For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
What does the backside of the tapestry of your life look like?
Mine looks pretty messy!!
But as I reflect on scripture I'm encouraged by the fact that the backside of Moses life was messy (murderer), the backside of Jacob"s life was messy (liar/deceiver), the backside of Peter's life was messy (impulsive, deserter) and then there is David (adulterer, murderer).
Were Moses, Jacob, Peter and David examples of God's workmanship?
David was described as a man after God's own heart.
Perhaps it is simply a matter of learning how to flip over the tapestry of life and see what God's workmanship actually looks like.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
The above Scripture describes what my life looks like when I am trusting in myself.
All my motives and thought processes become driven by: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
The Hebrew word picture meaning behind lust is: "it binds you to itself".
It is through this lens that I come to understand that my lusts are imprisoning me and tempting me to live outside the protection of God's grace.
2 Corinthians 1:9
Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead,
If you wanted to summarise the fall of mankind there is no better summary than these words: trust in ourselves.
You will recall that the Hebrew word picture for trust is: inside the fence. We know from our studies around this word that the fence is the blood sacrifice of Yeshua.
So, the question is: what does this fence look like when we trust in ourselves?
Trust in ourselves is actually the enemies counterfeit of living inside the blood sacrifice of Yeshua.
The palings that make up the fence of trust in ourselves are:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
From a Hebrew perspective glory is all about weightiness or heaviness.
The idea of heaviness is also linked to making an impression.
For instance, in ancient times kings and queens endowed themselves with the finest clothes and jewelry with the intention of impressing their subjects.
When Christ is in you He is daily leaving the impression of His footprints in your life.
Consequently, as we walk out relationship with others, on a daily basis, we are leaving an impression on their lives.
The desire of my heart is that the impression I leave on the lives of others reflects that glorious impression that Christ has made upon me.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation (Yeshua), and my high tower.
From the top of Castle Rock, which is the top of Edinburgh Castle, you can see a long, long way in every direction.
It is no surprise then that the word picture meaning for "rock" in Hebrew is: support that controls your seeing and understanding.
The word picture meaning for "tower" is: chaos destroyed to benefit the household".
Maybe these are the images Yeshua (Jesus) had in mind when He said these words:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Recently my wife (Jenny) and I were blessed in fulfilling a 30 year dream to travel in Europe, the UK and Ireland.
One of the many highlights for me was visiting Edinburgh Castle which sits atop Castle Rock.
The sheer rock face that surrounds much of the castle is 80 metres high. In its 1100 year history this castle has survived 26 sieges and our guide informed us it had never been overtaken.
What impacted me about this living history was its connection to the Hebrew definition of the word rock used in Psalm 18. Rock here literally means crag or cliff.
Be assured the Lord is your Castle Rock, His defences have not been and never will be penetrated.
I am greatly indebted to my loyal encourager Brian Fleming for forwarding this link to me earlier in the week:
If you are struggling to find that place of Full Assurance In Trusting HIM, I recommend you follow the above link and soak in this powerful worship, adoration and declaration. It may just be the stepping stone you need to move you closer to Full Assurance In Trusting HIM.