Often, as we look around in this world, we find no good thing (Psalm 12:1-2). Do not be dismayed. The heart of man, without God, cannot do any more than be evil. Stop crying over spilled milk, stop mourning over what someone did to you, stop lamenting over what you’ve done. You must strive to step back and get off the roller coaster mind games you get caught in.
God is over and above all this world and all that is in it. You must encourage yourself and others that God knows we don’t know! That’s why He calls to us and tells us to come to Him, for He is the Refuge, the Safety, the Quiet, and the Calm. He has all the answers. He knows how to match your schedule and requirements smoothly and how to give you strength to do the tasks at hand.
Stop saying silently or out loud that you’re too tired, too busy, trying to get it all done or can’t pay the bills, and can’t take it anymore! This is not the life God has for His saints. Pain and suffering are part of the construction of a saint but not the whole of the life. Complaints, doubts, despairs, angers, etc…these are warning signs that you are not in the fruit of the Spirit but rather the deeds of the flesh.
Keep praying, keep praising, hold your tongue, take every thought captive to Christ and you will come above all that was in your life or is in your life now. We are promised good success and a full life and abundance from our God. Keep going until you get it! Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!
Sometimes in our struggle with the sins that so easily beset us…the envy, anger, bitterness, the outbursts, jealousy, gossip, slander, etc., we struggle with the struggle! It’s a sticky predicament that Satan wants to happen over and over. But God has made a way out of this struggle…it is the risen life of Jesus in us. As we pray and praise, forgive and repent, seek and seek and seek…we find. And the new life He promised rises in us.
So don’t struggle any longer, it’s not your job to change your inside, that’s God’s job. For only He can do this. Your job is to worship, pray, praise, repent, go to fellowship, read the Bible and obey His directions. All the rest comes as God completes in us each new phase in His reconstruction project. So have faith, have patience and wait…with yourself and others. God’s good work in you will come to pass…He has promised you that. Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!
It is so encouraging to know that God knows! He knows our struggles and our weaknesses; He knows our successes and our failures. And with all that, He still loves us. We must learn from that and love one another.
We must love the husband who works too much; we must love the wife who spends too much; and we must love the child who argues too much. It is when we are in sin that we need that love the most. The love is like a light that can guide someone away from what is wrong.
Love doesn’t mean you agree with the sin or don’t address it. Love means you teach the right way, live the right way yourself and still not have anything against someone who is not doing it correctly. Now that is a tall order!
That is hard, even impossible at times. That is why we must call out to Jesus. He knows the way through it. He is the way through it. Don’t say you can’t do it. "God has not given us a spirit of fear (timidity) but of power and of love (a sound mind)." 2 Timothy 1:7
If you don’t have power, if you don’t have love, if you don’t have discipline—then ask for it. God cannot lie. He said He has given it to us. Take it…and then ask for more! Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!
May we always be in awe of God and in that awe have reverential honor, fear and respect for Him. It is too easy to be so caught up in the cares of the day that we slowly slip away from a right relationship with God. We end up putting God on the back burner. Stop…do not do that! If God is on your back burner, all your other burners are guaranteed to go up in smoke!
It is so easy not to pay attention to God. He doesn’t come charging at you as do bill collectors, children, or house maintenance emergencies. The pressing items do just that—press. God waits! Don’t make Him wait too much longer, though. He says He won’t turn His back on us, but He also says He will not strive with us forever. Turn to Him in all situations. Have that few moments of re-dedication to Him. Clear the slate and let Him write on it again.
In all likelihood, this scenario will happen over and over in your life. Each time though, return to Him, and in His due time, the honor, fear and respect of Him will far outweigh the dim and distant future. What a rich and wonderful life God has for His people. Beauty for ashes…what a deal! Endure the fire…it’s producing pure gold!
God is eager to bless us…yes, eager. Some will miss out on the blessings of God, though, because of their personal insistence on how “they see it.” But God has a way that is so immensely different from man.
He says that our ways are not His ways (Isaiah 55:8), and that a man chooses a path that seems right to him but the end of it is death (Proverbs 14:12). God says that eye has not seen nor ear heard of the glorious treasures that God has for us (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Why, then, are we so stubborn, so foolish to pursue what and how we think, in the face of such wondrous truth and direction from God? I, for one, am diligently seeking God to completely renovate, remodel, and reconstruct how I think and about what I think. He will do it, for He loves to give good things to His children…and I am one of His kids.
Continue, dear friends, to submit to God; fight every thought, word, and deed that does not measure up to God’s direction; maintain moral excellence, not moral excuses; and rejoice in the golden work of God, for His blessings are evermore. Endure the fire…it’s producing pure gold!
