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Oh How ILoveYou Conclusion

Oh How I Love You!

Conclusion

His Banner Over Me Is Love

“Kiss me with your mouth, my love

For your ardor is better than wine.

Your name is a savor, my dove,

All who adore you are inerrantly fine.”

 

“Most beautiful of women, my darling,

I will enhance the artistry of your face,

The elegance of your neck of grace

With costly jewels to around you cling –

They are not as precious as the adorned.”

 

“I will entice you with perfume,

For you are to me the supreme balm;

Like the heather in the field is your groom,

Your voice comes as a psalm.”

 

“How beautiful you are my darling.

Oh how beautiful!

Your eyes are soft and restful.”

 

“How handsome you are my lover.

Oh how charming!

And our bed is without experience.”

 

“Like a lily among the thorns

Is my darling among other girls.

Your sweet voice adorns

The air, and everywhere joy unfurls.”

 

“I have tasted the sweet fruitfulness

Of my inamorato.

I shall be filled with the goodness

That from his heart does flow.

“He has covered me with the banner of

His tender passion.

He holds me in an endearing manner

And an ardent fashion.

 

“My lover comes and speaks to me;

His lithe exquisite physique

Is pleasure for my eyes to see –

Memory to keep.”

 

“Arise my darling, my beautiful one

And follow me.

For the long wait is over, the time is come

The consummation to see.”

 

“I have longed for you alone in my bed,

In lonesomeness I’ve dwelled.

At last; He comes to me in splendor to be wed.

My heart within me swells!”

 

“How beautiful you are my darling.

Oh how Beautiful!

Your eyes behind your veil are mellow and kind.

Your hair is soft as silk,

Your teeth like pearls encased in scarlet shells of beauty.

All beauty you are my love, my darling.

There is no flaw in you.

 

“You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride.

Your love pleases and delights.

The intoxication of your aroma is wide,

The sweetness of your lips is might.

 

“I see you in the hidden springs

And in the secret fountain;

In the fruitful orchard your presence clings

And flows through the waters on the mountain.”

 

“O wind, spread the fragrance to my lover.

Invite him to taste the sweetness of my lips,

To drink from the fountain under cover,

And from my fruitfulness take sips.”

 

“You figure is pleasing and beautiful

My darling, my love.

I have been satisfied with that which is fruitful,

My precious, my dove.”

 

“Put me securely in your heart to stay:

Sealed there with love

That will not fade night or day –

Love fixed in realms above.”

 

“Come to me, my love.”

 

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

 

“Even so, come Lord Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

Oh How I Love You Part Four

Oh How I Love You!

Part Four

Recognizing that all of God’s laws have practical value we will benefit from obeying, as his dearly beloved children, we can make the commitment to:

  1. Remain unmarried until we are emotionally and spiritually mature enough to know and follow God’s blueprint for a happy and successful marriage.
  2. To pray for a mate of God’s best for us and never be willing to accept anything less.
  3. To save feelings of being “in love” until we are actually married. To save hand-holding, kissing, caressing, and sexual intercourse until after legal marriage. Our bodies are full of electrical currents like the wiring in our homes. When a couple brings the wires together the current flashes along the whole circuit and the couple who have made contact can easily be misled and mistake it for love, thinking their communication would extend to the spiritual, emotional, and mental; as well as the physical. Too late, the couple finds out it was only the flesh deceiving them and they have spoiled their lives. Physical contact was meant to come after marriage to add beauty, light, and glory to the couple’s life. But the lights aren’t the house, they are only an added beauty, a thing to rejoice in, not the thing that shelters us; not for everyone to turn on, only the ones who belong. They are an added beauty to the marriage, but impure and lethal outside the marriage.                                                    “If I were an angel, I’d fly among the stars. I’d comb my hair on Jupiter and eat my lunch on Mars. If I were an angel and my feet weren’t made of clay, I’d clothe myself in wisps of clouds and bath in the Milky Way. But since I am a mortal, I’ll wash my face in dew; I’ll lay me down on a feather-bed and dream a dream or two.” Now, believe it or not, this seeming bit of nonsense has a moral. This is it: Just because one is not an angel, one doesn’t have to wash their face in muddy water or lie on straw.” –copied by permission from Margie Lane                                                             All too often we mortals want it all right now and destroy the beauty of what might have been sublime and lofty if we had been waiting to wait on the Lord for his perfect timing. Romantic love is a gift from our Father and we can only receive possession of it in his timing and in his way. If we try to do it our way or get ahead of God we find that we only have a cheap counterfeit that won’t stand the test of time and endurance. A woman or man who chooses the world’s way to happiness without waiting on the Lord is very apt to say, “Spouses are like pots and kettles, they boil and sizzle in their skins. They are made of mud, not precious metals, they all need kicking in the shins.”
  4. To have only non-exclusive relationships while we are single.
  5. To marry someone who will be “in love” with me throughout life, and be my best friend. Someone who knows and loves my Lord and can encourage me to strengthen my love and commitment to him first. Someone to whom hand-holding, kissing, caressing, and sexual intercourse mean special experience of mutual exclusion; someone who will be totally honest with me, and totally faithful until death do us part.

