But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
I tend to repeat old patterns, not necessarily good patterns. Patterns that cause hurt, discord, angst, upheaval, struggle, despair, worry, fret……… And I can get very disgusted and upset with myself and wonder why I repeat such awful behavior and vile thoughts. (For those who see me in real life, don’t ask…I am not telling.)
While reading Hebrews today, I think I began to see a piece of the puzzle; to understand this repetition of insanity. These repetitive acts and thoughts come around again and again to shake me off of the firm foundation. God will allow this craziness until I can no longer be shaken; until I take a stand….until I say, “No more, it is finished!”
We so often want the easy way out, “God, just heal me. Take these thoughts away. Heal my wrong mind set. Make me whole.” God wants nothing more than for us to be healed, whole, happy….BUT we were not made as puppets. God blessed us with free will to choose Him or not. God gave us a mind and desires that we can either bring into alignment with Him or in opposition to Him or without any thought of Him at all.
As we live we are being “perfected” for heaven; made ready for our real home, our real country of origin. And in doing so some shaking has to happen. The dust and debris of this world needs to be shaken off so that we can enter the heavenly Holy of Holies. Yes, Christ’s blood covers us and makes us ready before the Lord, but the debris of this world wants to cling tightly and steal from us the heavenly Kingdom that we can experience here, now on earth. So God allows us to be shaken as many times as it takes, until we are ready to say, “Enough!” and stand firm, shaken clean.
I now get it why a repeated circumstance enters my life. God is allowing the circumstance so that the dust may be shaken out of this old “rug”. He is helping me to choose to be free. His patience and love for me will endure. He will not give up on me so that”….what cannot be shaken may remain.”
I so hope this makes some sense to you, Reader, because to me it was a 1000 watt light bulb that went off in my mind and my spirit. I pray, Lord, that these words I have written bring light and not confusion. Speak to the hearts and minds of those that read this message that they will see and understand Your Truth. Thank You, Lord.
Getting the Dust Out,