We ARE a hot mess.
This is readily apparent when one reads the news, looks around, looks in the mirror…
But it really hit home recently when I began re-examining the “holiness” concept.
As we anticipate and prepare for the soon return of Jesus Christ on the prophetic front (as many believe imminent) there seems a plethora of friendly reminders to tend to “spiritual housekeeping;” however, some voices seem more like friendly fire.
I am reminded to be careful lest I spend too much time “holiness gazing,” as it were, which is a lot like “naval gazing” wherein one can spend so much time examining every jot and tittle of flaw, fault, and failure one loses any hope of understanding or experiencing the John 14:27 peace that calms troubled hearts (Jesus) and the Philippians 4:6-7 kind of peace  that surpasses all comprehension (Paul) as the bigger spiritual picture gets lost in, well, the flamey mess.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. (Psalmist who dealt with his own hot messes)
Once more, Jesus Christ to the rescue.
For His part of righteousness: His sacrifice on the cross in my stead (John 3:16).
For my part of righteousness: His sacrifice on the cross in my stead AND His help with my daily choices, quiet waters to quench the heat.
(Thank You, Lord.)
 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
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