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Motion is part of life. It is part of how we function. We were created to engage in motion. It is simply impossible for us to remain stagnant physically because our body was created in such a way that it has needs—food, water, sustenance— that we must take care of. Even the most disciplined martial artists in their meditation and training have to break their physical engagement in order to attend to mundane tasks. That being said, we are built for motion. Whether linear, circular, zig zag, we take paths in life that indicate some sort of motion, even backwards at times. Recently, at Journey Church in Jax/Orange Park area, we have been studying doctrine, and during this past weeks series, Pastor Jaffe brought up a familiar, but true point; we are all depraved without Jesus. As I sat there I realized, and played the reel of my life, and remember now, even to yesterday, in ways that I have failed the Lord, ways that regardless of how much “good” I’ve done, would be shameful to His name. This reminds me of the purpose of why we were created, before the fall, we were created to be in motion with God, to be in communion with Him. Our lives and spirits were created to stay on His pace, the only directional option being forward, but when sin came, we took a one directional train, and made it go backwards. In the art of wing chun, my sifu always says, it is nearly impossible for someone for someone to knock you out while they are running backwards, the force, momentum, added to the antagonistic force of some muscles in your arm, reduce the force of impact because you have two opposing things occurring. The same is with our Spiritual walk. I say this for me in an earnest heart and reality that I, also, struggle with trying to go forward while my flesh is running backwards. God gave us eyes on the front of our head for a reason, for us to look forward. His desire is that we would stay in rhythm with Him, that our heart would take the rhythm of His heart, and that we would move forward in Him. The truth is we have made our spiritual motion an elusive concept, believing that the law of entropy does not apply to our spiritual walk. The truth is, even things that are left untouched, gather dust over time and deteriorate. Change is imminent, motion is an imminent reality, but God’s grace is sufficient, and if we choose to earnestly seek Him, with a heart of repentance, humility, and a desire to advance His kingdom, His strength will overshadow our weakness, and He will move forward with us, because as we were meant to be in motion, we were not meant to be in motion alone, but He is immanuel, God with us, and like the boy in the picture below, sometimes, when we let go of the handlebars, and try to ride with no hands, the only way we will be able to stay on track, is if he takes over, and we stay in motion with Him. God, may you cleanse the thoughts of my heart, by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify Your Holy Name, through Christ Your Son, my Lord. Forgive me Father, for choosing to go backwards so many times, may You guide me with your strong Hand, and lead me in the path of righteousness. I love You and I thank You, help me to make you known, help me to make you proud. Amen.
“13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. 16 In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.”
Today I’m humbly reminded once again, how much I need Jesus… Thank You Lord!
This weekend I will be going to Birmingham, AL, to join DOCC for their 2011 Heartsing, please pray for the continued safety for those who weathered the storms and those whose homes/lives were devastated by the tornadoes; pray without ceasing my friends! Love u all and will keep u posted! Later!
Surprised? Shocked? I can hear the sound of gasps and open eyes thinking at what this title might mean, or you could be within the masses of those who either do not know who I am, or care to read about my thoughts… Trust me, either or, I am not offended. My friends, I’m not here to say something that is scandalous, profound, or breathtaking. I am simply here to express once again, that I am broken… God is supreme, I am not. God is almighty. I am not. I am constantly reminded by His grace, and that without him, I would burn in my sins… I am thankful, and humbled… My friends, I don’t have it all together, and you know what? It’s better that way, because I don’t want to live my life one day without feeling the incredible need of Jesus, his love, compassion, grace, and mighty Spirit. Help me to be faithful Jesus, and take care of your little ones also. May I love forever in your name. Amen.
This post is solely for my brotha, Isaac J Anthony, this is me stepping it up yo!!!
Wow. It is very hard to believe that it’s over. I can remember last summer after our Sunday morning service, I gathered around Pastor Dykes and Pastor Matyi, and said, “Are you all running the race next year?!” Pastor Dykes said, “well… I’m gonna try!” to which Pastor Matyi replied, “If you do it I’ll do it with you.” This began a LONG journey of training for me. Growing up I wasn’t in the best shape and my legs and knees were always weak. I remember vividly the memories of me as a child coming home from school, eating dinner, and going straight to the basketball court till it got dark, so that I would improve my skill as a player, and also increase my health. This has been the hardest physical activity I’ve ever done in my life. Not only it required extreme physical conditioning, but great mental focus. I remember being in the giant mass of people earlier this morning, just waiting in 45 or so degree weather, waiting for that elusive, “runners set, go!’ and thinking to myself, ‘I should’ve used the portalet one last time…’ oh, and also, ‘here we go!” I don’t think I’ve ever had that much concentration in my life. Such concentration that when people stared at me I simply continued to stretch my legs as best as I could within the square foot of space I had, and moving my neck and arms. I digress, however. I ran the race, and saw many interesting people, as well as many inspiring people, who challenged me even more. As I said to many of my friends, this race was not about winning, that would’ve been impossible for me given the fact that last year’s winner almost broke his own personal record and won again by running the 15k in 42:58. We, the Pastoral staff at SSAGJAX, wanted to finish, and finish we did. I had left my phone at home by accident so I couldn’t meet with Pastor Dykes or Pastor Matyi, so I ran the race alone, but Pastor Dykes and Pastor Matyi ran it together. Those men are men of valor, and I’m proud to call them friends, spiritual mentors, and my Pastors. They are such an inspiration. Men of integrity, who have sacrificed so much of their lives to prove to the world that the only way to win the Eternal race, is to finish it. I want to grow up to be a man of integrity like they are. Oh, and I must not forget, my family. A mother whose lips never spoke Spanish nor English for the duration of my race, but only prayerful utterances that stemmed from a heart of love for a son who’s experiencing one of his rites of passages, to the father who ALWAYS taught me the value of excellence, humility, and that when I can’t go on any longer, to push further, and a sister whose giving heart reflects the love of Jesus himself. I will not sit here and pretend to be a highly spiritual Christian because although I aim to please the Lord in my walk, I am a flawed being. My friends, there were many times I thought about giving up, but there were three things I remembered, “Jesu Juva,” Bach’s inscription on all his pieces (Jesus Help), Philippians 3:13 and 4:13 (Leaving all behind… Pressing towards the goal… I can do all things…) I know my race isn’t finished, and I know that I already have many bruises from this life, and many more to come, but I am confident in this, that He who began a good work in me (you), shall be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6). It doesn’t matter when you get there. The important thing is you do, and when you do, I’ll be waiting for you. Keep running!
As I’ve said before my friends… I don’t know it all… But the Word of God is very clear. Jesus spoke about these things in Matthew 24, and while we grieve and we pray for those in Japan, Hawaii, and surrounding areas for strength, safety, and a supernatural covering, it is a great time for us in America to remember, Jesus is coming soon. I am not one to speak of righteousness because the only righteous on is God Almighty. All I am saying is that this morning when I woke up at 8:30 and I saw the news, I realized, there have been so many tragedies this year. Regardless whether they are natural disasters or man-made wars, the truth is, we need to be ready for Jesus. I don’t know if he’ll come back, today, tomorrow, or in the years to come, what I do know is that my redeemer lives, and He is interceding for us that our faith will not fail. Let’s help those in need. Let’s love those who are not loved, let’s reach for the lost, and let’s remain strong in the faith of Jesus. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Japan, my heart is with you.