It’s amazing the schools that God takes us through…

Some times in life we wonder why our lives seem to be stuck in a perpetual state of “rewind”… We seem to keep going through the same things over and over again in our natural life as well as our spiritual life… (almost like the movie “Ground-Hog Day” were the actor keeps waking up on the same day doing the exact same thing each and every single day…)

Could it be that we are still going through the same things in life year after year, getting the same results… because we have not yet passed the test??? We have not done or completed what God has told us to do the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time…???

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction” (Isaiah 48:10)

Hello!… There are no short-cuts in this christian walk or in life… There are some things that we must learn and do in order to pass the tests that God gives us and graduate to the next level…. Otherwise we find ourselves like the children of Israel trying to complete a journey that should have taken 11 days but because of their sin and disobedience it took 40 years…

“The Promised Land symbolized freedom, prosperity and rest; all of which the Israelites had not experienced up to this point. Instead, the long, tedious journey began many years before at Mt. Sinai, about two years after their deliverance from Egypt. It should have only taken the Israelites 11 days to reach the Promised Land, but it took nearly 40 years. The last 40 years consisted of bitter complaining and acts of outrageous disobedience by the Israelites. So much so, that the first generation died in the wilderness as a consequence for their unbelief. The only ones who remained from the first generation were Moses, Joshua and Caleb…”

***It’s interesting how disobedience can not only “delay” the will of God in our lives but it can also completely “cancel” out the plan of God for our lives…***

I remember years ago, while on duty in the US Navy I was stationed on a job with an extremely obnoxious, unscrupulous unsaved boss that I totally disliked… This boss personally went out of his way every day to make my life absolutely miserable for no other reason (I felt…) than the fact that I was the only (professing) christian in the department. I prayed and prayed to be released from the misery that this boss was inflicting on me for months to no avail… Finally when I stopped blaming the unsaved boss for my discomfort and asked God what the problem was? God showed me that the problem was me….

“Say What???

It was my fault, simply because of the fact that because of the way that this boss was treating me I had decided that I did not have to perform my job as well as I should have and justified it by my boss’ actions… God made it very clear to me that regardless of how this person was treating me that because I worked for God (and not man), I still had a responsibility to submit to the authority that God has placed over me as unto God… (regardless of whether he was saved or not, a good person or not or I liked him or not…)

“How eye-opening was that!!!”…

Well… once I actually got the message that God was trying to give me (or teach me) and made up my mind to do my job with excellence as unto the Lord regardless of how I was being treated by my boss, God promoted me, moved me out of that department and on to the next level (in other words I passed the test and graduated)… I have no doubt in my mind that if I had not sought and “obeyed” God I would not have gotten the promotion and the release that I so desired from that job but would have continued to endure the pain and hardship that I was experiencing in that job for several more years to come…

(Some times it is not so much about what you are going “through”, but what God wants to do in “You” through the situation that you are going through that God is the most concerned about…)

If you have found or find yourself in a similar, difficult, long-term, seemingly never-ending situation… might I suggest that you first ask God what it is that he is trying to teach you or wants you to learn through this situation? Then ask God to show you what you need to do to pass this test or move forward beyond this situation to the next level that God wants you to go to…

Be it spiritual, emotional, financial, physical, etc., there may be some thing that God wants you do or learn in order to go forward or go on to the next level that God wants you to go to in those areas…. With God, the most important thing is our “submissiveness” and “obedience” to him.

“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22)”

The more “obedient and submitted” we are to the will and word of God in our life, the more we will see the “power and glory” of God being displayed in our lives…

As much as God desires to give you the desires of your heart….

“Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart
(Psalm 37:4)”.

God in his infinite love and wisdom is not going to give you those desires until you have truly submitted yourselves to him and his word and allowed him to fully equip you in every way to handle the things that he wants to give you, otherwise those things would become a detriment to you and would not only destroy your life but the lives of those around you…

Be encouraged!!! No matter what you are going through, know that God loves you and has good plans for you and your life…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)”

God has great things in store for you, as long as you stay in the race, stay focused and “refuse” to quit!!!… We are all being tested on different levels at different times in our lives. These tests are not to destroy us but to make us stronger and to cause us to produce even more fruit for God’s Kingdom to the “Glory of God!!!”… Hallelujah!!!…

“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered (Hebrews 5:8)”

Blessings! Mary Brown-

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  1. This is such good advice…I’ve been making that 11 day trek around Mt. Seir for 40 proverbial years now, over and over, and waiting for God to change ALL the underlying causes for my sin, rather than to ask Him, exactly what is the message I keep missing. Thank You

  2. Yes Paul, it is so easy to get caught up in the spin-cycle of life where we keep going around and around the same mountains in our lives (i.e spiritual, financial, relationships, physical, emotional, etc.) for years with no end in sight… It’s during those times when we realize that we are making no head-way in life and that we should be light years ahead of where we currently are in our lives… that we need to do some real soul searching and get really serious with God to find the solution by seeking him through prayer and fasting to get a clearer understanding of what God’s will is for us in those situations…. and once he has clearly revealed his will to us… we must be quick to obey… no excuses… if’s… and’s… or but’s… we just obey… and then and only then will we see the supernatural power of God beginning to operate in our lives and situations begin to turn around… There is nothing too hard for God and even what the enemy meant for evil… God can turn it all around for our “Good” when we say “Yes to his Will and Yes to his Way”… Not only is obedience the key that opens the door to everything we need from God through Christ Jesus…

    “Obedience is better than Sacrifice…”

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