Good morning all!
You got your cup-o-cofffee? Not to be on the topic of my predicament so much (being laid off) but I hope in what I go through you might be encouraged. 🙂
Yesterday it occurred to me that I was beginning to strive with God–without even knowing it–uggh. I believe that it is so easy to just do what is natural to do (in my case looking for a job) without even realizing that we are placing ourselves ahead of Jesus. That is exactly what happened yesterday. I was so busy looking for jobs that at one point I heard the still small voice of the Lord say–“wait in my presence”. I thought to myself–what? I don’t have time to wait–I need a job fast! If I wait the bills will begin to pile… And then I quickly realized my arm of flesh was in the way–I was striving. The peace I had before had slipped away because I was in the way. So I stopped in my tracks and got up from the computer and decided to go and just wait before the Lord. It was really hard but He is teaching me trust. To trust Him in all things–but most of all to take advantage of this precious time and spend time with Him. Through that He will direct my path–not me.
The night before I was laid off I had a vision–at the time I didn’t understand what it meant but I am seeing before my very eyes it unfold in the most glorious way…
I had a vision of a path. The path was a dirt path–not very wide–just enought for one or two people to walk on. The direction of the path looked like an upside down backwards “J”. “The path was apparently curving off to the right. Along the sides of the path was absolutely beautiful–it was grassy–like spring time and there were these dark pink wildflowers growing with in the grass. It was quite lovely–something nice and pleasant to see. And then the vision quickly faded.
So I believe the Lord has caused one part of my life to cease and is bringing change–change that is of His beauty. No more being led by the arm of flesh–but His leading. For yes, He does desire good things for His children. However there is always a cost involved–the cost of being set apart wholly for Him.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . .” ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God.
Are we prepared to be caught up into the full meaning of Paul’s prayer in this verse? Are we prepared to say, “Lord, make me, a sinner saved by grace, as holy as You can”? Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him, just as He is one with the Father (see John 17:21-23 ). The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us? Oswald Chambers