Thursday, January 2, 2014

ARE YOU A LIPIZZANER?

A VERY SPECIAL BREED!
The Lipizzaner horses are a very special breed which originated in Spain. These beautiful horses are famous for their highly stylized movements called the "haute ├ęcole," or "high school" movements.

These highly trained horses are able to perform very difficult exercises known as the "airs above the ground." These include standing and hopping on their hind legs, jumping in the air while tucking in their front legs and kicking their hind legs and jumping while tucking in both from and back legs.

It is said that these horses are so well trained that they respond immediately to even the slightest tug of the rider!

David spoke of God's willingness to instruct, teach and guide us. He admonishes us not be like horses and mules which must be forced to do the bidding of their masters:

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
   I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
   Which have no understanding,
   Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
   Else they will not come near you.
Psalm 32:8-9

God is willing to show us the way if we will let Him!

The question is, what kind of breed will we be?

The Stubborn Mule - Will we be stubborn and pull back when the Master tugs on the reigns of our hearts?

The Rebellious Horse - Many horses are wild and difficult to train!

The Uncommitted Horse - Other horses may be trained to some level but are still not fully committed to the Master's will!

The Lippizaner - A noble horse, willing to follow the slightest tug of the Master in whatever direction He may lead!

God's tells us through David that He is willing to instruct, teach and guide us in His way!

He then commands us what NOT to do:


Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
(Vs. 9)

The command "Do not be..." implies that we have a choice in the matter!

What will you and I choose to be? A stubborn mule, a rebellious horse, an uncommitted horse or a Lippizaner?

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