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Five Second Delay
A true full five seconds ~ is it that difficult ~ sometimes it is...
Sadly in this timing often it is difficult to decipher those who have surrendered. We lack the luster of our change. To be a light in this world, one must constantly fuel their fire. How often are we confused by the contradictions of life and limited in our glow? We can be limiting simply by judging those around us rather than bathing them in the light and love of Christ. Who are we but sinners ourselves? If we do not admit our faults and imperfections, we lie in the belly of sin plummeting into the quicksand of expectation and judgement. How dare we claim to love a forgiving and just God and in the same breath not be reaching to pull another from this plight. We are a strong body when united in the acts of sainthood. When we realize that by God's Grace and His grace alone are we not left to wallow in the sin of man. We together can be a force to be reckoned with, but a force is not limiting. A force of good or bad draws power and strength from its masses. We need as true Christians to be that kind of force. We need to stop the madness of figuring out our differences and seeking our likeness to our creator. As a single entity of this force, you can remain strong in your own convictions as the authority of conviction does not come from ourselves but only by the intentional conviction of Christ. We waste so much time trying to decide who is and who is not acting the right way. We waste more time in worry and covering our realness so to be accepted by the very people around us seeking this same acceptance. We spend way too little time working to be like Christ and taking, at least, five seconds to go to Him first!
Why can’t we remember a five second delay?
It’s not always easy to claim a behavior of trusting and to want to demonstrate that which is good, just, compassionate or plain loving. One can wake to the world with a vision of beauty and acceptance and then in an instance be shaken like a tree in a storm. Torn between one way and another.
The harshest storms can bend the trunk of the tree and this same storm tries its best to knock one of course. The steadfast tree begins to tremble and lose pieces of itself. As each tiny twig is jimmied loose the tree acts helpless. The strongest of trees begins to wither and its bold branches begin to pull down almost frowning. The eyes of the tree scan the surroundings and hopelessness slips into its strong core. If a woodpecker were left to constantly attack a sturdy tree and left unattended, it could damage the sturdy stronghold it had claimed and roots may eventually be uplifted.
So, what if our trees shake? It is the spirit of the tree that is forever and we are not contained in one place or destiny. It is how one stands on the premise of, I will not be swayed, you can take my branches, you can take my leaves, but my heart was surrendered long ago and no storm can take the spirit of my JESUS within me. With each attack, one must seek Him first and all will be made right. It is every broken twig and fallen leaf that He will use to build you up. Our Father uses everything and He provides constant tenacity and strength in our storms. Our surrender is achieved through faith and complete trust in Him. We must shoo away the woodpeckers and schemes that come against us to remain strong.
Life is somewhat like the tree in the storm. Yes, we shake and we tremble and we lose a few pieces here and there, as the attacks come, but nothing can take away your soul that is truly surrendered. What if we start to impart a five-second delay to our thoughts and actions? What if every time we shake or tremble and give energy to our storm we say, “STOP” and count to five? Better yet, what if in those five seconds we say, “I SURRENDER ALL TO HIM.” See, five important words, five seconds, how about that for a five-second delay?
Now it is so true there will be moments when it is tough to remember in the flesh to count one two three four five and to state "I SURRENDER ALL TO HIM!" This is why we have sisters and brothers in Christ to count us down and pray us through. But if we are the body, why aren’t His arms reaching? Why are His arms not healing? We are the body of Christ and we can change the world through any storm, up and over any mountain, in any raging situation as long as we remember the five-second delay. We all need help in this earthly body as we succumb to the distractions, but by the blood of Christ, our trees remain firm in the flowing of the Holy Spirit through our solid trunks our soul our center.
See Romans Chapter 7 Torn Between One Way And Another from The Message Bible
Referenced above is Romans Chapter 7 of the message Bible, one of my favorite passages. It is a depiction of being torn between one way and another. Sadly in the flesh, we live a life of temptation and attack. It is the sinful nature we rage against. It's not that one does not desire to do what is right, it's just the truth is, at times we can't do what our heart desires. The proverbial "the mind is willing, but the flesh is weak." How true this statement is and Romans chapter 7 is such a wonderful passage addressing this truth. I suppose if we as Christians became a true Body of Christ, and we became the arms that truly heal, the hands that truly reach and the strength to hold one another up, as well as holding one another accountable. Well then, nothing could have power over our desires to follow Christ and to work tirelessly to be more like Him each day. In all circumstance God is always there, never letting go and yet we lose our grip. How very lucky our we that His grip never loosens.
We can be a Body of Christ that is always reaching, always loving, always seeking the desires of God. We can be realer and not fearful as God is a forgiving and loving God. We can be approachable and imperfect. We can be stronger than any attack or any circumstance. We can be a light that is not put out and draws many to it. We can do all of this if we remember the five-second delay, five empowering words.
We will battle the flesh and the will of sin, but as we already know there is strength in the word of God. There's knowledge in the revelation of His desires for His kingdom. We are to surrender all and that is tough especially in these bodies we inhabit. We will fall short, we will need to regroup regularly, we will need to go to Him unceasingly. Even then the attacks will come and we as a Body Of Christ can trust in Him who is the way when there is no other way. How amazing could life be if we could use the five-second delay to truly trust in God and His plan rather than go to our flesh-bound fears and reactions? So when we are at the end of our rope and thinking there is no one who gets it, we will remember Jesus does. He gets us! He has us and He holds us in every way and every day. He set things right on the cross when His flesh was pierced for our sin. He is ever present in this world of contradictions and He is the way to freedom from the chains of sin now and always. He is the reason to remember to count to five and surrender!
How it could be if we start to remember to cue our five second delay and help remind one another daily
Have you ever wondered how in the violent storms some of the biggest and boldest trees have been literally uprooted? They are left to lie scattered and displaced, as they have succumbed to the attack of the fierce winds? They are then broken down into firewood and kindling or some other form to be dispersed to the world in need of fuel. The tree that stood so prominent is moved away and yet it remains in the memory of those it presented itself to. How about that Christians? Does this analogy remind you of anything? I think it does, the CROSS. Jesus was placed on a cross. He suffered for our sins, He died and rose again, so we could live in Him and He in us. He is everything the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and His tree was uprooted yet His Holy Spirit lives eternal. We need to be a tree for Christ one that shares and one that remembers the cross. One that tries with everything to be like Him always imparting the five-second delay of surrender.
Imagine Christians who live so strongly for the building of His kingdom as a body of Christ. Imagine the fuel they could provide as their trees stand on this earth. Imagine their tree one day, after many attacks of this earthly world being broken down and used for fuel, for the whole body of Christ. It is then the spirit of the body will soar to the heavens, home to their Father in Heaven. So let’s help one another with our five-second delay and keep looking up! Bring on the attacks because, we are the body the BODY OF CHRIST and we will not be swayed, we are on a five-second delay.
Do you want to be part of the Body of Christ, Can you Hold On to Surrender?
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