Death is not just physical. Death is first spiritual before it is physical.
Heartbreak, disappointment, desperation, lack, loss, ignorance are all forms of death because they unleash series of actions and reactions that- if they do not glorify God can only end in death.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.
Growing up, default reactions to every circumstance have been established. If someone does something that you never expected, or disappoints you, or wounds, you- the default response is anger- hurt- desire for revenge- or even despair.
But Jesus says forgive, let it go- he says let Him be your default setting so you don’t even have to debate whether or not to forgive and allow constant healing and renewal of your mind.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The landscape of the mind is constantly changing, contracting and expanding according to situations as they unfold.
In my life, the only constant I know- the one in whom there’s no shadow of turning whatever the situation is Christ. And he says we are his brothers- which means, we have his mind, and as such the ability to be as solid as the Rock He is.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Matthew 5:38, 39, 44
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you …….. but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Living in the world, while in Christ does not mean you will not suffer- Christ calls us to dwell in the secret place of His embrace.
With eyes fixed on his glorious face, we’re less and less aware of the pains of life, because Christ as a reward is so omniscient- all-knowing, all-wise, all-seeing; nothing can catch him by surprise.
If you’ve loved someone desperately, then you know there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for them.
Song of Solomon The Passion Translation 5:2
Arise, my love.
Open your heart, my darling, deeper still to me.
Will you receive me this dark night?
There is no one else but you, my friend, my equal.
I need you this night to arise and come be with me.
You are my pure, loyal dove, a perfect partner for me.
My flawless one, will you arise?
For my heaviness and tears are more than I can bear.
I have spent myself for you throughout the dark night.
Jesus died for me, for you, because he’d seen the end he wanted for us- a love pure and true that bleeds into every broken place, taking away trauma, giving us new memories- memories of God’s Throne room- the expense of His love- pure- unconditional- and totally without end.
When we begin to desire God to the point He desired us to die on the cross- then we see even those who wound us as he does and even while still in pain we can safely and honestly say- forgive him/her for they know not what they do.
Living a life that glorifies despair, anger, betrayal, hate – the list is endless. Anything that does not glorify God, is death in itself.
Thank God for his presence that reveals a fragrance that heals, restores, and shines a light in the darkest spaces of our lives redirecting us on a path of truest purest worship.
Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
John 4;24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
God is holy- and knowing that only by us becoming him could we truly honor him- he died and made us his habitation- his temple. A temple crafted by his own hands, with no human effort. That calls us to live to a standard only revealed to man through the Holy Spirit, through God’s word.
God is Holy, and we are his habitation- in the past, we have seen God destroy anything that defiled his temple. He is a proud jealous God who will do anything to defend his honor- thus letting his only son die.
He has made a way for us to live in honor of Him. Alive eternally.
So whatever you’re dealing with- practice eternally being more aware of God’s presence than the tribulations of living in the human body.
Hurt, pain, betrayal, loneliness, sexual frustration, lack, confusion- whatever it is, remind yourself, wherever you are, you’re in the presence of the Lord, and you love him.
Staying attuned to what the Holy Spirit is saying, meditating on God’s word- it takes practice and consistency- eventually it can become your default setting.
And God what a beautiful place to be.
NOTE: Psalm 46: 10“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted over the earth.” 11 The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah…