Unresting, unhasting, as silent as Light, nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest with might.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Life promises white water, defining moments.
Paul tells us of sarcasm from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein - to rend the flesh. How severe is this criticism? A dog tearing off limbs. Loss of things. Loss.
loss in this life.
This Scripture is about how extreme life can be.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Spiritual armor never has to be removed. The Word of God stands firm.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
1 Peter 1:25
The word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
Once we are properly equipped with this prayer, how will we face Loss?
In Hope, I will be straining forward to what lies ahead
I will press on toward the goal for the prize
the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
"This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself."
As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
He will unite all things
All things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me
All things are possible for one who believes
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
God bless the trees, flower and fauna. All the animals. As well as mankind. God looks upon His creation and sees good. Today. Father God, You bless us with transparency - letting the continuing blessing of Your mercy rest upon us in Peace. We are privileged to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †