Figuring It Out

Proverbs 16:9

Proverbs 16:9 (Photo credit: Kevin Shorter)

Why do we always try to figure everything out? Because we want control over our situations? Because we worry and fret if we don’t understand what’s happening? Because in order for something to be right, it must be logical? One thing I know is this: It’s not inherently wrong for us to try to figure things out. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (KJV). It is a natural human tendency to search out the hidden matters of God. We like to figure things out. And God likes for us to figure things out . . . to a point.

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Jason’s New Book!

Who Will Ascend?
Hello, everyone!

I am excited to announce to you that my new book, Who Will Ascend?, is now available for purchase! It is a spiral-bound book about prayer, specifically regarding the mountaintop experiences of several biblical characters such as Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. Also, throughout the book, I have interspersed several testimonies from my life regarding how I have seen God answer prayers in amazing ways! You can see the above picture of the front cover.

If you would like to order a copy/copies, they are available for a suggested donation of $10 each, plus shipping (which I will arrange with you on a case-by-case basis, depending on how many you order). You can can email me at runningfree@cox.net to find out more information about how to order.

Thank you for your support in this! All glory be to God, for above Him there is no other!

For His cause,

Jason West

Declaration of Holiness

English: Psalm 90 of The Holy Bible, King Jame...

English: Psalm 90 of The Holy Bible, King James version, 1772. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O L
ORD, I will sing praises.
I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.
He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all evildoers from the city of the L
ORD.

~Psalm 101

What would happen if we made this our declaration today? What would people think of us? Does it matter? As Christians, we are called to stand for holiness and righteousness. The words of this Psalm seem unattainable, legalistic, and harsh. While I believe David does use some hyperbole here throughout the Psalm (for instance, I’ve never seen anyone destroy someone who slanders his neighbor), it is still important to understand the seriousness of the message David is writing. Holiness is not some topic that we can gloss over and sweep under the rug; it is a serious matter, and God expects us to take it as seriously as David did in this Psalm.

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Purposefulness

Flower photo

Flower photo (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Have you ever thought about why you do what you do? We humans do a lot of things. We are fully capable of busying ourselves and accomplishing many feats. Yet, we all have the same amount of hours in a day, the same amount of days in a month, and the same amount of months in a year. And none of us know how many more years we have. In spite of that, the question to focus on is not how much time we have, but how we spend that time.

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The Secret Place

The Secret Garden

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“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

            Throughout the years, I have often pondered the thought of the secret place and what that exactly means. We often think of that secret place with God as being that time when we can be alone with Him, where no one can find us. In the natural, we may call that a prayer closet or a weekend retreat—something that represents getting alone with Him. On a spiritual level, we often refer to the secret place as somehow going to a greater depth of intimacy with God than we have before. Still, with these ideas about a secret place, I have never been quite sure what it actually means. Is it literal, metaphorical, or both?

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One Thing: Summer Letter 2013

“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”
~Psalm 86:11 (NKJV)

Dear friends and family,

Grace University Prayer Room

Grace University Prayer Room

What an exciting, yet challenging year this has been! I hope you are all doing well and are continuing to grow in your walks with the Lord. For me, the period of time since last summer has consisted of many thrilling opportunities. During the school year, I served as on the Student Body Association at Grace University as the Campus Outreach Coordinator. Basically, my job was to oversee the aspects of spiritual life on campus, including prayer, worship, and spiritually-geared campus events. As part of this job, I helped to start up and refurbish new prayer rooms on campus. I plan to serve as the Campus Outreach Coordinator this year as well.

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Lessons Learned: My Quest for the Radical Middle

Ethan on the Balance Beam

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A couple weeks ago, I was visiting with a friend of mine, just talking about God, life, and our personal struggles and triumphs. During our conversation, my friend told me something that really struck me. He said, “You know, so much of life comes down to balance.” When he said that, I could completely identify with his statement. We take on so many simultaneous activities in life—things such as school, work, errands, friendships, marriage or dating relationships, family, church, a personal relationship with God, and a commitment to faithfully obey Him. It can become increasingly difficult to learn how to balance all these things, and I can attest that at any given moment, one thing can end up taking precedence over other things, while another thing may become regretfully neglected. Then, in an effort to bring back the balance, I often end up overcorrecting and becoming off-balance in the opposite direction.

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