Life Unbleached

August 2, 2017

The Story Behind the Collection: Knowing

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ADS_LB4Knowing_watercolorflower2 Knowing is important to us, it is a daily requirement.

It is in our nature to know  -even the original fall of man may have been  motivated by that desire to know.  To understand how strongly knowing affects our lives, consider if you have ever asked or heard these questions:

“What is that strange sound?”   ” Who sent you a text?”

“What is the weather forecast for tomorrow?”  “Will I be called for a second interview?”

“What are the results of the blood test  and scans?”    ” Are you committed to this relationship?”

“Will I ever overcome this bad habit?”      “Does anyone really love me?” and the statement

” I need to know someone truly knows me.”

Life is full of questions! And we ALL are seeking to answer them. But doubt can block that pathway.

First,    A working definition of doubt is “to lack confidence, to consider unlikely”. Doubt & uncertainty  are a difficult and  debilitating things; doubt often leads one right into failure and uncertainty can paralyze you- cause you to not make decisions. Doubt knocks on EVERYONE’s door. But not everyone invites doubt in to stay. Why is that? What separates those who live with confidence and those who daily battle a barrage of questions and uncertainty? You want to know?  Of course you do!

 

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Knowing what you believe is crucial to living a life that brings  fulfillment, some joy and one worth remembering.

Knowing overcomes wondering and wandering. Knowing gives one purpose, hope, and a compass.

Yet we all have struggles with the debilitating twins, doubt & fear. Laying a foundation of truth in your life makes it easier to shut the front door in the face of that obnoxious pair!  You and I do not need to feel condemned when they come to visit, to be tempted is not a sin! But to open the door of your heart to doubt and fear is to crowd out the already growing faith and trust! These cannot share the same space. One or the other have to go.

Many claim to believe in God. A fine example of this is found in the gospel of Mark:

Mark 9,   Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “ ‘If you can’ !  All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

You can have a Christ-centered Compass!

The man believed in God. Perhaps he had also heard other teachings, like ones that are here today saying that there are many ways to God. But he was not certain that Jesus, who is the Living Word of God, would do as he had heard. He did not believe God. He did not believe what was said. That’s why Jesus replied to him with the statement of gentle rebuke “If you can”.

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You and I CAN KNOW. We can know that Jesus came out of a motivation of love, not sin-based. We CAN KNOW that this HOLY God is also the God who loves, who forgives, who heals, who provides, who sees us, who hears us and who saves us.  We just have to make the move- cross over into

TRUE faith…

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It comes down to a choice (doesn’t everything?!) to be willing to be wild, crazy, and adventurous enough to leap into the arms of The ONLY One whose wrists, feet, head and sides were pierced through as He amazingly yet willingly said YES to you and to me.

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And the leap is daily. And digging into His written word (Bible) is daily. If you don’t know where to begin, read John. And then Psalms. Each morning ask the Holy Spirit to teach you throughout the day. Ask Him to help you to KNOW.

Because Knowing is what living is all about. Our life here on earth is our pathway to getting to know HIM. 

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