This is a follow up to my post “Kicking Against The Pricks” post.
This one is “HOW TO STOP kicking against the pricks” because the Lord laid it on my heart.
It is this challenging and yet simple –
That is all, why are you still reading? Well if you need more you can go to “my acceptance letter” post.
You may not need to, but if The Holy Spirit is really working on you in this area of your spiritual life and pruning your tree like he is continual doing to me you may want or need little more.
If you need more 1st ask God and He will help you. You know He can and will. Sure, He can and will use other people’s, blogs, songs, movies, nature, children, ‘life’ but nothing beats asking Him for wisdom and then paying attention to the life around you, the people around you and situation and stories, even non-christian fictional ones, HE USES all those simple things around us as a mode of transporting to us exactly what we need. Everyday life and encounters and happenings are all part of the process and that is exactly what it is a process, a relationship to be developed and nurtured, grown.
Here is what God gave me, i hope it may help someone else,
“It is hard to fit a well rounded Spiritual life into a square holed institution”
From my past experience i’ve learned it is a real struggle to fit a well rounded Spiritual life into a square hole institution. Institution not to be confused with “Church” for you can not go to Church you are the Church. You live as the body of Christ you don’t ‘attend’.
Also, it takes an immense amount of patience with those who don’t understand why a round peg doesn’t fit into a square hole.
Look, Christ never promised you a rose garden but he did promise and warn us about the thorns, persecution, trials and temptations.
I’ve also developed and i am still trying to mature enough to “ACCEPT that sometimes you have to retreat, not surrender, but step back, take your foot off the gas, regroup before you face another attack, and you will always face another attack, from the enemy and/or from those you thought were on the same side.
Only after you retreat can you then move forward again. As a new friend, Scott E. Strissel, most recently reminded and encouraged me by saying to me, “Blessings on you! Forward into the fray – which is never easy and sometimes dangerous!”
If we can’t move onward then maybe it is time to step back and come apart for a time with JUST Jesus, not meeting with people who claim to be members of His body. “Come apart before you fall apart“, as my dad Ed Bailey always says.
So many times God uses a metaphor or a parable to speak to me more than anything else. My son recently was telling me how when he was learning to be a lifeguard in order to work at Camp Keystone they taught him something that applies to this. He said that when you’re trying to rescue someone if that person struggles and starts to drown you, you have to back away. Leave go! Otherwise, there will be 2 casualties. I said, “Well, what happens to that poor person?” He confirmed, “You may have to let them drown but don’t risk being drowned.”
Not that they don’t want to be rescued and you don’t try to be part of rescuing them but it they are freaking out drowning they are not thinking as clear as when they were when they are breathing oxygen rather than underwater or in between water and air , gasping. So they may not even mean to be pulling you down and not attempting to drown you but they are without even realizing it.
I don’t think it can be any more clear for me, i hope it is for you to.
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
If this touched your guts go to: Fruit Inspector ?
When I wrote this I still worked at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida
That was also my church. Visit the Facebook page:
And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit
at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 320884
The Salvation Army is part of the body of Christ (a Christian organization)
I encourage you to visit a Christian Church near you, any denomination or even one that is non-denominational.
When you go make sure that what is preached is also practiced (lived out)
And lines up with God’s Word.
If this post was interesting and you need more in this area of your Spiritual journey GO TO:
“KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS” https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/kicking-against-the-pricks/
Sometimes ya just need to tell the devil and his demons in The Name and Authority of Jesus Christ the same thing Degarmo and Key share in their song “Rock Solid” (audio posted in comments), “i don’t need your lies, you’re nothing but a thorn in my side, just a wounded snakes looking for children to bite…
My satisfaction comes from Jesus and He is so much better than you.” Demons, go where Jesus tells you to go!
“LET GO” https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/let-go-of-the-little-things/
“TAKING MY FOOT OFF THE GAS” https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/taking-my-foot-off-the-gas-pedal-online-journal-entry/
“MY ACCEPTANCE LETTER” https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/my-acceptance-letter/
OTHER GREAT BLOGS THAT MAY HELP YOU WITH THIS “HOW TO STOP KICKING AGAINST THE PICKS” CHALLENGE:
Special Thanks to: My wife Rhonda, son Alexx, daughter Kyri, Steve Simms, Scott Strissel, Cadet Gavin Yeatts and Chip Noel
ESPECIALLY to my family and true friends in Christ for being patient with me as i learn and keep learning to accept others as Christ accepts me; when i am a heretic, ‘parasitical’ and pharisaical (like a self-righteous pharisee) let alone lost in sin B.C.
Jesus loves, even me, and so, i love you.