When Presented With a Challenge

I had to go to the Post Office yesterday.  See, I found this cute little rubber ducky and I have a friend who collects them because they make her smile.  The thing is I didn’t need a very big package to send it to her because it is just a little dinky thing.  So I found this little box that a cord or something came in, wrapped the ducky in some pink tissue and bubble wrap (I thought she might like to pop something) and took it the Post Office to get it weighed, stamped, and sent.

The P.O. cashier (That’s Post Office and not the other P.O.’d… although she very well could have been by the time I left ) turned it round and round in her hands just a little bewildered as she tried to find a place to first stamp it, and then attach 2 address-sized labels to it.  She finigled (is that even a word?) and finagled, and at one point almost rejected the effort, but finally she was able to successfully place them on my little tiny package.  She commented on her unsureness of being able to do so, and, with a smile,  I asked her, “You didn’t know I would be bringing you a challenge today, did you?”

As I was thinking back over this exchange just a little while ago (it is 2:48am and I can’t sleep, and that’s what my mind does when it is wide awake…thinks, I mean) I remember a dozen or so years ago when I was presented with a challenge.   This challenge came from Jesus, and it came, not from him manifesting himself to me and asking me a forthright question, but from me quietly searching and seeking the Truth.

The challenge was this;  what did the scriptures mean when it talked about an “undivided heart”?

That question came with this scripture hot on its heels;  “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”  Ephesians 4:14

And now this scripture comes to mind:  “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 11:19

I thank God that it is His work in me, and not mine!

Oh, what devotion God calls us to and enables us to have!  There is no finigling or finagling with Christ.  You’re either sealed with His Holy Spirit  or you’re not!  Its that simple.

Jesus, teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth.  give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;  I will glorify  your name forever.  For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.  I love you, Jesus, and I love your word.  HALLELUJAH! Amen


About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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