So this is the official last blog I will be making for this year of intention 5775. It has been an amazing year, but I know the work is not done.
I keep thinking, “you must do the hard thing(s)”. Everyone knows deep down inside what those hard things are, and if you don’t there is time to figure them out and begin to tackle them. If you decide to do this week’s challenge, “doing the hard thing(s)” will be the focus until Yom Kippur. (Around Sukkot, I will begin a new blog series for 5776, which will focus on the Torah portions.)
You are unique–one of a kind, and no one else has been given your skill set. You must do the hard things, so that you can more fully become who G-d has called you to be, so that you can be unencumbered and able to do what He’s called you to do.
It is hard to do the hard things, but like we, who are good parents, don’t ask our children to do things they can’t do, our heavenly Father doesn’t ask us to do anything we are not already equipped to accomplish. The battle is in the mind, it is with our own will. If we can just surrender our own will, our own desires and put on His mind, His will, His desires, we will see His ways are better, higher, more wondrous than we could ever have imagined.
Be in prayer this week, and continue to put on the armor of G-d, strengthen your spirits and bodies, and move in the direction of overcoming those hard things that want to keep you down.
So if there is any encouragement in Messiah, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Messiah Yeshua, who, though he was in the form of G-d, did not count equality with G-d a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore G-d has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Yeshua Messiah is L-rd, to the glory of G-d the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is G-d who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of G-d without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Messiah I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:1-16)
Blessings and Shalom,