Category: Surrender

Catching Pop Flies

Grace is a gift not a reward.  Righteousness is by faith not by works.  Gifts come from givers.  Gifts are determined by the giver.  Receivers only receive.  Receivers of gifts don’t earn them but just receive them. Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the…

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The Gate

Since the fall, our brains see through law.  When we ate from the wrong tree we took on a law way of thinking.  We thought in terms of lists.  In the original language, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a tree that made us aware of what is good or bad…

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Yielded to His Touch

Transformation begins with a rebirth at the cross but is matured in surrender. We are born again a new creation and are transformed into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. The transformation happens primarily in the mind through our yielding to His way of thinking. We give ourselves as a…

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Options

Slavery is a life of no options.  Self-life is slavery.  Before the cross all you knew was selfish with a healthy dose of Sin input.  Anything was OK for us.  We had a conscience as a product of wrong fruit ingestion but it didn’t matter.  The thought of being without something was much more powerful than…

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Something Missing

When I was a pilot in the Navy we had to undergo regular training to be familiar with the physiological effects of flying high performance jet aircraft. We called it, guess what, physiology training. One of the exercises was to get in the pressure chamber and take a ride to an altitude of 25,000 ft…

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Foxes and Holes

One of my persistent prayers is that God would reveal to me a greater understanding of Jesus Christ and Him crucified like Paul’s desire in 1 Cor 2:2.  I don’t mean a greater academic understanding.  I mean to know that I know.  I want to understand completely in my innermost man.  I truly believe that…

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Fear and Trembling

My last post was about how justice is different from fairness and because God is just He can’t be mad at us.  Then today Paul Ellis posted part two on the wrath of God.  You must read his post.  It is amazing.  He says some very profound things that I hope he doesn’t mind I…

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Dinner Table

I was pondering the idea of surrender verses suppression, yes again. I can’t shake this one so I know God has a strong message for me and hopefully you. When we live in fear, out of obligation we tend to suppress stuff instead of surrendering it. Grace says we get to bring it to God.…

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As He Is

When you join the military you don’t know what to expect.  You may have an idea but you have no experiences to base understanding.  Then you get to boot camp or, in my case, Aviation Officer’s Candidate School.  You “know” it is going to be tough but you don’t really “know” how tough.  We started with…

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Possible, Probable, Absolute

In my job we work often with probabilities and sensitivities.  We ask the question “What is the likelihood and severity of a given…”  I’m not a statistician but we use statistics to capture the variable nature of things.  We also say there are no such things as absolutes.  The cliché is “there are no absolutes except in…

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