Written Not with Ink
I am meant to be an epistle, written not with ink, but with the Spirit in the fleshly table of my heart… (From my other blog where I have a piece of Scripture randomly selected for me and then write and edit for one hour. Because of the suddenness of the source and the time limit, this post, like most of them, is a bit rambling and mostly unedited.)
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
Thank you Christina, for joining up with us, I hope you will be blessed by what we share..
Yes the Truth is that only as we come to heart repentance and believe in all that Jesus has done for us and who He is, which is what believing in His Name is all about, His Name that is above all Names, The Great I Am, we than ask and receive the Holy Spirit, God’s wisdom and His Love, there is no other way to God other than believing in Jesus Christ, all earthy gods leave us empty and Eternally separated from The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today, The 3 in One.
1 Corinthians 8:5-7 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in Heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is One God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.(NKJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give The Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
Christian Love from us both – Anne.
Thank you, Anne, for your comment! It’s good to be following your blog and I’m glad that you’re here with me, too. You know, I was just thinking about that Scripture passage from Matthew (7:11) the other day as it relates to “ask and it shall be given unto you.” In our daily lives as faithful Christians, there have been times (or there will come a time) when we pray to God for something good. Perhaps the prayer is for a child to come through a simple surgery safely. But, what if something happens during surgery and the child dies? It would seem, then, that our prayers were not answered. We asked God for something good and we did not receive. We asked for a fish and got a snake. In this situation, one could either say, “See? There is no such thing as God and prayers are useless” – or – “I dunderstand what God means.”
I have a genetic defect and have been physically disabled since infancy – but have never thought that God should cure me because I asked Him to. Who am I to know what my life is supposed to look like? And this understanding didn’t come as a way to justify my lack of miracle because, from the time I was a small child, I knew that life isn’t perfect — but it is beautiful. Terribly beautiful. I’ve never seen my motorneuron disease as an enemy for me to fight. Where other people may see a wrong or tragedy, I see nature. And, though I was an atheist for a short while, it was never out of anger or disappointment. I just didn’t want to believe in something because other people told me to – I was on a brave quest for truth. Truth is what I was seeking, truth was what I was asking for — and, by the grace of God, truth is what I found, truth was given to me. This leads me back to the other passage you shared, this time from Luke (11:13).
When Matthew says that the Heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask Him, Luke says that Our Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. Do you think that they are both saying the same thing? If a child, in her hunger, asks to have the tasty treat that she sees in the bakery window, should her father give it to her? Well, forget about cost, calories and cavities, because the child’s father knows that what she wants to eat is a cardboard display piece made to look delicious. So, he answers her request with, “No.” God answers all sincere prayers – but He doesn’t just thoughtlessly give us what we want, He lovngly gives us what we truly need. And I guess what we need, wht is truly good, is the Holy Spirit …
I feel like I’m rambling here a bit, but I would honestly like to know your thoughts on these two Scripture passages. I’m hoping you can shine a light. Thank you!
So much division today. It was good for this Protestant to read your blog and see in black and white a Catholic true follower of Christ. Added you to my home page
Thank you, Jim, for reflecting with me! I’m delighted to have you here, please comment whenever the Spirit moves you. Your sister in Christ,