Psa. 91:15-16 π Phlp. 3:13-14 π Jas. 4:4
“…Friendship with the world is enmity with God…” ( Jas. 4:4; top )
There is a truth here for the spiritually surrendered person that is the absolute opposite of all worldly thinking procedures. The Scriptural standard of not loving the things of the world includes not thinking the way the world thinks. The spiritually surrendered person cannot afford to analyze the past, except to ponder where and what we were redeemed from; to ponder and analyze any spiritual accomplishments of our past life as being of our origin or design is pure vanity. When we come to the place where past accomplishments and successes in worldly acclaim or in spiritual acclaim mean nothing to us, then we are finally getting to a place of maturity in God.
Even though we may have been born again of the Spirit for many years and have had numerous spiritual visitations and revivals on our list of accomplishments, are we willing to ask, “God, show me the spiritual condition of my soul”? If we are willing to be exposed to His holy scrutiny in this manner, the revelation of our condition would stagger us to a place of repentance and utter dependence upon God’s mercy, and will produce a daily necessity of giving everything to gain Him and His mercy, so we can work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We won’t then be looking for success, nor for the self-esteem promoted by many contemporary Christian groups, but with Godly humility we will submit our past and future totally into His hands so He can direct our paths. Then, “He shall call upon Me and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him, with long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” ( Psa. 91:15-16; top )
We often search and analyze for the inner healing of past hurts in our lives. However, an intimate, daily relationship with Jesus, plus complete trust in Jesus provoked by our seeing past the vanity of our worldly successes, will wipe out the hurts promoted by generations of spiritual and emotional inadequacies.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this 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.” ( Phlp. 3:13-14; top )
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