 

Oh How I love you! Part Three

Oh How I Love You!

Continued – Part Three

A good wife isn’t rude to her husband, isn’t self-centered, doesn’t get angry easily, and isn’t suspicious. She is as polite and respectful to her husband as she would be to the king; she treats him with the same care and attention as she gives herself because they two are one; she is as patient with him as she wants him to be with her; and she always expects the best from him, as she naturally does of herself.

Since mortal marriage is a picture of Mashiach[i]’s relationship to the Church and the Church’s relationship to Mashiach, a wife who loves the Lord will cooperate with her own husband in the Lord. Of course, if he asks her to sin, she will meekly, humbly, and with love refuse. She will treat him with respect, love, co-operation[ii], and awe that are a good demonstration of the Church’s behavior toward Mashiach. She won’t be manipulated by her husband’s behavior – she will be responsible for her own emotions and reactions. She will not try to supervise her husband’s reactions in order to control any given situation in her marriage; she will subjugate to her own emotions and reactions and prayerfully leave her husband’s in the capable hands of the Lord to work in his own way and time.

She will recognize the power and right of God to work in her life and in her marriage as he wills. She will reject her own tendency to try to direct the situation – she will reject any thought of her own rights and remember the high price paid for her redemption, who it was that created her, and from whence she came. She will recognize God’s right and mercy in training her to look for lessons to learn and strengths to gain in each new trial. She will not be envious of another Christian’s lot because she knows that, no matter how it looks to her, every Christian has his own proving ground on which he learns to lean on God and trust his guidance. Each trial is tailor-made to suit each child of God. He knows what we need and will give it to us – so the good wife will live as she is called to live and thank God for her own proving ground. She is in training for holiness and will practice for holiness so faithfully – with love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control – that whenever occasion to sin arises – naturally and without deliberation – she knows what to do and does it with ease and expertise. An angry and unreasonable husband may be the training tool of the Holy Spirit. It may be the environment he uses to get the good wife to practice regularly, systematically, ad habitually until holiness is dominate, natural, and easy. Practice will etch the pattern of holiness permanently into her life. It is on this proving ground that she will find the rest Paul speaks of in the fourth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews. She will sow discipline, reap righteousness, and acquire peace.

This does not mean a couple can have a happy marriage without the cooperation of the husband, but the wife can be happy in the Lord without her husband’s cooperation.

A happy marriage; however, requires the full involvement of both partners. Most of the things that make a good wife also make a good husband with a lot more required of the husband, as in our relationship with the Lord; he accepts the greatest responsibility.

The Bible says it is required of a steward that he be found faithful and the husband is the guardian of his wife’s affections, possessions, and life. He is to love his wife as Mashiach[iii] loved the Church and gave himself for it. When he sees that his wife has feet of clay he will say, with the prophet of old, “and now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay and thou art the potter…” recognizing that he is also clay.

A good husband will watch out for his wife’s spiritual well-being and if she starts to stumble on the track, he will guide her back to a steady run, gently and humbly with a forgiving spirit. He will be in control of and responsible for his own actions to emotions and events, controlled by the Spirit. His love will be a good picture of Mashiach’s love for the Church.

Marriage is an exclusive union, toward each other and away from parents – both must let go. It is a private union of a male and female, no other included. It is an effective union, the two shall become one – he the head and she the body – neither can survive without the other. They are one flesh, a single organism. Couples must cleave tightly to each other emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. The Almighty God said it should be permanent – enduring, and he is the only one who can make it so with the cooperation of both parts of the whole. Divorce is a dismembering of a living being.

A good husband will be patient and tolerant of his wife’s weakness and lack of knowledge. He will please her when he is able. He will be concerned for her spiritual improvement, patiently using the comfort of the Scriptures to give her hope so God will be glorified in their collective life.

