God is at work in all of us!!!

>> Wednesday, June 10, 2009

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Oh how we stumble and fall over the lies of the enemy. We lack truth, we lack confidence in who we are in Christ and we can lack obedience. Somehow we all go through a process in our journey for the Lord that God reveals the depths of our own sin and when repentance is made it can propel us into action to love others with an understanding that we have been there also. The beginning of this verse says; We know….We know….We know what? Do we really know that ALL, ALL not some, not a few, not a little, but ALL things work together for good,?Even when it’s tough, even when it’s exhausting, even when its troublesome, even when it doesn’t seem right nor logical. That’s right, ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God to them who are the called according to HIS purpose. Does it say our purpose, our desire, our expectations? NO HIS.
So why do we act like we can direct God? I hate that about myself.

Do we really KNOW this? Has it penetrated our hearts? We will know if it has been revealed to us by how we respond to life’s issues around us. But be of good cheer and know there is no sin which is uncommon to man, we all have fallen short and have lacked faith and trust to believe the scriptures. It is not only humbling but also motivating after we have repented of sin and the error of our way, we then come to a revelation for others, and we can share and say "I understand" and claim the verses to overcome for everyone. Because we should be confident that: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)

So we can see that it is God which begins the work of salvation in us, and it is God that will perform that work in and through us until the day of Jesus. So the same mercy we desire others to have for us as we stumble in the darkness trying to find our way in life or as we trip fall down and get back up, this same mercy we should have for others. Those in Christ Jesus are his, and God is working it all out, and everything is according to his purpose.
So why do we choice to wrestle with flesh and blood?
Because our focus is on everything around us rather than in us. We are more distracted by what others are doing or not doing than the work that God desires to do in us. How often we can be distracted of the enemy’s lies to allow our feelings and emotions to take over our being. We can easily be side tracked to work out OTHERS salvation rather than working on our own. This is a trap that I believe all Christians are caught in. If the enemy can keep us focused on everyone else but our selves, he will stunt the growth of a believer. I first hand admit I have been down this road and like Paul, the chief of sinners. However also like Paul, being the chief of sin and then delivered from it, I now understands the importance of sharing the truth for others to be delivered.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:12-18 KJV)

The main reason we sin against ourselves, others and ultimately God is because we are not working out our own walk with fear and trembling. For if we believed that it is God which worketh in us to will and do of His good pleasure then we would not murmur of dispute what others do or have done. It is tough to get this from the brain to the heart. We understand the words but until they are grafted in we will continue to murmur towards others.
It is a hard thing to expose our hearts to God and allow Him access to do pruning, it hurts and it is so ugly, so very ugly, it is disgusting. But thanks be to God that when He has revealed this truth to us, He takes out the dead and heals it with new life. We will feel sanctified, cleansed and there is a refreshing joy of new living water springing up in us as we experience yet more and more liberating moments over sin. Examining our selves is one of the absolute best bitter sweet things ever to occur in our walk with God. It is through obedience that the sweet is the reward for releasing the bitter, amen!

So if we understood that God’s grace is working in and through us individually , and He is faithful to His Word for us, isn’t He just as faithful in these verses to others? Think about it, and does the clay say to the Potter why do you do what you do? Is God not in control of all things, does He not reign on the just and the unjust? We must be very careful if a true need arises to approach it with truth in love, and an understanding heart of reconciliation. How can we do this?
We must hold forth the Word of LIFE. Rather spending countless hours of being consumed of others , It would be in our best interest to be in our Bibles and allowing that to transform us in this crooked and perverse nation. Isn’t if funny how we know how difficult it is for us to be changed and grow in areas that seem so difficult but yet we can lack the compassion for others in theirs areas of struggle, as if they should have arrived on the spot? In all honesty we can do this most in our marriages towards our spouses, have higher expectations for them than God and we battle against God in our unbelief and disappointment rather than allow God to have His way with them andus.

Point to Ponder: Only God can change the heart of man…we wrestle not with flesh and blood….beware of the enemies lies that your feelings and emotions are valid, they are not…they are wicked and deceptive that is why we are told to take EVERY thought captive to the obedience of God… God’s grace is a beautiful gift to us personally, how much more the freedom for others to experience it for themselves on the time table God is working in them…. All of our interactions and discomforts are not for us to change others but for us to be transformed in the teaching God is trying to bring us to, which is mainly to be in our Words daily properly responding to sin and others with the Word as our authority, not feelings.
Grace, Grace, Grace…. It comes with such accountability…. And must be reverence with holiness and obedience. Let us give God the room to have His way with us an others as He sees fit for His purpose and His glory. Let us Thank Him for revealing the depths of His grace to us. Let us TRUST HIM that He knows best and when things just dont seem right we walk by faith not by sight.


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