Saturday, July 29, 2023

Going Where God said Not Yet

Going Where God said Not Yet 
by David Brenneman 

The lessons of the children of Israel are for everyone.  When their first go round to enter the Promised land was messed up by their fears, many died.  Many more lived to regret it for another 40 years. 

We often don't see through many of sin's temptations.  It's worth noting that not every single temptation is from Satan or an act of Satan.  Much of the time we are our own culprit.  We do not exercise patience or we flat out don't even try. 

We also are the first to justify our actions even in the name of Jesus.  

When we are ahead of God, we're in the wrong position in living life. When we grab ahold of something before He says so, we are in a wrong position as well. 

What we see might even be in our future, but God's timing isn't for it to be ours yet. 

Not yet isn't a no from God to us.  It's on us to trust God and wait.  To hold our horses.  To put the brakes on. 

We really wouldn't see that what we're doing is wrong either.  Why would we when we got what we wanted?  But before we celebrate...are we ignoring God's Word? Are we causing problems with other Believers by holding on?  Are we at risk of justifying our position?  

A passage to remember is its the Lord who gives and the Lord who takes away. 

When something is of God then it won't violate even the smallest letter of His Word.  

When we say "thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven" we need to realize it means in every way, shape, and form.  Not only in what the world sees in our lives but in every single jot and tittle just as Jesus said of the Word of God.  We are by sinful nature selfish people.  We must realize that's part of what began the fall of mankind. 

We WILL lie to ourselves about our true intentions of why we do what we do.  Our sin nature wants its way.  

I would encourage you to look at your life from a different perspective.  Look at it through the eyes of the Spirit.  Ask Him if you are at all traveling down the road of self deception.  

Do you use, or I should say, over use "I"?

I want this. I needed this. My is also heavily used.  My this, my need for...

Attacking others is another symptom.
To keep from letting go it will happen.  

Believe it as well that God WILL grow silent while our disobedience persists. 

We can try to show Him how much we love Him and all the ways we are doing whatever for Him.  But He will insist on going in that room of your heart that isn't obeying Him.  That isn't surrendered to Him. 

Disobedience won't be allowed to go on indefinitely.  Going back to where we were obedient is our only recourse.  The children of Israel had another 40 years to learn what they didn't the first time around when it came to trusting God, obeying God and believing God. 

Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

When we walk with the Lord, in the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way. While we do his good will, he abides with us still. Never fear only trust and obey. 

The Spirit will never point us in going a path that causes us to violate God's Word. Will never suggest that we ought to at all live for self.  

Never will He point us towards something before it's time either.  God will provide opportunities to learn patience.  Will provide a way of escape when temptation knocks...

I don't know who all needed to read this, was just prompted to write it.

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