Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. OíConnor 

Aug. 09, 2004

 

Main thought: to explore the contrasts between our ways and Godís.

 

Tenacity rather than Technique, Giving rather than Getting, Faith rather than Feeling,

 

Main Entry:†††† te∑na∑cious

Pronunciation: t&-'nA-sh&s

Function: adjective

Etymology:††††† Latin tenac-, tenax tending to hold fast, from tenEre to hold

1 a : not easily pulled apart : COHESIVE <a tenacious metal> b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance <tenacious burs>

2 a : persistent in maintaining or adhering to something valued or habitual <a tenacious royalist> b : RETENTIVE <a tenacious memory>

synonym see STRONG

- te∑na∑ci∑ous∑ly adverb

- te∑na∑cious∑ness noun

 

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Whole Chapter: Matthew 5 In context: Matthew 5:5-7)

 

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[ 10:8 The Greek word was used for various diseases affecting the skinĖnot necessarily leprosy.] drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.(Whole Chapter: Matthew 10 In context: Matthew 10:7-9)

 

Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Whole Chapter: Acts 20 In context: Acts 20:34-36)

 

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Whole Chapter: Hebrews 11 In context: Hebrews 11:5-7)

 

Galatians 3:11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."[ 3:11 Hab. 2:4] (Whole Chapter: Galatians 3 In context: Galatians 3:10-12)

 

Our God is a precious gem collector and by precious gems I mean those who have depth of character rather than depth of knowledge, wealth or popularity. Oh, you may have those other extra things but that is all they are to Him, just extra things.Those who emphasize their technique of service or the quantity of their works rather than the fire of their passion for Christ are like fools gold to God. They may appear like precious gems to mankind from the outside but inside they are worthless to God.

 

Oh, the outside of our appearance is important but only that which is there from the inside out and not the other way around. It seems that if our focus is on the outward appearances of relationship with God rather than a passionate love walk with Him, than those appearances mean absolutely nothing to Him. In fact, they make Him sick! 2 Timothy 3 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. For these are ones whose focus is on their appearances and not on their relationship with Christ.But those who find themselves focusing not on their outward actions but on their inward passion for Christ find that God begins to develop in their lives an outward appearance that is visible to the world as well. The more we focus on our appearances and techniques of service rather than a love relationship with Him the more He hates it! The thief that hung next to Christ on the cross wasnít baptized with water, but he was saved. He didnít pray the sinnerís prayer, but he was saved. Faith, Hope and Love are those things that spring from the heart not from a religion. We have so perfected the art of putting God into our man-made boxes of religion, He has left us to our own devices and our churches have become social clubs that specialize on appearing like children of God rather than being children of God. He is getting ready to gather His Bride for His wedding feast and would like to have all of those who have heard the Good News to be ready. Unfortunately, there will be many who have so focused on the News itself, that they will have totally missed the One of whom the News is about. Godís people have become so brainwashed by the spirit of this world into thinking that itís the amount of our righteous activities, popularity, knowledge, and or wealth that determines how successful we are. All of these equal zero in Godís scales. We have grown so accustomed to going through the motions of acting like Godís people that we have neglected a loving relationship with Christ. Love is more than words and more than actions. Itís a state of relationship between the creator and His creation that surpasses everything else. We have become experts of Godly activities without a Godly passion for Him. You can have all the right words to say and all of the right works to display before others but be totally bankrupt in your relationship with Christ. But, you canít have a passionate walk with Him and not have the fruits of that relationship expressed towards others. Just like foolís gold where it is so easy to appear like the real thing from the outside and yet be worthless on the inside but gold is gold not only on the inside, but from the outside as well. We get so focused on those things that appear great while God is waiting for us to learn how to weep with those that weep or to give a glass of cold water in His Name to a thirsting soul. How amazed many will be when God gives out His rewards in Glory. There will unfortunately be many that will have had many outward signs and activities and yet their rewards will be minimal due to their relationship with Him not being where it should be. Just as the Jews made the Ten Commandments their God by so focusing on it and not God Himself, so many Christians today have so made the revealed Word of God their God and not a passionate loving relationship with Him. How so very sad for so many people to have so clothed themselves with His Word that they neglected to clothe themselves with THE WORD! Just as God sent John the Baptist to prepare the peopleís hearts for the coming of Christ into this world, so He is raising up those hungry for Life and Truthtoday to prepare the hearts of His chosen ones for the wedding feast of His Son. Those clothed in the beauty of His Son will be welcomed to His Feast but those who have so clothed themselves with their appearances or their activities rather than their relationship with Him will not. Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Whole Chapter: Revelation 22 In context: Revelation 22:11-13)

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Whole Chapter: Revelation 22 In context: Revelation 22:19-21)

 

Heavenly Father, thank you that You are a God of whole hearted passionate Love. Teach us how to listen to the Holy Spirit as He seeks to prepare our hearts for Your Wedding celebration. In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen.

 

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