A good husband requires accountability from his wife and assumes she expects his behavior will also be trustworthy. They are patient and supportive of one another, encouraging and cooperating with each other. They are unselfish and honest with each other and demonstrate mercy, kindness and patience toward each other; in love forgiving and comforting other. They will not want to grumble about or to each other; but, rather show understanding and compassion. They will be faithful, affectionate, and thoughtful in every aspect of live. They will dwell together in the conditions God has placed them in and cultivate faithfulness together. They will think not as “he and me” or “she and me” but “Us” or “We”.

 

 

[i] Christ

[ii] Obedience

[iii] Christ

Oh How I Love You! continued

Oh How I Love You!

Continued

Love needs the water of the word for nourishment. The flame of love needs the Spirit of God to breathe air into it and keep it alive. When romantic love plants its roots in the word of God, the Holy Spirit produces his fruit in the lives of both partners and gives a return of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for sorrow and a covering of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Romantic love grows in the soil of honesty. We must love ourselves and believe we can be loved because God created us in his own image and is re-creating us in the image of his Son. We must remember that God has equipped us for the challenges and requirements of life, and gave us capable minds for comprehension and experience. Happiness and joy, in spite of and above the circumstances of life, are what God wants for us – a healthy ground for love to grow in.

For romantic love to grow each partner must be capable of self-control and self-direction. Romantic love is not for childish self-centeredness and love doesn’t cripple of support childish behavior.  Romantic lovers don’t need anyone to give them authorization to be themselves. Their egos aren’t on trial and they don’t always need to be the focus of attention. In order for romantic love to grow into lasting love it must have two adults cleaving physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically to each other.

Romantic love is a challenging adventure. Each partner trustingly seeks out the other’s intimate realm. True love interprets naked feelings and emotions with sensitivity and intelligence. Romantic love desires to see and acknowledge the truth about the object of its love. The flame of love is energized by communication and exploration from both partners.

Of course couples need space and time alone without distraction for their relationship to find depth, and honest intercourse to flow from the heart of one to the other, Intimacy – the exchange of vulnerabilities – is necessary to the growth and strength of romantic love. The twenty-forth chapter of Deuteronomy, verse five, confirms this and demonstrates God’s concern that his children’s married lives be based on healthy love.

The Bible is an excellent marriage manual. It tells us what it entails to be a good wife or husband. They do each other good and not evil, act out love for each other, are discreet, chaste, bear all things (as Yeshua[i] did. He never tolerated sin but he always responded with compassion even when his much needed rest or communion with his father was interrupted) and believe all things. It tells us that they build each other’s trust with the ingredients of love that never fails. They understand the will of God and are disciplined by his Spirit so their love is co-operative and gentle. They love with the mind and will of Mashiach[ii] so their love is patient, kind, humble, and supportive. They endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace in their marriage, with all lowliness of mind and gentleness, patiently bearing with each other in love. They are kind to each other, tender hearted and forgiving. They are unselfish and consider the needs of their spouse before their own, realizing that God takes care of their basic needs, so neither has to “look out for” himself[iii].

Married couples are good prayer warriors for each other. They pray without ceasing for each other, with thanksgiving.

You are the light that makes my life

Shine in my darkest hour

You are my husband and I am your wife

We bloom like a beautiful flower.

Their delight and joy are in each other and they tell each other so. The Bible tells us that God wants married couples to be reverent, not malicious gossips, temperate, and faithful in all things. In other words, they see God’s hand in everything that touches their life and, in honor and respect mixed with love and awe, they wait patiently to see what he will do in each other’s life and follow his leading. They pray, with David, that the words of their mouths and the meditation of their hearts will be acceptable in his sight, so they are not rude to each other, nor do they let words escape their mouths that will hurt the other. They exercise the fruit of the Spirit of God in their lives and accept the responsibility of regulating their own feelings and actions so they will glorify God. They aren’t governed by the actions or ideas of others. They are steadfast in their allegiance to God and allow his spirit to direct their minds, hearts, and hands without exception. God is their partner in marriage – he holds it together and gives their romantic love power to grow.

To be continued

 

[i] Jesus

[ii] Christ

[iii] The word “himself” includes herself

Oh How I Love You!

Oh How I Love You!

