so much more than when i heard it for the first time. It was just a great sounding phrase back then. Today i… for the most part do not have good or bad days. For the most part i have eliminated judging what is good or bad. Grace… that’s what i know i have. Circumstances, situations, trials are not determining factors for what or who God is.

And some days the grace of God allows you to enjoy what is happening and some days the grace of God allows me to endure what is happening. While this seems to be true it is not the fullness of what grace is to me. A day endured is nowhere close to what a day enjoyed is, so i am working to endure less days and live in the fullness of grace and enjoy every one of them. It’s not easy because this actually sounds so good to me. It makes sense and gives me a way to describe in spiritual terms what a bad day is for me. At first i would simply answer the question how are you with, “i’m enduring.” Sounds better than, “i’m having a bad day” right. Now days my response is simply, “i am.” i am in this day filled with His grace. If i belive Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it). Then everything is good for me. Glory to Him is my desire, my goal if i can say that. Amen, so be it is up to me.

i am learning to not think about good and bad anymore and  just enjoying the grace that is present.  And out of the grace will come expectancy. i have great expectancy most days. i have not perfected these ideas and yes i struggle somewhere through-out every day, but far less than in days gone by.

“I know God is gonna do something today and I just want to be alive to HIM so I can see it, i wait for it, i speak it out, i live in it, i experience it, i worship HIM in it, i glorify His name in it.”

There are no good days anymore, there are no bad days.  Just days of grace. 

That’s agreed,

Days of grace.

And the grace of God comes and brings with it the nature of God that i might know Him, that i might know Him. The more i know Him the better husband i become, the better friend i become, the better father i become, the better person i become. [Not in my own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in me [energizing and creating in me the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

That i might know Him;

And rest In Him

And Live in Him.

And move in Him

Worship him

Represent him

Hey God….

Once again i can not add any words that would improve upon these words so i will simply rely upon God’s faithfulness and sit silently in His peacefulness, because my own peace is… let’s just say rattling today.

i need an ongoing revelation of an aspect of the nature of God.

For me, it’s becoming the peace of God and His faithfulness.

God has been relentlessly faithful and peaceful with me over many, many, many years, more faithful and more peaceful than I deserve, relentlessly faithful and peaceful. 

He has pursued me with faithfulness and peacefulness, to a point where every living day I expect to have an experience of the faithfulness and  peacefulness of God.

I have an expectation when I wake up in the morning, even in my dreams I expect the faithfulness and peacefulness of God to come.

I can’t remember a day when I was disappointed in the last, I don’t know, the last 7 years at least.

The thing is I look for the peacefulness of God every day, because that’s my joy, to see the hand of faithfulness and peacefulness coming towards me, a peaceful word, a faithful  blessing. 

Even on the difficult days there is always an act of faithfulness and peacefulness for me.  Because that’s my revelation; He’s the most faithful and peaceful person I’ve ever met in my entire life.

He will not rest Himself, until i have a revelation of what He is really, really like.

Then He has to back that revelation with experience.  These are the things He so loves to do.

He’s faithful.

But i’ll never get out THERE unless i learn how to live in HERE. There and Here, Here and There… been there and done that but it shows up again and makes a distinction between the two. i can say that i am content to be Here today but inside me is an urgency to be There… but only when my time comes. When patience has had it’s perfect work in me and i am complete and lacking in nothing.

i am perfect for God.i sense that i will never do well Here or ever get There if i am not aware of who i am in Him. It would be my observation that people struggle with the God thing because they don’t know His character and nature and thus have no clue as to who they are either and that leaves a total disconnect for relationships with others. i think the enemies mantra is divide and conquer.

i am perfect.

And He’s gonna make me perfect in His nature, stamping the image of Jesus on me. Philippians 2:13 [Not in my own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in me [energizing and creating in me the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

It’s gonna be great, and that’s what the desert is about.  It’s about discovering the majesty of God.

Hosea 2:14-15 says, “I will captivate her heart and draw her into the wilderness to speak kindly to her.”

And out of that place of coming into a revelation of the nature of God, for me, out of that place God will give me for a vineyard of fruitfulness. For me everything comes out of revelation of relationship with the Father. If i’m lacking anywhere something is missing in the revelation of relationship with Him. If i am weary it’s because somewhere there is something i have missed or let down my guard on in that revelation of relationship in Him. It makes my life much easier to not have to look in a hundred places to see what is going on. All i focus on is the one element of that revelation of relationship and out of that i take the perfect steps, ordered by God Himself.

Guaranteed.

See, He knows the plan He has for me, the things he wants to accomplish but first, first,

“I want you to see Me as I really, really am for ed”.

“As I am for ed”

“As I am for ed”

“I want you to know Me as I am for ed.”

For me to add a single word to todays post would be to take away from the beauty of the words Graham and Ruth shared. i am just basking in them today not speaking but listening, hearing, meditating and worshipping.

But for me, you know, it’s the opposite – i have been inconsistent in relationships, but oh so boringly predictable in everything that i do. 

That’s the nature of the CHANGE that is working in me.

And the only way i will come into that high place of anointing and power to seize the moment, to advance the kingdom, to swim against the tide, to go against the odds, to sail against the wind that’s in the world, is if i am resting in the consistent nature of God.

That i have a testimony of what God is really like, living in my heart in such a powerful way that it drives everything.  It’s that testimony that is the very essence of prophecy.  The testimony of what Jesus is really, really like. 

