“And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely… Read more “The Truth Shall Make Us Free”
“Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another:… Read more “Hiding: Playing Dangerous Games In The Kingdom”
“And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David…” (2 Sam. 11:6). How often do we fall into sin… Read more “Can There Be Sin In The Kingdom?”
“For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death?…For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands…” (Deut. 31:27, 29).
We are all looking for the next best thing in life because we are looking for a change from the everyday routine. We desire a break from the mundane activities of life which consume us daily. We feel as though there has to be a greater purpose for it all because if not, we have invested a lot of our time engaging into these activities. What else are we supposed to do?
Simply put, some of these things do serve a greater, unseen purpose that has been ordained by God to prepare us for fulfilling His plan for our lives. Others serve a greater, unseen purpose that has been allowed by God to prepare us for fulfilling His plan for our lives. The main thing is being able to discern the difference between the two. If we cannot, we will continue to have both in our lives, when God desires for us to walk out the steps in life that have been ordered by Him and His Word.
If we do not continuously submit and surrender our lives to the will and wisdom of God, we will experience some unnecessary hardships in life. However, because of our propensity to want to do some things our own way, life will never be so simple. Some of our old habits will continue to plague us throughout life until we have surrendered them to God completely. The change has to come from our willingness to lay down our desires and take on God’s desires instead. Until we do this, we will continue to engage in the same mundane activities of life.
The amazing thing about it all is that God knows this because He understands the nature of our human frailty. This is why He keeps extending His grace and mercy. He knows that there are some things about us that will never change. He understands that there will be some things that we will continue to struggle with in life. He understands that there are going to be times wherein we experience success and, conversely, there will be times when we will fail. This is why He has made provision for us to be able to return to Him through the work of Jesus on the Cross for restoration whenever we miss the mark.
The reality we must face is that some things will never change, and God is well aware of this. However it is not an excuse, nor permission to continue to remain in this sinful cycle. There must be some acknowledgement on our part, in addition to, some effort to put these behaviors behind us in order to move forward in our relationship with God and fulfilling His purpose for our lives.
So what else are supposed to do? We must continue join the Apostle Paul when he says,
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 3:12-14).
“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and… Read more “More Than We Know”
Many of us despise the wilderness experiences that we both have faced and will face throughout our lives. More often than not, we do not consider that many of our wilderness experiences are a direct answer to our prayers to draw closer to God. We must understand one significant factor concerning the wilderness experience: it is not designed to bring about our demise.
The wilderness experiences of life are designed to bring us closer to God. How so? Why? As we encounter the wilderness, we realize that some of the experiences may last longer than others. It is because God is working out His righteousness within us as He works our sinful nature out of us. Some of the old sinful behaviors and habits have gained such a stronghold within our lives and may take an extended period of time for us to willingly “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Heb. 12:1).
Therefore, when we approach our Heavenly Father in prayer about drawing closer to Him, we must be careful of the choice of words in which we may use. We cannot speak random words which sound ‘spiritually and theologically deep‘, but not clearly communicate our true desires. We must, however, depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in each conversation and encounter with our Heavenly Father (Rom. 8:26,27).
Trust the Holy Spirit to align your heart with the will of the Father…and you will begin to understand how to embrace the beauty of each wilderness experience as an opportunity to become more like Him…#thinkonthesethings
A little thought to keep at the forefront of our minds is that whenever we sin, we diminish God’s capacity to be present within the world. How so? We are the living embodiment of the Spirit of God within the world, and when we sin, people are looking at us as the physical representation of Who God is, and thereby misjudge His character based upon our misrepresentation of Him. Therefore, our sinful activity not only affects ourselves and others, but they also affect God’s character.
We must think before we act. We must think before we speak. We must provide responses, not reactions. We must consider how God’s character will be affected before we engage in any type of action. Think…pray…and respond accordingly as God has so instructed us to do so…#thinkonthesethings