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  • Jun16Wed

    You Can't Always Get What You Want.

    June 16, 2021

    You Can't Always Get What You Want. 

    This was a classic rock song  by The Rolling Stones just over 50 years ago. It really expresses the truth that often our goals can outstrip our reach.   I think many of us have felt this over the course of this pandemic.   There have been so many unknowns in the midst of it all and it has kept us all off balance and it has been a very difficult time to navigate and seek the truth.  

    The Father's prayer for me is that I would be one with him, with Jesus and with the Holy Spirit. It is not for the purpose of 'having my prayers answered,' but that through prayer I may come to discern his mind and his purpose for me and that together we would experience Unity. I think it's easier for us to find ways to be divided and we need to seek what really brings us together.

    John 17:11

    Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one

    If we're able to learn what it means to experience Oneness then the tightening grip of self absortion needs to be lost on us.   We have to learn what it means to put others first steer towards how we are Guided by his grace and strengthened in our resolve together to follow him. We need to keep our heart pure, keep ourselves from being distracted by what polarizes us and learn what it means to stay in tune with him together. This is especially true engen it has nothing to do with the gospel.   It has to be more about us than me, myself and I! 

    The key in all of this is to learn what Reliance looks like on the Resurrection Life of Jesus. Father, allow me to be in complete Oneness with your purposes. Teach me that reliance means often moving away from what is common sense to intuition that comes from the Holy Spirit!

    For the song goes on to say but if you try sometimes, you just might get what you need.  This is a huge trust factor that in the midst of all this uncertainty the Jesus can you give us exactly what we need, His tangible presence through the whole mess.
    When we learn to joyfully waive our rights to the Lord, God can use us in the freedom that we experience through it to bless and serve others.

    As I took time to listen to the Lord I sense God saying Jack, my son, keep training yourself in my gym! Continue to pursue godliness, be strong in the Lord pursue unity, harmony, love and faithfulness. Continue to break free from selfish thoughts and ways so that my righteousness can breakthrough like the noonday sun.

    By your patience,  you will possess your soul." Luke 21:16-19 really displays how difficult relationships can be when you make the decision to follow Jesus.  In essence,  He is saying to us,  make My relationship the dominating focus of your life. 
    I believe it starts as we start slowing down and start noticing what He is already doing.  The question always is whether we are paying enough attention to see it,  it is an acute awareness and we absolutely need the Holy Spirit. It's time to end the lockdown of our souls and break free!

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