“I am the Lord, I never, ever change.  I’ll always be exactly like this”

And i am discovering what the exactly-like this is really all about.

i will not be distracted from my journey into the nature of God; i won’t be distracted.

Because that’s the source, that’s the wellspring of all of my joy, my peace, my rest, my revelation, my anointing, my power; it’s the Nature of God.

When i learn how to rest in the nature of God, when He comes walking within the impossible, i’ll be the one that gets out of the boat to join Him.

 i won’t be one of those who were standing there wondering or thinking about joining Him. 

There is this instinctive, intuitive, need to put my leg over the side of the boat and start walking on a substance i’ve no business being on, except that He is drawing me there.

It’s my destiny.  It’s my destiny to walk in the nature of God, and do greater things than He did. 

It’s my destiny.

He is consistent, the most consistent person ever who will never change His heart towards me, no matter what i do.  He cannot be anything other than what He is.

He’s a covenant maker and a convent keeper and He’s good.

My God is consistent, but He’s also unpredictable, i never know what God’s gonna do next-i always know what He’s gonna be like-i never know what He’s gonna do next. Thus comes the need for unconditional trust.

And God has called me to see the invisible and do the impossible, God has not called me to do the things i can do, He’s called me to do the things that i’ll never be able to do in a million years.

i’m not able to do what God has called me to do; only He can do it.  But He’s called me to live in His faithfulness; He’s called me to live in His consistency that He will come and do all the things that need to be done. Humility is required to get past giftings, talent, ability and experience.

So, i cannot find security in what God is doing, because God commits me to the impossible; He asks me to see the invisible; He calls me to do the outrageous.  There is no security in what God is doing. How wrong i have gotten this one point so many times. i have looked and determined that because something appears to be to my favor and liking i decide that it is God, thus i find security in what it is that i am doing. Later if things change, well, then my thoughts that it was God chage as well. A roller coaster life. So i must change Graham’s words slightly. There is no security in what God is doing, nor in what He is not doing, only in who He is. Over the years God has committed me to many impossible things, to see the invisible and to do and be the outrageous.

There is only security in WHO GOD IS.

This great God that i serve will throw me into situations beyond myself with no other thought than that His great heart will sustain me.

 And the answer of God to everything, every excuse i want to make, why i cannot do something, the answer is always the same; when i look into His face, and i see the twinkle in His eye and the grin on His face and He looks at me and He says,

“Nevertheless, I will be with ya”

That’s all, that’s His only answer to my human weakness.

“Its okay, I’ll be there.”

He’s the great God who sends me out like a lamb amongst wolves

Why?

Because the Lion is padding by my side.

See what God has called me to is outrageous, impossible and totally unpredictable.  And the only way that i will do it is because i am secure in the Nature of God.

He is consistent, but He is unpredictable. And as for me… well i am so predictable and so inconsistant. But getting better with each day of simply trusting in the nature of I AM.

There is a communion with God that asks for nothing, yet asks for everything.. .   – George McDonald

It is the most joyous feeling to totally trust the best, the most honorable, the most powerful the most integreous, committed, and faithful Covenant Maker, who is also the most decent person who ever lived- Decent: a recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, respectable, worthy, adequate, fair, passable, kind, obliging, generous, suitable; appropriate: i think that Graham missed the mark when he used the word decent. These words all combined do not describe Jesus. They fall far short.

Jesus… i am completely reliant on Your character and integrity it is the source of my great joyfulness.  i rest in your nature.  For me Father You are the kindest person i have ever known.  You’re the most joyful person i have ever known.You’re the most consistent person i have ever dealt with. You never change. Titus 3:4But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared, 5He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Everything comes down to me from You Father of Lights in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. You say with absolute confidence, “I am the Lord” “I change not.” “I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And beloved, i am learning to live in the paradox of God; To know that You are consistent, but You are also unpredictable. There are thousands of promises in the Bible and God has not broken any of them. i can base my life on God’s word and His promises. my future is as wonderful as God’s promises! Depend on it: God keeps his word even when the whole world is lying through its teeth. Scripture says the same: Your words stand fast and true; Rejection doesn’t faze you.
(Romans 3:4, MSG)

Father You are consistent in Your nature, i always know where i am with God, but i seldom know what He’s gonna do next, but i always know where i am with God, because He never changes. Psalm 115:3, 9-11 my God is in heaven doing whatever He wants to do. 9 But you, Israel: put your trust in God! —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! Clan of Aaron, trust in God! —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! You ed who fears God, trust in God!  —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 

When Moses said, “God please show me your glory,” maybe he was expecting some great light and display of power, and God just looked at him and smiled and said, “Okay then, I’ll cause all my goodness to pass before you.” Because the glory of God is the nature of God – that God is good. He’s good.  He’s good. He’s unfailingly good.  He’s good.  He’s good.  God is good.  He’s good.  He’s good. And He never changes, He’ll always be good. Yesterday He was good.  Today He’s good.  Tomorrow He will be good. And it’s my destiny to have the goodness of God pass before me. Psalm 16:1KEEP and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself. 2I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.

He is consistent, the most consistent person ever who will never change His heart towards me, no matter what i do.  He cannot be anything other than what He is. He who breathes into our hearts the heavenly hope,will not deceive or fail us when we press forward to its realization.

In closing, i must not lose confidence in God because i lost confidence in a person. If my confidence in God had to depend upon my confidence in any human person, i would be on shifting sand.