Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we forget who holds that very life in one piece – God.
“Mother, Can you give me the definition of sin? Son, whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscious, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things.” -Susanna Wesley
If anything increases the authority and the power of the flesh over the spirit, that becomes Sin. However, good – it is in itself.
Many times in our lives, we face situations that challenge our faith and standing with God. Each of us experience different kinds of these testings and trials.
We all have different weaknesses and strengths so when we face testing and trials, most of the time we fail unless we’re walking by the Spirit.
So why do we fail? Quite simply because most of the time we end up using our own strength to overcome our weaknesses. I’ve heard a lot of times to rely on God’s strength and not our own but I never knew what it meant in practical terms.
We fail because we are using our own will power most of the time to do what we ought to do. We try very hard but still end up losing the fight. It’s because we are using the wrong weapon.
God has given us a defensive weapon when we are thrown into such testings and trials. It is the shield of faith that we ought to hold onto. And how do we increase our faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God.
This probably is the reason behind that verse where it talks about a blessed man (Psalms 1) . It says he meditates on God’s Word day and night. This is what we ought to do. Stand firm in faith. And maybe this what most preachers meant when they talk about relying on God’s strength rather than our own.
Use the right weapon for each battle you face and you will be victorious because your God almighty is on your side. Your father is just a prayer away.
God recently spoke to me on how little time I spend with him. I even hear Him right before the end my prayer, very lovingly, soft whisper in my ears saying, “Son, don’t leave just yet…please spend more time with me”. That gets me all the time. I end up waiting on him for a few more minutes.
Recently, I purchased a gift for a very dear friend of mine. She lives in US while I am in New Zealand. We didn’t talk to each other for years. But when I’ve found her on facebook, I’ve tried really hard to get back that closeness we had.
We loved each others company (atleast I thought so) and were practically best friends. Anyway, to cut the story short, she rejected my gift. I felt heart broken because I really wanted us to be close friends again but I hear God saying, its all about patience.
So many times in our lives, we want things to work out fast. We want our careers to progress quickly. We want instant miracles just like instant coffee. But God is saying, “Wait for it”. None of like waiting, let alone waiting on God. So what does the bible say about patience or waiting or perseverance.
In James 1:3-4, it says “because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”. God is saying we will NOT lack anything. That sounds like a good deal to me.
When we ask God for something, we believe He has already given it to us (that’s faith – believing what we do not see). So why don’t we have it yet? Because our faith is being tested. It produces patience. When patience finishes its work in us, we will not lack the things we asked of him.
In other words, God is preparing you in every dimension you can possible think of, to hold on to that blessing he is about to provide you. Lets consider ourselves as a clay pot. The potter takes his time to mould and shape the pot slowly all the way to the top. Only when he is satisfied, will he allow it to be used by others.
Likewise, our creator is slowly shaping us, molding us and correcting us according to His good pleasure. When He is done with us, we will able to contain His blessings. The clay pot’s capacity to contain water is always inline with its size. The bigger the size, the more it can hold the blessings of God. Great size equates to a longer wait time.