no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned” (NIV).
God is asking of His people simple faith, childlike faith, because that is indeed all we have. We see so little of the big picture; we walk forward because God tells us to, because He gives us promises, not because circumstances necessarily look promising. If our emotions are contradictory to God’s call for us, then I believe they are meant to test us. Will we act in faith, or will we act according to our emotions? How much more glory God receives by us when we agonize to obey! If it were a breeze, where would be the sacrifice? How would we be in essence telling God that we are willing to give up everything for Him? Hebrews 5:7-8: “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” Romand 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
This brings me to the second part of our ABC’s. As I was asking the Lord for the vision of more of His glory, a children’s ABC song came into my mind, which has continued to come into my mind until I started writing this down, and I began thinking about my son, who with a grand smile eagerly awaits my affirmation of his great achievements in speaking his letters. The LORD spoke to my spirit, “I am not pleased with this generation who thinks they are so high and mighty in their walk with me and their knowledge of my Word. They have great titles behind their names in theology. They are to me as little children who flaunt their knowledge of their ABC’s as if they have just come into great learning. They have barely begun to read, let alone understand the endless volumes of books filled with knowledge that they have not even yet been able to open. I am eternal. My greatness is everlasting. No man can fathom the great mysteries of my being and all that I have ordained from the beginning of the world into eternity future. You ask me to show you my glory, yet you don’t know what you ask. You ask me as one who has just barely begun to learn her ABC’s to read great volumes of Shakespeare. Indeed, I will show you my glory, my daughter, but it must be in my time, in my way, and through much suffering. My children are refining in the furnace of affliction to prepare them for the Wedding of the Lamb. I will not give a harlot to my son. I will not give haughty know-it-alls to my son. I will not show my glory to those who think they have arrived. I speak to my church as whole, my daughter. Even Moses, my servant, who saw my glory, did not see my face. Be patient, my child. This process takes time now, but in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, it will be complete. The moment I send my Son for His bride is the moment you are instantly glorified and instantly sanctified and perfected. Strive for that moment. Continue to keep your eyes on the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
With all my love, your Abba”
The Lord has been confirming this message today by reminding me of how incredibly dependent we are on Him for His leading. We either live to gratify the flesh or we live to please the Holy Spirit. If we are lukewarm, the Lord will reject us, and if we are proud, He will oppose us (James 4:6). If we think we have absolutely anything to offer, any wisdom of our own, any power of our own, etc., then we are proud.
Joshua 24:14-15: “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Revelation 3:14-16: “‘And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”‘”
Romans 8:5-8: “Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.”
1 Corinthians 13:11-12: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”