There is No Neutral

photo by Rudy Atallah

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.” – Luke 11:23

“This is war, and there is no neutral ground.  If you’re not on My side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.” – (The Message)

Idleness, the space of inaction, is a form of opposing the Omnipotent.  He calls us to move, to act in His loving kindness, sharing His light with the world.  If our light does not shine, we are living in and perpetuating darkness.  God is the Father of Lights, and in Him, there is no darkness.

After Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension into heaven, He sent His Spirit, who is a light that cannot  be snuffed out.  If He dwells in us, He is our ever-present flame, present so that we may go out and illuminate the darkness.  Where there is light, darkness dissolves.  It is impossible for darkness to remain when light is present; which must be why He asks us to go and be a light unto the world.

Because our Heavenly Father loves us so immensely, how could we possibly refuse that which He is asking us to do?

Nothing – not fear, not fighting, not fleeing, nor lack of faith, can separate us from His love.  Knowing that, why would we run and hide?  For He has promised to remain present and be our guide.

The fruit of a life spent seeking the Savior, serving and loving like Him; yields an abundant harvest. He will take whatever we are able to give of ourselves, and make it great for the furthering of His kingdom. Every willing heart that acts, that takes the action that the Almighty is asking, is helping to gather, in His glorious grace. We have the privilege to be part of His plan!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Spirit to be our source and supply, our light and our guide, as we seek to serve.  May Your light burn brightly within us, so that we may illuminate the path that leads into Your loving arms.  As we receive Your mercy and grace each time we miss the mark, may we move forward and go forth to help gather as You ask.  Teach us, lead us and love us, so that we might shine brightly with Your light, before all who draw near.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Splendor and Strength are His Sanctuary

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord has made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are His sanctuary.” – Psalm 96:4-6

God’s Sanctuary by Sam Coleman

God is great and worthy of all of our praise.  He is far greater than all other gods, and should be respected as such.  Anything other than God that is receiving our time, energy and adoration, is an idol.  God, who made the heavens and spread out the stars in the sky, is surrounded by splendor and majesty, and His sanctuary is built by His strength and glory.

The first phrase is the most straight-forward, as we can easily recognize that our Redeemer alone, is most worthy of all of our praise.  All that surrounds us, including our very existence, comes from Him.  It is impossible to see the setting sun or the stars in the sky and not marvel at the majesty of His creation.

To fear God, means to honor and respect our Heavenly Father with reverence, as He is God, and we are not.  In all things and at all times, we ought to offer our gratitude and ask if the moves we intend to make are in the middle of His good and perfect plan for our lives.  This is much easier in theory than in practice when the craziness of life comes our way.  My default tends to be suck it up, stay strong, and keep pressing forward, even if it is not mine to take on.

Anything and everything that takes our attention away from God, has become a god, an idol, in our world.  Work, wealth, fashion, furnishings, vehicles, homes, having more…  All can become idols if they take our attention away from God’s intention for our lives.

He has made the heavens.  Yep, another easy one, as the big bang theory can’t touch the creative and awesome power of our amazing and loving Lord.

The image of splendor and majesty being before Him, reminds me that the glory of heaven is far beyond what I can even begin to imagine.  All I know, is that I want to be there, belting it out in the heavenlies, singing of His goodness and His glory at the foot of His throne.  I want to be invited into the glory of His sanctuary, climb up onto the lap of Daddy God, and soak in the strength and sweetness of His splendor.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so much more than we can begin to put into words.  Teach us to place You above all else and help us keep our focus on You, our Father in heaven.  May our lives be lived as a song of praise, sung before You with each breath that we take here on earth.  Lead us so that our love brings all honor and glory to You, now and forever.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present