the well examined life

March 5, 2016

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  “My grace suffices for you, for power matures in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9, Wey.).

  There can be no true and intelligent rejection of the self-life without thorough heart preparation by the Holy Spirit. We read in the Word that self is to be hated and rejected, but the development of this attitude may be long removed from the initial revelation. Years of processing separate Romans Three from Colossians Three, in our experience.

  “Why are we so deficient in divine power? Simply because we do not like the way it begins. Its beginning is to hate one’s own life, and this is an awful start; but there is no ‘tower’ built without it. You must refuse human material, or you cannot build to true structure.

 

  “To be willing to accept crucifixion with Christ, to leave all yourself, your plans and your longings, your abilities and your possessions, all of them at the Cross, so that you only trust and love and live for the Lord Jesus, hurts a great deal. It requires an absolute venture of faith; but beyond it, God says, ‘much fruit.’ And the way to it is ‘into the ground and die’—it is the only way; His way.”

  “Most gladly therefore will I boast of my infirmities rather than complain of them—in order that Christ’s power may overshadow me” (2 Cor. 12:9, Wey.).

 

But for the most part we are unwilling, we are selfish and not many examine their true motivation, we are imbiber’s and drunkards of what the world offers because we can see and taste it now. It’s hard to build and believe in the immaterial world of the spirit and expect ourselves to build the temple that is unseen, yet deemed necessary by God, because truth be told we are selfish.

 You can rip the Band-Aid off slow or fast your choice, but until the blinders come off we are all prodigals, enjoying the fruit of another land and not enjoying our true inheritance at all.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

And yes I am trying to make you feel bad, I’m not related to Joel Osteen in any way shape or form.

 

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