Look at that word abide. It is another word that calls for action. It means to live in or take up residence.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to not have some faith. I mean there are obviously some pros and cons to this and I think I want to be a part of the pros amen. I don’t have to be perfect, just willing. Oh he’ll take me just as I am the song says. Our pastor has told us that He is not interested in my ability, but my availability.
Repent-It’s So Much Easier
There are going to be times when you “miss the mark”. There are going to be iniquities in life because we live in this flesh suit.
You cannot afford to even get momentum gathered in the direction of negativity or non-repentance.
People, that is old behavior. You and I have a history of not being able to have just one. Well it is the same with an attitude of negativity or leaving. It has a powerful way about itself. The enemy is waiting for you to get on that train. Beware of this spirit. Identify with it quickly so you can disarm the enemy. You know how I do it? I apologize for what I have done wrong quickly. You are in Teen Challenge. You submitted everything at the door and waved all your rights.
The Hidden People
So often we talk about the pathway to a life in oneness with the Lord. Yes, we discuss the pathway to a life of anointing in the Spirit. Yet we rarely meet the Lord on his terms, on his playing field, in the secret place. This hidden life in God means ultimate death to soulish and fleshly motivations. The source of all strength, significance, and spiritual power comes from a history of seeking God in “the secret place:”. It is a personal, intimate relationship with the Almighty that imparts wisdom., character and motivation to a special group of individuals, “a hidden people.”
A hidden people accomplish their assignments from the Lord in prayer before presuming to know how to accomplish them in their natural strength. This means their work’s success or failure is based simply upon the answer to prayer. Because of the faithfulness and humility of their prayers, God uses them as a vehicle to bring His will to pass in this earth.
The next characteristic of hiddenness is that of forgiveness or graciousness. When we become hidden in God and dead to self, we are no longer “jumpy” or touchy. If someone rubs us the wrong way, we don’t lose our salvation. People can stomp on us and run over us and it doesn’t matter. You can’t offend a dead man. See, dead men don’t care if they get their own way, as long as God gets His.
The third characteristic of a hidden person is that of compassion. Compassion is foundational, affecting all of our motivations and decisions. When the love of God is the driving force empowering us for service, we will have the anointing to move in and demonstrate the ministry of Jesus. We can see Jesus’ earthly ministry that He was continually “moved,” or motivated by compassion. The results were miraculous.
Write this down: you pursue anything to the degree that you value it. That sounds profound but it is very practical.
You need to let go of some old routines and develop some new habits and intentionally change the way you think. The word says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. The work out is your responsibility, and the work in is God’s role. So you can see that spiritual growth (which is the source of all growth in your life) is a collaborative effort between you and the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit works with us, not just in us.
A willing person never says things like that anymore, because they are a new creation-the old has past, behold the new has come! Life changes always happen in the mind first. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act.
The Strength in Weakness
Admit your weaknesses. Stop pretending to have it all together and be honest about yourself. Now, he has something to work with. If you really want God to use you, you must know who YOU are.
Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. Staff is important, counseling has it’s place, but Jesus talks about a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
I’m just waiting on God. Stop waiting and get involved all the way. You weren’t in addiction half-way. Why do this thing half-way? All or none.
Define Your Moment in Life
Obviously, we must first make a choice. Turn to Deuteronomy 30:15… Therefore choose life it says in verse 19. Pretty straight-forward right? In fact, Jesus says n John 10:110 I came that they might have life, life more abundantly. The NIV says have it to the full. He wants so much for you.