In today’s world, there is a desperate need of a message of solace and comfort. Too many are hurting deeply within their soul, and hurting people hurt people! It seems out of control sometimes and never ending, but there is a message—should we heed it.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is pure, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians 3:6-8)
We read these things, but do we do these things? Just think of it – a peace, a guarding of your heart and mind, all beyond what we could ever understand! Remember, submission is the oil that makes obedience come with ease. It’s worth every bit! Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!
May we meditate and humbly be grateful for the gift of salvation in Jesus. Hopefully the following comments from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers will open a new revelation for us all.
“I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know, though I do not know how, that I am saved…we are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, not because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ and in no other way.”
Oswald goes on to tell us that this salvation we receive brings with it an “attitude of holiness”. This attitude then leads us to “agonizing repentance” and “an amazing realization that the love of God commended itself to me…while I cared nothing about Him. The effect in me of this salvation “is obedience, and service and prayer.”
What a great God we serve! He not only tells us what to do in wisdom, but actually places in us the ability to do it. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!
Often, as we look around in this world, we find no good thing. The heart of man, without God, cannot do any more than be evil because the nature he is born with is broken…not by God who made it perfect, but by Adam’s disobedience. People sometimes forget that they are born with a broken "thinker", “wanter” and “feeler” and yet that is what they use to make all their decisions, about life, and even about God. When things don’t work well, based on that brokenness, they often shake their fists at God and get even further away from the only One who can stop this incessant cycle.
God is over and above all this world and all that is in it. We must encourage ourselves and others that God knows and we don’t! That’s why He calls to us and tells us to come to Him. He is the refuge, the safety, the quiet and the calm. He has all the answers. He knows how to fit your schedule and requirements smoothly and how to give you strength to do the tasks at hand.
Stop saying silently (and out loud) that, “I’m too tired”, “too busy”, “trying to get it all done”, “can’t pay the bills”, “can’t take it any more”, etc. Stop crying over spilled milk, stop mourning over what someone did to you, stop lamenting over what you’ve done. This is not the life God has for His saints. Pain and suffering are a part of the construction of a saint, but not the whole life! Complaints, doubts, despairs, angers, etc.—these are warning signs that you are not in the fruit of the Spirit of God, but rather in the spirit of man.
Keep praying, keep praising, hold your tongue, take every thought captive to Christ and you will come above all that was in your life or is in your life now. We are promised good success, a full life and abundance from out God. Keep going until you get it! Endure the fire: it’s producing pure gold!
Sometimes, in our struggle with the sins that so easily beset – envy, anger, bitterness, outbursts, jealousy, gossip, slander, etc. – we struggle with the struggle! It’s a sticky predicament that Satan wants to happen over and over. But God has made a way out of this struggle…it is the risen life of Jesus in us. As we pray and praise, forgive and repent, seek and seek and seek, we find. And this new life He promised, rises in us.
Oswald Chambers states, “when I am born again from above, I receive from the risen Lord His very life…His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not our old life…when once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same, other things do not appeal as they used to…Have I made this decision about sin that it must be killed right out in me?...not curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified? Take time alone with God…make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death…I cannot reckon myself dead unto sin unless I have been through this radical issue of will before God.”
So don’t struggle any longer, it’s not your job to change your inside – that’s God’s job. For only He can do this. What we must do is worship, pray, praise, repent, go to fellowship, read the Bible in His light and obey His direction. All the rest comes as God completes each new phase of His project in us. So have faith, have patience and wait…with yourself and with others. God’s good work in you will come to pass…”He who began a good work in you will perfect it.” (Philippians 1:6)
Hmm – “Let go and let God” should take on a whole new meaning for us: He loves us…let us love one another. Endure the fire: it’s producing pure gold!
God tells us to be holy as He is holy. Holy mackerel! Most of us are scared off by that statement because we know we are far from holy! But be of good cheer…God has made a way for us. First, that way is through Jesus. We must submit our hearts and lives to Jesus and ask Him to come “inside” of us and not just remain a religious idea on the “outside”.
The pursuit of holiness does not end there. We must strive and seek God’s directions for all the avenues of our lives, so He may complete His good work in us.
Remember, originally, man was created with faith, hope and love ruling him. By Adam’s sin, death then entered in and changed that perfect nature. That perfect faith (belief/binding); that perfect hope (happy expectation of good) and that perfect love (1 Corinthians 13 type, that is), were changed to a primal mind, will and emotions.
Seek God to have His way fill you and fix your “stinking thinking” back to faith; change the demanding will back to hope, and change the roller coaster ride of emotions back to love.
It is hard to change, but God has made the way…take it! “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) Endure the fire—it’s producing pure gold!