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    by Carmen Schroeder

L'chayim!
Date Posted: April 27, 2008

What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or, what can a person give in exchange for his life? - Matthew 16:26

He enjoys nothing—who lacks communion with Christ. He lacks nothing—who enjoys communion with Christ. - Thomas Brooks “Heaven on Earth” 1667

The old Puritan pastor had it right. We forget, don’t we - in the comfort of our Christian lives? We do the right things and say the right words but as time passes, we realize we are not actually enjoying life, are we? Where’s the joy? Where’s the peace? Where’s the love? Ahhhhh, it is that heavenly combo that is missing after-all from many of our lives.

What was Jacob lacking as he struggled ‘til the break of dawn with the Angel of the LORD? What had pervaded his spirit? He was a man of great wealth. He had acquired massive amounts of earthly treasure. Why then was he begging the Pre-incarnate Christ to bless him further...so much so that he would not let go of Him until He met Jacob’s request? Do you suppose as this Theophany unfolded, Jesus had in mind the very statement He spoke in Matthew 16:26 above? Something like “What good has all this earthly treasure brought to your inner man...why, you still lack something glorious on the inside that only I am able to give you! And I long to do so. You cannot receive all the good I have for you in this life as you cling so tightly to earthly treasures that cannot satisfy! The treasures I have for you cannot be attained from external materials, but rather it comes from the Heavens where My Throne sits. It is perfect contentment, tranquility, life, soul-harmony, sound-mind, power, love, welfare, comfort, integrity, success, well-being, safety, wholeness...this is what I offer - What I am leaving with you is shalom -- I am giving you MY shalom. I don't give the way the world gives. Don't let yourselves be upset or frightened!” (John 14:27) No wonder Jacob wouldn’t let go!

Isn’t this life on earth quite specious as we work hard to acquire so many earthly goods only to find that the LORD has sent leanness into our souls (Psalm 106:15) because we treasured things above Christ? Solomon’s heart was plagued with this meaningless of life apart from God’s wisdom, love and ways in the book of Ecclesiastes. Nothing new, is it?

If your treasure is in earthly things, there your (lean) heart will be. And in this case, skinny is not good. “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly’ implies that our faithful Father does withhold some good (contentment) from those who make anything else except Christ their treasure. I am so thankful that our LORD loves you and me so much that He refuses to allow us to settle for futile nothingness that earthly treasures ultimately bring. Only in clinging to Christ are we richly blessed as with marrow and fatness. L’chayim! or To Life! is a common toast among Jewish Believers. The proper response is L’chayim tovim ul’shalom! To a good life and to peace! Psalm 63:1-5 describes what l'chayim really looks like:

A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

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Biography Information:
Carmen Schroeder is the stay-at-home mother of one son, Caleb, and three daughters, Bethany, Kaitlyn, and Kierstyn (ages 6-12). She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they serve the LORD in Missouri.

Carmen enjoys encouraging other women with the life-changing Word of God through teaching, mentoring and song in conferences and workshops.

Carmen's testimony is one of victory as 1 John 5:4,5 (AMP) says: 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Her message is that this Christ is the One Who generously gives heavenly wisdom for victorious living.

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