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The Seventh Step Is Not a Lesson At All
by Greg Pike
08/23/05
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We have looked at the first twenty one psalms individually and in groups of three and cycles of seven. We are now at the last of putting the cycles together by looking today at 7, 14 and 21. It's like looking back on the past three weeks but only considering what happened on the last three Sundays.

Our lives are full of unknowns and the future is hazy at best. The world seems full of traps and temptations that might take more strength than we have to win out. How can we know what to do? We were told to do the best we can. That's all there is, and that will be enough. We can find the power to live the life we choose in our ordinary, everyday lives. The enemy will show us through our weaknesses and the Lord will give us according to our strengths. What we do is already forgiven, but why we do it may not be. We must be free of persuasion. There is only one sin that cannot be forgiven, and that is lack of faith which causes an inability to live what we believe. The punishment for it is a life of slavery to empty desire.

Lesson six was all about trust. How trust in ourselves and each other leads to strength, and how trusting ourselves to act is the beginning of self-sustaining strength. That is the end of the formal lessons, that is enough understanding to get us to the place where we can start. The next step is not a lesson at all, for there is nothing else we must do. The next step is the first real step onto the path, but the path leads where it will. Trust and faith lead to a door, the Door of Jesus as brother James called it. For us, passing through leads to a day of rest, our work is done and we spend our time contemplating the glories of the Kingdom that is through that door. All of living beyond the door is a gift, a joy to behold and a wonder of learning.

Where the Seventh Step Goes

We live in the kingdom the Lord has made, we trust the working of its laws. We are protected citizens and will always be safe there. There is established a king in us that belongs in this place who is subject only to the Lord. He has his heart's desire, days without end and the appearance of majesty and glory. These are gifts that will never be taken away. This king is in us, and is with us, and is made of us; that part of us that can pass through the cleansing fire. No evil can exist there, not even its memory, it is all burned away at the door and whatever is left is all there is of us.

We will be called to do battle. The people of the Lord of Truth will let the rage of our enemies awaken in us the power to defeat them, and they will fall by their own lies. The Lord will use us to defeat them, their works and their seed will be gone forever from his people. Today, we only need to know the truth, but we need to know it right now. Not tomorrow, not when we are ready, not when we get a few more things figured out; but now.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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