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NO Holding Back! - Psalm 84:11 & 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

Musical Term of the Day:
rattenuto - holding back
Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: NO GOOD THING will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
GREAT day to YOU, BlogFam!  I am feeling really good this morning as I write our reflection on today. On this morning, I am just grateful beyond words and excited beyond my own capacity to express how special WE are simply because GOD LOVES YOU AND ME!  My Friends, I just want to tell you on TODAY that when God created YOU, He held NOTHING back!  Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know?  I know you have heard it in the past and this piece of knowledge may give you hope for the future but I want you to know that day by day, YOU are a gift to the present! 
When the Creative Creator formed everything about You, everything that YOU would need or even desire was placed inside of YOU.  And it matters not what your theology dictates, I want you to KNOW that without a shadow of doubt in God’s mind, He created YOU and chose YOU for such a time as this! 
My sistas and brothas, from the moment God designed your life as an original piece of heavenly music, I believe that God placed everything inside of you that you would need to above ALL else say YES to Him.  None of us have had what we might call the “PERFECT” life.  On the contrary, we have all been extended the same grace to run to the Original Composer of our lives to receive ANYTHING we needed to survive and thrive in this life and in the life to come. 
Unfortunately, we do live in a world where people – familiar and not so familiar - are manipulative, deceptive, and insensitive.  We live in a world where people will lie, steal, cheat, and even kill by their hands or with their tongue in order to put themselves at a social, political, or financial advantage. Friends, PRAY for them and for yourself if this fits you.  However, we can all stand on the promise of God’s HOLY WORD that there is NOT one good thing that He will withhold from us…IF– this is the clincher – IF we walk UPRIGHTLY.
So, ONE question that we must all ask ourselves is this.  Can the words and deeds of my life be characterized as UPRIGHT?  Do I strive to be a man or woman who is righteous, honest and just?  Is my lifestyle in accord with what is right? Now, I know we may not want to face the reality of our own answers and unfortunately, some of my BlogFam will rush through these questions and dismiss them as inapplicable to their own lives.  BUT I hope that we would all take a moment today and take inventory. 
The word is TRUE.  Our God desires to give YOU every GOOD thing You need that is essential to your purpose – and even things you long for.  God ALSO desires that we live an UPRIGHT life.  NO HOLDING BACK!

Friends, I am almost 80% positive that when I asked you all the questions regarding how your life lined up with what it means to be upright, some of you compartmentalized your life.  I am upright in this area or in that area.  I could use some work on X but Y is just too much to handle right now.  I am too old or too young or too this or too that to live upright.  And some of you retreated to that old favorite cop out excuse, “God knows my heart.”  And you are so right.  God knows ALL of our hearts and it is probably a very disheartening picture to see what ONLY God can see from heaven’s perspective when God shines His light onto the surface and then penetrates the surface to the depths of our sin, our secrets, our shame.
BlogFam, Do NOT despair! And Do NOT HOLD BACK NOW! For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  When God exposes the depths of our sins, our secrets, and our shame, it is for the intentional purpose of sharing the knowledge of the glory of God with us!  God exposes so that we can then truly receive ALL the good that He wants to give to us. When we expose others for our own personal gain in ways that are manipulative, deceptive, or insensitive, we are not flowing in accord with what is right.  And in essence we are holding ourselves back from the GOOD that the Master Conductor wants to channel into our lives.  However, when God’s light shines into our hearts, it not only exposes so that all that is not righteous, honest or just can be withdrawn, but that same light deposits a treasure in our earthen vessels that I believe adds interest to what was already there from birth.  This divine exchange must happen in this way so that we KNOW that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
So, if you are at a place on your journey where it seems more comfortable to flow  in the rattenuto mode of life – where you hold yourself back from the GOOD that our God wants to give to those who walk upright, I invite you to surrender to the Light’s exposure and receive the glory of His presence in every area of your life.  I pray that we would all ask God to shine that Holy Light into our hearts, expose our sin, our secrets, our shame, withdraw everything that is not like Him, deposit His glory and activate the interest on what has already been there since birth.  This is my prayer for us all.  THANKS be to GOD!
God Loves You and I do too!
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