Friday, June 30, 2023

The Disobedience of Clay

The Disobedience of Clay 
by David Brenneman 

The truth of the matter is so many people think that being within eyesight of God is enough to satisfy God's idea of a relationship with God.  

The Lord Jesus Christ said for us to take up our own cross and follow Him.  To die to self and live to Him.  

Many essentially tell God how it IS is. They tell Him, even if they aren't addressing Him, how life is going to be.  That they have decided this or that and they will settle for nothing less...and yet they claim to be Christians. 

We read in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body."

Does this not include honoring His wishes for your life?  Does this not mean that what He wants to be part of His workmanship in us matters more than our personal happiness?

Joseph was shown at a very young age a few dreams of what his future held.  What was interesting is his family readily understood what the interpretation of those dreams was...and they were indignant.

Joseph was sold into slavery...and while his personal happiness was put on hold, his workmanship in Christ Jesus was becoming a reality.  He was being trained in time management.  Trained in management of people and supplier's.  How to make his master profitable.  The Scriptures say that the Lord was with him. 

We believe a falsehood when it comes to believing that it will be all sunshine and rainbows after coming to Christ for salvation. 

We will begin to be influenced by self.
Self is part of our sin nature. Sin nature doesn't want to share life with Jesus. 

We don't tell Jesus what we will or won't do. Jonah tried and it didn't work out so well.  David let his mind wander and in the end committed murder by proxy.  Then as if that wasn't enough it cost him his son. 

It's truly sad when people will praise God on Sunday and tell Him that they will see Him again next Sunday by the way that they live. 

When a career is more important than family, than a marriage, to a Christian it's a disgrace.  When any Believer chooses self over the plan of God for them, failure will ensue. 

What could be worse is a death that places such a person before Jesus to be asked why?  Why did you disobey Me?

We can't carry our own cross and that of the world too.

We cannot place ideologies above our relationship with Jesus.  

In Christ we are to be a new creation, the old is passed away, the new has come. 

My Dear Reader, are you stubbornly refusing to give up something in your life to Christ?  Are you giving up on what He said you ought to stay committed to? A relationship? A marriage?  Are you refusing to acknowledge His will for your life in Christ Jesus?  

Disobedience will be met with a meeting with your Savior, if indeed you are saved. 

Choosing self before those in your life that Jesus put there will not end well for you. 

Life probably won't make sense when you put the needs of others above yourself. 

Solomon said in Proverbs 3:8-9 NASB "Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." This relates directly to Psalm 23 NASB "The Lord is my shepherd, I will not be in need. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life, And my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever."

What right does the clay to tell the Potter how it's going to be?  

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness...doesn't leave any room for out opinions or anything else. 

Our sanctification is only slowed by our disobedience to His plan and purpose for us. 

My Dear Reader...Scripture says to examine yourself.  If you don't see anything it's time to ask the One who searches the hearts.  Be sure of your salvation. Then be sure it's not you demanding your will to be done on Earth with regards to the will of your Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ 

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