Continued

The dictionary definition of romance is: a short lived attachment or enthusiasm. It further discourages us with terms like “imaginative or impractical, no based on fact,” or, even more discouraging, “dramatic and embroidered.” The conclusion, it would seem, is that romantic love is not for the life centered on God.

However, if we begin a search of the scriptures, we find that the word (ahab, ahabah) that was interpreted as love in the account of Isaac’s love for Rebekah, Jacob’s for Rachel, Shechem’s for Dinah, Samson’s for Deliah, and king Ahasuerus’ for Ester means a fond or tender feeling toward another. That sounds like romance to me. The law even made provision for a Israelite man who fell in love with (chashag) a captive woman so she would be treated fairly in the event that love didn’t replace infatuation in time.

Isaac grew up lonesome in a land whose people had no common ground to build to build a relationship with Isaac and his family on. Rebekah had the traits and characteristics that were valuable for his own good. She knew he would be an expression of her personal values because he was her “near-kinsman.” The heart of their love was a powerful involvement of flesh-and-blood disclosure of themselves to each other.

Jacob saw Rachel and became gentle and solicitous toward her. He was challenged to work seen years for her, then seven more, overcoming the difficulties with both intelligence and eagerness.

These two couples and the others mentioned above all seem to have had an intent, avid, spiritual, demonstrative, sexual attachment that reflected a high regard for the other’s person – a sensitive, gentle, considerate feeling for each other. Nathaniel Branden in his book, Psychology and Romantic Love defined romantic love in much the same way.

A further search of the Scriptures reveals twelve more words translated into our word “love”, either as a verb or as a noun. To list them all with all there definitions would be pointless but the meaning will help us understand the tremendous power love has in the life that seeks to honor God. These are the meanings: spiritual and sexual affection, tender friendship, to have pleasure or delight in, desire, amative words (very lovely, words that caress), have compassion and mercy, benevolence, brotherly love, fondness for mankind, a husband and wife being friends, fondness for one’s children, warm instinctive affection (has to do with choice or preference), an inclination to preform acts of kindness, and to love in a social or moral sense. The last word denotes the love of reason; esteem embracing judgment and deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty, or propriety.

All of the above are love. All are the same action verb described in the thirteenth chapter of the first letter to the church at Corinth in the Bible.

Love on Paper is not the same

As love in the heart

On paper a word is not a flame

It requires action for the flame to start.

 

Two people meet who see the sky with the same shade of blue. They think alike, value the same things, notice the same things, and respond to life in the same way. They are soul-mates with a deep passionate involvement that reveals their own and each other’s character traits and abilities. They share decisions, perspective, and effort; resulting in growth and strength for them as a whole. Confidence, integrity, and mutual honor controls their relationship and they are only right and strong together. They lead and follow each other – together they can accomplish anything. Romantic love is the only kind of love that requires two adults to nurture each other – submit to one another, as Paul put it. Romantic partners can communicate reliance in each other’s strengths and talents; and each one knows that he[i] is loved and cared for. They delight in each other and keep the fuels of love burning through the years.

To be continued

 

[i] The word “he” includes both sexes

Oh How I Love You

Oh How I Love You!

If romance could build houses

Would love build a home?

If mice were called mouses

We’d leave mooses alone.

Here’s my heart for you

Take it and do as you must.

I hope you won’t make me blue

My heart is easy to bust.

Be mine, please do

My heart’s all aglow.

Be yours? Who you?

Sorry, the answer is NO!

 

 

You’ve heard the story of Dick and Jane, and we’ve all heard about Tom, Dick, and Harry. This is a once upon a time story about Dick and Jane who live in Never-Never Land. In Never-Never Land the heroine meets the hero, they fall in love; the hero kills all the dragons and they live happily ever after. The end? Not quite! Let’s go back to the beginning. Okay, in the beginning god created… No, not that beginning, Dick and Jane’s “us” beginning. A character study of our old friends might look like this:

