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{the} Ultimate Path of Non-Resistance…

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The Narrow Gate

 

In my quest for wholeness, I realize that wellness is not the victory I am reaching for!I desire, at my core, to be whole. No crack or fissure leaving a space open for adverse energy to enter this temple. I realized this by reading tue chapter, Law of Non-Resistance  in Working With the Law by Raymond Holliwell. 

Holliwell says: “Resistance as a means of securing peace and harmony is a mistaken and misleading idea…Resistance fails because it is not in accord with harmony and order, which is the Law.”If you are not familiar with this book the Law refers to God, and God’s Law, not the Ten Commandments

Kathleen Juline, former editor of Science of Mind magazine and author, says in the introduction of Holliwell’s book: “…simply that spiritual laws are Truth principles we can learn to understand and apply and that the natural consequence of applying them a is happy, harmonious, and prosperous life.” 

Being a Christian, God has given me the maturity and authority to have come to a place in my life that I am able to filter through Him. My pastor was giving me instruction last night in regard to a new project we have put into motion. He said, “Bottomline is that this project  reflects the church (our church)  – so everything that is considered needs to be filtered through that lens (the lens of the Vision God gave our Pastor; God’s lens). Easy way to judge: If you think it’s questionable, lets err on the side of caution and not use that particular thing.” The thing my pastor is trying to convey to me is that I must remain mindful that this project is our whole church so it must reflect that voice or that representation, not any single person’s reflection. The people who will benefit from our project should not see me, they should see our church and it’s personality. That is currently my best example of God’s filter…everything measured by God’s vision. Everything filtered through God’s Word. 

This is presently how my journey is being traveled…by the path God has me on. Yet while I traverse this life, diligently working toward the Kingdom there have been obsticles, and there will be more. After all, I live on this world with all of you, I simply choose not to live in this world. It’s not as hard as one might think, though it is mindfully and prayerfully purposed each day. I hazard to say, though those who are worldly will adamently disagree, I am sure, the world outside my door is a much more difficult way to live. 

I realize today that my ultimate path of least resistance is God. I can show you in scripture why I say this. 

Philippians 3:13-15 : {Paul}  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.”Matthew 7: 13-15 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”Luke 13:24:   {Jesus} “He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”All three of these scripture on first read seem to be fraught with difficult tasks. While taking the narrow road or using the narrow gate takes difficuty and discipline of mind, after you’ve conquered the negative mindset within you, the rewards are immediate. If we truly thought it through how could choosing the path God has chosen for us be harder than doing it on our own? In Romans 12:2: God clearly instructs us not to copy the behaviors of the worldly (the wide gate/road). My warning is this “…something wicked this way comes.”The wide road simply leads to temptation, wrong thinking and sin. We cannot have the cake and ice cream of the world and attain what it is the Kingdom has for us. In the end, indulging in all the cake and ice cream of the world will make one seriously ill. I know, both on a spiritual and physical level.

I choose the narrow. There aren’t a lot of people on this path, and the ones I know are great travel companions! There is protection on this path, and security through the gates and the doors.

The path of least resistance is…

 God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The dicipline of this lifestyle is freeing in that my decisions are already made, I just look in the book and take instruction. When this is done in faith, all the scirmishes, battles and wars are fought by God and the inpercievable army He sends out on our behalf.I am able to forget my past, I don’t live there anylonger. I am able to reinvent myself through my thoughtlife and the Word, God made us in His likeness, so my very thoughts begin the creation process! I can manifest in my life anything I need or want, because of Christ’s sacrifice I can do what He did and more!So my friend Jeanette R. asked in her facebook status this morning: “Do you strive for perfection or excellence?”  My comment was: Is there a difference?I was already writing this post and now I had to think…is there a difference? I don’t know, I would have to research it, and Jeanette has’t answered me yet. She will though! And I will post her answer in my comments when she does…I then responded immediately with: “I strive for the perfect will of God for my life!” Before all of that thinking began about the difference between perfect and excellent. Like the concept of the wide and narrow gates, I have to assume there is a dicernable difference between excellence and perfection…quickly it sounds like excellence is still a “striving for” placement in the race…while perfection has us home with Father God and in the “good and faithful servant” ceremony there.So as I travel forward allowing God to make me a new Andrea by changing my mind I bid you blessings loves! ❤ I’m off down the narrow road and I can see the narrow gate from here…wanna come?

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

One thought on “{the} Ultimate Path of Non-Resistance…

  1. My friend Jeanette’s response to my fb comment of her status:

    What do you strive for perfection or excellence:

    Me; Andrea Hutchinson ‎…is there a difference? 🙂 I strive for the Perfect Will of God for my life…thanx for reminding me of that..going in the blog article! with credits 🙂

    Jeannette Rodgers… In my humble opinion; excellence is completely different than perfection. I will elaborate more later. Also, perhaps you are already in Gods will. According to John McArthur (Found: Gods Will) being in God’s perfect will is simply being sa…ved, spirit-filled, sanctified (which is a continual process), submitted and sacrificing for righteousness. Sometimes we live unsettled lives adding complexities as we believe we must “do more” than these things when it is quite simplistic. Once we meet these five “ways” to the will of God; I believe through these processes we have the wisdom Gods gives us to make the choices we deem as desires of our hearts to live out our lives. We can go anywhere and choose which path to take because we are already in His will if we have followed the steps Christ has laid before us to His will. We are at liberty to make choices because we have attained wisdom through His will. Once we have decided and are confident we are in His will; He entrusts us to take steps out of the boat, onto the water, into the desert, up to the mountain and across the sea! We will be fully perfected only in His presence. As Michael J Fox once stated: “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” Love you dear friend.

    and…

    Jeannette Rodgers… Yes certainly; please share. Thank you for crediting my thoughts. Believe it or not this all hit me at 530am. I am perplexed at what prompted this analysis. Perhaps this journey of life and watching people struggle as they strive for perf…ection had me searching.My father was a perfectionist and I believe it steals our joy, our humanness and drive for excellence when we are consumed with perfection. I like not being perfect and love striving to do my best (excellence). Those who strive for perfection actually live miserable lives unable to attain the perfection they seek from themselves and others. Most perfectionists will be lonely driving away everyone around them who they believe cant live up to their perfect world. I was just pondering about how perfection and striving for it; leaves an individual with fear of not fulfilling something perfectly. Fear attracts anger, frustration and chaos. We will choose not to entertain certain things in life because we will fear not doing it perfectly or falling short of it being perfect. Therefore, striving for perfection becomes a debilitating factor leaving a person feeling inadequate, insufficient, and lacking. Hence, we know we serve a perfect God how can humanity expect to consider being perfect. None can compare. When we strive for excellence we can give it our all and our best knowing it is achievable. We set realistic goals and they can reached when we strive for excellence and not perfection. Perfection demands control, unaccepting mentalities, and judgemental attitudes while excellence promotes humility, positive drive, joy, faith and accomplishment. Those who strive for excellence will see others following them gladly; sadly; perfectionists will drive others away and encounter lonliness, sadness and confusion as to why they are alone and why they cant seem to ever quite get it right. Striving for excellence keeps us going in the right direction until the day of perfection when we are in the presence of a perfect GOD. Amen!

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