Mostly all of us get distracted by something in our lives; worldly interests, sports, a hobbie, career aspirations, or even blogging.
Our lifestyle choices can inhibit or facilitate God’s ability to influence and guide our lives.
When our choices inhibit God, He is not pleased. God is a jealous God wanting our affections to be holy and pure, like Him.
I had sincerely consecrated my life to our Lord recently and my life choices were in His way. He found me out and searched my inward parts. If you love him with all your capacity and allow Him completely in, He will have a way, a perfect and holy way of finding you out too.
He wants to reveal the intrusions of our will over His and always uses the light of His chastisement to lead you home . . . If you let Him.
Hebrews 12: 5b – 13 . . . despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
God wants holy, reverent, and deeply obedient children. If your desire is to serve Him: then disobedience, distractions, the deep sin within needs to be rooted out and put away. This is only one fruit of His chastisement: the beginning of our righteousness in Him:
1 John 1:2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Children are young and undeveloped. God forbid we develop our Christianity living in and practicing sin. This is what I have done over the course of my 28 years professing Christianity and I have finally by the grace of God, let Him root out these old fleshly desires . . . But not without great chastisement.
Romans 6:6, 7, 12, 22: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God . . . sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace . . . For he that is dead is freed from sin . . But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Paul explained to us in Romans 7 what it was like for him as a Jew under the law before the chastisement of God worked in his heart on the road to Damascus.
If there is sin still welling around in your choices, thoughts, and predispositions, God wants to fix it now. Yield to his chastiment and ask, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He will lift you up and send you into the city, and show you what must do.
God has given us glorious victory, immeasurable grace, and unfailing love in our knowing Him through faith. The most precious gift is to know Him who sent Jesus through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Heed His voice, do not waver. All Christians are of a royal priesthood, ‘Give no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:’ do not sully the Lord’s name with unfaithful disobedience to sin.
We are called to live and die for others in the rich, Glorious love of Christ: By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left; . . . For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?. . . for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 1 Cor. 6:6-7, 14b, 16-17, 7:1.
Do not let anything get in the way of God’s loving and divine will for your soul, your nature, or the lives of those around you.
God allowed me and my family to go through a time of suffering, trial, and discipline for nearly every moment of the last 8 months. Now is a time of reflection of how I placed my will and desires over against His holy decrees for my family.
He also showed me how sin, like a pestilence, inhabits an unsanctified landscape, encroaching every orifice, every crack: firmly establishing itself with every foot hold Given place to the Devil.
Now our family is being transformed, sanctified, and washed in His word.
Sin, disobedience, distractions all squander this precious gift of life from God. He has holy ordinances for our life. Let Him reveal them to you.
Ephesians 5:1-14 shows us that we are called to reflect the mind of Christ: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Are you clean? Have you been washed in the blood? Are you a sweet smelling savor sacrificed to God?
Live in obedience to the whole council of God. Live only for Christ and Christ shall give thee light.
Love Him with all your might, obey Him in everything, and He will give you what you need to serve Him. . . “That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
Oh, the riches of His glory and the peace of His love. May it bring divine correction and healing to your soul.
Let Him remove from your life all distractions, entanglements, and weights that so easily beset you. The freedom it brings is heavenly.
I humble obedience,