God's Truth In Love

Fruit or Vegetable Series ~ Part One – The Mission of Self-Reform

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Friday, September 27, 2013

I am known for telling, writing and teaching people to connect the dots in their lives. Our lives are not a random set of coincidences, happenstance, or lucky chance it is a progression through all the days God has given us on this earth. Therefore, I am about to connect the dots in and around my life.

Whereas, this posting and the godly principles found therein will be applicable for anyone, there have been four specific people in my life, which God has used to prompt me to obey Him in writing this piece. None of those four people have anything that connects them expect me and they do not know each other but this will speak to each of them as if God intended it just for them. God works that way you see. He is the One Who Sees and meets all our needs. With that, I will launch out into the deep and I pray your spirit receives God’s message.

In the introduction to this series, I talked about misappropriation for a wrong purpose. However, is misappropriation always wrong or with a wrong motive? I say, no, not consciously. It is because I believe that I wish to make this my first piece in the series. I wish to preserve the heart of the blind, the spiritually ignorant, and/or the innocent.

You see there is a group of True Believers, the Remnant, out there who are functioning in manners and manipulation and calling it the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit. This group is what I refer to as the Walking Wounded. They are Believers who have come to Christ and sincerely given Him their heart but they have been so wounded, twisted, and distorted by the world and the Enemy that they are so desperate to be better they embark on a mission of self-reform, which leads them to works of the flesh that manifest in good manners as a replacement for fruit and manipulation as a replacement for spiritual power and godly trust.

Now clearly manipulation is not of God and completely wrong in God’s eyes, He sees it as a form of witchcraft steeped in rebellion. Good manners on the other hand are something most parents aspire to teach their children. I was heavily groomed in good manners myself. There is a different between having sincerely good manner and displaying good manners in order to appear good, look okay, feel acceptable or superior, and/or compensate for feeling of unworthiness or low self-esteem. You can display all the good manners you would like it will not change what is going on inside of you, all the nasty dirty thoughts about other people’s behavior, actions, spiritual fruit, and/or manners. One must remember, contrary to the world’s claims, just because you look good does not make you good. I would like to state once again, people act this way, feel this way, have these thoughts, etc. because they are wounded. They have been wounded by life, people, their family, the church, their friends, spiritual leaders, Satan, and even God in their own minds, though absolutely not true.

These wounded people keep running in circles, never getting better, trying on all the world’s ideas for building and repairing their fragile self-esteem to no avail. Why?

If you cannot submit to the very core, the very basics of your existence…

God’s providence in your life, meaning the family where He set you in the world. In God’s design and creations of you. In the fact that you are male or female. In the fact that you look a certain way. In the fact that you have a particular temperament with strengths and weaknesses.

If you cannot submit to the core aspects of God’s reign and rule over your life and your existence you cannot have healthy self-esteem. Good self-esteem, godly self-esteem, is not possible because you are continually at war with who God created you to be. If you are continually at war with whom God created you to be, you are continually at war with yourself. You are continually destroying yourself and your own self-esteem.

By being at war with God through lack of submission, by being at war with self by lack of acceptance, you find yourself at war with the world and your spiritual enemy, Satan. He is readily available to tear your self-esteem down even further. It is a vicious never-ending circle.

Satan is able to gain access to a person’s life this way because you cannot walk outside of obedience to God’s Will for you and be able to walk with God’s hedge of protection around you, which protects you from the Enemy.

An 18th century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, said, “Hell is the truth learned/seen too late.” Whereas, I am not given to philosophy, nor do I read it or recommend reading it, this particular saying has truth within it. We often make our own lives a form of hell on earth because we refuse to accept and walk in truth, Truth based in the Truth of God’s Word and the Principles found therein.

In conclusion, remember…

God’s grace does not override our freewill. God gave us a will and it is only through giving that will back to Him we can find freedom in Him. We give that will back to Him through moment-by-moment obedience, which is prompted by and empowered by His grace. Whereas, He prompts us to do, He will not force us to do, because that would violate His own spiritual law – our right to choose – freewill.

The giving over of our ideas of who we are or should be, for God’s design of who He created us to be and who He wants us to be it a vital moment in a person’s existence. It is called, godly surrender. Many people know Christ who have never surrendered their lives to Christ. The giving over of our will is the beginning of truly living, the beginning of being alive, the beginning of true purpose, the beginning of godly self-esteem – – it is the beginning of EVERYTHING.

“surrender” per Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

transitive verb
1 a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand <surrendered the fort> b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another
2 a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner b : to give (oneself) over to something (as an influence)
intransitive verb : to give oneself up into the power of another : YIELD
synonyms see RELINQUISH

 

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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