I can only IMAGINE . . .

On The Run 24 x 48 inches © Laurie Justus Pace . Pure Justus . In the Spirit of the Paint.

On The Run 24 x 48 inches © Laurie Justus Pace . Pure Justus . In the Spirit of the Paint.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”   CS Lewis

I had not see this quote from CS Lewis.  The book it is in is entitled "Mere Christianity". I think I may have to add it to my reading list.  I began a prayer journal this year.  I have done well only missing one day in the first two weeks of the year.  I do a small study every night and I was doing a larger in depth study each morning, but I missed one this week.  Think I woke up late and the dog cannot wait. I should realize, God does not always wait on us either. I know at times he waits passively hoping I will step up and take the risk, or put myself out there or do something for His Kingdom I have been missing. 

There are times all of us need to strap on that armor of God and march out there. Satan is constantly on the move, he is not waiting, he is taking every opportunity he can.   So while reading God's word is good, and studying it is good and memorizing it certainly helps in rough times, seeking his will is always good... but sometimes if we are just 'waiting' we miss pushing back the evil darkness and shining the light of God's love around us.  Perhaps we have not taken time to sit and talk to Him or to Jesus and repent those things we have chosen unwisely to do... OR, what about the time someone took a swipe at you in mean conversation... did you speak back in love? 

Wearing his armor, we have battle ahead and service ahead loving our families, our neighbors and our enemies. It is constant that we should be sharing his word and setting a good example in our lives. Sometimes we are given that opportunity  to help others with negative things in their lives. 

Let's wield our swords as we fight onward and outward with His light showing us the way. There are no limits with God. He builds us to be the place he can dwell within and shine outward. 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ~Ephesians 6:12