"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: July 16

“Bring my soul out of prison …” ~ Psalm 142:7a
In looking deeply into this “purple stone” verse we not only see that there are as many prisons as there are human rebellions; we see that much of the human suffering in the world is a result of captivity.

We can all come outside our prisons and be free. The way has been cleared. But before we look at the way, I believe we should look at two more prisons. This one is also crowded with Christians as well as non-Christians. This is ironic when we see that this is the prison of “having to be right”! How many Christians do you know who just can’t bear to admit being wrong? Perhaps you’re one of them. We can all slip easily and with such good intentions into this stuffy prison. If you and I [Eugenia Price, the author] see the truth about Christ and then explain it to someone in our own dogmatic spirit, we are in this prison!

Oswald Chambers says there soon appears “a smell of gunpowder” around this type of two-fisted saint. Said saint may be running around “evangelizing” but most likely the “fruit does not remain” because the hard hitting saint’s own soul is in the prison of “having to be right.” The love of God melts. He never uses a hammer. If your temper flares, if you are easily insulted or shocked, look around you carefully. You may be in the prison and not know it. True humility, true meekness is not easily shocked or insulted. It does not flare. There is no aroma of “gunpowder” around true humility. Only the aroma of Christ.
“… learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

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