Saturday, December 18, 2021

What We Shouldn't Do

What We Shouldn't Do 

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

Loving Father, I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to You, Lord God; and Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but I received the Spirit of adoption by whom I cry out, “Abba, Father.” You, Lord, did not say to the seed of Jacob, “Seek Me in vain.” Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for me, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, I draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having my heart sprinkled from an evil conscience and my body washed with pure water. I may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” 

Lord God, may I never hesitate to go boldly before You in prayer. As a result may I know Your indescribable peace and a rich relationship with You. 

HEBREWS 4:16; PHILIPPIANS 4:6–7; ROMANS 8:15; ISAIAH 45:19; HEBREWS 10:19–22; HEBREWS 13:6. - Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God 

In the midst of this move of ours to a new city and a new life, it's been fraught with many different difficulties. 

As I had been reading the other day about worrying and about prayer, worry is a sin. It's our trying to do what is God's to be doing.  Things that are not ours, but God's. 
Prayer is taking those things bigger than ourselves and putting them with the one who can handle all things. 

God's Will will not be thwarted. 
God's Will will not be taken a direction unanticipated by Him.
We aren't to worry about what might be in our path. Pray, leave it with God, then get on with life that we can deal with that is in the scope of the abilities granted to us by Jesus. 

We have had, as I stated, many hurdles to overcome in this move.  It's been a rough almost 60 days.  We go on regardless.  We have things we can still do that are part of the plan and purpose of God that are ours to do. So we must do them. We may never know the true reasons why and in the eternal scheme of things it doesn't matter. 

I woke up with that thought in my head about worry is our taking back or taking what is God's to do. We are not mountain movers. God is. We are not way makers. God is. We aren't overcomers in ourselves, God is. 

We are to be prayer's and praiser's, thanker's and doer's. Not worrier's.

Today's loading up day. Tomorrow is the day we move most everything to our new hometown.  There are potential hurdles in the day or two afterwards but those are in God's hands. We prayed, we leave them with Him, we go back to doing what is our part to be doing. 

In one of my return trips to this place, I was made to literally drive through a torrential downpour. God made me do what He gave me to do. I didn't have a choice in the matter because He took that choice from me. I learned how to push through for over 2 hours.  The lesson has stayed with me unlike others in my life.  On several occasions during that trip I wanted to pull off, but, God wasn't having it. Today is another time of like circumstance. I will be driving the biggest vehicle I ever have in my life. There's no place for fear in what needs to be done, that He's given me to do.  I prayed, I left it with Him, but this one is still for me to do.  We, as believers, look to past victories in our lives for present day hope in repeating that victory. 

We shouldn't shirk away from obedience because of what we perceive as fear or failure.  Our life, our every breath, is in His hands regardless.  His enemy has not and isn't going to let up in his attempts to thwart the Will of God.  Satan's been trying since the dawn of time to cause even 1 letter of the Word of God to be invalidated. He's done everything from lies to murder of people to make a way.  But God's proven He is still the Creator God who is still on the Throne. 

As the saying goes:  I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I do know who holds tomorrow in His hands. 

Obedience often comes with a price.  Likewise disobedience does as well. There's no middle ground in that. We shouldn't expect leniency in the wages of sin.  God's spelled it out and will not change it. We either come to Christ, have all our sins washed away, or do not, and have every sin counted against us. Obedience isn't a one time thing. It's in everything we do in life.  If you haven't come to Christ your sins count against you and there is only 1 future for you. A sentence of death and eternal separation from God in torment as you pay for your sins.  There are no multiple paths to Heaven. Just the path of the One who Obeyed. 

We shouldn't be ignoring the consequences of sin or of what is about to happen to this earth.  We have a job to do and a transformed life to live in obedience.  Not selective obedience, obedience.  Too many people calling themselves Christians are choosing selective obedience. God's got a huge problem with people who use forgiveness as a get out of jail free card in order to keep on doing what God's Word says we shouldn't be doing. 

Lord willing, and that's the only path that I seek, we will indeed be in our new home shortly. The hurdles will be overcome because we are seeking to obey the Will of God for us. We may not understand how we fully got there but we will be there. 

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