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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Trust & Obey

by Pastor Josh Boubion

Many believers in their walks with the Lord come to a place where they just can’t take on the burden of not being used as much as they want to be used by the Lord. They look back at their walk of countless years of bearing the burden of the Cross. Because they don't see where the LORD is using them to any great effect, they mourn, and become determined and ambitious to begin a work on their own that they hope God will bless.
This is a temptation made by Lucifer of old, who didn’t come after Adam who had a mature walk with the Lord, rather he attacked the weaker New Arrival, Eve. The temptation was an ambition to be "like God Almighty". This was Lucifer’s downfall although he was created as a perfect creature of the Lord. He continues to deceive believers today with the same thought of being more than or other than what God created them for. 

Those who may take heed to this deception are those who look back at their lives and look at their failures or lack of disciples they have had in life. They see Scripture that says in: 

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

They want to see gold come out of the fire in the end. But neglect to see the fact that we are not judged on that day based on the physical works we have done, rather judged on the motive on why you did what you did? 

Speaking of the heart. In the end we know we can’t do a thing apart from the Holy Spirit doing it in our lives that makes any difference. 

Zechariah 4:6 
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” 

Our works that we perform for the Lord in our own flesh are as filthy rags to the Lord! 

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” 

As believers we according to John 15 are to just Abide in Him, stay close to His Word and obey Him. In the midst of following Him you realize it’s impossible to walk with Him in perfection apart from His Spirit indwelling within you. The problem is sin: This is like what kryptonite does to Superman, to the believers, it disarms and drains power from you quickly. 

Isaiah 59:2 says 
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” 

Back to the burden many believers fall in, and feel trapped by, in thinking they are not like the other guy who the Lord is using. This trap is known as Self-Righteousness; in our own walk we want to live our lives in order to show God we are something

When in Reality we were saved knowing we were nothing and needed a Savior to save us from our own wretched lives. We begin to get tempted as believers at some point that, now that we are saved, we need to show the Lord we are something, and 'help Him out'. YIKES! 

In order to learn this valuable lesson, some need to stay in the desert for 40 years like the Children of Israel, till they learn they can’t offer anything to the Lord in the flesh, that He will be pleased with. 

Some of the sweetest words we as believers can encourage one another with is to Trust and Obey the Lord. There is no other way, no other power, no other dominion, no other creature who can offer anything more than what we have in Christ Jesus

You have been called for such a time as this; some to much and some to little. Whatever the Lord is doing in your life you can ‘learn’ to be content, or you can cry, complain, and murmur about how your life is. 
This need to trust can be a challenge for many, but the solution is simple as you look to the Lord. 

Proverbs 3:5-8 says 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

As you stop reasoning in your mind, and choose to make the decision in your life to direct everything to the Lord, He will make your path clear. 

Romans 12:1-2 says 
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As you seek His Word, He will transform your mind. 
That my friend is where the battle is raging in the Spiritual realm! To protect ourselves from the fiery darts of the enemy we are to allow the Word of God to affect our hearts as much as possible. 

I think the question that many ask God “What is Your will for my life?” is the wrong question to ask; we need to ask the Biblical question “Lord what is Your will?” because it’s not about our will (or 'our life', which apart from Christ is nothing anyway) but His, and as you seek Him, trust, and know His will, then your will align with His naturally. 

Understand Believer, you were created for the Lord and Him alone, not self or for this world or for Lucifer. You were made for a reason and purpose, that is the Lord’s!

Jude 20-21 
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Philippians 3:12-16 
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”

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