  • Dick: the hero and a real he-man who knows how to hold his liquor – and a lot of it! And, of course, he makes his own rules – no one’s going to tell Him what to do. He is also very daring and he’s always in command. He doesn’t need anybody and he doesn’t feel anything. He’s macho! He’s the tall dark stranger, “sigh, pant, pant.”
  • Jane: the heroine. Almost nothing is too much trouble or takes too much time, if it will help Dick. He’s hard to please but she’s willing to wait, hope, and try harder to placate. She has an all expending, reckless yearning for Dick. She is consumed with him, willing to endure pain and distress for him. She knows she loves him because of the agitation, abandon, tragedy, anguish, suspense, perplexity, and longing she feels on his account. After all, every love story she’s ever read told her this was how she would feel. She’s a good hearted woman in love with – ? – well, who knows what – anyway she’s a good hearted woman. She’s very helpful. Does she really find this dizzying relationship exciting? No, but we hope the reader will.                                                                                             We can hardly wait to see how this “loving”, helpful, unselfish innocent turns our cruel, indifferent, abusive, emotionally unstable hero into a kind, stable, reliable man who cares about her. Can we?
  • Tom: the villain. He tells Jane she is helping Dick out of the need to control him. He is an irritating liar who makes Jane’s life miserable by telling her that she is afraid of being left alone and will do anything to keep Dick – to make him need her. He tells her she doesn’t know what it is like to be loved and is afraid to try to find out so she would rather be involved in a situation that is chaotic, uncertain, and emotionally painful. He is a total bore! He says Jane is using her obsession with dick to avoid her own pain, emptiness, fear, and anger. He insists she finds Dick exciting because he is unstable, challenging because he is unreliable, romantic because he is unpredictable, charming because he is immature and mysterious because he is moody. He further states that she wouldn’t be happy with a man who wasn’t cold, inadequate, and angry because she couldn’t fix him and suffer for him.
  • Harry: Jane’s best friend and confident. She really likes Dick and encourages their “Us-ship”. She becomes dick’s champion and confidant. Aren’t they lucky?

The story gets more confusing and less uplifting as we go along. It doesn’t leave us with much hope for a lasting, loving, romantic relationship that is beneficial to both partners. It leaves us wondering if there is such a thing as romantic love and lasting marriage. To find the answer we will have to go back to the beginning

In the beginning God made the rules for the benefit of his creation; but the rules are all messed up because of sin and the fall, and the muddle the world is in today. How is a Christian to know what to do about love and marriage? Is love and romance something a Christian has a right to look forward to?

To be continued

Running the Race as a Winner Day Thirty-one

Running the Race as a Winner

Day Thirty-one

“Who am I that I should go?”

“Come with me and I will send you.”

“You don’t want me, I’m too old.”

I AM God; eternal, faithful, and true.”

“No one would believe you want me to go.”

“If you believe, you’ll do as you’re told.”

 

“I am not qualified, and I’m afraid.”

“I said, come with me, not, go alone.”

“Why should I go? What will I do?”

“I will do it. I can work through a stone.”

“Yes, that’s true. Out of dust I was made.”

“I used a donkey. I can use you too.

“A vessel of honor I AM making of you.”

“Who am I?”

“No – I AM – not you.”

Paul told the Corinthians Mashiach[i] was speaking in him; and, though he was crucified in weakness, his is now alive and living by the power of God. Then he said we are also weak in him but in our dealings we live by the power of God[ii]. Paul knew about weakness. He had been beaten within an inch of his life, so bad that the ones beating him left him for dead. It left him with what he called a “thorn in the flesh”[iii] that was so bad he asked to be healed of it three times. Yeshua[iv] told him his grace was all he needed because the power of God was made perfectly obvious when others, and Paul himself, saw how God worked in his life in spite of this weakness.

It is a wonderful thing to know we can do anything, in spite of our weakness, because the power of God works in and through us. We can know that power first hand in the darkest hours of our lives as we run the race, over obstacles so hard and treacherous we are cut and bruised from the encounter. Yeshua lifts us up on spirit wings so, even though we feel the pain in our flesh, our spirits are free and full of joy as we, through the power of God, overcome the blockades and keep on running.

We go where Yeshua, through Rauch Ha Kodesh[v] leads us. We are his ambassadors in a foreign land. Our eternal home is with him. This is our temporary dwelling place while we are on our assignment to demonstrate his love, compassion, mercy, and grace to the world we live in.

We are strong in the strength of his might and can go anywhere and do anything he asks us to.

 

 

[i] Christ

[ii] II Corinthians 13:3, 4

[iii] II Corinthians 12:8-10

[iv] Jesus

[v] The Holy Spirit

Review of How did We Become Angry by Paula Rose Michelson

My five star review of “How did We Become angry?” by Paula rose Michelson

This book is something everyone needs. For those of you who have had a perfect life, it is important that you know some of what those of us whose lives have been affected by angry loved ones who like to put others down, or our own anger have gone through or are going through.

