Supernatural touch Brilliant paradox
Some evenings ago, I found myself simultaneously beautiful and ugly. While beautiful in sincerity, I had puffy eyes, and snot running down my face. I was sobbing, asking to hear God’s audible voice, which is where I ran into a dilemma. I have been so content in times in which I have had no evidence, as Jesus said, “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (John 20:29). But I also know that He moves in wondrous ways to reveal His love, and I wasn’t compromising a blessing by asking. His rest washed over me as I began to turn over in my heart, what I call, “The Brilliant Paradox.” The Pharisees observed Jesus and saw only paradox, and not it’s brilliance. We must grow to understand the symbiotic novelty of becoming simultaneously desperate and content, hungry and filled, insatiable and satisfied. We must realize that it is okay to…Continue Reading
STRIVE AWAKEN MAG - Photo by Paul Filitchkin
As I write this I am sitting in the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, where there is a light dusting of snow on the ground and an endless blue sky out the window to my left. I am on my way back to Seattle for Christmas, having just spent the past nine months taking part in an intensive bible study course that focuses on an inductive method of bible study. Reading through the text of the bible itself five times and doing historical background studies through each book, spending an average of 11-13 hours a day six days a week in the bible and study materials. If there is one thing I have learned in my time studying the bible it is that the heart motivation in why we do things is of the utmost importance. What is motivating us? Why do we do what we do? Motivations can be something as simple as…Continue Reading