Thursday, January 6, 2022

This wilderness

Here we are in the wilderness, where we are to walk by faith and not by sight. In this wilderness, we are to live not by bread alone but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God. 

This world is a wilderness. 

Nevertheless, we must sojourn with God through this wilderness until we cross the Jordan to inherit the Promised Possession beyond it. There, we shall know fully even as we also are fully known. There we shall behold Him by sight, for whom we have lived for by faith; whom here we never saw, yet loved and rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory. There we will inherit our exceeding great Reward, even the I AM. There, we shall rejoice over all the treasures we laid up, according to the mighty power of God which worked in us while below; that is, all of the lost souls, widows, orphans, hungry, thirsty, lonely, sick, strangers and prisoners we ministered unto. There we shall be comforted with eternal rest from all of the temptations, injustices and burdens we bore here; but even the greatest rest of our longings will be ended in the presence of our eternal King and High Priest who forever wears the scars that won our freedom!

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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160