Wednesday 29 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 16 W 2 D 3.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you made it.

Happy Thirty-Sixth Day of the Lenten Season.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We are on verses 2 and 3 of Chapter 10, The Daniel Fast. It reads,

"In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."

We continue with our meditations and discussion on "A Fasted Life" compared to "Intermittent Fasting," as we dissect Isaiah 58. We move to verse 7. It reads,

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?"

And not hide yourself from your own flesh:

The classical definition of a "Healthy Relationship" is one in which one enters into for what one can give, not what one can or receives. However, what keeps one in the relationship is what one receives, not that which one gives. This is a paradox, but yet so very true.

Persons of honor understand and live by this code. Mere men and women, and people of light virtues, on the other hand, enter into relationships for all they can gain, not that which they can give. What keeps them in the relationship is the same, however. They live for all they can get, like parasites.

People of light virtues are the drain of a group, family, or association. They are not mature enough to carry others and carry the victim mentality. What we are being taught in this verse is, to shoulder our own responsibilities in any relationship we so find ourselves.

Yes, we should be open to receiving from others, but that ought to be our mainstay. We should not withhold all we can also do for others and the union. "Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight." (Proverbs 11:1)

No one is asking of you that which you cannot give. Heaven demands and expects you to share all you can. Ephesians 4:16 tells us, 

"For his “body” has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love." (TPT)

Note it is the body that edifies (grows) itself, and that comes to pass by that which EVERY JOINT (everyone) contributes. It is not what the pastor or head contributes. Nor is it what a certain, supposedly privileged, group or class contributes.

The body grows by that which each contributes. None is too much. None is too small. Each contributes according to their individual endowments and privileges. This is how healthy relationships, groups, families, and churches are built.

Jesus teaches us, "It is more blessed to give than to receive.” [Acts 20:35] It might not make sense, but it is true. There is no higher wisdom. Giving is the way we access life, our family, marriage, group, establishment, business, etc. We must never hide from our own flesh.

The Saint.

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