Bridging the Gap

 

I Am

Lately, I seem to have this desire to write about that which gets us through the door, into the realm of where Jesus is, while we are in the midst of this, our physical surroundings, and clothed in these physical bodies. I’m not sure if this is a answer to prayer but I’m hoping and thinking that it is. I seem to have this same thread running through my mind with most of what I write. I keep looking for that certain truth that will turn the lights on in someone else’s mind, about the reality of God and who Jesus is, that maybe hasn’t really gone through that door before. And yet, I am mindful that God’s Word tells me that it will be God, not me, that throws that switch in someone else’s mind and heart. And I keep hoping, that in some small way, God will use the light He has given me, as a vehicle to bring about that switch being turned on, for someone else. And, most importantly, this thread is the area that I constantly have to remind myself of and how difficult maintaining the realization of God’s reality, can be. I myself need to be in God’s presence, I need to be under His care, I need to be inside the pasture of His flock.

I don’t have any grand illusions about being special, I know I hardly register as a blip on the radar screen, if that, of those who use this medium to help others in their walk with God or lead others to even entertain the idea that indeed, there is much more to this life that we have been given, than meets the eye. And, a lot of times, the articles that I do write, are a means of ironing out the wrinkles of something that I need to understand or have clarified and writing it down helps me do that. So, basically, I’m often, actually explaining things to myself. Unfortunately I can be a slow learner so you’ll have to be patient with me. I sometimes see the same process happening, in the posts of some other Christians that I follow. And I find, at least with me, that what I appreciate, that which I take to heart, is the honesty that I frequently see, with regard to others and their mistakes and failures and how the answer is always about returning to our source, who is always Jesus.

I don’t know about you but when I study God’s Word, I see a good number of truths that can appear to conflict with one another, if one doesn’t understand the contrast and difference between being in God’s Kingdom and not being in God’s Kingdom, or being a child of God or not being a child of God.

There’s both acceptance and rejection that Jesus talks about. If we deny Him, He will deny us. (Matthew 10:33 NIV) Conversely, if we follow Him, He will keep us. (John 10:27-28 NIV) Jesus also tells us that He did not come to bring peace (Matthew 10:34 NIV) while at the same time Jesus gives us His peace (John 14:27 NIV). And then we have God’s Word telling us that those who live in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8 NIV) but those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God (Romans 8:14 NIV). Two sides of truth, one points to those who are outside of His flock and the other points to those who are in His flock. Problem being, too many times, even within some churches, there is a tendency to apply the truths of being in His flock to those who are not in His flock. 

From my perspective, and please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong, none of us perfectly follow the commandments and teachings of Jesus, just like none of us can perfectly follow the commandments and requirements of the Old Testament Law. The solution to both of these problems is Jesus, especially today. There is only one way in which that gap between being in God’s flock and being outside of God’s flock can in reality be bridged and maintained. That bridge is accomplished by Jesus Himself and our trust in Him. Our part is to walk in obedience, as best and as honestly as we can, day by day, following the leading of God’s Holy Spirit within us versus following the desires of our flesh, progressively, trusting in Him to bring to completion, that which He has started in each one of us who trust in Him (Philippians 1:6 NIV). If the Apostle Paul didn’t figure he had met the mark, I’m pretty sure we’re in good company.

The kicker is, not to fool ourselves and not to mislead others. Either we do follow Jesus daily or we don’t.

And that elusive special proof type evidence that is going to turn some other person’s light on, I’m pretty sure it’s actually knowing Jesus.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian Armed Forces and residing in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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12 comments on “Bridging the Gap
  1. Gary Fultz says:

    You have expressed many of my thoughts why I write a blog once in awhile. Just maybe God will use it to turn a corner toward Jesus. Yes, Jesus fills the gaps in our lives, thoughts, reasons and so many other areas (like all other areas).

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  2. This is a great post, Bruce. I think about it all in a very similar way.
    In this human form, I believe it is impossible to even scratch the surface of being righteous. I fail miserably, daily, but HE alone bridges the gap! Blessings to you and yours.

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Damon, I see that in the poems that you write. I can surely identify with a lot of them. We need more of what you write because you scrape away the facade and get down to what grace is all about. Someday we will meet and I look forward to giving you a hug. Blessings to you and yours also. – Bruce

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  3. Sue Love says:

    Bruce, very well stated!! I like how you worded this and the process you went through to explain the two sides. Good! Good! And, you did it plainly, simply and humbly, too. This is the message that we all need to be communicating to one another, for you are correct in this which you stated: “Problem being, too many times, even within some churches, there is a tendency to apply the truths of being in His flock to those who are not in His flock.” So, we need to be those who are exposing the lies and who are telling people the truth, so that they are not applying the truths of being in His flock when they are not of his sheep fold. Sue

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Sue, had a couple of exchanges with a Pastor that supports NAR and The Passion Translation and the subtle deception of his message really got to me. Some of these guys are just off the pain charts but this guy was so subtle, so sounds right but doesn’t feel right and then when you dig a bit, it’s the unbalanced Gospel that stands out like a sore thumb. Not to mention how liberties are taken with changing God’s Word to reinforce NAR doctrine when the liberties are totally not valid from a translation and context perspective. I’ve studied some of Bill Johnson and Graham Cooke’s books (both NAR Apostles) and both of them have huge nails of deception clearly visible but this guy was more like a thumb tack, so very subtle. I surely wouldn’t want to be diving into this every day because we need to balance our own spiritual food with that which lifts us and others up also. It angers me though because those who he leads and guides are being deceived. The words sickly sweet come to mind. It’s actually kind of scary when you see it. Unless you are really grounded in God’s Word, you’d never pick it up. The Apostle Paul would have had a field day with him. Anyway, keep doing what you’re doing. I know that what you write about keeps me mindful of the two sides of truth (that which applies and to whom) and we all need to keep that in the forefront of our minds. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours! – Bruce

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      • Sue Love says:

        Bruce, the reality here is that deception is usually very subtle and that is why so many people are deceived, and because it is just easier for them to believe what sounds good rather than to seek out the truth. For, it takes time and effort to go through the process you went through to reach the conclusions you reached. But, you did good! You should star that one and use it for a reference. I liked it a lot. Thank you for your diligence in being a seeker of truth.

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  4. Rick Love says:

    Bruce, I love how you said this and your heart. I identified with you more than you can imagine. Thanks for this warm and honest post my wife Sue recommended to me!

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  5. Bruce says:

    Thank you Rick, I’m glad it spoke to you. Warmest greetings and blessing to you and Sue. – Bruce

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  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Oh how we need Jesus

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