Saturday, January 22, 2011

Spiritual Swagger

Have  you ever wondered about the men and women of old?

Ever wondered where they managed to get such conviction? Such abandonment?

They were men and women just like us.

Fears, disappointments, doubts, unattained dreams and goals were their constant companions. Just read the story of Jacob and Isaac.  Their lives were full of intrigue, murder, adultery, deceit, and the list goes on.

BUT…what these men possessed brings me to my knees before Him who has called me.

Outside of their humanity of soul they possessed the deep abiding understanding of the POWER of the Living God.

Have you ever read Jasher?

Jasher is an historical book referred to in Joshua 10:13 and 2nd Samuel 1:18.

We have been reading and re-reading this book for about 9 years now. 

Can you tell it’s been around for awhile?DSCN0981


This book takes the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and others and brings color to them.

You will get a better grasp as to why Esau gave up his birthright so easily, how Jacob is a lover and not a fighter, and why Joseph’s brothers hated him so.

As you read Jasher you begin to see the spiritual swagger of the sons of Jacob.

We have been reading the life of Jacob in our family devotions and I have been struck by the deep convictions that his sons had about the power of the Almighty One.

You see, “the company of hero’s is shaped in private in order that they might prove the might of God out in the open fields.” Eric Ludy Wrestling Prayer

Take David; he spent years in the wilderness preparing to be king. He was tested and tried and found to overcome.

Because of his victories in his private wilderness he was able to overcome Goliath.

This evil regime was just one more victory for the boy king instead of a shadow of overwhelming odds. 

He understood the POWER of whom he served.

Do we have this spiritual swagger?

Do we grasp the POWER at work within us?

“We are to be the fearless ones, the courageous ones, the ones who stand when every other man (or woman) sits, the ones who storm the gates when every other man turns and hightails, the ones who say, “I will fight ‘em!” when every other man sinks in despair.” Eric Ludy Wrestling Prayer

There is a spiritual swagger for the taking. The question is: Who has the spiritual guts to claim it for themselves?

My prayer: Birth in me O Lord, that relenting spiritual swagger of old….I have been embodied with His great Power, His might, His mighty deeds.  I serve a MIGHTY God!

Where’s your spiritual swagger this day?

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1 comment:

Ellen said...

What a powerful and meaningful insight! I love it and totally understand and agree. To be so bold and sharpened to swagger as the Biblical giants who lead the way for us, wow!

Thanks for the insight. I'm thankful that Daddy speaks to you in such a deep and insightful way and you pass it on to the rest of us.


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