Contemplations – Book of James IV

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Nothing in life is as discouraging as life’s unanticipated blows. It forces you to take a look at yourself from the outside looking in. I find such reflective times drastic in the sense that is when genuine growth is cultivated.

    When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask 
    With wrong motives, that you may spend of what 
    You get on your pleasures 

The duality of the mind expressed in these scriptures is a slow killer. Oftentimes we dream so big and desire great things in our life, so much that we forget to examine lessons learned along the way. It’s like we are making an effort to jumpstart the process and reap the reward.

There is wisdom to gain through failures; maturity to cultivate through adversity; patience to build through suffering.

We must take the time to process and reflect on such emotions. This was one lesson that I had to be reminded of this week, which helped me realize that my current circumstances are grooming me for what is to come. It is critical to be reminded of such things because we never know when we will need it.

Our hearts are easily deceivable. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance to examine the intent of our desires, to seek counsel from the Most High along with trusted mentors, to better determine the course of action. Such life fluctuations enable us to remain grounded in our authentic identity.

At the end of the day, if the Lord wills it, nothing will stop it from manifesting. A verse to consider with following one’s purpose would be from the eloquent books of the apostle Paul:

Brothers and sisters, 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.

We need the grace to empower us toward embracing our shortcomings as they are and making the most of our achievements to inspire others to accomplish the unthinkable.

Be sure to check out this short poem: Wellspring

“God deals with the impossible” – Ray Lewis.

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