providence

Stillness Derives from Being

Stillness Derives from Being

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Learning to discern the difference between a call to a state of being and a call to a state of action is one of the most challenging of insights to attain. Kinetic activity is appealing to the will and self-affirming to the intellect, whereas being speaks to conditioning of the will and subordination of intellectual inclination. While the soul is the capital of both states, the question isn’t which state befits the season or circumstances, but which spirit, truth or deception, preserves jurisdiction.

Spiritual jurisdiction, not juxtaposition of states, determines the veracity of insight discerned by the soul. The beautiful poetic discourse of the 23rd Psalms engages kinetic acts, outcomes, and prophecies to usher the hearer foremost into a state of being:

The Lord is my Shepherd

Silence does not denote His absence

I shall not want

I sense provision before I possess it

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

He confiscates my schedule in order to nurture my soul

He leadeth me beside the still waters

He escorts me to hushed and tranquil spiritual zones

He restoreth my soul

He first silences my contemplation and then my circumstances

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake

My uncertainty gains clarity, one obedient act at a time

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

My path is determined by His purpose, not prevailing conditions

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me

My companion is a champion fear buster and evil basher

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

His governance imparts to me a highly personalized peace

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies

There are things that are His alone to bring to pass

Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over

He first chose me, now my joy inspires riots of envy

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

He suffers my relentless doing, while providentially inspiring me to be

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever…

He’s made it clear where I’m to go from here, and being is my passport

Abduction By Obstruction

Abduction By Obstruction

Silence is Fueling the Fight

By His sovereign election, a loving God took the unfathomable risk of granting free-will to men and women. Therefore they have authority to conduct their lives in accordance with the revelations arising from God’s Word, or solely in accordance with the dictates of their conscience. Each has been granted this divine discretion, and is accordingly held solely and personally accountable for their choices.

Those who appease their preconceived opinions or feelings by diminishing the free-will of another to choose yea or nay, act beyond their authority. Every man has the right to be shielded from the tyrannical abduction of personal choice and prerogative at the hands of another, whether inspired by pernicious prejudice or presumptive providence.

Free will discharged in the light of God’s Word is never an accomplice to obstruction of divine discretion. Respectful accommodation of the exercise of divine discretion by another does not require nor infer complicity, and cogent consideration can be extended without endorsement. Respectful accommodation absent complicity, endorsement, or both, does not confirm xenophobia.