Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 184
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Our youngest grandson celebrates his 18th birthday today. He is a fine young man. His Grandmommie and I couldn’t be more proud of him (just like the other 3 grandkids!). He also will be graduating high school in a month. I pray this blog entry will be an inspiration he will remember the rest of his life on earth.
Jesus Is The Issue
Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and serve Him only.” –Matthew 4:10
But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” –John 4:32
Jesus, during the wilderness experience, a time of being cut off from all outside sources of appetite, fed His Spirit with the things of God (peace, will, wisdom). He had no appetite for the things of the world, and so the temptations would have been foreign to Him, things He would have had to try to choke down with water, bit by bit. He just said, “No.” We have all had times in our lives when sin held no attraction because God was our focus. When He is not our focus, we obsess on our own spiritual condition, which does nothing in terms of bringing about a remedy.
Can you take up the challenge to stop thinking about your own spiritual condition? It is more difficult than you think, but your spiritual condition is not the most important matter; Jesus is of ultimate importance. Your latest tragedy is not the concern; His spiritual position is the issue. Lay everything aside to read about Christ, think about Him, pray to Him, and ask Him to pray for you. Forget the earthly concerns and lose all appetite for sin, for in Him you will find everything you have looked for elsewhere in vain.
I do not live for what others consider to be the spectacular; what I consider impressive is being able to walk across the room and bless the enemy that has offended. But I will mention one thing that happened to me, and it can be taken or left! I do not intend to start a cleverly devised, fantastic ministry centered in an experience. Having said that, one night I awoke to a sound that I cannot describe, for there are no words with proper definitions to describe it. I heard it in that place of connection to God, in the spirit. The sound was sad, lovely, compassionate, and painful, but again, these words fall short of expressing what was revealed to me to be spiritual weeping in heaven. To enter into it was painful and yet releasing (if those words even make sense), as if I were entering into the pain of God. In ministry I will continue to emphasize that what He permits, He could prevent; that this world is not out of control; and that He created the world to accomplish in us His purposes: the loss of our pride, strength, righteousness, glory, and kingdoms. However, through this experience, which lasted off and on for several days, I was aware of the pain in heaven over the very things that exist on earth. Why do I share this occurrence? For the simple reason that we think too much of ourselves, our tragedies, our injustices, our losses, our sicknesses, and too little of Him and the weeping of heaven. I will never forget that sound. I can nearly close my eyes and hear it now! We, as believers, need to remember we are destined for heaven!
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
It is so easy to let life today detract us from The LIFE that is IN us as Christians. Jesus. God tells us succinctly in Colossians 3:3-4 that Jesus is supposed to BE OUR life. Actually, He says He IS our life, but we forget/ignore/deny(?) that and let the cares and other issues of life carry us away from Him. Think about it: thinking about our spiritual condition can do that. Concern for food, water, housing, clothing, health, family, job, transportation, all the cares of “life”… Wow! All too often all-consuming, if not all too over-whelming. All the while, we can forget or neglect to think of Jesus.
Grandson (and all the grandkids), don’t ever forget: Jesus is the issue. His spiritual POSITION in your life IS what is important. Soak on and take to heart Michael’s words: “Lay everything aside to read about Christ (not a religious book, even some Bible readings, but that which speaks OF HIM), think about Him, pray to Him, and ask Him to pray for you. Forget the earthly concerns and lose all appetite for sin…for IN HIM you will find everything you have looked for elsewhere in vain.”
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