Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8
Once again, God has been blowing my mind apart in a fresh and wondrous way. This morning I was thinking about what it means to be “born again”. That just like a tiny, little baby in a womb, as a new creature in Christ there are times when one will grow and grow in a secret place, then finally be born or brought forth into some new dimension. Something, someplace we’ve never known before. Can you imagine the suffering the baby must go through? Plus he does it all while coming out of such a comfortable and safe place. It is painful for us to deliver this promise of hope, but it has to be very hard on baby too. God realizes that this “pushing through” makes us more like him. We could no doubt correlate our “going through in the spirit” to child birth. It can be very unsettling, feel very scary and unknown, and it almost always seems to happen when we are so incredibly comfortable.
I love when I first got saved. It was such a happy, joyous fun-filled time. However, it did not take very long before I realized I had a very real enemy. We all inherit several actually, the devil, the world and our flesh. This was a really tough pill for me to swallow. I wasn’t particularly miserable in all my sins. I mean sure I was crying out to Jesus because some things in my life weren’t right, but when he started mentioning he wanted this area and that area well things didn’t go so well for me. I was really good at sinning, just like anything I put my hands too, I seek to excel, and with doing bad there was no exception. I was ok with him tinkering with some things, but others I put up a big, fat NO FISHING sign. Of course, this didn’t please him because after all, he is an all-knowing, all-gracious father, and he just wanted to save me the trouble, but very early in my walk I refused to listen.
On account of this, the Lord allowed my life to fall apart even more. As a matter of fact, it took a little over three years for me to just get to a point that I trusted God enough to walk for any amount of time. Imagine that for a moment in the natural. A three-year old kicking, crying, SCREAMING at the top of their lungs, walking, then falling, getting up, then pouting, throwing toys, calling Daddy names…oh, lol, I guess it wouldn’t be much different for us three years into our walk with the Lord, then would it? Please think about that. How many of us “decade plus ”Christians command a new Christian to look, act, talk and behave like us? How many of us are willing to let the girl coming out of prostitution wean off of selling her body or behaving lewdly? God is much easier on us, than we can be with others. I think the real problem is we are not up for the challenge. We have grown very comfortable and are simply not up for discipleship. We don’t have time to help so and so because we are too wrapped up in our own problems, our own fifteen year old, deep and perplexing wounds. Ouch, Hallelujah!
When we are born again, it is like all the sudden our lives are opened up to a brand new world. A world full of lovely, wholesome, beautiful, holy things, but we haven’t a clue how to continue from there. Thank God we have his sweet, Holy Spirit to teach and guide us, but wouldn’t it be so much nicer with a friend or two? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could really fulfill the Great Commission and make “disciples” of all men? How much pleasure and glory this brings to God! You see He knows when you first come to him, let me rephrase, when He plucks us from the darkness that it is like a human talking to an ant. How do you tell an ant you love it and it in return understands your language? God’s language is much like that, and we are much like tiny, helpless little babies. We do not expect our tiny, little babies to “understand” our voice enough to follow commands when it first comes out of the womb, but shortly after, say within 18 months, there is a different requirement a parent places on that child. Once in a while you would imagine that child being able to understand no, come here, eat this, etc. Just simple commands, but you would expect the child to get it a little bit, or you may expect a delay, or a retardation occurring. This would alarm you, and require the child to receive extra, specialized help.
Yeno what is so fascinating about God? If we are not getting life’s lessons, if we are failing to grow, or even if he feels we are ready for the next level of development, he orchestrates trials, tests, a way to get our attention. This is never to hurt us, although it may be very painful, but to help us grow spiritually. He is always MOST concerned about our spiritual health. He knows exactly how to get us from point A to point B, and he does it the way that will bring us the greatest, most lasting results. I didn’t always understand that. Instead, I would act like that three year old and kick and scream and howl every, single time he tried to tinker with something way, way into my walk. I never “knew” him well enough to understand his loving heart. You see there may be times when you don’t see a plan, there may be times when you don’t see his hand, but you will always be able to look at his heart. He understands if you can’t hear him, or you can’t understand his voice so well over all the hollering you are doing, or because you have not yet been trained how to recognize it. In either case, he understands, and it is his great pleasure to help you, me get to a point where we can hear him very clearly, even in a whisper. I encourage you if you are in a tight spot, keep pushing, you’re breakthrough is on the horizon! Let’s pray.
Father, thank you for these precious Saints. Lord, your body is so phenomenal, and we are all put together under you, our head. Even the baby toe has more authority than the devil, the flesh, the world. Jesus, mighty Jesus, make your intentions towards us crystal clear. Let hearts be full of you. Reveal your loving character in visions, dreams and through healings and miracles. I know you are still in the business of that, and it is your great pleasure to give us your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Jesus for your love, your unyielding, unfathomable love, help us to receive it despite ourselves, despite the tremendous amount of pain we’ve been through, despite our heart ache, help us push through the birth canal and receive your glorious promises! Glory to you alone Father! Amen.
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