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Pain or Pleasure…What is the Difference?

Posted by Scott on January 10, 2008

I ran across a very nice quote this evening while reading a small book by Brother Lawrence called “The Practice of the Presence of God”.  My life continues to grow in the direction of a much deeper, joyous, and happy relationship with my Lord.  It is hard to explain the drawing to be nearer and nearer to my creator, but that pulsating flow of spiritual blood is irresistible as it takes over my veins.

“Our only happiness should come from doing God’s will, whether it brings us some pain or great pleasure.  After all if we are truly devoted to doing God’s will, pain and pleasure will not make any difference to us.” 

-Brother Lawrence

I know that us men can seem to resist the seriousness of our relationship with God as though we can manage without Christ our Lord.  In all reality, we need Him all the more.  Relying on our own strength is what gets us into trouble in the first place.  I would encourage other men out there to spend additional time reading the scriptures, meditating on it long and hard, and then acting upon what has been read and the results of your meditation.  See if this does not draw you closer by the Holy Spirit’s pull. 

I have been undressed, stripped down, and dissected by the Lord like an animal in a science experiment.  However, the result is not death, but new life.  Practicing the Presence of God is an action that we as authentic Christians will do eternally…we are just practicing this now before we get to be with Him in heaven.  My desire now is to be more and more like my Lord in every way. 

“I am doing now what I will do for all eternity.  I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”  -Brother Lawrence

That is the goal of my life each day to be a blessing to my God, to adore Him more and more as the days quickly pass, which simply pushes my heart to love of my God deeper and deeper still.  May you experience a much deeper relationship with God as you allow the Holy Spirit to draw you nearer and nearer through the most powerful book ever written…the Bible.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2008

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