I’m writing this because I see within many people similarities to the things that I am struggling with. I am in no way comparing us, I’m only talking about the frustrations of promises and prophecies that have not yet come to pass…
I am in a confusing struggle and confrontation with daily living. The last few months have only become worse. The hunger and the need for the truth is consuming me… I desperately need LIFE, I am dying…
This is the reason this hope is so precious to me, it is all I’ve got and I have to take hold of it…
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”
And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Death has many facets, but we are only familiar with a few. Physical death and maybe emotional death is something we might relate to. We are dying in some ways as the Medici will tell us that between the age of 25 and 30 our life cycle turns around and we start regressing. From birth we are growing and developing, but after some years the physical body starts a path of regression, and all of this is natural…
The life and death I’m talking about goes a little deeper. At the Mighty Men Conference 2008 Angus Buchan spoke of the term ‘Dying to Live’, which sums up the concept I want you to think about. Jesus said that we have to die daily.
And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.
We are fighting to stay alive in this physical life, but by doing this we are killing ourselves. We must stop eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and start eating from the Tree of Life. This is our daily choice… Choose then to Partake of the tree of knowledge or of LIFE.
To eat of the tree of good and evil is “…to choose independence from God and separate development or self-improvement. This is the stuff that secular-humanism and religion is made up of. And both are very popular in the church today” (Marcus Visser, The Transition of Knowing Him Intimately).
To eat of the tree of life we must partake of Christ, for He is life. To partake of Christ Jesus we must embrace His life and become one with Him, living His life to the full, even to the death on the cross.
But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them to be dung, so that I may win Christ and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death; if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
Why do we cling to that which we have no control over or where we have no choice… rather cling to Jesus Christ with whom there is life, yes life everlasting, life abounding…
I think it will be good for you to read also The Transition of Knowing Him Intimately, by Marcus Visser.