Connecting the Lessons Part Two
by Greg Pike
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Step Three: About Fear, What the Wicked Don't Know and Accept the Path
What have we gotten into here? There are so many who say we are wrong, who say there is no power except the kind they know and they are willing to torture and kill to keep it. I guess it has always been like this, but why does our Lord seem so far away when we need Him the most?
The liars are up to their same old tricks. They try to convince by provoking pride and desire. They would have us grovel for what is unimportant, cursing us and twisting our words while speaking of their own greatness. They disguise themselves as seekers of justice to gather suport from the unsuspecting.
Hear our song, O unending Truth, and judge us in your balanced sight. Try our hearts and show us the way in our dreams. Guide us on the path around their traps and don't let us slip. We can sleep without fear knowing you are our shield, our strength and our hope. You have seen what the liars do and you take care of the weak and humble. You will break the strength of the wicked, their lies cannot hold them up. They are men of this world and its life, and death, is their portion: it is all they and their kind shall ever know.
But salvation belongs to the power of Truth and will go to those who make it their king. It is our Lord. You have strengthened us and given us the power to be heard above the lies. Only the truth can judge us.
Step three from psalms 3, 10 and 17 is the recognition of a higher power that can be known but not understood. It can be recognized and demonstrated but not proven, it is felt but not seen. We begin to understand the ideals it represents and we can learn the methods to achieve them. Great struggles result because of the differences of opinion, and the pain and suffering they cause brings much anger and hatred. Only the strongest and most perserverant will survive. A small amount of truth seems to be overwhelmed by a sea of lies, but truth wins out because within the lies are the seeds of its own destruction.
Step Four: The Answer, Fear No Evil and The Candle is Lit
What can we do if the Truth has no effect? Sorrow and death are all around and the flood of ungodly men makes us afraid. We call out in our distress and He hears us. There is no need to hide from evil or run to someplace safe. The enemy looks strong, the liars are everywhere and aiming to take us, but the Lord is our strength. He alone is worthy of praise.
The Lord comes on the storm and shakes the foundations of the earth. He teaches us by the truth we can know and by the works we have the strength to do. He tests us in our doubt but gives us the insight to find the right path.
The Lord pours out his righteousness on all who follow Him. Draw near to his awesome power and leave all worldly desires behind. There are many who are looking for someone to show them the way. We are happy to be of service, even when things are not going well for it is then when can give the most. Our candle is lit and we will sleep peacefully tonight and every night for we have found our safety in You.
Step four is about learning how to trust our belief. We take the ideal we fought for in step three and use it as fact. We begin to understand that we do not have to know the content of the truth so much as we have to learn to trust it. Trust means that we do not run or hide from trouble no matter how strong the enemy looks and no matter how fearful sorrow and death seem to be. Trusting the truth is the only path that works, and only by our trust can we learn its strength.
Seeing the power of truth gives us a taste of real faith. We learn in stages as we grow and we are tested by our doubts but our perserverance pays off. We look for the right things to do and we see how it adds to our strength. Leaving worldly desires behind becomes a relief and thus our enemies, both within and without can no longer control us. Our deeds become visible to others in need and our actions become a service and a beacon to them.
We see how trusting the truth delivers us from the enemy's traps and how their lies make them vulnerable. They look to their lies to save them but their actions only confirm what is truth. Hopeful trust becomes confident faith and a flame is kindled in our hearts that will light our path from within.
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