Precious Testimonies Ministry Encourager
GOD ' WHERE ARE YOU?
Jesus Did It!
Have you ever felt like God is nowhere to be found? Like maybe He can't be bothered by your pain ' or worse yet ' He doesn't even CARE?
If so, welcome to the Advanced Christianity Course 103. It's the course most Christians get to take sooner or later because God signs them up in it the day they gave their heart to Jesus Christ. In determining how well we are advancing in this course, of course we get to be tested. God's into testing so we can see for ourselves just how well we are advancing spiritually ' and where we need some additional 'tweaking' ' some additional 'fine tuning.'
We see this testing principle being administered in different places throughout the Bible, and in 2 Chronicles 32:31 (NKJV) we are given the opportunity to see how King Hezekiah was granted this test:
God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.
God already knew what was in King Hezekiah's heart, and in God's wisdom, He realized He wasn't doing King Hezekiah any favors by allowing it to remain sealed and hidden in his heart. In light of eternity for the king, it needed to be exposed before the king would be willing to let God apply His 'divine surgical knife' to it.
God already knows what is sealed and hidden deep inside each of us. However, what we aren't aware of, we won't choose to allow God to 'cut out of us' if He determines it needs to be for our spiritual growth.
There are a few 'weeds' inside each of us that has incredible deathly potential to wrap around our spiritual relationship with the living God and subtlety sap spiritual nutrients from our 'tree of spiritual life.' These 'weeds' are deep in the ground, out of clear sight, and unless God who sees and knows all exposes them, they will do their deadly work until our 'spiritual tree' begins to die from water and necessary nutrients.
The most deadly 'weed' every one of us have inside us is the weed of 'Independence.' You can pour weed killer on this weed, be certain you've killed it, and be absolutely convinced that it will never grow back again ' and right when you think you can throw away the remaining bottle of poison you used to kill it with, this stubborn weed mysteriously comes right back from out of nowhere!
We've heard it said, and true it is, that God is everywhere. Guess who else is everywhere on planet Earth? The weed of 'Independence!' This weed popped up in the Garden of Eden almost seconds after Adam and Eve sinned against God, and it has grown across the entire face of Earth like the worst cancerous plague. This weed feeds off 'the tree of spiritual life' inside each of us, and it will continue to do so until WE determine to not let it keep doing so.
Not one human being nor angel was ever given life by God to be 'independent.' They were created by God to delight in staying connected to the very life-force who created them: God
In the Garden of Eden, Satan convinced Eve in a must subtle way that she could and would enjoy life in a much greater way if she would make the choice to become her very own life-source, rather than staying intimately connected to the life-source she had known up to that point. What Satan neglected to tell her is that God never created one living being with the ability to have their very own life-source independent of Him. God knows that because He IS life ' plain and simple ' it literally is impossible for Him to provide any other life-source greater than Himself. It simply is fact.
Let's bring the thought back to present reality. Many times God allows us to 'feel' like 'He evidently has abandoned us' to reveal to us the weed of independence is starting to grow dangerously larger inside us. Temptations can grow to fall back into unhealthy emotionally and sexually compromising situations; temptations to fall back into addictions and sins we have been freed from; temptations to take matters into our own hands because we chose to believe that God isn't going to help us anyway.
Of course, the alternative to this is simply to keep on trusting God to do what He knows best to do in our situation(s) ' and our refusal to take matters into our own hands.
Some of God's people are so addicted to the weed of 'independence' that God in His love and wisdom as our heavenly Father chooses to withhold greater degrees of blessing and favor from them so they eventually come to the conclusion that they don't believe that God desires to reward them for their 'weed' of independence.
Working in cooperation with God to have our 'weed' of independence exposed and sprinkled frequently with poison is what God is desiring to see in each of His children. That is best executed by trusting that our heavenly Father knows what is best for each of us at any given point in time, and that we don't have to understand every little intricate facet of the matter.
The person who has come to the place where they daily offer up their 'independence' to God and tell Him plainly that they choose His will over their will for that day is a disciple of Jesus Christ that will find peace in this life that nothing else can possibly bring. Not only will they find peace, but they will also come to confidently realize it is truly impossible for God to actually leave us, because He has promised in Hebrews that He won't (see Hebrews 12:5-6). He could withdraw our conscious awareness of His closeness to us, but that doesn't mean He has actually left us. Because God is everywhere, He can't suddenly be everywhere with one exception: Not in the same room as ME.
The sooner we learn to believe that it is not a fearful thing at all to be dependant on God, and not allowing our 'self-independence' to get in the way ' the easier it is for God to trust us with an increase of blessing and favor, as He wills it, of course.
I look back in my past to soberly have to conclude that not only have I fought God so often at actually putting plant food ON my 'weed' of independence to make it grow even stronger ' I have resented God for trying to stop me! Independence expresses itself that way, doesn't it?
My, my, my how much I need a wise Savior ' someone to take care of this garden inside me that knows a whole lot more about gardening than I ever will. Lord Jesus ' please help me to be more God-dependent instead of self-dependent...
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(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
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Dear Reader - are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.
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