Get Cleansed & Walk In Gratefulness

June 9, 2013

Friend,
The Lord is disciplining and refining you, just as He does with all those in whom He desires to develop genuine, mature, unmovable faith. (Heb. 12:5-11 // Ja. 1:2-4,12 // 1 Peter 1:6,7) An honest self-examination would therefore be good –to see “whether you are in the faith.” (2 Cor. 13:5) –The real faith, the strong faith, the obedient faith, the trusting faith, the faith that earnestly seeks God, the faith that pleases God. (Heb. 11:1-6) Have you really renounced all sin, including unstable faith and lack of self-control? Does the Lord Himself (not church or evangelism) really have first place in your heart, revealed by your time schedule? Have you held on to years of resentment and anger and un-forgiveness so that these have not yet been completely washed away? Have you harbored contempt in your heart for others? Have you really walked before the Lord with a spotless, blameless heart, keeping a clear, peaceful, full-of-love, grateful conscience and attitude continually? Have you been obedient to the Spirit about everything, or only about what you want to be obedient about?

Don’t be angry at the pawns God is using to discipline you, “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (Ja. 1:20) Get on your knees and cry out for repentance and transformation and total and final cleansing for your own heart’s sins. Get out a pen and paper and write a letter to God and tell Him how sorry you are, and list your sins and cast them at His feet, renouncing them forever. Then start writing to Him all the many, many things He has done good for you, is doing, and that you want to have faith for that He will do for you. Thank Him for your dog, your clothes, your home, the food in your fridge, the job you’ve had when so many don’t have a job, your ability to work, your health, your voice box, the rays of sunshine you get to see, your favorite chair, your microwave, electricity in your home, and tons more. Get a grateful, humble heart. Stop focusing on your self and your needs. Instead, look into the eyes of the lonely at the store, at the gas pump, and elsewhere, and go to the nursing home and sit with a lonely, very sad person there. Give of yourself, your time, your money… with selfless motives. Transform your life today –by choice. –By choosing to work for eternal rewards only.

If you hear rebuke in my voice, accept it. Who is allowing these trials to you? Yes, God. So consider why.

After repenting, start praising. Praise the Lord that He cares so much about you to make you open your eyes to your own self which is obstructing His blessings for you of love, peace, joy, provision, power, a sound mind, happy and godly relationships, and a much greater knowledge of Him and His ways.

Now concerning the immediate problem: Quote 2 Chron. 14:11 and keep quoting it: “LORD, there is no one like You to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You.” Thank the Lord over and over for His kindness, His forgiveness, His promises, and His power to help you when you humbly cry out to Him. Thank Him that you don’t need to protect yourself, because He alone is your Protector.

Go to the Psalms and to Proverbs (and elsewhere) and find more verses of help and power and strength and wisdom and thanksgiving there. Quote them aloud to God. Even if you don’t feel like it, do it by faith, and determine to be grateful to Him for all He is and does. For He is a “faithful God who does no wrong.” (Dt. 32:4) Moreover, “His works are perfect and all His ways are just.” (same verse) A grateful, trusting heart extinguishes fear, unrest, impatience, self-defensiveness, and anger. Read Ps. 138:6-8 and trust the Lord that He is perfectly able to fulfill for you His purposes for you.

Now, what is the worst that can happen to you through this recent trial? Loss of that earthly thing you are trying to keep –right? Okay. Wouldn’t that be peanuts compared to remaining in hollowness of spirit, always succumbing to frustration, fear, anxiety, depression, etc.? Don’t you realize that we are never to bow to those? Don’t you realize that the Spirit-filled life considers those things foreign, and that we are to live in perpetual inner peace and joy no matter how high the waves are at any given moment? If you are an evangelist, a person trying to persuade people about the power and love of the Lord and of the fantastic relationship we are invited to partake in with Him, then there is no room in your life for self-pity. Holding the hand of the Mighty King, being held in His everlasting arms of love and protection… this knowledge –if you truly believe it– should make your heart sing continually!

I will pray that you see these Truths and walk in them. I will also pray for God’s comfort and assurance to you concerning this particular immediate situation, as well as His perfect will to be done in it.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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