When the temperature arrives at 32 degrees Fahrenheit it hesitates, failing to move smoothly on its upward or downward path because it is at the point of change—water must become liquid or solid. 32 degrees is a defining point.
Another defining point is when I stand between the physical and spiritual world. It requires work to get from one to the other—especially from the all-to-familiar physical world to the spiritual world.
Moving off the defining point cannot be done unconsciously, (particularly moving to the spiritual world). It requires knowledge of what’s happening and discipline on my part to move ahead. I must exert energy and consciously prepare. My favorite words for this is: “to be purposeful.” I must decide to move to the spiritual. GOD makes it possible but I must actually do it.
But there is even more involved. The moment I resolve to move I am immediately entangled in a war where I encounter resistance and must become a fighter.
“…the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion…” (Matt 11:12 AMP).
In every one of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation JESUS calls them to be conquerors (Rev 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21). So, this fight is not just a decision to move forward, it requires persevering—battling—“storming heaven.” That’s my part but… I CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT GOD.
So this Thanksgiving I am pleased to thank GOD for providing strength so I can conquer the resistance and move into the spiritual world.
- Thank You, FATHER, for aiding my resolve to throw back the warm covers in the morning and rise to commune with You.
- Thank You for giving me an accountability partner to ride with so that I’m less tempted to be lazy or fall off from attending prayer group on Thursday.
- Thank You for providing an opportunity to serve on Sunday mornings and the conviction to fulfill my obligations with excellence.
- Thank You, LORD, for the self-motivation You impart so I am able to sit long hours and write in Your presence.
- Thank You for the love of music so I can endure piano practice and find You in the song.
FATHER, when I will, You give me the power to overwhelmingly conquer (Rom 8:37). You make it possible for me to move off the defining point between the physical and spiritual world. I cannot fathom a “thanks” big enough to offer You for this.