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Watermark~ PENDULUM~ Bold Imprint WHERE ARE YOU?
Which are You - watermark or bold imprint?
We live in a world of plastic-realism through a bombardment of worldly wants, thereby, allowing the greater risk of failure. Our rash attention to truth, along with the complexity of our brains battling idolatry, makes it quite easy to get drawn into the whirlwind of immediate gratification. The flippant manners in which we manage our choices often limit our beliefs and morals to that of a mere watermark. Making hollow our commitments and relenting to the sway of the social environments is undoubtedly consequential.
The moralistic, code in each of us is pre-determined by placement and environment, perhaps in some ways deciding our watermark to begin with, however, the pure ability to recognize free will makes much possible. Making a choice becomes the core of who we are at any given moment. Choice has much more to do with our center as opposed to our circumstance. We can allow our watermark to fade or to become bolder based on our decisions.
The Pendulum of Life
The choice lies in a pendulum; a pendulum weighted from our pivotal creator and Godhead. The pendulum swings freely between right and wrong – good and bad. Our choice is constant and requires a conscious effort to remain at the point of equilibrium. Is it possible? Perhaps, but the art of centering one's choice in faith and belief beyond that of our own understanding is the key to limitless joy. The purest, truth is the fact that we're not to be the focus of our center. To be truly centered is to have a specified subject as the focal element. Depending on what or whom we place at our center, often if not always, decides how the pendulum of life swings. Where the pendulum snags are often a consequence of free will. To strategically choose it's placement or environment in good or evil is a matter of most importance, and pivotal to one's decisions. To recognize that environment, plays a major role in life decisions, however, great life stories have come from people making good choices regardless of their environment and or situation. They rely on the core of their being and the strength inside of them. These are the stories that make our hearts swell to even greater heights because they are stories of hope, promise and fortitude.
(Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.)
Your Center ?
So whom are you allowing in your heart, placing at your center? To place Christ at your center is in some ways the easiest of choices, however, to keep Him there is a constant decision. We will swing like the pendulum of life is a consistent sway of events. Keeping our focus on the heart of His word, opening our hearts to His purpose, is the best and only way to remain in some assimilation of equilibrium. We will, of course, feel, off balance at times. We may be stuck in the direction of favor or famine. Yet the heart that is focused on Him is where we find our center. To get caught in the snags of either direction is expected, however, to remain in balance has greater consequence, righting oneself begins with forgiveness. Forgiveness is found in the Christ-centered heart. It is here in this center where one looks inwardly, and then is able to reflect the mirror of Christ externally. The reflection of self, when centered in this heart of Christ, recognizes its own sin, thereby cognizant of this reflection one is called to forgive as we are forgiven. Sadly, as we sway with the pendulum of life choice, we may lose sight of this type of forgiveness. Again, it's all about the balance as we live in the flesh. The confusion comes into play when we lose our focus.
Just as in the actuality of bodily form, our outside does not usually equal that which is on the inside; therefore imagine one's choice in this same way. We often become caught in the snags of the sway of the pendulum. We may be in favor and yet have famine within our core. We may be in famine and still have great favor in the eyes of God. Our admission of guilt need not be seen in a public format, it's personal, in the truth of exposure is where healing begins. It's not important, why we have favor, or famine in life, but rather where our heart stands in relation to the desires of it. The nagging conscience is a gift of faith and belief. When He is your center that sense of conscience is working on overdrive. If your conscience has become a mere watermark and choices are made in anger or bitterness, vanity or temptation, fear or ambivalence, reaction as opposed to an action for the building of God’s kingdom. Then stop - and make your center a priority! It matters not what those around you are doing or saying or thinking. There is but one voice that we need to hear. Does it really matter what anyone is saying? If we’re not paying attention to our hearts, aren’t we consequentially allowing our light to dim to that of a faded watermark?
Pray for Boldness
When in a constant battle it is easy to lose direction and get caught in the pendulum focusing externally on others. Adherence to a Christ-centered life is when He is the focus of all things. Our call is to see Christ in one another, regardless of circumstance, giving attention to that core belief, the belief that you love God first and love your neighbor as yourself. Even when or if we don’t necessarily like what is going on. Often what we dislike in others is a reflection of the sin in our own life, however, if we go to Christ as our center He will reveal the purpose of this disdain. It's important that our actions and responses are not at the expense of others or done as a means of justification for our own sin, but rather in truth and in love to all. I pray we make this watermark a bold imprint undeniable in the world. I pray we become selfless lovers of one another bringing a glow to the watermarks slowly fading in the hearts of so many. The anguish we feel in our admissions of guilt is not necessary, for we are all sinners. By our faith and with our focused on Christ-centered hearts, we will be His saints. Let’s not be mere watermarks of faith. Love one another as He has loved us. Forgive and keep forgiving as He forgives us. Help and heal as He helps and heals us. HIS great LOVE LETTER was written to all of us, not as a watermark, but rather in the boldest print with His blood that saved us all!
Just before pressing publish on this piece I needed to stop and go to help with a ministry at our Church. I was pleasantly surprised that God was again revealing Himself through the message. The timing and poignant connection to this piece allowed me the relief of knowing our God is so close in His means of connection to His flock. We just need to go to Him unceasingly. The message tonight was on the Prayer Of Jabez. I found the connection so beautiful that I feel a need to add the scripture here before publishing this article.
"Oh, that you would Bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"
Imagine the dimensions of faith we could share if we go humbly to God and ask His blessing on our walks. Requesting His hand on our works. Trusting He will increase His Kingdom through all of us, His children. Knowing that with His guidance and having Him center in our lives, our territory will increase for Him. By His grace, we will not cause pain, but rather be the healing examples of God's Love for one another.
In this New Year may we all find peace in our stages as we make our watermarks bold and beautiful, shining for all to see. “God Bless Us Everyone” Let us be good Shepherds of His word.
Ezekiel 34:1-6 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: This is what the sovereign Lord say: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every hill. They scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched for them.
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