Denine (“de9k”) added a comment below my “thanksgiving post”
I asked if I could use it as this post. Because her words strike me with a clarity my own words hadn’t – because when I read Denine’s words, I see words as colours, logic drawn like a tooth, and all her words a safe blanket – totally safe. And what I got is the difference between “giving thanks” and “thanksgiving”.
We have no turkey and trimmings today in the UK. But we are all connected to each other, we all share with each other – because giving thanks in love and freedom is universal.
And Denine’s words, for me, are both universal AND timeless …
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“One time in a dream I was sitting with Jesus in a boat and He said, “I like talking to you; you’re not political.”
I’ve really have never known what that meant. Your post here has answered that question for me and a few others.
Growing up the way I did, not knowing the bible, not going to church, and just knowing Jesus loved me is what my relationship with Him was built on. Then when I got older and started going to church, I was taught to fear Him and death – to fear not loving enough, giving enough, being enough.
I think that instilled in me to spend my life “working” to hear the “well done good and faith servant” speech … But now I see the truth was, I became a slave to man instead of a bond servant to God. I thought I was serving God by submitting to man. There was no freedom in that, but a lot of guilt, fear, and shame.
I believe it’s when our “have to” turns into “want to” that we … “But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.… “
So now when we get to heaven and stand before the Lord we won’t say, “Look at all I have done for you Lord.” Instead I hope we will see all the Lord was able to do through us, as surrendered hearts, rooted and grounded in love.
“When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ Matthew 25:38-40
All this a result of a heart changed by faith in Jesus Christ through “Grace so that no man can boast.”
It’s hard to get over ourselves. I truly believe this is the dying to self the Bible speaks about and the freedom He came to give us and that which you talk about in your Thanksgiving post. And again I thank you for help me to see it a bit clear than before.
It’s a lot like jumping off a cliff so you can feel the freedom of flight. Faith I guess?? 🙂
I was so afraid of getting it wrong as if it were all in my hands (my bighead) – but salvation through Jesus Christ is all about God knowing we would get it wrong at times.
In Him, we have the freedom to mess up, learn, and grow! A relationship rooted in love and freedom not fear and obligation. Each heartbeat a gift – a chance to live and love – and to be loved,
(not political at all)“
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Thank you Denine
So beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you 🙂