When I look at this photo I say WOW!!! This photo right here is a powerful one and there is much to ponder as it is studied for sure!!! As I have pondered it, I want to share a few thoughts that Father speaks to me about it. Perhaps other thoughts He will reveal to you as well?!!
Discipline in being able to handle the temptations in the world before us rightly does not always happen without being taught!!! Knowing the difference between right and wrong does not happen to most people naturally!!! Amen?!! A baby is taught much as it grows as do we all during all of our lives!!! I have certainly learned quite a lot of things in my years thru experience and can see where our Father’s Word warns about it now, but then, I was still learning it all. I also learn new things everyday and I am thankful for that!!! Jesus gives us His Word that is made convincingly true as we experience life. If we read it in His Word before we experience it the hard way, that is less painful, but that is not always what many of us have experienced throughout various aspects of life!!!
Our Father’s Spirit’s presence with us helps us to handle living in the temptations of the world and not give into them as we grow from the learning of His Word and thru those experiences that our lives teach us!!! Everyone is always learning and our Father is always at work helping us to learn and see the better ways in life and move forward the wiser!!! All the time He is loving us thru our faith in Him and there is no condemnation from Him thru Christ who loves us!!! (Romans 8:1) We would have no existence without our Father’s care for us!!! He gives us choice in all of life and also realizes we must learn about life to choose as we go thru life!!!
“For it is God who works in us to will and to act according to His purpose.”
This we can know, our Father loves us, delights in doing life with us and “He who has began a good work in us will continue it until the day of completion.” (Philippians 1:6)
It is not always easy to escape having temptation put before a person, but in trusting our Father is with us and with the knowledge we have learned from the past experiences, we become strengthened in our minds to stand against temptation. A good example of this was the woman in the Bible caught in adultery and those who wanted to stone her were told by Jesus “let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.” (John 8:7) Everyone of those who were accusing her stepped away at the realization of their own sins!!! Upon the experience in life Mary went thru and finding the help she needed in Jesus, Mary learned from it well and went on to live as a faithful follower of Jesus. Jesus helped her to be strengthened to move forward in victory!!! YAY!!! I love victory stories!!! Nobody is perfect on their own and the good news is that Jesus chooses to work thru struggling people to empower them with His strength. As the Apostle Paul came to learn after his learning experience of growth, he could boast all the more gladly about his weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on him. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! The same is true of all of us thru faith in Jesus with us!!! We can know our Father will help us all to avoid giving in to what is of the world with His presence with us!!! 🙂 His promise to us is this:
“The eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth to strengthen those who are fully committed to Him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9
What do we need to chalk up to a learning experience in life, let go of guilt over it and move forward the wiser and stronger trusting Father to help us all move forward powerfully thru His sufficient grace for us??? Our Father has promised us that “if we have confessed our sins to Him, that He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) The one who thinks they have no sin is said to be a liar, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!!! We are saved by grace!!! That does not mean by works, otherwise grace wouldn’t be grace!!! Thru faith in Jesus’ perfect performance on the cross, we are seen as “holy, blameless and without accusation.” (Colossians 1:21-23) We can confess and repent to Father where we have done wrong, go the forward divine way where needed, make restitution if Father reveals that is needed somehow and then rest in His grace and love for us, free from past guilt!!!
Our Father’s grace is sufficient as this song says here!!!