Are you living like a new creation or in constant brokenness? A new creation doesn’t need constant breaking, but to be constantly built up. Living in a state of continued brokenness leaves little room for being built up, but if you are built up in the most holy faith, then your brokenness is minimized. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in brokenness. Brokenness is sometimes necessary, but the building up MUST be greater than the breaking. Keep short accounts with God. When we are corrected by God, there is a brokenness that comes but if we obey, there is an even greater measure of healing. The healing that builds you up is far greater than the brokenness. Unfortunately, there are times that we live in fear that God will break us and leave us that way, never building us back up. This is a lie that must be evicted from our thought process.Often times we don’t allow God to correct us because we equate correction with rejection, and this causes our spiritual growth to dwindle. We think that the breaking will be too great or too painful. This mentality leads to backsliding or running from God. The state of being backslidden is never caused by a blow out; it is always a slow leak.
The problem is that instead of finding comfort in His strength, instead of finding comfort in His victory, instead of finding comfort in His building up, instead of finding comfort in His overcoming, we find comfort in our own weakness, and we justify our backsliding lifestyle.
This brings me to the difference between sacrifice and obedience. How many times have we heard the statement that fire falls on sacrifice? This is true, but what the misapplication of this truth has done is produced a sacrifice mentality that God never intended. Too often we confuse sacrifice with obedience. We can sacrifice and it have absolutely nothing to do with obedience. THIS DOES NOT MOVE GOD! Fire does not fall on sacrifice if it is not bathed in obedience and launched by faith. Our only way of life must be obedience…sacrifice will follow that. If sacrifice comes before obedience, then we will not live in the fullness of God’s blessing.
God is not moved by our feelings or our emotions, but by faith. That is not to say that he does not care about your feelings and emotions, but that faith is what God is looking for. If you want breakthrough in your life, the only currency is faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). You have to obey the word and as you obey, your faith will be built up because God will move on your behalf.
Learn to follow the path of holiness. Learn to follow the path of obedience. Learn to be yourself, not pushed or pulled by every passing doctrine. Know God & be known by Him. Then your journey will be filled with joy!
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Acts 20:32 – And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
2 Corinthians 12:19 – Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Jude 1:20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit
Colossians 2:6-7 – Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Proverbs 3:11-12 – My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Hebrews 12:5-6 – And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.