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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 August 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – COMMITMENT

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – COMMITMENT

“I promise.”

 

How many times do we spout those words, only to find its fulfillment too difficult. More difficult, perhaps, than we had thought. Perhaps, even, without regard to keeping our word. Procrastination, distraction, dare I say it, laziness—and the promise comes up empty.

 

Swing the pendulum 100 degrees to the opposite—and the fault is in not knowing when to say no. Taking on more than a body ought. And punishing our own selves in the pursuit of it. And by punishing, I mean losing sleep, missing out on family time or fun recreation. Skipping meals.

 

Neither is the picture of honor in commitment.

 

I have a tendency toward the latter, though I’ve come to realize the fault in it, and am learning to say no when I.just. can’t.

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/blogwords-sunday-19-march-2017-front-porch-fellowship-all-the-things/

 

I posted in March on Father’s promises, which are always—always—YES and AMEN. If Father says a thing, He is faithful to do it. And that’s the final answer.

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/blogwords-sunday-11-march-2018-front-porch-fellowship-promises/

 

But us… Sometimes not so much.

 

What, exactly, is commitment?

 

Dictionary.com says, “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”

 

And dedicated is, “devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.”

 

I could go on. Honor and integrity are in short supply anymore—and ironically in high demand. You see, I believe it all comes back to Jesus. Then again, everything comes back to Jesus.

 

I’ve seen the verse, “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”” slung about to mean we all must suffer. I don’t believe that’s His meaning at all. That’s Luke 9:23 by the way.

 

I believe that in Him we have fullness of joy. In Him, we have peace, and vision that we don’t have without Him. It’s about relationship. If Jesus can say to His Father, not My will but Yours, knowing full well He would face death, and a brutal one at that, then surely we can trust Him with our lives. ps—Jesus was tortured and tormented, but in the end, He wins.

 

And so can we.

 

If it seems I’ve gone off topic I haven’t. (kinda looked that way to me, too) But when we’re in relationship with Him, we have knowledge and understanding and discernment to guide us in commitments we make—or shouldn’t make.

 

My downfall, if I had to pinpoint a single thing, is distraction. The same you-wouldn’t-believe-the-extent imagination that feeds my creativity kinda also distracts from a task at hand… (and this cursed sickness in my body runs interference) (a lot) but my determination is pretty powerful. Confession: there is a degree of my former self, telling me I have to or [fill in the blank] won’t love me, won’t approve, will criticize, will condemn…

 

Not Father. He approves me. Period.

 

And so I strive to honor Him in what I do. The very things He gives me to accomplish. For me, among other things, that is to write.

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/blogwords-sunday-4-march-2018-front-porch-fellowship-all-creation-worships/

 

That’s one of my favorite posts, by the way. And yes, I realize I’m pointing back to a bunch of previous posts…

 

This whole rambling post does have a point, and that is my commitment to Father to write. (including this post, and me feeling meh today… )

 

I believe a commitment is our honor. To Him and to one another. And, perhaps more importantly, to ourselves. For if we don’t have our honor, what are we left with?

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Commitment, Promises, Dedicated, Honor

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 11 March 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – PROMISES

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – PROMISES

 

“I will [fill in the blank], I promise.” Only then we don’t. We forget, or stall or delay. Or we never really intended to [fill in the blank] in the first place.

 

By definition, a promise is “a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen.”

 

But how often do we fails to keep our word?

 

Not so with God.

 

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. Numbers 23:19-20

 

And when He makes a promise, it’s more than a promise.

 

From dictionary.com, a covenant is “a promise made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.”

 

But it’s more than a promise. It’s more than a legal contract. God’s Word cannot be broken, and He cannot break His Word, His promise to us.

 

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

 

When Father makes a promise, it’s inviolable, unbreakable. Sacrosanct. When He makes a promise we can expect it, we can look for the fulfillment of it.

 

May I dare to say that there may be conditions to His promises. Never to His love, but perhaps always with His promise. And so long as we keep our end, and sometimes when we don’t, He is always faithful. He will always fulfill His Word.

 

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. I Samuel 15:22

 

I say all this to say, I’m seeing it. I’m watching God’s promises to me begin to manifest, as a flower peeps through the soil in the spring. I’ve paid my due diligence, sometimes with whining and griping, but I have also learned to stand firm in my faith, proclaim His Word when all seems lost. And I’m watching as His promise overtakes me, as His Word overcomes the impossible.

 

And there’s nothing more exciting, more fulfilling, more humbling, than to know that Father is pleased with me. And that He pours His blessings upon me.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Promises, Numbers 23:19-20, Covenant, 2 Corinthians 1:20, I Samuel 15:22

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