“A baptism of fire and struggle for liberty…”
In every struggle, there comes that moment when we must answer the questions “why do I fight, who is my foe and is this struggle necessary?”
God directs my footsteps. He clears my mind. He makes a way for me to return to Him and then go forth, back out into the wilderness only this time I am armed with His strength, His peace and His Light so that I might both do His Will while finding others lost in the darkness of the shadows. I will persevere because I must… for His sake, but I will endure because He goes with me. I am His victorious warrior and His obedient servant. I love God because He has given me everything that I never deserved. I return to God time and again because every good and wonderful thing remains with Him and in Him. Apart from God, I am nothing and I have nothing. I am humbled by God because when I do return, it is His faithfulness alone that will always mend my faithlessness that eventually arises on my long journeys… for I do stray away from Him on our path together and ultimately find myself lost and alone in the confines and unfriendly surroundings of a hostile country. “Behold, we come to You, for You are the Lord our God.”
The faithfulness and unflinching Grace of my God does not astound and amaze me today… it humbles me and brings me to my knees. Any enemy of my God becomes my enemy. His Will is worth my struggles and my pain, all of which are nothing when compared to all that He has done and continues to do for me. This is where I want to be, today. This is where I MUST be today. To go through this fire with Him for the sake of liberty… The liberty of lost souls longing to be freed.
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.