Let me ask you a question, and I’m asking you to be honest with God. In order to get where God wants you to be in order to fulfill your calling, which would you rather do? Read fifteen chapters of a book, or sit twenty-four hours a day for a period of time and listen? That’s a no brainier! Of course you would rather read fifteen chapters in a book! That way sure would have helped me out! Well, that is not the way it works and that is not way it is going to work. Why? Because this is not “all” about head knowledge. This is about how you walk on this earth! People who want to be everything that God wants them to be on this earth, must come to the realization of this: The more head knowledge you have, is not going to help you succeed the way God’s wants you too!
This is about change! It is not only about filling our heads with knowledge. This is about laying down your life! This is about the changing of perspectives; the changing of thought patterns, and the changing of the way you look at things. It is about changing the way you would normally handle things in this world. It is about the changing of the things in you that are even okay with God. What do I mean by that one? This! Even if something is okay within you. God may want to add to it, and enhance it! This process is about learning, but! The most of it is about you changing inside and out! It is about suffering, sacrificing, adjusting and more! You have to walk the desert, and you have to adjust to the heat, and you have to sacrifice YOUR desires!
In Christendom, the following has been repeated many times: “We must decrease! He must increase!” My question is, “So, why don’t they?” Why didn’t I early on? You cannot stay the same and serve God in the way He wants it done! That is what is wrong in Christendom today! If it weren’t the body of Christ would not be in the mess it is! If it were being done the way God’s wants, people would be flocking to find out what Christendom has that they do not have!
So, what is my point! You have to apply what God is doing in your life to your everyday walk! It has to be worked into you! You just can’t read a book or just sit in a class and be taught! You have to make application! God has to change you inside and out! This takes time and you don’t learn it from a book!
You can read your Bible until you are blue in the face. You can go to church every time the doors open. But! Until you allow God to work things out in your everyday life, you are not going to be what God created you to be! This is NOT about head knowledge!
God is not looking for intellectuals! He is looking for people who are willing to put down their head knowledge and their decrees and their analytical minds and work it out with Him! God is looking for people who will quit saying, “Well, God gave me a brain, and He gave me good mind, and He gave me a lot of good logic. So, I believe He wants me to make my own decisions! And I don’t believe He wants me to have to ask Him everything.” So, my question still remains, “So, how many mistakes have you made with this good mind?”
God is looking for people who are willing to sacrifice their life for Him! People who are willing to be teachable! People who are willing to allow Him to be who He is! People who are willing to “really” be bond servants! Christendom for the most part, doesn’t have a clue what a bondservant is! Jesus was a bondservant. Why? Because He said:
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am who I say I am, and that of myself I do nothing, but say only what the Father has taught me; he did not leave me to myself, because I always do what pleases him.” (JNT) John 8:28-29
“For I have not spoken on my own initiative; but the Father who sent me has given me a command, namely, what to say and how to say it. And I know that his command is eternal life. So what I say is simply what the Father has told me to say.” (JNT) John 12:49-50
You have to give up your life, as you know it! If you are not willing to do that, than you need to rethink what it is you do want? Your concepts of God in many ways have to change! You have to come to know God not the way you have necessarily been taught, but the way He really is! You must learn God for who He is on a personal basis, not just from a book! Not just from a Bible class. Not just from what I teach you! You must learn God for who He is! There was an expression once that seems applicable here. . “Give it up for . . .” God! Stop trying to work it out in your head! Start working it out in your life! Let God be the God of your life!
“The man who loves his life loses it, but he who hates his life in this world will keep it safe right on into eternal life. If someone is serving me, let him follow me; wherever I am, my servant will be there too. My Father will honor anyone who serves me.” (JNT) John 25-26
Reader, most of you have the opportunity to learn on Sunday mornings, on Wednesday evenings, or possibly have someone disciple you - even if you choose all three, you are still going to have to apply what you learn into your everyday walk, or you will not accomplish what God wants you to! It won’t happen! Because this is not just about head knowledge.
“For when they saw the courage (boldness) of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men has been with Jesus.” (NIV) Acts 4:13
At this time, I can’t say this any other way. We all have to learn and get to where God wants us to be. I feel sure that you have things in your life that need to be worked out. In some way by the reading of this teaching God is attempting to make understanding what He requires of us - a bit easier for you – by giving you insight into what - HE desires for your life - and from you! Take advantage of that! You will still have to apply and work it out in your life! That is the bottom line!
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