For others, like me, who have gone through the fire and come out stronger, there is always something new we can learn or learn over again.

I have come a long way, but I needed to hear. “To fear anger or its effects is tantamount to being stuck in the past,” and “…and we can only be healed of issues we know we have, living a past that hurts so much we wouldn’t wish it on anyone, the only way to heal is through what happened.”

One day when I was sitting outside on the porch steps with a book in my hand a friend had given me, I was thinking I didn’t need it and was doing just fine; but I opened it and begin to read. I sat out there and read the whole thing and thanked God for sending it.

God gave me a verse to heal me and showed me how to apply everything I read in his word and every sermon to that verse for twenty years. Running The Race as a Winner is the result of that verse. God has given all of the women that see this is a blessed book to show you the way out of anger against yourself and others. You who are wise will get this book and never be sorry.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Become-Angry-Lamb-Ministries-ebook/dp/B00JDVR57S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396450840&sr=1-1&keywords=paula+rose+michelson

Running the Race as a Winner Day Thirty

Running the Race as a Winner

Day Thirty

 

Depression: lonely, unable to be heard.

Happiness: thoughtful, encouraging and full of love;

Able to sweep depression off into the deep gray sky.

copied[i]

 

Naomi[ii] was depressed, and that’s an understatement! She had gone to Moab in the bloom of her young adulthood with a full life before her. For an Israelite woman to have two sons must have seemed like everything was going her way pretty much. She had a full stomach and a full house. Then suddenly she was a widow with two widowed daughters-in-law and not even a grandson to take over.

 

Naomi stumbled on the path, weighed down with a clock of self-pity and resentment. She went back to her own home, but her daughter-in-law, Ruth, who was thoughtful, encouraging, and full of love, insisted on going with her as she walked through her valley so she could comfort her. That must have not been too easy a task. Maybe Naomi was going through her “change of life”. Maybe women that long ago had hormone imbalance just like we do. One thing is certain; she was feeling pretty sorry for herself – but not too sorry to see what a precious blessing Ruth was. Those other woman would have never known how good Ruth was to Naomi without Naomi telling them. If she had spent her days complaining, like some women do today, they would have thought Ruth was a wart on her poor old mother-in-law’s nose.

 

Ruth couldn’t have read, “Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down shaken together, and running over[iii],” because it hadn’t been written down yet, but the principle was the same and God knew the rules, (he is the one who made them) so he sent another (Boaz) to Ruth who was thoughtful, encouraging, and full of love; to bless Ruth.

 

As we run the race as winners, we will find many occasions to vanquish depression because we are yoked to the author of happiness, the fountainhead of joy.

 

Prayer: Lord, use me to dispel the clouds of depression in someone’s life today.

 

 

[i] From the hand of Deeon Kohn (high school project)

[ii] The book of Ruth in the Bible

[iii] Luke 6:38

Running the Race as a Winner Day Twenty-nine

Running the Race as a Winner

Day Twenty-nine

Because Cain refused to turn to God, the seed of the woman, promised in Genesis 3:16 would come from Seth[i], the younger son. Adam had been on this earth 235 years when Seth’s first son Enosh, which means “mortal” was born.  He was the grandson of a man whose name means “of the earth”. Adam lived to see his six times great grandson, Lamech, who dies five years before the flood. His son Lamech’s father, Methuselah, died the year of the flood; and Methuselah’ father Enoch, walked with God three hundred years[ii]but it wasn’t until ninety years after he was taken up to God that it was said of anyone else that he “walked with God.” Whether we take this as literal time and people or as symbolic times and people, the message is the same: walking with God, the great and majestic Creator of the universe, is the key to avoiding sin.

 

As winners in the race we walk with God by faith. We agree with God that sin is degrading and corrupt; and we understand that the result is sickness, sadness and death. We hate it, we abhor it, and we despise it; so we avoid it, shun it, and turn from it. We are interested in the joy of the Lord that gives us strength. We love and seek the light that produces the fruit of the Spirit that is all goodness, righteousness, and truth. We delight in the law of the Lord that produces peace, health, and happiness. We direct our lives – an integration of passion and reason – to the Father of Light, from whence comes every good and perfect gift.

 

Prayer: Lord, I love you. You are my strength; your law restores my soul, your testimonies give me wisdom, your precepts give me joy, and your commandments give me insight. Keep me ever close to you. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time and forevermore.

 

[i] Genesis 4:5

[ii] Jude 14:15; Hebrews 11:5-7